Monday, November 30, 2009

How to prepare for IIT JEE 2017

IIT JOINT ENTRANCE EXAMINATION (IIT JEE)
For achieving success in any exam there are some fundamental rules common to all exams and there are some exam specific  preparations

Fundamentals for Preparation

Construction of knowledge in your mind is the key because only you have to reproduce this knowledge in exam. Teaching (Instructions) from school / coaching class / digital media are methods of giving knowledge to you but far more important is how much have you gained (construction of knowledge in your mind) and for that only your efforts will matter.  Memorising is short lived. Learning is lasting as you have put in efforts to understand each topic. In objective exams there is no shortcut to learning

After school / college teaching if you go to coaching classes, you have moved from teaching mode again to teaching mode but what is required is to move to learning mode because you have already received instructions (teaching) once and now it is important to construct (learning) them in your mind because only this mind has to reproduce knowledge in exam. If you have enough time, coaching will help by further reinforcing instructions (teaching) but if time is a constraint, you have carefully to plan time management – may be take help in weak subjects. But even after coaching, learning is a must. Teaching should complement learning which is final goal in your education  endeavour.

Remember learning can be effectively undertaken when you understand what is known to you, what remains to be known and initiate steps to bridge the gap. Third party only will be able to tell you what is not known to you. Here self assessor is effective tool. Once you have identified gap in topic or key concept (questions done incorrectly in self assessor), first try to resolve it yourself by referring to any standard book. Thereafter take help of your colleagues or teacher. Kindly do not leave these gaps unattended/ unresolved. Fill them same day as next day you tend to forget and there are other topics to be completed in your schedule. Master this topic well before moving. Rome is built brick by brick.


1. Understand your goal – IITJEE – Please go through tentative dates of the  exam and syllabus and define your weekly schedule to cover each topic. You have to master subject each topic wise step by step and the practice for final exam around two months before exam date. Please also understand exam pattern, go through exam analysis to understand the way exam was in last year and remember cut offs as they will help to bench mark your performance Go through the syllabus thoroughly. Most of your syllabus will be similar to that of 11th and 12th class of CBSE. Knowing your goal fuels achievement. Quantify your goals. Goals which cannot be measured are never achieved. For example your goal can have a short term objective - I shall complete laws of motion in next two days and shall be able to answer 80% objective questions on concepts and problems of laws of motion correctly and there after assess yourself to measure whether you have achieved your short term objective

2. Build timelines – Ideal start time will be 11th class. Build your study schedule week wise  alongside the schedule of your school curriculum as your MHTCET and school syllabus are same.

3. Daily steps

• Concentrate during classes whether in school /college or coaching institutes.
• Take your notes, jot important points to remember
• Review the knowledge you have gained subject wise /topic wise/ subtopic wise or keyword wise by assessing yourself through self tests daily/weekly depending upon the depth of your course curriculum in Self Assessor. Remember to build enough challenge in your tests as this not only assesses your learning properly but also adds lot to your knowledge from its own knowledge pool during assessment.
• Analyse your self test results carefully. You would have committed some silly mistakes. Try to avoid them next time. There would be many areas at your level which were unknown to you but are required to be understood for the exam you are preparing for. Try to understand/clear your doubts preferably same day on these areas by referring back to your books, discussing with your colleagues or from your teacher next day. Do not leave this to unattended because on next day other topics are waiting to be mastered
• On completing the subject you can simulate mock tests/old papers and more tests from test patterns of IITJEE in Test Simulator. As these tests simulate exam like environment, you will have first hand experience of your knowledge depth, speed and accuracy. In addition you will be able to benchmark your performance with previous year results and shall have good information on your level of preparedness
• The test taken by you are kept as a history for a limited time. You can access the same, analyse the results and discuss the same with your teachers/guides/ mentors to improve further

The key in competitive exam is:

It is important how much you know about a subject but what is more important is how much you know more than others. That is what differentiates a winner from a loser

Exam Specific Preparation

Time

Best time to start is at begining of 11th class itself. Complete syllabus two months before exam date. Build a weekly time schedule. Try to cover most of topics by synchronising them with your class curriculum. This will save most of time as well ensure good results in board exams besides IIT.

Methodology
Its very simple
Concentrate in class in the topics of all three subjects. Jot important points

Study yourself from any good book preferably same topics of the subjects for about 2 hour 15 minutes (45 minutes each subject at home)  to move from teaching to learning mode. For any additional chapter/topic which is in IIT and not in your class curriculum, an additional hour may be required but it will only be few cases and not daily. Then practice problems on same areas for about 1  and half hour (averagely half hour each topic of the subject)
Thereafter take a ten to fifteen minutes self test in self assessor on each topic of the subject studied by you to assess level of understanding achieved in the topic studied. These tests draw questions from a large and specific knowledge pool based on your selection criteria.  Kindly ensure that there is sufficient challenge in your self test. Your number of questions be more than 10 for the topic, (in keyconcept based on keyword they can be even less than 10), level of questions should be at least L2 and time should be bare enough to solve questions. If there are some specific concepts in topic studied by use, take tests on them also by inputting suitable keyword in self assessor.

Analyse results. For questions done incorrectly refer to books to understand where you have gone. try to complete this exercise alone. Alternatively take help of your mentor. The mentors can be your school teacher or teacher in coaching class. To economise time prefer coaching if necessary only in subjects where you are weak.
Thereafter retake test with new set of questions. Once confident, move to next topic. This is active learning as you have yourself put in efforts to understand topics. You will start enjoying your studies and these concepts will be long lasting in you mind






For more information and practice test visit www.testbag.com 

Books

There are many good books in market but stick to few books only.
Keep NCERT books as your base book alongwith one more textbook each subjectwise for theory and one book for problems. rest all should only be used as reference books only to clear specific doubts

Below mentioned is a exhaustive list of important books for IITJEE


Name of Book
Writer / Publisher
To be used as



PHYSICS


NCERT Physics for 11th and 12th
NCERT
Text book
Concepts of Physics Vol I and II
HC Verma
Text Book and Problems exercise
Problems in General Physics
I.E. Irodov
Problems exercise book
Advanced Level Physics
Nelkon and Parker
Reference book
Aptitude Test Problems in Physics
S.S Krotov
Reference book
Collection of questions and Problems in Physics
L.A. Sena
Reference book
Dynamics of a Particle & of Rigid Bodies
S.L. Loney
Reference book
Elements of Dynamics Part I & II
S.L Loney
Reference book
Fundamentals of Physics
Halliday, Resnick & Walker
Reference book
Physics Problems w/solutions
Chen, Min
Reference book
Physics Vols I & II
Tipler
Reference book
Problem in Physics
V.Zubov & V.Shalnov
Reference book
Problems in Physics
A.A Pinsky
Reference book
The Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol. 1 and 2
R.P. Feynman
Reference book
University Physics
Sears and Zemansky
Reference book



MATHS


NCERT Maths for 11th and 12th
NCERT
Text book
Maths XI & XII
R. S. Agarwal
Text book
Plane Trigonometry Part I
S.L. Loney
Text book
Co-ordinate Geometry
S.L. Loney
Text book
Algebra
Arihant Prakashan
Reference book
Algebra Made Easy
K.P. Basu
Reference book
Calculus
J. Edward
Reference book
Complete Course IIT Mathematics
Tata McGraw Hill
Reference book
Co-ordinate Geometry
Dr. Gorakh Prasad
Reference book
Differential Calculus
Arihant Prakashan
Reference book
Elementary Math’s
DoroFeev, Patapov
Reference book
Higher Algebra
Hall & Knight
Reference book
Higher Algebra
Bernard & Child
Reference book
IIT Mathematics plus
A Dasgupta
Reference book
Integral Calculus
Arihant Prakashan
Reference book
Intro. to Probability & its Applications
W. Feller
Reference book
Maths
Krechmar
Reference book
Problem Book in Mathematical Analysis
G.N. Berman
Reference book
Problems in Calculus of One Variable
I.A. Maron
Reference book
Problems in Mathematics
V Govorov, P.Dybov, N.Miroshin, S.Smirnova.
Reference book
Vectors
Shanti Narayan
Reference book
Vectors & 3-D Geometry
Arihant Prakashan
Reference book



CHEMISTRY


NCERT Chemistry for 11th and 12th
NCERT
Text book
Physical Chemistry
P. Bahadur
Text book
Organic Chemistry
Solomons
Text book
Inorganic Chemistry
O.P. Tandon
Text book
Numerical Chemistry
R.C. Mukhrjee
Problems exercise book
Chemistry Principles & Applications
Sienko & Plane
Reference book
Concise Inorganic Chemistry
J.D. Lee
Reference book
General Chemistry
Ebbing
Reference book
IIT Chemistry
O.P. Agarwal
Reference book
IIT Chemistry
Tata McGraw Hill
Reference book
Inorganic Chemistry
Arihant Prakashan
Reference book
Organic Chemistry
Morrison and Boyd
Reference book
Organic Chemistry
Francis Carey
Reference book
Organic Chemistry
Arihant Prakashan
Reference book
Organic Chemistry
O.P. Tandon
Reference book
Organic Chemistry
Paula Bruice Yurkanis
Reference book
Organic Chemistry
Bahal & Bahal
Reference book
Organic Chemistry-Vol I
I. L. Finar
Reference book
Physical Chemistry
O.P. Tandon
Reference book
Physical Chemistry
P.W. Atkins
Reference book
University Chemistry
Bruce H. Mahan
Reference book

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