10 Mistakes You Might Be Making While Studying For IIT/JEE
As the IIT/JEE exams near, there may be several people telling you what you must do in order to crack the exam, but people seldom tell you what you must not do. It is almost always better to know what should not be done while preparing for your IIT/JEE exams, compared to charting a single flow of studying, and not analyzing what could possibly be going wrong. In more instances than one, students are often unaware of what is holding them back from cracking an attempt, and they fail to spot the error. To overcome this very mistake, it is important to first determine what’s going wrong in your approach. To help you out in this arena, we are giving you a lowdown on the 10 most common mistakes students make while studying for their IIT/JEE and how you can successfully overcome them!
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Without further ado, let’s get into the top 10 mistakes and errors students often commit while prepping for their IIT/JEE exams!
Too Many Books Spoil The Broth!
If you’re using a slew of different books to study from, stop at once. Many students think that the more study material they have, the better the chance of acing the exams. But this notion is entirely wrong. Studying from too many resources can leave you confused, drained out, and excessively overloaded with unnecessary or even differing information. Too many books are a waste of time and money. One reference book along with the chief and principal NCERT is just adequate for JEE Preparation. The reference books can be the coaching study material, which along with class teachings is an amalgamation of years of experience and hard work to present the concepts in a sure-shot and simplified manner.
Do not scatter your efforts and energy on many resources, instead, concentrate on quality content and be confident about it. You can use a mix of printed books, recorded video lectures, and e-Books to understand difficult topics.
Ignoring NCERT Books
If you don’t treat NCERT as your bible, no odds will be in your favor. The sole recommendation of several successful exam givers has and will always be NCERT textbooks since they form the building blocks of the IIT/JEE syllabus as well as the nature of the exam. Make sure you engage in reading and understanding your NCERT books to the core, and at first. Solve all questions from these books and then, and only then can you move on to other books if it’s really that important for you. Always remember that NCERT is the closest and most significant guide for exam preparations. There is a possibility that you will find questions based on or similar to NCERT solved examples and back exercise questions. Some biology questions are framed directly and ditto from NCERT textbooks in JEE question papers. Taking NCERT lightly can cost you heavily and ‘negatively’ in the JEE Exam.
Wasting Your Efforts
Learning the broader scope of things when you have limited time is the biggest mistake you can make. Be absolutely certain about what your IIT/JEE syllabus is and stick to it! You absolutely cannot waste your time swaying away from your syllabus, as this will waste too much of your efforts and attention for nothing. The JEE Exam will never test your comprehension of various topics that are not a part of the syllabus. While preparing for the exam, it is very easy to go off track and study things that are not a part of the syllabus. This will prove to be a big waste of time and effort. So make sure you know the JEE Syllabus in and out and you do not focus on anything else other than this.
Leaving Things To Chance
When it comes to competitive exams, never leave things to chance. Many a time, students leave a few topics as options- either because they don’t have time, or because their friends say the topic isn’t important. In such a scenario, students leave out what may essentially be a major part of the question paper, later regretting why they left it out. Sometimes, the things you leave to chance maybe what the paper makers focus on that year, leaving you losing your chance at cracking the exam. So no matter how tired you are or how little of a time you may have left, try and get as many things done as you can…complete your entire syllabus.
Leaving out the Difficult Bits
There is a phrase that says ‘the best way to solve a problem is to face it’. JEE is a national-level examination with neck-to-neck competition and marks in the merit list differing by small margins. One simply cannot afford to go easy in the JEE preparation.
Ignoring a problem will only make it bigger. It is essential to rack your brains, make efforts to grasp and get a grip on the chapter, rather than running away from it. Take full advantage of technology, watch online videos by experienced educators. Understand a biological process or a concept by its 3D representation. It will help you understand, visualize and connect processes/concepts. You can also take live classes so that your doubts are cleared at your convenient time with personal attention.
Being In a Constant State Of Anxiety
This exam is not a monster that is going to eat you up. Learn how to stay calm and don’t get tensed unnecessarily. It is a known fact that stress can reduce your ability to perform well, and can take a toll on you mentally. Know that this exam doesn’t determine your worth or your entire future and treat it as just another examination that you need to give. If you find yourself getting anxious or frightened, try meditating or practice deep breathing. Believe in yourself, your hard work, and your guardian’s blessings. Do not underestimate your efforts or be underconfident with your learning. Getting too much nervous before the exam is one mistake that directly affects the performance of the candidates in the exam.
Not Asking Questions
At Tutoratti, we encourage students to ask doubts with our specially designed doubt-clearing sessions that are targeted to help answer students’ questions. Some students feel shy and lack confidence about clearing their doubts with teachers. Whereas, there are many who take mock tests but forget to analyze their results and see where they went wrong. Make sure that you make full use of the resources at your disposal. Freely approach your classroom or online coaching and talk to your teacher to clear doubts.
Ruining Your Lifestyle
Irregular study hours, constant stress, late-night studying, or binge-eating while preparing can lead to a lot of negative lifestyle changes that can affect your health and wellbeing. So be sure to sleep well, eat right and dedicate set timings to your studies. Try not to stay up too late or wake up too early. Make it a point to keep some time aside for leisure activities. Do not avoid your friends and not keep yourself busy in studies all the time. Get some exercise daily. Whether playing football or going out for a walk, engage in some sort of exercise as this is going to refresh your mind. In addition to this, proper hours of sleep is also important. If you avoid distractions like TV and social media, you will have plenty of time to study and sleep well.
Choosing Quantity Over Quality
Do not count the number of hours, instead- Count the number of MCQs which you were able to attempt correctly at that time. Count the number of questions that initially made you feel clueless, but now you are confident with which concept to apply in it. Eventually, it’s the number of correct answers that will count in JEE Result. Measure your progress in a given time, by the number of chapters you have managed to convert into your strengths over that time. Always learn to measure and value quality over quantity.
Not Solving Papers
Another major mistake students usually make is that they do not solve enough sample papers as well as those from previous examinations. The more papers you solve, the betters sense you get of the nature of questions as well as your weak and strong points. Get into the habit of solving mock tests and sample papers along with getting your syllabus prepped and ready.
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