Most of the students start preparing for IIT-JEE i.e. JEE Main and JEE Advanced exams in class 11. At the start of class 11, you have two years in hand to plan an effective strategy and schedule to complete the JEE syllabus in time.
How to Start Preparing for IIT-JEE from Class 11?
Here are the important points to keep in mind when starting JEE preparation in class 11.
- Go through the complete syllabus of JEE.
- The books and study material required for JEE preparation.
- Prepare a study schedule or time table.
- Understand the basics, strengthen concepts and make a habit of problem solving.
- Join a coaching for systematic and guided preparation.
- Be determined and stay consistent.
- Take small breaks between long study hours.
- Keep revising your learned topics.
- Focus on small goals to achieve big results.
- Measure your learning and performance.
1. Go through the complete syllabus of JEE
The first thing is to know what you need to study for JEE. Yes, there will be chapters from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and you will have to study class 11 and 12 syllabus, but the JEE syllabus is very vast. Have a quick look at the complete JEE syllabus when you are starting JEE preparation.
Don’t worry about the individual syllabus of JEE Main and JEE Advanced. The syllabus is almost the same for both exams. It’s the questions level which is a bit higher in JEE Advanced. You don’t need to prepare separately for JEE Main and JEE Advanced.
2. The books and study material required for JEE preparation
You need to decide whether you want to start studying from JEE preparation books, or join a coaching where your will get JEE study material which is more than enough to cover the syllabus. The coaching modules will have all the theory and questions according to JEE level. NCERT books are also good (especially for Chemistry), like solved examples and summary.
3. Prepare a study schedule or time table
Following a specific time table is not must but it’s recommended for JEE preparation. The advantage of having a daily schedule is once you are finished with a task, you already know what is next on your schedule. Starting your day the same way can motivate you to study consistently, even when you don’t feel like studying.
If you are not able to follow a schedule, go with your strength and comfort level. You can target minimum hours of study every day, irrespective of the time slot. You should study with full concentration whenever you study. Remove all unnecessary distractions. Make sure you achieve your daily or weekly targets.
4. Understand the basics, strengthen concepts and make a habit of problem solving
JEE tests your basics. You should be aware of simple, basic concepts before knowing the complex ones. Be really thorough with the concepts.
Don’t get confused with questions like “How to start?”, “From where should I begin?”, “When to study?” Start with your favorite subject. It will give you confidence to prepare well for the exam.
First understand the theory part and then practice problems. It’s the way to understand concepts in a better way. If you are not able to solve a problem, read the theory again and again till you get the feel of the topic. In the exam, time management and pattern of solving questions is important. It can be only achieved by serious dedicated practice and questions solving.
Keep writing notes along with your studies. You can include important points, shortcuts, formulas, reactions, mistakes, etc.
5. Join a coaching for systematic and guided preparation
Coaching is ideal at the start of class 11 to prepare well for JEE. In coaching classes, you can ask your doubts, queries, learning methods or anything that is getting you trouble. Be inquisitive throughout the preparation. Do your homework and assignments on time and never procrastinate.
6. Be determined and stay consistent
You should be passionate and determined to clear the exam. There will be times when you would find it difficult to understand and manage things. Do not give up. If you haven’t had your target/ scores reached, keep going. Consistency is the most fundamental virtue to achieve what we want.
7. Take small breaks between long study hours
If you don’t take breaks from study, you’re more likely to get fatigued in the preparation. Take small breaks between long study hours to maintain the focus and concentration in studies. Breaks can be anything from going for a short walk, playing some game, or watching something you like.
8. Keep revising your learned topics
IIT-JEE preparation takes a lot of your time. You understand topics, solve problems and old concepts fade away from your mind. For efficient preparation, consistent revision is necessary. Always revise important points before sleeping.
9. Focus on small goals to achieve big result
JEE syllabus looks huge at start. You need to divide it in modules. Take up one topic at a time and focus on accomplishing the goals related to the topic; once that is over, move to the next topic in the syllabus. When a test is coming, revise theory and solve problems from all the topics.
10. Measure your learning and performance
You need to give tests on a regular basis to check your learning, speed, accuracy and time management skills (coaching institutes have pre-scheduled tests). You must solve online mock tests as JEE Main and JEE Advanced both will be conducted in computer-based mode.
After solving a test, analyse it to find weakness and silly mistakes that you did in the test. Your goal should be to work on your weaker areas and not repeat the same mistakes in the next test. This way you can improve your score with each test you give during the preparation.
Hope the above preparation tips will help you to clear JEE Main and JEE Advanced.
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