How to prepare for JEE MAIN in 40 days
Who the course is meant for:
It is presumed that you have been studying with an average motivation for at least one year now. Even if you have not been, you can take to this course and benefit from it. If you have been studying for a longer period with full concentration you can still change your strategy little bit with this routine and extract the gains thereof. To put it another way, the course is useful for all aspirants.
If we start the count down from about 25th of November and assume the board exams to cover the whole of March then total study time is 67 days up to January 31st, 2013. We can safely assume that entire February will be used for preparation of the board exam by a candidate. After the board exam is over, a candidate will get to study for 3-4 days in end-March and 6 days in April since JEE MAIN will be held on 7th April for PEN AND PAPER mode. Candidates opting for computer based Paper-I may get few more days. Thus there are 5(November) +31(December) +31(January) +3-4(March) +6(April) =76-77 days for preparation of the said competitive exam. But there is another factor. Pre-board exams are also held in the month of December-January. So if another 1 month period is also subtracted from 76-77 days we are left with 45-46 days. Out of this, devote about 5 days for the preparation of the pre-board examination which diminishes our schedule to 40-41days. Do not panic about the pre-board exam since you can use the intermediate gaps in the date-sheet and moreover it is more important to prepare for the ultimate goals of performing better in board exam and JEE MAIN and JEE ADVANCED. Now we can safely assume the available time to be at least 40 days and move on to plan the 40-day crash course for JEE MAIN. Getting good marks in your boards and JEE MAIN is crucial because that will ensure you a berth in JEE ADVANCED. Since there is a good span of time between the announcement of result of JEE MAIN and date of JEE ADVANCED, you will have more time to study for JEE ADVANCED later.
Allotment of left out time per subject:
If you leave out last 10 days, that is, end March and first week of April, for revision of critical points and formulae, you are left with 30 days and average time per subject is about 10 days.
You can modify your style to any of the following:
1. In a day you may study all the three subjects Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics by dividing the time.
2. You may allow an entire day for a subject and change the subject next day.
3. But in my opinion, allot at least 2 days in a row to either Physics or Chemistry and then 1 day to Mathematics and then again 2 days to Chemistry or Physics. The motive behind this pattern is to make effective headway in Physics or Chemistry. You derive more satisfaction out of your studies when you cover bigger bulks of the syllabus. Moreover the idea behind giving less time to Mathematics is that you can prepare this subject even while preparing for the board examination. Say, when you are preparing ‘Determinants’ for your board exam you may first solve all the questions from your textbook and then extending the span little bit you can go for solving more questions on the topic from your coaching modules or previous year IIT JEE/ AIEEE question papers.
Students may choose any of the above patterns or have a judicious mix of them as per the suitability.
Hour of the day for different subjects:
I generally prefer to advise my students to study the theoretical subjects in the morning hours as such subjects require more concentration. Chemistry suits this slot best. Hours during which you feel tired may be allotted to Mathematics since it involves some writing and this subject has the ability to keep you constantly excited and interested. Physics may be allotted the rest of the time. But remember morning hours are the best to study comparatively tougher things and so these must be used for the portions you are weak at.
Strategy for different subjects:
Chemistry: CBSE Textbooks must be read and understood thoroughly. More so because the change in pattern of score counting is in favour of text books. This will not only help towards 40% weightage of board exam but also be closer and more relevant to the syllabus of JEE MAIN. Moreover CBSE Chemistry textbooks are compiled in a nice manner and provide detailed understanding of the topics. Do not forget to solve all the exercises given at the back of the chapters. If you have no books for solution you can search with google by typing ‘mpinstitute.in ncert solutions’. You will get all the solutions. When you have completed the NCERT books you may take to other books.
Physics: For a particular chapter jot down all the formulae, revise them properly and solve as many problems as you can in the available time. Be collective in your approach. That is, if you come across any critical points, note them down in a separate notebook. Such notebook comes very handy on the eve of the examination. Rather than going into difficult and lengthy problems concentrate what you are best at and relevant questions. The end game is not for carrying out experiments.
Mathematics: As I have already said Mathematics may be allotted less time in these 40 days as compared to Physics and Chemistry since its preparation for JEE MAIN may be dragged into board exam preparation to some extent and also since we tend to remember its solutions better than in case of other two subjects..
1. Use internet only when urgent as computer heavily fatigues your eyes and brain thereby eating into your effective study time.
2. Use more and more of such relaxing mechanisms as would involve outdoor activities such as playing games, talking to friends, morning walk etc. Remember watching too much TV tells upon your eyes and you feel drowsy while studying.
3. Take light exercise or Yoga and eat healthy food during the preparation time. Do not take much tea or coffee as they increase your nervousness level.
4. Be very systematic and planned in the way you keep your books, notebooks etc. and compile your notes since searching for all these things kept in a clumsy way will eat up your valuable time.
5.The notebooks for 'practical exam' or projects which your school asks you to submit necessarily before the exams must have been prepared long before the exam dates.