As you kick-start preparation of your entrance exams, we compiled a quick list on exam tips that will come handy and help you ace your JEE 2016 Mains Exam!
- Confidence, positive attitude
The first requirements for accepting any challenge is to leave all the pessimism behind and believe it’s possible. Tell yourself that you can do this. Tackle preparation hurdles with confidence.
- Eat, Sleep, And Exercise:
Studying all through the night will only help you sleep through your exam! Eating right, sleeping enough and moderate exercise are as important to cracking the test as studying. Nutritionists recommend an 1800-2000 calorie diet and 10-20 minutes of any cardio vascular activity (walking, running or even playing a sport) for students preparing for exams. This helps to stimulate the brain to work better and also save you from falling sick.
- Study timetables and Revision Plans:
Everything starts with a plan, so should your exam preparations. Start by making a study plan before you actually sit down to study. Your study plan should be as detailed as possible, preferably with dates, time slots, break times and set topics for each study session. A revision plan for the end of the day is also a good idea. Underline key words or formulae, jot down or highlight important points that will help you recollect all that you have learnt the next time you visit the topic.
The course curriculum of engineering entrance examinations are very similar to the syllabus taught in the 10th and 12th at school. So bring out your books and brush up on basics before you set out to learning something new.
- Practise your way to perfection
As engineering entrance examinations involve a lot of formulae and calculations, practise is the mantra. Create your own mnemonics for concepts to help you remember them during the exam (Remember how you were taught to learn about the planets in school? ‘My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets’) Experts suggest you practise as many previous years’ papers as possible in order to get a hang of the kind of questions asked and also to help improve your speed. Let practise make you prefect.
Every review of the JEE (and other similar exams) pin points at the need for a deep understanding of concepts. Running through previous year papers help a great deal in understanding topics with more weightage. Identify such topics in each subject and study key concepts under them in detail. Thorough concepts will help you cover a wider section of the paper and help in achieving desired scores. A little rote learning may help perhaps!
Although tutorial guidance helps in preparing for such competitive exams, keeping ample time for self study at home is equally important. Students who have cracked the JEE advise to spend not more than 4 hours in classes and devote at least 7-8 hours in self study. Running from one tuition centre to another every now and then is a mistake committed by many.
Studying all by yourself can get boring and monotonous at times. Plan to study with a group of likeminded friends once a week and discuss everything that you have learnt over the whole week. You could also be part of a social group of aspiring students that discuss possible questions and other tips.
Make sure to test yourself as you make progress in studying. Follow this pattern: study- test yourself- identify weak areas- study- test yourself. You could do this by appearing for mock tests or attempt at solving copies of previous year papers. You can continue to do this until you perfectly score in each one. It is also important to pace yourself during the test and aim at bettering your speed in the subsequent practice tests you take.
Yes, learning by teaching is a great way to revise. You will not only be doing your friends a favour, but also helping yourself as this method reinforces all that you have learnt.
As there’s little time in hand, do not start something new. Do not attempt to study topics that have been untouched so far. Instead use the time to revise all that you have studied. Go back to the quick list of formulae and important concepts to run through just before the exams.
While giving it your best, also tell yourself that it isn’t the end of the world. On being handed the question paper, chalk out the order in which you will prefer to attempt the paper. It is always better to start with attempting the easiest section first as it will boost your confidence for the rest of the paper. Take note of time and attempt as many questions as possible, keeping the negative marks (if any) in mind. In case you do get stuck; it is advisable to move to the next and not waste too much time on one question.
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