IIT JEE: 5 Self-study tips

This article is about self study tips for IIT JEE and other examinations. There are few tips that can come handy if you follow them on regular basis.

This article is about self study tips for IIT JEE and other examinations. There are few tips that can come handy if you follow them on regular basis. They are – being motivated, building a routine, having proper study material, good time management, peer study groups etc. This article will boost your morale and help in your preparation for final shot.

With JEE Main exam just a two months away, engineering aspirants have already started tightening loose ends in their IIT JEE preparation strategy. For students, who are enrolled in different JEE coaching classes, the class duration has been extended and mentors and teachers have already moved on to revision mode with frequent surprise tests. For aspirants, who have decided to take on the coveted exam on their own, the challenge which lies ahead is quite tough to crack. Despite growing number of JEE candidates opting for self-study for JEE Main 2016 and JEE Advanced 2016, not many are able to stay focused and motivated to go through this towering challenge. There is no doubt that self-study is the best and in all probability the most effective IIT JEE preparation strategy, but candidates do need some special tips and tricks up their sleeves to help them along the way.

If you are also preparing for JEE Mains 2016 or JEE Advanced 2016 on your own, the below-given self-study tips will come in quite handy for you.

Be Motivated

Motivation is pivotal for students, who are preparing for the JEE Mains Exam 2016. The road to landing engineering seat at a premier institute is a challenging one with difficulties around every corner. Be it in terms of high competition quotient, extensive syllabus or hard work, commitment and dedicated required to crack IIT JEE.

JEE aspirants have to deal with these and many other issues on daily basis. The challenge is compounded to much complex level for students, who opt for self-study for the coveted engineering entrance test. With no teachers to help you stay on course, it can be quite a task to stay on the course of your IIT JEE preparation strategy.

In such scenario, motivation proves to be life-saver for such candidates. If you are motivated enough to brave all the hitches and stay focused on the end goal of making it through the final cut-off for IIT JEE, then there is nothing that can stop you from landing engineering seat at a college / institute of your choice.  

Build a Routine


Students attending IIT JEE coaching classes, pretty much have their daily routine carved out for them. Starting from classes in morning and evening with either school or self-studying in between. However, for students, who are preparing for JEE Advanced 2016 on their own, maintaining a daily routine and discipline for preparation is very necessary.

Therefore, they must evolve a daily routine that caters to their all their needs in terms of preparation for JEE Exam, preparation for the board exam, maintaining a healthy body as well as defined time to rest. Considering that for self-study, students will have the flexibility of dedicating preparation time for JEE, they should be able to manage it quite easily.

However, preparing a daily schedule on paper and implementing it is quite different. So, along with preparing a great daily routine that accounts for all your study needs, you should also ensure that it has practical and achievable goals.

Study Materials

One of the many concerns put forth by students who take self-study route for IIT JEE Test is the unavailability of credible and targeted study materials. Coaching classes are known to provide regular study materials that are curated by experienced teachers and mentors, who have years of experience with respect to JEE test.

Add to this, the regular tests, guess papers and quick tips; make coaching classes appear to be the best way to crack JEE Mains 2016. But, having too much study material and too little time is also a problem.

Therefore, students, who are studying for the engineering entrances on their own, are at an advantage in this respect. Plus, getting study materials, even from the best coaching classes is not really a challenge nowadays.

Time Management

Time management is probably the most repeated and cliché advice that anyone preparing for any type of exam gets. This becomes even more important for JEE aspirants, as they have very little time and a hill to climb in terms of preparation materials and syllabus.

Time management is more than just preparing a timetable and following it; it refers to the planning of time in a manner that helps you achieve all your short term (daily) tasks while making regular progress towards the long-term goal of cracking JEE Main / JEE Advanced. Time management covers three key concepts as explained below:

  • Selection of Time: It is very important for JEE aspirants to pick the right time to study, where they are mentally and physically free and able to study complex concepts with relative ease. The right time to study for each aspirant is different; therefore, self-studying students will have the advantage of flexibility in this respect.
  • Prioritizing: Along with right time to study, time management also refers to the selection of the right topic to study. If you have a concept or a topic that will take 4 hours to complete, there is no point in picking it up when you only have an hour of study time left. To avoid this, prioritizing and selecting which concepts need how much time is also part of right time management.
  • Goal based timelines: Have you ever felt that you have been studying for hours, but still have no clue about the concept that you are trying to learn. This is because you lack a goal based approach to your study techniques. Time management also helps you to define goal based timeline to complete topics and master concepts that fall within its purview.

Peer Study Groups

Coaching classes help IIT-JEE students is by providing a competitive environment of likeminded and talented people. Having to compete with a talented pool of engineering aspirants often help students raise the bar when it comes to JEE preparation.

However, it is not necessary to join a coaching class in order to build healthy competition; it can be easily achieved by building a peer study groups of JEE aspirants.

Such peer groups tend to be more effective, as they have common goals and rather than being competitive just to prove a point, students end up helping each other hone their strengths and eliminate their weaknesses to reach a common goal.

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