While sawing a log of wood, being equipped with a razor sharp blade is not an absolute guarantee for success. Here, it is essential to implement the right method and technique. Making mistakes, in this context, will not only result in a delayed job but also poor finishing. More importantly, it can consequently also blunt the blade, even break it. Sawing has a strange resemblance to cracking a competitive exam. In order to put your best self forward, you need to implement the right technique. Opting wrong methods during preparation will, on one hand, dampen your progress. On the other, it will accumulate stress and affect your overall performance considerably. Below are the most common mistakes that students must avoid during JEE Main preparations:
Ignoring the basics:
Students often make their preparations synonymous to studying with an exhaustive combination of reference books and study material. In reality, more than 70% of the questions are either from the NCERT or are an extended version of its learnings. Students should primarily stick to NCERT course books and head towards reference books only upon its completion. Also, Class XI syllabus constitutes a substantial portion of the JEE exam. Ensure that you revise its topics simultaneously along with your Class XII syllabus. If an examination is fast-approaching, identify the recurring Class XI questions from previous year’s question papers and specifically revise those topics.
Avoiding conceptual understanding:
It has been observed that students prefer method-based approach rather than applying a conceptual understanding over the questions. Initially, this approach might serve the purpose, but it can become quite detrimental for students because many a times, despite being framed on similar lines, a slightly off-patterned question becomes difficult to understand. Thus, it is always imperative to apply concepts in each and every topic that you practice.
Falling into traps:
When students practice similar questions too often, they develop a tendency to identify and solve them as per their self-interpretation. MCQ questions are often framed in a deceptive manner. Ensure that you read and understand the questions properly before attempting them. As they are also supplemented with incorrect answers, failing to do so will result in negative marking for a question that you could have easily solved.
Also, avoid silly mistakes. After performing well in mock drills and practice papers, students, to a certain degree, become overconfident. This lead to careless mistakes and wasting of a substantial amount of time in rechecking calculations. Do not lose your focus while solving a question in the first place. This will help you ensure that the solution has been corrected at each and every step. Additionally, during an examination, students tend to avoid long questions in fear of losing crucial time. Contrary to this popular belief, the long text questions are often easier to solve. So, do not ignore or give them a miss.
Giving up hobbies:
In an attempt to give their complete attention towards the exam, students end up quitting their hobbies and indulging in daily activities. Doing so, can reduce the enthusiasm, stress up the brain, and decrease efficiency, thereby resulting in a lacklustre performance. Prevent making your preparations cumbersome. You’ll be able to grasp and retain more information by maintaining a stress-free mind. Moreover, engaging yourself in physical activities will enable you to keep up a healthy lifestyle, which is very crucial during preparations. Students must try and enrol themselves in performance-enhancing activities such as yoga, meditation, or anything else that suits them better.
This possibly is the biggest blunder that students make during the preparation. Giving room to doubts directly increases hesitation and leads to lack of confidence. Trust yourself and your abilities. Develop a positive mind-set. To do so, implement a goal-oriented strategy. For students that are not able to deal with this problem must set long-term goals initially. However, this activity should not be done during the last 15 days before the examination.
The Final Countdown:
Students putting a lot of efforts during their early preparations are often seen slacking as the examination approaches. This pattern is more dominant in self-studying students that have no mentor. As a result, their performances drop severely. This also increases conceptual doubts later and makes time management exceedingly difficult during the final week. Completing syllabus before time is not an assurance of success. Students must constantly practice in order to increase retention and enhance their skill set in terms of speed and calculation.
(Mr Aakash Chaudhry is director, Aakash Educational Services Pvt. Ltd. Views expressed here are personal)