For beginners, there are basically two ways of starting IIT-JEE and NEET preparation. 1) Through a foundation course in class 8, 9 or 10. 2) Starting JEE/ NEET preparation in class 11 or 12.
Foundation course in grade 8-10 helps in building basic concepts strong, learning problem solving and time management skills. Many students begin their preparation in class 11 or 12 as per JEE/ NEET syllabus and clear the exams.
Prerequisites for JEE/ NEET Beginners
- You should have a genuine interest in your subjects, PCM for JEE and PCB for NEET. You can’t prepare just for the sake of others. It’s your intuition that you can clear the exam is what matters.
- You should be ready to work hard with consistency and discipline. Your target exam is priority. Rest of the things can wait.
- You should have a positive attitude to deal with tough situations (like low scores in tests). You should be intrinsically motivated to achieve your goal.
- You should have gratitude to take advice and help from your teachers or coaching. JEE/ NEET preparation requires proper guidance and monitoring.
- Don’t think big. It’s a gradual process, step by step, to improve your concepts and skills that will help you to clear the exam.
Study Tips for JEE/ NEET Beginners
- Go through the complete syllabus at start (JEE Syllabus and NEET Syllabus). You need to learn topics, understand concepts and practice questions as per the syllabus.
- Prepare a timetable giving time to all the subjects. Do not neglect any subject or give excessive time to any subject. However, your timetable should provide flexibility if any subject or topic requires more time than allotted, or when a test is scheduled next day.
- Break down the topic into several parts. Learn one by one. Visualize things. Draw diagrams to understand the concepts well.
- Make notes from day one of your preparation. Don’t be lazy. Having self-made notes is one of the best assets in clearing your target exam.
- If you join a coaching, revise your class notes each day after the class. You will understand concepts better this way. Make sure you achieve your daily or weekly targets.
Number of Study Hours
It totally depends on you. What’s your capacity? How does your brain work? You just have to enjoy every hour that you are studying. It can’t be forced. What matters a lot is the quality study that you do and not the number of hours.
You should never ‘measure’ the number of hours you study. What matters more is that you should study with full concentration whenever you study. A minimum of 4- 6 hours per day is considered good for JEE/ NEET preparation.
You have to decide when to study. Avoid long study hours if it results in fatigue, small breaks after 45– 60 minutes of study can improve your productivity.
Books and Study Material
Follow a JEE or NEET study material but don’t undermine the NCERTs. Solved examples and summary is of great help.
Is Coaching Required for JEE/ NEET Beginners?
Yes, coaching helps a lot when you begin your JEE or NEET preparation.
A team of experienced and qualified teachers (including IITians) are teaching students online using computer/ laptop and internet connection. It’s like a normal classroom where you will be able to interact with the teacher and can ask your doubts. Check out a free online demo class now.
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