With only 4 months left for JEE Mains exam, the biggest worry that baffles most of the aspirants is whether to prepare for the board exams or the JEE. You must have come across few students who excel in one of the exams but fail to maintain the same performance in the other. A lot of students tend to minimise the risk by giving either of the exam preparation a backseat.
However, the best strategy taken by the winners involves complementing both aspects of preparation with each other. While the idea of dual preparation does not seem possible to many, it has been proven time and again by many successful candidates who passed JEE with a very good score.
So, here is what you need to do for aligning both the preparations to succeed in both exams.
- Concepts: As concepts are the most important facet of your preparation, you have to make sure that you build concepts from the very beginning phase i.e. when the concept is imparted in the class or during self-study. The concept, being the same for both exams, would aid both the aspects of preparation. If your concepts are not strong enough, it is recommended to stick to board preparations solely because of the predictable pattern and easy scoring. However, if you already have a good conceptual clarity of the subjects and topics, you should make sure to devote some time to videos and diagrams for better concept clarity. Many such resources are freely available over the internet or even in books.
- Combined study: A very easy approach for doing both the JEE and board preparation together is to study the concept and then extend the board exam practice with JEE specific question practice. However, this pattern of studying requires high perseverance and dedication.
- Timed rehearsal: Timed rehearsal is important for both the exams. During the penultimate weeks of board exams, you should practice only the board sample papers dedicatedly. This is important for the student to build temperament required especially for the board exam.
- Utilising the intermittent holidays: As the board exams are characterised by 3-4 days of holidays between the exams, many times these many holidays are not very much required. Thus, students can best utilise the interval between their exams especially the easier subjects that you are comfortable in. You can best use this time by attempting a few sample JEE papers.
- Keeping Track through systematic study: Now, since it is an arduous and challenging task to crack both the exams together, you need to be highly organised and systematic in approach. You can maintain simple mind-maps, rough charts, flash cards etc. for quick revision.
Also, maintaining a log of concepts/chapters studied, scores obtained in various mock tests, and topics that need to be revised later etc. is highly critical. It helps you quickly and easily recall what you have covered and to what extent. This can be done through an excel sheet. Using such self-help tools is very important for analysing your strengths and weaknesses.