5 Mistakes to Avoid While Preparing for IIT

You always don’t get what you wish for. You get what you work for!

A lot of students sit up straight and alert when they hear the words “mistakes to avoid”. If any of these ring a bell somewhere, this write up is just the thing you ought to read and while your mind digests the content, you also get to learn about the ‘do nots’ while gearing up for IIT:

  • Slipping into minor computation lapses
  • Not remembering to record positive or negative counts
  • Ignoring errors
  • Passing over to take care of FOIL or priority of activities
  • Other seemingly slight constituents

In majority of the cases, these errors are a lot more annoying since you realized the notion and you brainstormed through the obstacle and charted your plan of action and you were sure that you had everything in place, except a silly mistake. This is the reason we call them silly mistakes.

Not to worry! All we need is a bit of contemplation and emphasis, to do away with these errors.

We all commit mistakes. Nevertheless, our success is determined by the learning that we absorb from those mistakes and the caution that we exercise of never repeating the same ones. The key is to allow mistakes of different sorts to happen during practice sessions, get clarity on all of them and never forget any of them. To avoid them in the future, we need to learn from them and keep them as far as possible to get as close as possible to success.

Let us take a look at the common mistakes which we can and should avoid while organizing ourselves for IIT.

  1. Looking up an excessive number of reference books: Too many reference books are like too many cooks in one kitchen. No matter what, these study material can in no way be substituted by any coaching faculties or class writings for your IIT groundwork. Despite that using more than the required number of reference books can lead you to a confusion of sorts and leave you overwhelmed with an overabundance of unresolved queries in your mind. An increased number of reference books also have the tendency to make revision a tough task, as and when the big day approaches. Rather, reduce the amount of reference material, but select the most appropriate and best ones. If time permits once the syllabus is covered, it is definitely advisable to practise. However, for the initial finishing up of the syllabus, definitely stick to the lesser-in-number, but better-in-quality reference books.
  2. Getting irritated with the tedious routine: This in no way should serve as a deterrent to anyone, but the avenues to IIT are not always bright and sunny. These two years are punctuated by highs and lows. An aspirant’s lifestyle comprises studying, eating and sleeping. Often, it is likely to get a bit bland. As a result, it’s is highly vulnerable to frustration and dotted with temptations to change tracks. This is the time when it is a challenge to adhere to your goal; a matter of just a couple of years. There are moments of delight, gloom and jabs of annoyance. You just need to sail through it all. The prize that follows after these 2 years will be a perfect bonus for all the labour that you have put in.
  3. Keeping aside questions till the calculation phase: This is one of the most dangerous mistakes that anyone can make. Here too, the overall belief is that the journey is smooth now, calculation can wait. We can overlook it at this stage; this will save time for more questions now. Keeping the consistency factor in mine, it is always better to do fewer questions along with the calculations instead of doing more questions without them. This will enhance your speed and at the same time, hone your accuracy.
  4. Scheduling a rigid timetable: Wake up, Eat, Start Studying, Revise, Eat, Study More, Eat, Sleep. If reading this can be frustrating, imagine the actual! This is exactly what you should ‘not do’ to your timetable. Study when you feel like and furthermore, what you feel like. Now do not confuse this with studying the entire day. Instead, study sensibly and abstain from the monotones in the course of your training. Take time off for watching television. Take a physical recreation break, which can be a leisurely walk or a game. Essentially, relish some energetic entertainment alternating two lengthy sittings of study.
  5. Shying away from revisiting your mistakes: Fear is very detrimental to success. It always helps to prepare beforehand, for a test. Many of us avoid evaluation of our papers simply because of the fear of having committed some ridiculous mistake. Always be keen on facing your mistakes, because only then you will be able to overcome them. Assess every single question for a mistake that might have been overlooked. The irony is that running away from mistakes causes mistakes to run towards you. They will pop up all over.

Always remember that all your endeavours, studying theories and dedicated practice in the last two years will aggregate to your performance in the exam. Get a good night’s sleep the night before the exam, have a good meal to invigorate you for the day and stay clear of eleventh-hour jitters. These are the things to bear in mind and turn up for your exam with a cool and confident disposition, and just put in the best you have!

Tips for Great Score and Ranking at JEE MAIN

It is said that a good performer always has an ace up the sleeve. Gearing up for JEE Main needs to be accomplished in a well-organized way since it is dated close to the board exams.

A better than average IITJEE coaching course presents appropriate topic-wise curriculum of questions and answers. It is also designed to fix pre-planned timelines for culmination to help the student get used to the pace. A dedicated course along with the student’s dedication helps in the following ways:

  • Solves a range of tough questions
  • Evaluates the student’s performance on complex questions
  • Tallies individual student’s level and clocks it with that of other students

As evident as it seems, students pick up the tempo much earlier to brace themselves for both the exams. They put in every effort towards finest performance in both the exams in their endeavor to ensure high scores. The last ten days are match-winners, provided you play them right. It all depends how physically and mentally you train the mind and body during this countdown period.

Going forward, let us see the ‘whats’ and ‘hows’ that one needs to pick up in these last ten days.

Papers from the Past

To get a clarity on the questions, it is important to run through previous year question papers and sample papers and base it on one’s expertise on certain topics. A list of the areas that have been assessed can be tagged according to their regularity of ocurrence in the exam and a segment of the questions that come up from those topics. The aspirants can give precedence to topics on that footing to advance their capability and try successive exercises with a better grasp. It would be a prerequisite for the candidates to attempt at least one paper in a day.

Regular Revision

There are quite a few topics that hold a lot of weight the JEE Main and are required to be memorized by students or learnt by heart. The students have to revise regularly to score high in JEE Main, something like a net practice in sports wherein stamina is built with regular repetition. Consistent revision would bring about an upsurge in the confidence of the candidate to excel in JEE Main.

Exam Fitness

Bear in mind that you cannot be excited and calm at the same time. Therefore, easing up methods will help lessen nervousness. Prepare for your exams as if you are gearing up to run a marathon and train your mind and heart on those lines. Take on your exams with a positive mindset – concentrating on what you have understood, what you have trained for and most importantly, boost your levels of confidence. Avoid making major lifestyle changes such as giving up coffee or drastic dietary alterations. These changes may make you fall back rather than propel ahead. Instead, minor changes such as cutting down on heavy food and introducing more carbs, proteins can make you feel less sleepy and shoot up your energy levels.  Deep breathing, yoga, short breaks in the midst of revision can bring in a lot of positivity.

 The D Day

Let us go through the tips to adopt on the examination day and during the exam.

Make the most of your time

Students who score high in their exams are well-versed with the way they would approach a paper and how they would distribute their time so that they don’t run short of it. Ensure that you keep some time in hand to plan your beginning and for end-of-the-paper checks. Going by the rule, mathematics takes most of the time, followed by physics and chemistry at par, in terms of time.

Take off with what you can do best

You should be clear on what you want to take on first; the dreaded part or the easiest one. This differs from person to person and it is all about trying out before the exams as to which approach works best for you. The bottom line is that you should have already practiced this before your exam so that you are prepared to execute it on the D day.

Practice concentrating

Focus on a single question at a time. No point in pondering about how you did your last question when you are on your way to the next one.

Once you adopt and adapt to these pointers, you can maintain a trouble-free and seamless preparation in course of the 5 months that are left for the JEE Main exam.

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