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When did you start your preparation for JEE? Tell us something about your preparation strategy.
HIMANSHU (AIR 2): I started my preparation in class X when I enrolled in FIITJEE’s Three Year Classroom Program. My preparation strategy was to analyse my weak areas and work upon it till the time I gained enough confidence. Practicing questions in time bound conditions was another important aspect of my preparation which helped me to give my best on the actual JEE day. In the end, I must add that I never missed my classes at FIITJEE as every class added some value.
How should we manage our Class XII Board Exams along with the preparation of JEE?
HIMANSHU (AIR 2): This is more of a psychological concern of many Students. You must understand that if your fundamentals are strong and you have a firm grip on all the topics, then you can sail through any exam pattern. Another important point is to be regular at your School and make sure that you appear in all the School Exams.
There is a perception that JEE preparation gets you disconnected socially. Is it so?
HIMANSHU (AIR 2): It is not true. If you are regular in your studies, then you will find time for yourself. When you study, study with 100% dedication without wasting a single minute. You will see that you will get time to spend on your social engagements.
Was preparing for JEE stressful?
HIMANSHU (AIR 2): Many Students & Parents believe that preparing for JEE is stressful. I can firmly say that at FIITJEE, it is not. Strengthening the fundamentals and enhancing the analytical ability are the key. If you follow the FIITJEE system with absolute focus & dedication then you will be devoid of any stress & anxiety.
Archit, you started your preparation in class VI itself? What made you take this step.
ARCHIT (AIR 3): See, preparation for JEE does not start from class VI but yes, it will help you at a later stage to step into the world of JEE preparation with a lot more confidence & zeal. In my early years at FIITJEE, I got success in various milestone exams like Junior Science Olympiad & RMO. I can confidently say that my early years at FIITJEE developed my logical thinking and enhanced my IQ & analytical ability. All this has made a substantial contribution to my eventual success in JEE Advanced 2019.
How did you manage to be consistent & motivated in your long journey of JEE preparation?
ARCHIT (AIR 3): I always dreamt of studying at an IIT and my passion to give my best has kept me motivated all through these years. However, there were days when I didn’t feel like studying and it was hard to maintain the momentum. On those days, I used to take some break and rejuvenated myself by indulging in a sport, or any extracurricular activity.
Should one study equally for all the three subjects Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics or focusing on only two subjects will be sufficient?
ARCHIT (AIR 3): Studying two subjects and leaving out the third one can drastically bring your rank down by a huge margin and can take you away from your dream Institute and branch. The key to my success is that I divided my study schedule accordingly wherein I devoted an almost equal amount of time to all the three subjects.
Now that JEE Main is being conducted twice, what do you suggest, whether we should appear in the first attempt, or the second or both?
ARCHIT (AIR 3): I recommend you to give both the attempts. Through the first attempt, you will get to know your weakness & loopholes in your preparation. Overcome all the shortcomings and then appear for the second attempt with more confidence & assurance of getting a big score.
Shabnam, how should we improve our speed & accuracy? Please share a few tips.
Shabnam (AIR 10): Increase your self-study time, work on your fundamentals and then attempt a lot of mock test papers in the simulated real exam like conditions.
In my class, there is immense competition. Sometimes I also feel peer pressure. Please suggest.
Shabnam (AIR 10): During this journey, you will meet many students who are better than you and this should only motivate you to work harder & perform better. Don’t get disappointed at any point in time. I was really fortunate, that at FIITJEE I had a very competitive peer group and it helped me a lot to uplift my level of competency manifold.
How should I develop an interest in a subject which is not to my liking?
Shabnam (AIR 10): Speak to your subject teacher and discuss your reason for dislike. Take his / her help and try to overcome it. They will give you the right approach & a few tricks on how to make the subject interesting. You should also enhance the self-study time for that particular subject.
Manan, how helpful was FIITJEE’s All India Test Series in preparing you for the JEE Main & Advanced. Is it a must appear in?
Manan (AIR 14): From time to time, through FIITJEE’s All India Test Series, I got to know the gaps in my preparation and about the points which required my attention. Moreover, I also got to know my standing at National Level which certainly egged me to perform better and beat the competition. The best part is, it gave me a simulated test environment like JEE Main & JEE Advanced Exam thus enabling me to be much more confident on the day of the actual CBT exam of JEE Main & JEE Advanced.
Few students find FIITJEE’s All India Test Series tough? What do you have to say about this?
Manan (AIR 14): Attempting FIITJEE’s AITS is like attempting JEE Advanced. I realized this when I appeared in JEE Advanced. The questions asked in AITS are designed closely on the lines of JEE. So, when I appeared in JEE Advanced, it was just like appearing in one of the All India Test Series Tests. It is like preparing for the Olympics. If you are preparing for the Olympics and dream to succeed in it, then the level of your preparation, practice & planning has to be at the desired level. You have to keep raising the bar of your performance and you can only achieve that by regular practice. Similarly, by regularly appearing in the AITS you keep on striving to set new benchmarks of performance and aim to keep surpassing those. The ultimate objective of these Tests is to help JEE aspirants retrospect their performance through continuous Tests and make up for the shortcomings.
Is it important to appear in exams like NTSE, KVPY & Olympiads?
Manan (AIR 14): Indeed, it is extremely important to appear in these National / International Level Exams and do well. By appearing in these milestone exams you can benchmark your performance among the Top Students of the Country and get to know your standing. These are stepping stones in your journey to become an IITian.
Does increasing the number of study hours in a day enhance my chances of qualifying JEE?
Manan (AIR 14): It is the quality and not the quantity of study time that matters. Solving good quality questions tests your fundamentals and makes your preparation much stronger than solving a large number of easier questions. Whenever you study, study sincerely, dedicatedly & with zero distraction.
Manan, what are the common mistakes students make while preparing for JEE?
Manan (AIR 14): Well, what I have observed is that many Students approach their Teacher for doubt removal without putting sufficient self-effort in solving a problem. Only after you have exhausted with your attempts in solving the problem, you should approach your Teacher. This way your doubts get removed totally and you understand the concepts very well. In the future, you would be able to apply the concept effortlessly in solving any problem. Another example, which can be stated as a mistake is the frequent use of calculators. IIT-JEE does not allow the use of calculators. I advise you that you should shun this habit and should aim to do the calculation by yourself only as it will help you to develop speed required in JEE Exam and would boost your confidence.
What is that one quality that every JEE aspirant must possess or at least strive to develop over a period of time?
Shreepranav (AIR 15): Not one, rather I suggest two. One, that you take the preparation of JEE as a joyful journey, and two, you should inculcate a Never Give up Attitude. We have heard that revision is very important especially that of Class XI syllabus.
When should we ideally complete the syllabus and start the revision? What should be the revision strategy / important things to be kept in mind?
Shreepranav (AIR 15): Revision stage is an important stage of your JEE preparation where you overcome your shortcomings. Your study notes will be of great help. During revision, do not try to touch new concepts, rather attempt the mock JEE papers as many as possible.
Is FIITJEE’s study material sufficient to prepare for both JEE Main & JEE Advanced?
Shreepranav (AIR 15): Following a single learning system has been the key to my success. FIITJEE study material is much more than self-sufficient. I will not advise you to consider different study materials for your JEE preparation as the bundle of study materials only leads to confusion and loss of time.
What should be done to utilize the time available after the JEE Main exam is over?
Shreepranav (AIR 15): Let me tell you what I did. I was preparing simultaneously for both JEE Main & JEE Advanced as both are concept-based exams. After JEE Main, I practiced with more mock papers of JEE Advanced in that period and quickly brushed through my notes which helped me to achieve the success in JEE Advanced.
Is there anything else that you would like to share/suggest?
Shreepranav (AIR 15): I would like to give a message to the Parents of budding JEE aspirants. There might be instances where your child might not meet your expectations or may perform poorly in a few tests. In those situations, you should not reprimand your child as this will further demotivate & dishearten him/her and will put unnecessary pressure. A parent should always motivate & guide their wards to be strong in all the situations of life.