How To Simultaneously Prepare For JEE & Board Exams

Most of you have faced many exams in your academic life and you have a fair idea as to how to prepare for board exams. Let us revisit the question and narrow it down a little bit to bring more precision. How does it feel like breezing through the CBSE board exams, with minimum stress but maximum marks?

However, for most of you, board exam is one of your first high-stakes encounter with an exam which will decide the future of your academic life and even professional life. Your performance in board exam acts as a deciding factor for choosing subjects, that you study for the next couple of years or possibly even for the rest of your academic lives! Although your performance does not necessarily determine the course of our lives or the extent of your success, it would be wise to keep in mind the adage – “Well begun is half done!”

Let us break down the problem in terms of subjects:

1. Mathematics and Science

These are subjects that require you to be thorough with both- theory and concepts. At the beginning of the year, you should attempt the exercises diligently and try to solve questions without looking for readymade answers. This helps imbibe and internalize the concepts for effective recall. Meanwhile, it is important to know and adhere to the syllabus from an examination perspective. Taking practice tests help develop composure and temperament. Also, it is a good idea to get a feel for the ‘time’ and ‘difficulty’ elements for each question. The idea is to be able to gauge how long it would take to answer a question and how difficult the question might be. Making revision notes for each chapter is highly recommended.

For students who have the exams just around the corner, it is highly recommended to solve model papers and the actual CBSE Board exam question papers from the previous years. Creating cram-sheets with important formulae is an excellent time-saver as it will help you for a quick revision.

2. Social Studies

Students should learn how to answer questions based on their marks and merit. It is important to manage time well during the exam and hence it is a good habit to keep the answers to the right level of detail. Going through previous years’ papers is a must.

3. The Languages

Love them or learn to love them! If you can have fun with the chapters, you will surely do very well. While it is important to enjoy reading them, it would be penny wise pound foolish to not score well in the exams. For students who do not have much time, hustle! Go through the previous years’ papers.

Note: Good handwriting does have a marginal advantage. Think of those hundreds of papers a teacher has to evaluate during the paper evaluation. Good handwriting will definitely help the teacher’s work easy and in the process give you an advantage.

How to prepare for 12th board exams and JEE simultaneously?

After class X, most students face an indomitable obstacle – How to prepare for 12th board exams and simultaneously crack the JEE. For many, one can and does come at the cost of the other! So it is important that we deconstruct the problem and address the most critical issues.

1. Both are completely different exams

This is the most overlooked difference. Although the syllabus is same, CBSE Board exams test a different set of skills – subjective answers that test your understanding and recall, time management and presentation! JEE requires you select and solve objective problems of much higher difficulty under enormous time pressure. Taking exam becomes a significant skill at the JEE level. The Board exam is a qualifying one whereas the JEE is an elimination-based one. Hence, it is prudent to prepare for each exam on its own merit.

2. Answering techniques are different

To score well in the subjective exam, it is necessary to answer each question to the extent it is needed. Although the same question could be asked either for two marks or for five, the response should weigh in the marks. On the other hand, JEE demands you arrive at the right solution, no matter which method is followed; as long as the answer is correct.

3. Back to Basics

Your study strategy should be started with, rigorously creating your base from your NCERT text book. After you are through the basics, get to higher levels by solving previous years’ questions of the topic from board exams, JEE Mains and JEE Advanced. Hence in one go, you are strengthening the learning process straight to JEE advanced level. Refer the way topics are covered in Byju’s learning app to understand more about this. First the concept is covered with lot of visual elements to ensure understanding is cemented, then workshops based on previous papers to build on that base finally culminating with JEE Advanced problems to challenge your understanding.  In the app, you will see the solutions getting worked out on a whiteboard so that you are not going to waste time before getting your understanding clear followed by a question bank for self study.

4. SWOT Analysis

Developing the competence to ace the Board exam takes much lesser time comparatively. The JEE is a competitive exam and a huge number of students compete for a very few number of quality seats. In this regard, each student will have her own strengths and weaknesses. The student should learn to choose which questions to solve and which ones to leave! This is a crucial skill to succeed in competitive exams

To be able to assess the level of difficulty of a problem, the student should have an excellent grasp of concepts and their applications. Attention to detail becomes very significant and it helps us decide how long it might take to solve a problem. Hence, the level of mastery required to crack exams like JEE is much higher.

This is where we help! We at Byjus have an array of experts whose experience in teaching and helping students achieve their goals is massive. Our videos, leverage this wealth of experience and combine it with rich, captivating graphics to help students learn more effectively and efficiently. We will help you Think and Learn and still have fun! You will not only learn how to crack the board exams but also learn to ace the JEE without a breaking a sweat!

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