How to revise for your JEE Main Exam

Months of JEE Main Preparation comes down to the last few months. The last lap of JEE Main preparation must be devoted to revision. A proper revision lap will double your chances of success in the examination. It is essential to recollect all the information gained in the last several months.

Here are a few revision tips that are sure to help you:

1. Revisit Problem Areas during JEE Main Revision

While preparing for JEE Main, you may have noticed that certain concepts were easier to grasp while other topics remained vague and difficult to remember. Assign more time in your revision schedule for the topics you have difficulty with, but don’t forget to revise the others. Another related tip is that don’t try learning anything new now. If you haven’t figured out the problematic areas yet, let them be. Focus on what you know and are good at.  

2. Make a New Time-table for JEE Main Revision

Leave behind your old timetable and make a new one with a shorter schedule to revise each subject. Cover the concepts and practice solving equations rather than going deep into each topic. Your revision timetable should cover all topics without going too deep.

3. Mock Tests and Sample Papers

Ideally, you should attempt as many mock tests as possible. Find the official ones released by the NTA. Sample papers, on the other hand, are available online, with answers. Once your concepts are in place, the only way to test how well you know them is by solving problems and papers. Apart from giving you practice, mock tests also build confidence, one solved question at a time. After a few, you’ll be ready to face all types of questions.

4. Use Flash Cards for JEE Main Revision

Flash cards can be based on the notes you made while studying or just the topics with solutions. The idea is to polish your memory. Simplify the information and visualize it in your mind and then by association. The reason they are called flashcards is that a mere glance at some words should trigger the rest. In cases of limited time, flash cards are better for revision than notes.

5. JEE Main Subject Wise Revision Tips

Here is an insight into what your last minute cramming plan should look like. The more difficult topics under each subject have been identified so you know how much time you need to spend on each section.

JEE Main Physics Revision Tips

The less difficult, though important chapters include Oscillations, Gravitation, Semiconductors, Heat and Thermodynamics, Wave Optics, Error and Instrument Analysis, Photoelectric Effect, Electromagnetic Waves and Ray Optics. Spend less time on these, just enough to grasp the concepts well.

The more difficult chapters are Properties of Matter, Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism, Kinematics, Electrostatics, Rotation, Current Electricity and Capacitors, Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current, Waves and Sound, Bohr’s Atomic Model and Rotation. Your revision plan should focus on these topics in detail and master the concepts.

JEE Main Chemistry Revision Tips

The easier topics include Electro-chemistry, d-Block Elements, Chemical Kinetics, Gaseous and Liquid state, Chemical bonding, Aromatic Compounds, Nuclear and Surface Chemistry, Alkyl Halides, and Co-ordination Compound.

The tougher topics that need more revision time are General Organic Chemistry, Isomerism, Carboxylic Acid and its Derivatives, Thermodynamics, Aldehydes and Ketones and P-Block Elements.

JEE Main Mathematics Revision Tips

The vital, though easy Math chapters for the IIT JEE Main are 3-Dimensional Geometry, Probability Distribution, Circle, Sequence and Series, Determinant and Matrices, Vectors and Straight Line.

Finally, here are the more complicated Math topics: Complex Numbers, Conic Sections, Application of Derivatives, Limits, Continuity & Differentiability, Definite Integral and Area under the Curve, Quadratic Equations, Binomial Theorem and Functions.

6. When to Guess, When to Not!

When solving the paper, use this strategy when faced with multiple answer options. Eliminate the least correct answers first then guess out of what’s remaining. Don’t apply guesswork on all a,b,c, and d options. This is, of course, for those questions that you have the most problem with. The multiple questions format usually follows the sequence of 1) Completely false answer 2) The right answer 3) The trick answer 4) The almost correct answer. So, sometimes when you solve a question in a hurry, be sure to double-check whether it’s the trick answer, the most correct one or the real one!

7. Keep Your Eyes on The Prize!

This close to the finishing line, it can happen that you begin to doubt yourself. It’s natural. Especially if you’re cramming your head with last-minute new data. Firstly, as mentioned earlier, don't try to grasp any new concepts or formulas now. Secondly, this is no time to second guess your abilities. You’ve climbed this high, no point in turning back till you summit. Set smaller, achievable targets. Right now your next target is to appear for the exam, prepared and armoured.  

8. Time Your Body Clock

Though some students prefer to study at night and sleep during the day, as you approach Exam Day, start breaking this pattern. Be most alert at the scheduled time of the exam on the days leading to the exam. This way you won’t feel sleepy during the most exciting exam of your life and all that you worked towards will not go to waste!

So, sleep well, eat well, exercise and revise!

All the best!

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