Focus & Motivation: Pre-requisites For JEE Preparation
| R. L. Trikha, FiitJee - 16 Dec 2022

JEE is one of the most prestigious and difficult exams in the world. More than ten Lakhs of students appear for JEE Main and put their best foot forward to qualify for the next step i.e., JEE Advanced. Out of the eligible around 2 lakhs students who are near in JEE Advanced exam, only a small percentage less than 2, get into their dream IITs and other prestigious institutions. The schedule for JEE Main 2023 will be announced soon by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to Undergraduate Programs in IITs, NITs, IIITs, and other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs). for the next academic year (2023-2024). In 2023, the JEE Main exam will be conducted in two sessions. The first session is expected to be held in January 2023 and the second in April 2023. The candidate’s best performance out of the two will be considered in the final merit list for JEE Main. 

Quality study material, dedication, and passion are very important, but there are specific tips students should keep in mind while preparing and sitting in the examination hall. These tips (discussed in the subsequent sections) will help students to secure a good rank and boost their confidence.

 Preparing for the exam can be very stressful for students amidst the lure of distractions of the digital media age. And on top of that, teenage without proper guidance and counseling can make students go away from their path, making them more restless and prone to excessive use of mobile and the internet.  Hence preparation should be done diligently with full focus, following verbatim the directions of faculty/mentors.

 Fear of examination, worry, nervousness, anxiety, and low confidence are not strange emotions before the exam. If you are dealing with these emotions, remember you are not alone. The entire community, all those lakhs of JEE aspirants are going through the same. So, don’t drown yourself in stress or tension, instead, focus on your goal. Students preparing for such a competitive exam just cannot afford to lose focus at all.

So, how to stay focused and always motivated? Here’s what you can do!

Know the syllabus and exam pattern

It is said that a war cannot be won without knowing its enemy’s strengths & weaknesses and the nature of the battleground.

The same applies to an IIT JEE examination as well. Without having a proper idea about the syllabus and the test pattern, you cannot crack the exam. So first and foremost, you must have a thorough understanding of the syllabus and the exam pattern before starting your focused preparation. Since the right preparation will boost your confidence and the progress achieved will give you confidence and motivation to continue.

Believe in yourself and stop comparison

First and foremost, it is extremely important to believe in yourself and whenever you feel stuck or demotivated, just remember that you are not alone, lakhs of students out there may be feeling just the way you are.

Follow the advice and directions given in the coaching institute. Do not compare with others. There may be many ways that are seemingly different but lead to the same destination. This will depend upon the current level of preparation and gaps to be filled to achieve the desired rank as dreamed by you and further tweaked by your faculty/mentors in the institute.

Try to avoid any possible distractions

IIT JEE preparation calls for intense focus and dedication. So, you need to stay clear of all the things that can distract you e.g., mobile phones, social media, noisy environments, music, etc. Imagine yourself getting into your desired IIT to shoo away your distraction. Your goal is your motivation.

Solve question papers to boost your confidence

Solving question papers under the same conditions as in an actual exam, will give you a feel of the real exam and so you will get to know your shortcomings and the areas that you need to polish. This will increase your confidence by many folds, increasing your speed, accuracy, and examination temperament so essential to scale prestigious and tough examinations like IITJEE.

Generate interest in your subjects

If you are not interested in the subjects you are studying, you will never be able to pass the exam. So, whenever you feel like something is too theoretical to be interesting, do some practical work, and look out for its application part because seeing science in everyday things generates interest in the topics.

Follow the previous rankers and learn from their mistakes

Follow the previous All India Rankers, listen to them, try out the tips they share, and learn from their mistakes. This is a smart way to go about preparing for JEE and will save you a lot of time you would have otherwise lost in doing things differently, doing extra or unnecessary things.

Find the balance between studies and other activities

Students preparing for IIT JEE should maintain a healthy balance by taking short breaks in-between intense study sessions. Health, friendship, family, creativity healthy recreation, etc. all should go hand in hand and shouldn’t be neglected or else you will feel frustrated and exhausted.

Study as much as you can during your productive hours.

It’s not important to study 24x7, nor is it to study all in one go. But during the times when your productivity is at its peak, try and study as much as you can without feeling stressed. Test yourself with problems of increasing difficulty till you have mastered the concept.

Engage in sports, yoga, and extracurricular activities

It is a scientific fact that students who are engaged in any kind of sport are far more productive and energetic comparatively. Asanas, Pranayama, and meditation/ relaxation in that order make you fit and powerful physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Take short breaks during long study hours

When you are studying for long hours, break them into intervals. Use the Pomodoro Technique i.e. take a 5 to 10-minute break post every 30 minutes to 1 hour of serious study. And in those breaks do something that makes you feel good like talking to a friend, spending time with your family, listening to music, stretching a little, or relaxation technique.

Reward yourself for your achievements

Keep short goals for each day and reward yourself for achieving them. When you reward yourself for your achievements (even the very small ones), it motivates you to do that more and more because the rewards stimulate the production of feel-good hormones in your brain. Say, you want to play a game, so you must first study for x amount of time and only after achieving that target, allow yourself to play the game. This way you can yield better and better results.

Be in good company

In a student’s life, the company can make or break the deal, and more so when you are preparing for an exam like JEE. Human energy is infectious, be it positive or negative. So, keep your distance from negative energies and surround yourself with people that bring out the best in you and help you be in high spirits.

Don’t think about the result

You know how much effort you are putting into preparing for JEE. And hard work never goes in vain. It does pay off in ways more than one. Even if you don’t get into IITs, you will get into some other famous institute but remember that you are going to make a successful life.

To say in a nutshell, just be aware of your potential, and your level of preparation, and don’t be under unnecessary stress. Just maintain the balance of everything; do whatever you do with utmost dedication and sincerity; believe in yourself; no one can stop you from achieving your dream goal.

All the Best!!!


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