This year 2.45 Lac candidates are shortlisted for JEE (Advanced) making it one of the coveted examinations held in the country. This tends to create tremendous pressure on students that they need to work even harder to achieve their goal. At times, due to this pressure, they tend to make mistakes. Hence, it can be concluded that just grasping the concepts does not suffice. It is imperative for students to deploy unconventional and strategic methods in order to smoothly sail through the exam. However, having a fair idea in advance about the common mistakes committed in the exam and ways to handle them can definitely give students an edge over others.
Here is what a student should keep in mind to avoid some common mistakes in JEE (Advanced).
Incorporate a Systematic Exam Strategy
Planning and strategizing is one of the key attributes that students fail to keep in mind during the examination. They should aspire towards allocating adequate time to the different sections of the paper and leave the portion that they are saddled with for the end. In addition, they should keep abreast with the time so that they are able to complete the paper in the stipulated time frame. Students should also deter from dedicating too much time to a single question and diligently work towards completing the paper in a hassle-free manner by implementing a systematic and comprehensive strategy.
Never Ever Pull an All-Nighter
Staying awake the night before the exam can be detrimental to the health of the student and have unforeseen pitfalls during the exam. They might find themselves stuck in a limbo, unable to decipher the question paper. Going without sleep can also lead to lack of focus, lethargy and accentuate stress levels. It is, thus, imperative for students to get a full night sleep in order to be fully charged for the exam.
Turbulence Before the Exam
Right before the commencement of the exam, a majority of students are seen in every corner of the examination centre discussing questions, formulae, and other essential concepts. Such discussions lead to chaos and confusion and leave them crippling with problems. They should rather be complacent of themselves and focus on their goal instead of jeopardizing the whole preparation.
Manage Your Exam Anxiety
Considering the unpredictability and the difficulty level of the question papers, anxiety is a common trend among students. The pressure to perform and lack of confidence in one’s abilities seem to baffle the students. They should, thus, learn stress management and keep a tab on their strengths and weaknesses in order to fight their anxiety.
Deciphering questions become a herculean task when students fail to comprehend the questions in the exam. This ensues when students often in hurry pay no heed to the thorough reading of the questions. As a result, they fail to register the key information stated in it. Students should, thus, deploy meticulous reading habits, thereby leaving no room for errors or doubts.
Refrain from Procrastinating the Longer Questions
Apprehensions regarding the precise solution to the questions lead to skipping of lengthy and tough looking questions. Often students fail to perceive that procrastination leaves them grasping for the time in the end. They should, hence, try to logically and analytically approach questions before going past them.
Manage Rough Sheets
Managing rough sheets is a substantial but daunting task during the exam. However, what is more difficult is to find out and locate which solution belongs to which particular question. Subsequently, students have to frantically search all the sheets, thereby squandering a lot of time. Students should, thus, organize their sheets by marking them appropriately. This would enable them to refer to the required solution as and when required and without wasting time.
Mark Answers Discreetly
Marking the answers impulsively is one of the common mistakes in JEE (Advanced) often committed by students. They tend to linger on the marking of the answers towards the end. Consequently, they are left with no time and end up marking the options incorrectly. Students should refrain from committing such errors and focus on marking the answers simultaneously and discreetly.
Consider Eliminating the Options
The pressure to perform is said to continuously hover a child’s mind leaving him/her bewildered in the exam. As a result, he/she is unable to settle for the correct answer out of the available options. In such a scenario, students should shift their focus from locating the correct option to eliminating the wrong options first. This approach would not only take them to the right answer but will also help save their precious time.
Be Cautious and Not Overconfident
Overconfidence is one of the important determinants to success. It sometimes tends to build walls around the mind, thereby restricting the thinking abilities of students. It not only suppresses but also undermines self-analysis abilities. Instead, students should adopt a cautious approach in order to cruise through the exams.
To conclude, mistakes are regarded as stepping stones to success. Analyzing mistakes can help students to understand their weak areas and work on them. Additionally, it also assists them in chalking out a well-planned strategy for the impending exam ahead. Sometimes looking at the mistakes of others helps students to circumvent them and they can learn to rectify theirs.
Author: Kama Choudhary
Kama is an avid reader, an experienced content writer, a published academic author and an educator with experience in teaching Senior Secondary Classes. From conducting thorough research on industry-related topics to preparing well-structured drafts, Kama has been creating compelling content for the blog. In addition, she provides content for various marketing campaigns, writes press releases and develops and edits content for our web pages. She provides succinct content for our various advertisements and writes clear marketing copy to promote our products and services.