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Balance study plan for JEE Main and Board 2016 preparations

While the fundamental concepts of all subjects remain the same between Board and JEE Main, many students find difficult to cope pressure of both exams. Follow these smart tips to excel in the exams

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: April 12, 2016 4:04:12 pm
board exams, jee main exam, exam prep Almost all State Boards have either announced the exam date or are in process to do so. (Thinkstock Photo)

We are in a phase of the year wherein school students are gearing up for scholastic and competitive exams. This is also the time when students get into the final lap of their class 12 Board examination preparation.

Almost all State Boards have either announced the exam date or are in process to do so. With just a handful of days left, students are putting their best foot forward to score well in the exam.

Engineering aspirant will have to write JEE Main immediately after the Boards. By this time a student is expected to complete the syllabus or should be doing it any moment now. Generally, a student has strong or weak areas in each subject. Irrespective of the case, one must deal with it anyways.

The idea is to take a balanced approach and focus upon the areas mentioned below:

Revise Thoroughly

1) Over the years, the Board exam pattern has undergone a bit of transition wherein the difficulty level is slightly higher with the emphasis more on “application-based” approach to questions which means that the students will have to be conceptually and analytically very strong to be able to solve such questions. The same approach is required in competitive exams like the JEE (Main and Advanced).

2) Starting anything new from scratch may not be a wise idea. One must focus on revising all that has already been covered earlier. Alongside start preparing a concise note for each subject. Make sure it should be simple and crisp, culled out of the notes prepared over the year with all important concepts, formulae, terms, diagrams, et al for ready reference. This note will come real handy just before the Board exam and/or JEE Main, for a quick revision (as the JEE Main is scheduled immediately after Board exam this year).

3) Over the year, you would have encountered difficult topics/questions. Devote some time to revise them and solve problems pertaining to those concepts. This will boost your confidence. Focus on the topics/questions with higher marks weight-age and refer to past 10 years question paper databank. The same approach could be deployed for JEE Main.

Practice Writing

1) Give equal importance to all subjects. A lot of time, language papers gets neglected in Boards. At the end, it is the sum weight-age of all subjects that counts.

2) In Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) revise the important concepts and formulae, practice diagrams along with labelling. Since Maths is the most scoring subject, solve problems rigorously across topics to gain speed and accuracy.

3) Do a lot of writing practice and focus on the quality of writing and cleanliness — underline and highlight important points, equation, conclusion.  Avoid step jumps. All this is crucial from board exam perspective.

4) You need to focus on the answer presentation from Board exam perspective although the fundamental concepts of all subjects remain the same between Board and JEE Main.
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Mock Tests

1) Mock tests are the most important tool at this juncture. One must write at least one mock test each for Board & JEE Main, every week. It enables to assess ones preparation, figure out the weak areas, build exam temperament, learn to effectively manage time during exam, improve upon speed and accuracy.

For JEE Main, it is important to subscribe to an All India Level Test Series to get a national benchmarking or at least join an online test series for practice.

— authored by Partha Halder, FIITJEE

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