The countdown has begun; and with just weeks to go before the class XII Board Examinations commence, followed shortly by the JEE 2019, students appearing for these exams could find themselves under a lot of pressure. How then do you divide your schedule, between studying for the boards and the JEE?
Given the significance of the exams, students must vie to create the right balance, so their preparation remains in sync. The key to this, of course, is in being totally focused and maintaining a positive approach. That is the first step, the second and more important, is practice. While cramming and a good memory can help you remember theorems, concepts and formulas; success comes to those who can apply the same to solve tough problems. In the end, it is aptitude that counts.
The syllabus for JEE and class XII boards are similar, in the sense that both examinations test students on what is taught at the secondary school level. But the test pattern for the exams is different. The main difference being that the board exams test the students on their in-depth subject knowledge, while JEE tests their ability to apply that same knowledge, to solve difficult problems. Also, board exams are designed for all types of students – the academically brilliant, the mediocre students and those not so accomplished. JEE, on the other hand, is a test to discover the brightest minds, hence the question papers are much tougher.
In this scenario, how to keep a balance between the +2 Board exam and JEE? The answer lies in strengthening your basics. Master every concept you have been taught in Physics, Maths and Chemistry, at the +2 level, including class XI, like that, will help you ace the boards, as well as the JEE.
However, bookish knowledge is not enough to crack the JEE. You must be able to apply that knowledge to solve difficult problems, and this is one of the best tips for preparing for JEE.
Finally, remember that you cannot aim to get a high score in JEE if your fundamentals are not strong.
As cliché as it might appear, it is true, everyone gets better with practice. Create a timetable that allows you to devote 2-3 hours a day, to each subject. Maths, Physics and Chemistry, are equally important. Split the time, such, that you also get to relax between the scheduled study-time.
Use the prescribed NCERT books for preparing for the board exams. These books are comprehensive and cover all topics in detail. Solve previous years test papers. This will give you a fair idea of the type of questions you'll have to answer.
Preparation for JEE requires a slightly different strategy, including enrolling in a dedicated coaching centre, for the right guidance and tutoring.
On your part, revise concepts, understand them, and then apply them to solve previous years JEE papers. Take mock tests, even if that means having to enrol in a coaching class. This will help you get to practice, and make you more adept at solving the JEE test papers.
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Do not skip difficult chapters, instead, identify your weakest area, in each subject. Are you weak in organic and inorganic chemistry, do you find trigonometry in maths tough or do the physics chapters on electrodynamics and optics scare you?
It is important to recognize the pain points, so you can give those topics more attention. The right approach would be to try and solve as many problems as you can, in areas that you are the weakest. Doing so will help you strengthen concepts and prepare you for the exams.
Make brief notes of important concepts and formulae, for each chapter. Use these for quick revisions. Go through these notes in your free time.
The JEE and Boards exams have a set time-frame for them. Your strategy must be to answer as many questions (correctly) within that time. For this, you will need to work on your speed and accuracy.
This can be achieved by doing a number of mock tests. Mock tests are good, in a way, since they help students become familiar with the actual test pattern and the environment. Use the mock tests to build your own method to answer the actual exam.
Time yourself and build speed, in the practice run. Go over your calculations and answers, quickly.
One of the most common tips, suggested by experts, is to solve the simple questions or the easy sections first. Follow the same practice in the actual exam, because time management is a crucial aspect for these exams.
Do not pack too much in your day. Set aside time for relaxation, get enough sleep and eat healthily and stay hydrated. Revise in short bursts. Revise when your mind is fresh. Relax, do not panic. If you have been serious and consistent with your preparation, you have it all sorted.