Congratulations to all off you for clearing JEE MAIN and for getting a step closer to your IIT dream. Standing on the open gates of IIT is like winning the Triwizard cup of Hogwarts. Having said that, the last task or the obstacle is always the toughest and the trickiest one! But, worry not, we have penned some Tried, Tested and Successful tips for you! If you are in a hurry, you can also take our JEE ADVANCED FREE MOCK TEST by clicking here.
#TIP 1 : STAY POSITIVE
One of the most anticipated moment while jumping into the water comes just a second before you take the plunge. Now, that all of you have taken a deep dive and surfaced alive when the JEE MAIN result came out, just leave all the tensions and excitements of the result behind. Sprucing up self-belief will help you to bolster your position in the final days. Think about all the things you do great and make sure you stay positive till the D-day!
#TIP 2: FOLLOW A ROUTINE
Most of you have studied all day and all night, reassuring the concepts you have learnt. But, let me tell you a secret, there is a hidden agenda – the test taking institute have made sure, they are not only testing your knowledge but also your endurance to withstand the next four years of IIT! And how do they do that? By keeping a SIX HOUR LONG TEST with only 2-hour break in between!! Your brains will be running an 8-hour marathon! How do you make sure, that you are able to cross the HEDGE MAZE without killing yourself!
Start replicating the exact time table you will follow on the day of JEE-Advanced. Start waking up at EXACTLY the same time, and work towards a routine to ensure your body and mind gets synchronized to this pattern.
#TIP 3: MOCK YOURSELF OUT!
Take as many mocks as possible! And Keep in mind to take them exactly between 9 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 5 pm in the final days. Try to imitate the testing environment. Utilize the 2-hour break the way you plan to on the test day.
#TIP 4: KNOW YOUR STRENGTHS
Know More of your strengths and less of your weakness. At this stage, it is best to consolidate your position by working on your strengths rather than trying to muster up the courage to take on your weak areas.
#TIP 5: SAVE YOUR CALCULATIONS
Use rough sheets for calculations and preserve them until you do an analysis of the test.
#TIP 6: SHARPEN THE BLADE
Only three words to sharpen the blade of your sword – ANALYZE! ANALYZE! ANALYZE!
The best way to analyze your mock tests is to categorize the questions in the following way:
- The question you solved but took way too much time (these may include the ones with right answers)
- The question for which you guessed the answer.
- The questions you couldn’t solve.
- Last but not the least, once you finish the test – mark the ones, you got WRONG.
#TIP 7: LEARN FROM THE MISTAKES
Redo the questions categorized above afresh (without looking into your previous calculations) and if possible use an alternative method. The possible outcomes will be as follows:
- You got a Right Answer! Go back to your old calculations and see where you made the mistake and DON’T REPEAT THEM.
- You got a Wrong Answer. Go back to your OLD and NEW calculations and see where you made the mistake and DON’T REPEAT THEM!!
#TIP 8: Learn, Plan and STRATEGISE!
This is the time when you can try different strategies to see which one works best for you. I will discuss one of the most effective test taking strategy at the end.
#TIP 9: SHOW MERCY ON YOURSELF!
Don’t be judgmental about the scores you get in the mocks, as some of the mocks are notorious for being way harder than the Original test. Your only motive should be to attempt as many questions as possible.
#TIP 10: KEEP CALM and TAKE REST
- Have similar/same food that you plan to eat during breakfast and lunch on the D-day. Eat simple, you don’t want to suddenly binge on Cholle Bature and feel all bloated and soggy in your exam hall!
- Go to sleep for at least 7 hours but do not exceed 8 hours of sleep each day.
- Stay relaxed but focused. Anxiety can break your confidence. Practice some breathing exercises to help you keep calm.
That’s all for the tips that will help you ease through the test. But, behold I saved the best for the end – TEST TAKING STRATEGY!
Practice taking the tests in different rounds. Attempt sections from your strongest to weakest order.
For Example: If Math is your forte and chemistry being your weak area. Then attempt sections in the order of MATH, PHYSICS and CHEMISTRY. The order will vary for everyone.
Round 1: Attempt easy questions first!
Questions that can be solved within 30 seconds fall under this category. JEE paper contains quite a few very easy questions which are factual or are straightforward application of well-known formula or maybe is a result of a theorem. Solving them first will not only save your time but will also keep you motivated for the remaining paper.
Round 2: Solve the questions whose solution you probably know, but will take a little more time to solve. These types of questions require a little more thinking. They are however doable if enough time is spent on them. These types of problems constitute the biggest chunk of the test.
Round 3: Solve the remaining problems. These will constitute for which you couldn’t think of any solution or method earlier. These will be the hardest of the problems or as we call it these require HOTS (high order thinking skills)! It is best to leave these for the end as these will not only consume your time but also have a high chance to put you off track in case you are not able to solve them.
And if you still have time left after round 3. Go back to questions whose answer you were doubtful about.
Pheww! Now that you know all the important tips and tricks, you are ready to take the war heads on! All the best for the Exam!
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