The onset of COVID-19 has brought with it some tough times for people all over the world. With the government issuing a lockdown, all of us have to self-isolate ourselves which is a difficult task. It is frightening yet important. A lot of students are suffering due to the loss of studies during this time. Even though it is understandable that studying in a classroom environment is any day better than studying at home. But due to everything shifting into the digital mode, studying is not just possible inside the classroom but wherever you are. If you are a JEE aspirant, your preparation might have taken a backseat during these times. Especially for aspirants who were slotted to appear for their JEEs in this April as well as other aspirants who have started/were starting to prepare for the next attempt.
Here are some tips to continue your preparation even at home:
1. There are various schools and coaching institutes that are shifting to e-learning so that students do not have to press pause on their education. Since they might get overburdened if the studies only resume posting the lockdown. Coaching institutes like FIITJEE have gone online with their classes, which is great news for JEE aspirants. You can enroll in their classes and start your preparation which will continue into offline classroom learning later. Do your research and join.
2. Do not procrastinate. Create a daily schedule or time-table the previous night. Leave ample time to enjoy other things too but be strict with yourself when it comes to studying. Attend online classes regularly. Disciplining yourself is essential so that you don’t lag behind. Join coaching with smaller batch sizes to make the most out of it. Resolve your doubts and queries as soon as possible, that will ensure that you don’t waste time being stuck one thing.
3. It is easy to lose focus when you are at home. There are a lot of distractions. One way to solve that problem is to find a place in the house where you can’t see any sort of distractions in your peripheral vision. Situate your work station there and study.
4. Do not miss doing assignments or the homework you are provided by your teachers through the online classes. Note down the problems or the doubts you are facing and clear them in your next class. You can even learn from what doubts do others have so be attentive and participative. Plan your schedule to give equal time to each subject.
5. Many online platforms are also offering Free Test series for JEE Mains, JEE Advanced, BITSAT, NTSE (Stage-II), NTSE (Stage-I), and Fundamentals of Engineering & Medical (for Students of Class IX & X). Doing practice test is really important as it gives you an idea of your speed and provides a real exam like environment. These tests are great for practicing and evaluating your own performance. Analyze your weaknesses and focus on those areas.
- The weightage of questions is divided into difficulty levels. 25% of the questions are easy, another 25% is difficult and the rest 50% is averagely difficult. This will be key during your preparation because to get a high rank you need to focus on every type of question equally. Remember, hard work will get you there but smart work will get you there quicker.
- The practice is the key. Practice again and again till you understand a topic or formula. Try and apply the formula in different types of questions to get a broader understanding and better preparation. Solve last years’ question papers, revising or brush up on topics that you think require extra attention and if need be go back to understand the basics.
- Don’t just memorize. It is important to understand the concept and not just learn the formula or method. JEE is a complicated exam designed to test your core basic concepts. It is important that you focus on clearing your basic concepts so that even if the test pattern changes, you are not scared and can answer the question easily. Studying in the comfort of your home doesn’t need to be all bad. Although, you do need to put in a little to stay on track and make the best out of the situation presented to you. Soon the COVID-19 will pass and you will be able to continue your preparations in classrooms, however, one should be able to adapt to the circumstances and stay positive in difficult times too.