JEE Main Preparation Tips for Repeaters
There are several reasons for dropping a year to prepare for JEE. The reasons may vary for all like not getting the desired IIT/field/rank, not qualifying for the exam, etc. But one thing remains the same i.e. the hunger for IIT. The mere reason that one drops is evident enough of one's passion. Since there are only 2 attempts for JEE advanced and 3 attempts for JEE Main, so this is the time to devote your everything to crack the above exams.
Last year, in 2022, The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducted the exam in two sessions - the 1st session was held in the month of June and the 2nd session was held in the month of July. The NTA has announced the dates for JEE Main Session 1, 2023 i.e. 24th, 25th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st January followed by Session 2 on 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th April 2023. So, you hardly have any time left for the first session. It is important to utilize this time in the best way.
So, if you are repeating a year to crack JEE Main, this article is just the thing you need. Here are our top tips to crack JEE Main exam for repeaters. Things to focus for another attempt-
Don't get anxious
It might be disheartening for some students to drop a year to prepare for JEE Main while their peers might be getting into the IITs that they desire. This can lead to severe anxiety issues in students seeing the competition around. But remember all this is only getting you nearer to your dream and in the end, it will be worth it. Also, around 60% of students appearing in JEE Main are repeaters, so what you've done is not uncommon.
One thing you must do to overcome your anxiety is to stop comparing yourself to other students who you think have made it. Your only competition is you and you are the only one. Assess your previous attempt(s). It is very important to learn from your mistakes. Mistakes make you focused if you are serious to learn. Correct the mistakes that you have done in your previous attempt, and consult your teachers/mentors, coaching as well as your seniors. Pen down your concern and doubts in all subjects and take corrective action. Your previous attempt(s) will give you a lot of clarity in your preparation. Analyze your performance closely and assess your mistakes to identify what needs to be avoided in your next attempt and what needs to be more focused on. And so, you will find that your preparation has become much simpler and sorted.
Acquire good study habits
Quality over quantity applies everywhere but in studying, this is the best way to go, because two hours of effective study equals four hours of distracted study. So, you should acquire productive study habits.
One of the most productive study habits is the Pomodoro technique which means taking a 5-minute break after every 25 minutes. This technique is very helpful when you must study for long hours.
Some other productive habits are as follows:
- Maintain a balance between all three subjects.
- Practice questions every day before sleeping.
- Spend more time on your areas of improvement.
- Stay hydrated, eat healthily, and exercise daily.
- Stay in touch with like-minded people.
Solve questions papers as many as you can
It is crucial to solving previous years' papers because studying just concepts is not enough, as you'd be aware by now after taking one or more at- tempts. So, try and solve as many question papers as possible to get well acquainted with the pattern. Solving test papers will enable you to pin down your mistakes and work on them.
Work on your weakness
Since you have attempted the JEE Main exam before, you have a fair idea of what led to your failure. So, direct your focus toward that. Spend some time with those problems and get all the doubts cleared. Do not leave anything for the last minute. Make notes of all the topics/ concepts that you lag in, revise them daily, and be sure to master that. Not to forget that your strong areas should go hand in hand and should not be neglected in the process.
Enroll in a JEE Main program/ Test series
If earlier, you prepared for JEE Main yourself, this time you may want to join a JEE program course to be amongst a lot of your kind and see how they are preparing so that you get a feel of the competition; and/or join a test series to learn about your potential National rank.
- Mr. Ramesh Batlish, Expert FIITJEE