With the JEE Mains exams around the corner, proper planning and preparation are imperative for every student. With only a month left before the exam, students must be preoccupied with questions such as how much time to devote to each subject, which books to refer to, what to study and what not to study, and how to crack the exam by making the best possible use of the remaining time. The JEE Main is scheduled to be held from January 6 to January 11, 2020. So students are in a make-it-or-break-it situation right now. You may ace the exam even if you have just started preparing, but only if you do smart work. Follow our tips to come out with flying colours.
The impending board exams must also be taken into consideration when making this plan. Since the syllabuses for board exams and the JEE Mains exams are almost the same, studying for any one of the exams will help one prepare for the other as well. However, students must keep in mind the differences between the question patterns and the marking systems of the two. Here is a list of steps that will help you crack JEE Mains 2020:
1. Previous years’ papers
The importance of solving previous years’ question papers cannot be emphasized enough. The sooner you start practicing, the better it will be for you. It will help you understand the type of questions asked in the exam, and will also help you analyze your strong and weak points. You must have already studied at least some chapters while preparing for your exams. Solving previous years’ question papers will provide a boost to your JEE Main preparation by helping you develop a strong foundation.
2. Making a timetable
Make a timetable for the entire week by allotting time to different topics according to their difficulty. While making the timetable, make sure to never devote a whole day to a single subject. Study each subject every day, so that you don’t find yourself well-prepared in some subjects and completely unprepared in others. Neglecting any subject will affect your chances of cracking the exam. At the end of the week, set apart a day for solving questions related to the topics you covered throughout the week, and analyze your mistakes. This should be done in addition to solving end-of-chapter questions every day after completing a particular chapter. This will help you check your command over topics and rectify your mistakes in time.
3. Determine your strengths and weaknesses
Understanding how your mind works can play an important role during preparation.
Start with the chapters you are weak at or intimidated by. Slowly mastering them will give you a sense of relief, and will also give you a sense of victory. This, in turn, will act as a massive motivation booster. Easy chapters or the ones you have already covered must be tackled at the end since they won’t require much time. You can also try the method that I often employ, which is alternately solving one easy chapter and one difficult chapter from each subject.
4. Do not stress!
It is very important for you to keep calm before the exam. Stress will only make you lose precious time and not help you in any way. Also, avoid talking to people who panic before exams. They will only add to your confusion.
5. Do not procrastinate
You have already spent your entire year procrastinating. If you do indulge in the same behavior now, you will have to give up on your dreams. As I said before, you are in a make-it-or-break-it situation right now. You can watch as many videos as you want after the exam. They will still be there on YouTube. You can sleep for as long as you want after the exam, too, and without any guilt. Therefore, utilize this time so that you are not left wallowing in guilt afterward.
On the last day before the exam, revise all the notes that you made during preparation. DO NOT STUDY NEW TOPICS. At this point, you should only revise what you have already learned and then go to sleep. Go to bed early the night before the exam, so that you don’t feel sleepy while solving the paper. Give your best in preparation, so that even if you don’t crack the exam (God forbid), you can rest in the knowledge that you have given your 100%.