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JEE is an exam that requires constant hard work, dedication, and sincere efforts to succeed. In an exam that is taken by around 12 lakh students every year, it is not easy to secure a handsome rank. You need to do something more than just finishing the syllabus so as to excel in an exam of such a huge scale.
It is always easier to do something that you have already done before, than doing it for the first time. It is even easier if you have practiced doing it a lot. This applies in all domains -- sports, public speaking, etc. Taking exams is no exception.
If you have practiced taking tests a lot, you will get to know yourself better -- your exam temperament, your speed, your accuracy, your performance under pressure, the order of subjects that suits you the most, and many more such things. The more you know yourself, the better it is. You will realize your strengths and weaknesses, both. You can then work on your weaknesses so as to improve your performance and score high in the exam. Taking mock tests helps you to practice taking exams, and hence, it is always better to solve them during your JEE preparation phase, rather than going to take the JEE without any prior practice of solving mock tests.
This generation is very competitive. Hence, a neck-to-neck competition in JEE is not unexpected. After all, IITs are the most premier institutes of the country, and can potentially give a great head-start to the careers of their students. Hence, it is not surprising that almost all the engineering aspirants want to study in an IIT. Serious JEE aspirants, hence, leave no stone unturned in their JEE preparation. They know that solving mock tests gives an edge during the actual exam. Hence, if you want to be equal, or outshine, your competitors (the serious JEE aspirants), you also need to practice solving mock tests. You just cannot expect to outshine others if you do not work up to your full potential, whereas your competitors are leaving no stone unturned to excel.
In this article, we will talk about the importance of taking mock tests regularly, the importance of analyzing your performance in the mock tests, and the manner in which you should attempt the mock tests so as to obtain the maximum benefit.
Mock tests actually test your JEE preparation under exam-like conditions. The more you take the mock tests, the more comfortable you become in taking exams since you have practiced doing the same through mock tests. Taking mock tests regularly keeps your practice level up-to-date, and hence you are ready for taking a test almost anytime.
Another very important benefit of taking mock tests regularly is the constant revision that happens when you take them regularly. If you are a serious JEE aspirant, it is expected that you would want to score high in all the tests that you take. Revision is an important aspect of JEE preparation because it helps in retention of all that is learnt. Before taking a mock test, try to revise the concepts that you will encounter in the test. Doing this will make sure that you don't forget any concept that you learnt earlier, and definitely, your score in the mock test will improve. Trust me, constant revision does wonders for your JEE preparation.
In the last month of your JEE preparation, you should take at least 3 mock tests per week. For the two months before that, taking 1-2 mock tests per week is fine. For the JEE preparation period before that, taking 1 mock test per month should be targeted.
Just taking mock tests is not sufficient. Analyzing your performance in the mock tests is what makes the real difference. If you don't analyze your performance in the mock tests, you will not be able to recognize your weak areas, which will eliminate the possibility of you working on them and converting them into your strength.
After taking every mock test, match your answers with the answer key of the mock test. Check the solutions of the questions that you had given incorrect answers of. This will help you in recognizing the concepts that you might have misunderstood. You may have committed a silly mistake, that's a different issue. But if that is not the case, you will be able to recognize the topic that you had misunderstood and then you can study the topic again. After that, you should look at the solutions to the questions that you did not attempt. This will help you in recognizing the topics that you don't understand well. Once you are done with this, look at the solutions to the questions that you had correctly attempted. You may find a different approach to solving a problem, which would be good to know.
Once you are done with the above-mentioned analysis, study the topics that you are not comfortable with, again. Trust me, once you do so, you will have a much deeper understanding of those topics. Also, experiment with the different order of subjects while solving the mock tests. This would help you find the most suitable order of subjects for you.
No doubt, taking mock tests and analyzing them is important for scoring as per your full potential in JEE, but practicing solving mock tests in the right way will definitely boost your JEE performance many folds. Before solving a mock test, make sure to make the conditions similar to that of an actual exam.
Importance of taking mock tests regularly, in the right way, and analyzing your performance in them is immense. Make sure you go the extra mile, which would certainly affect your JEE rank for the better. All the best!
Speed and accuracy have a really complex relationship. Perhaps they are the most vital things to take care of while attending a highly competitive exam like JEE Main or Advanced. If you don't have the required pace, you will be snatched off your opportunity and left with the regret of how you could not attempt an easy question. On the other hand, accuracy is quite subtle when it comes to making you regret. You are going to realize your mistake after leaving the hall, or sometimes after the result comes out. But speed and accuracy -- they just do not get along. Precision requires time, and speed is all about reducing the amount of time. So let me be honest here, it's not easy to manage both of them at once, in fact, it's one of the hardest jobs - but maybe not as hard as cracking the exam with an acceptance rate of 2% and 12 lakh candidates.
Nervousness and stress are the arch-enemies of speed and accuracy. When you are nervous, your brain cannot function it its expected ability. On the other hand, when you are confident and stress-free, your brain produces Dopamine, which improves your concentration and problem-solving skills, eventually improving your speed and accuracy.
Time management is necessary for learning or revising as well as for acing the exam. When done correctly, it is nothing short of an art. During revision, you need to make a compact plan for how you are going to handle each and every topic. You have to stick to your own routine. Procrastination is not an option. When you have a specific deadline for finishing a topic, your brain will start working faster. Your subconscious mind will be trained to respond to the urgency, and nothing will be able to distract you at that time.
During your exam, you have to take a similar approach, only less aggressive. This is not a training for your brain, so precision matters. Your strategy should be well-planned, but cautious. Start with the easier problems and make your way up to the harder ones. If you practiced time management during your mock tests and revisions, speed should not be an issue for you, and the extra cautiousness would take care of the accuracy.
During your revision, gradually increase the level of problems' difficulty, and try to reduce the usage of pen and paper. Initially, you might face problems, the answers might not be accurate, but as you continue, the improvement in speed and accuracy will be noticeable.
Soon you will be confident enough to do short mind calculations and skip steps to solve the problems quickly. But don't be overconfident. Always be extra cautious during your exam.
No one will check if you solved the problem in a traditional step by step method, so you have the chance to be creative while solving a problem. During revision and mock tests, always try to find a better and quicker way to solve a question. You will discover a lot of reliable shortcut methods that were never taught to you. Your problem-solving speed would increase as you keep thinking creatively.
Now, here is the important part, don't try this during the exam, unless really necessary. Stick to the methods that you are 100% sure about. Your brain has already been trained to function faster, don't be deliberate to prove that during your exam.
You have to be smart while solving the problems. Unconventional ways are not discouraged at all. Learn some calculations beforehand. Memories some square roots, cube roots, derivatives, and integrations. Skim through the shortcut techniques, memorize multiplication table up to 20, apply elimination technique when necessary. These techniques might not be good for learning, but they will prove really helpful in JEE. So practice these during your revision and apply only when they are the most viable options.
Never, and I repeat, never get stuck in a single problem during the exam. Once you make a time management strategy at the beginning, you would have an idea how much time you can spend on a single problem. So stick to the plan and avoid being stuck at a particularly difficult problem. Move on, solve the other problems, and come back to it later if you are left with enough time for a revision.
Okay, don't skip the paragraph - I know you are tired of hearing people advising you to "practice, practice and practice". But trust me, this reminder is necessary, as practicing problems on the same concepts for 2 years is a really frustrating job. Just think about it for a moment, how much have your problem-solving speed improved since the first day you started studying for JEE? No matter how much boring this advice may sound, it always proves to be the most important one.
Prepare through mock tests with proper timing, and every time try to finish quicker than the last time. If you are taking offline mock tests, and your plan is to appear for the online JEE exam, be careful with the time management. The shading process does eat up a lot of time. Be careful about silly mistakes. Try to identify if there is a pattern in what kinds of mistakes you are making, and rectify them.
After answering the 90 questions, you will not feel too enthusiastic about the idea of going through all of those questions and rough works once again, searching for some silly mistakes which you are sure you didn't make. But double checking is the key to achieving accuracy. The options given for an MCQ can often be misleading and too close to reason out. Keep your rough work organized to make the process less frustrating. You will thank yourself later for saving at least 8 to 12 marks, which is enough to make a significant difference in your rank.
So, that was all for this article. Do your best to establish a friendship between speed and accuracy; the result will be worth the effort. Best of luck.
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