Last Minute preparation tips for JEE Main Chemistry

JEE Mains is one of those examinations that can be referred to as a career builder. There are thousands of students who appear for this examination every year, but surprisingly enough, only a handful of them gets selected through the final rounds. Earlier the examination was conducted in an offline mode whereas at present students can opt for online examinations as well depending on individual preference and convenience. However, the success always depends on the hard work, dedication, motivation, strategic preparations and holistic coverage of the syllabus.

There are three subjects that the students get judged on namely Physics, mathematics and Chemistry. According to the average scores, Chemistry has been seen to have the most scoring nature amongst all of these three. Though mathematics and Physics and also be a useful component in making your aggregate high but in general Chemistry is the subject that students do well. There are 90 questions asked in the JEE Mains final papers, and 30 questions are from Chemistry.  Hence, it demands a lot of focus and strategic preparations.

When you are left with 7-8 days before the exams, it is highly likely that you have already done the necessary preparations for Chemistry and other subjects, but here are some of the tips and suggestions that you can consider at the final stage of your preparations a week before the exams.

The process to attempt

Never forget that you need to invest time in every subject and cannot provide more than 40-50 minutes in Chemistry. If you are prepared, this time should be enough for you to solve the paper and score as high as 90. The first thing that you should keep in mind is that, no matter what, never attempt to change the ordering or the sequence in which you have been practising so far. A change in the last minute might ruin your hard earned accuracy in the examination hall. It might also cause mismanagement of time.

The general tendency is to start with chemistry followed by physics and mathematics. If you are adapted to some other ordering, maintain the same. However, in the examination hall, while attempting the questions, if you find that the first section that you solve is somewhat difficult and time-consuming than the other ones, you can surely change the ordering to make sure that no time is wasted. Instead of investing more time in one section, try to distribute the time equally between the subject.

Self Study

Once the examinations get closer, the coaching classes get over leaving with substantial time to study on your own. If earlier you had 7-8 hours of study time, for the last few days, you would be able to allow 11-12 hours for self-study. This will also help you in managing test paper solutions and taking time out for thorough revisions. Try to solve at least one test paper daily from the previous JEE Main test papers. There are always some tricky questions there in the papers that can be prepared while solving them. You will also find that some of the questions get repeated. Hence practising the online test papers will enable you to do a revision and an up gradation at the same time. Once done, do a self-analysis of the papers and understand your shortcomings. This will help you in mending the difficulties and achieving higher scores.

Chapter wise preparation

The syllabus is surely extensive, but if you do a systematic study, success is assured. As far as the Inorganic Chemistry is concerned, Chemical Bonding and Coordination compound the two topics that make for at least two questions and if you have done an excellent preparation for both the chapters, the solutions must be right as the questions are never too tricky for these two.

If you are worried about the last minute preparation of the P Block, consider reading the NCERT book thoroughly. You do not actually have to memorize the topic, just go through it as many time as possible, and you will learn the topic by default.

For the organic section, allocate less time during the examination as most of the questions here are of read and tick variety. No major calculations are required to solve the organic chemistry problems and thus require lesser time that the physical chemistry. GOC being the backbone of chemistry is a must learn and you must develop the power to anticipate the products by looking at the reagents. Always remember that the products came earlier to the mechanism and thus, you cannot predict the products from the mechanism, you need to understand the reagents. The JEE Mains generally deal with specific sets of reactions which if remembered, can be solved within minutes.

Next comes the most important part of chemistry, physical chemistry. Conceptual clarity is the primary requisite for this section and a student having a good grasp over the methodologies and rules can excel in this section easily. Mole concept and the redox are the two primary aspects of this section and involve calculations for which more time is required than the other sections of chemistry. Learn the concepts from the very first day and ensure an in-depth knowledge of the entire syllabus to excel in the examinations. A good score in Chemistry will always keep you ahead of others and provide fair chances for JEE advanced.

Last minute tips

A student must keep the following in mind when only a few days are left for the final examinations.

  • Revise the notes as many times as possible. This will help you gain conceptual clarity which in turn would help you in accuracy and speed.
  • Follow the NCERT book thoroughly. It is evident that if you are preparing for the JEE Mains examinations, you will be dealing with a lot of books for reference, but NCERT should be your textbook and must be learned end to end.
  • Never let your confidence level die down. No matter what, always believe in yourself and stay amidst the positives only.
  • Keep motivating yourself throughout the preparatory levels till the time you leave the examination hall after the exams. There must not be any dearth in motivation at any point in time. Revision of motivation is also important like the revision of syllabus.
  • Stay away from any new learning when you are left with only 4-5 days before the exams.
  • Skip the questions that you are not sure of to avoid the negative markings. Stick to the ones that you are assured of.
  • Get yourself ample rest and sleep before you head for the examination. Do not stretch your study overnight right before the day of examination to let your brain work well during the examination.

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