Competitive exams have become as important as normal school exams. In fact, for many careers and streams, your rank in competitive exams matter more than your percentage in school or board exams and so is the case with Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).
JEE Main and JEE Advanced are round the clock and it is not uncommon for students to feel frightened and anxious at this point of time. First things first, do not let anxiety get the better of you. You have been preparing for JEE from a long time now so be confident and keep the uncertainties aside.
Let’s have a look at a few last minute tips for JEE Main and JEE Advanced.
1. It’s Time to Revise
On the last leg, your focus should be on revising the important topics rather than beginning with something new. It is the time to practice what you have already learned and clear your doubts, if any. Of course, you cannot revise the whole syllabus, hence, revise the important topics. You should put efforts in strengthening what you already know.
It is at this time when it becomes essential for students to browse through already studied vital topics and strategies as part of last minute revision.
2. Do Not Start Anything New
If you are thinking of starting a new topic, drop the plan. Beginning anything new at this point of time would only increase your stress. Do not indulge yourself in anything that is dangerous for your whole preparation. It is not the right time to explore new topics or what you have never gone through.
3.Solve Previous Year Papers or Practice Papers
Solving previous year papers or practice papers shall be of utmost importance to you. It would make you aware of the drastic changes that take place in the exam pattern every year and also, the complexity level of the exam.
Solving mock tests in a time-bound manner would help you learn time management skills thereby improving your performance. This will also build your speed and accuracy.
4. Relax Your Mind
While preparing for competitive exams and in the haste of scoring high, students often become anxious. Before appearing in the exam, students must relax their mind by doing activities that interest them. It may be listening to music, long walk, jogging, talking to a friend or going to gym. It is very important to free your mind of any kind of tensions and anxiousness.
5. Take Proper Sleep
It is advisable to the students to take good sleep as a fresh mind would help you concentrate and perform better in your exam. Do not take less than the required amount of sleep. Sleeping less has nothing to do with scoring better in exam. In fact, it might over stress you.
6. Take Breaks
Many students start studying at a stretch for long hours as their exam approaches near. But this is a wrong strategy. You must take regular breaks while studying as it would keep you active and fresh for long duration.
Do not keep cramming things for hours till frustration creeps in, instead take short breaks to help your brain remember things better. Study breaks help in mind rejuvenation which lets you focus better on your studies.
7. Go Through Your Cheat Sheet
You must have prepared a checklist or a concise set of notes for quick reference at the time of final revision. So this is the right time. Do not forget to quickly revise these topics which are both your strengths and important for exam. You never know when this cheat sheet becomes a blessing for you.
8. Have Faith in Yourself
Dr. Spock said, “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”
A confident mind is the ultimate key to success. While appearing for a competitive exam, it is very important to be self confident and trust yourself. You must always be confident about your preparation and keep yourself away from any kind of negative energy.
9. Stay Healthy
Drink more and more water and follow a good diet to boost your mental performance. This will not let stress take a toll over your body. A good health makes your mind productive and helps you focus better on the exam. So, eat healthy, stay healthy and think better.
One last tip of advice, believe in yourself. You need to be positive as you have studied hard. Stay focused because you have put your best efforts. All said and done, remember, it is just an exam. Academic achievements matter but it is not the only thing that matters. Life is much more than results in competitive exams.