Preparing Mathematics for IIT JEE

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Posted by Study Adda Wed, October 26th 2011

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Preparing Mathematics for IIT JEE

How to study Mathematics for IIT JEE and other Engineering Entrances Examinations? This question has been asked to me more number of times than any other question (by both students and their parents).

Studying Strategy:

Theory Part

Ø  Theory part of any topic, is the most important part.

Ø  Theory prepares your mind to solve problems and should be only studied slowly. Don't be in any kind of hurry while studying theory,

Ø  Allow your mind to absorb every detail.

Ø  After finishing a particular section, try reading it again.

Ø  Now, when you're reading it for the second time, then it should be done in a little different manner. Here, you must try to teach the topic to yourself as if you are your own teacher. This will certainly help you in identifying you doubts which can lead to actually getting them clarified.

Ø  At the end, try to summarize the topic in your own way. Summarizing is compulsory for any section/topic and you must do it yourself. It gives you the overall idea about the topic, and helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses in the topic.

How to Solve a Question ?

1.      Reading the question properly : A lot of (a huge lot) students start attempting a question before even reading it properly. The most important aspect of a question is the question itself. A lot of students are unable to do a lot of problems Just because they don't understand the question properly.

2.     Clarity about objective : Make up your mind about exactly what is asked in a particular question.

3.     Analyze the given data : Read every piece of information carefully and try to use all the details to generate your solution. In some problems, if I get stuck and can't move ahead, then I follow this strategy. I'll see what all conditions/data is provided to me in the question and then I think how can I use it to my advantage.

How to Solve Exercises

I have mostly observed that a lot of students solve exercises like this:

“They'll solve one question, open the back page and tally their answer. If it is right, then happily they'll move on to the next question. Otherwise, they'll go to their teacher for the correct solution.”

Demerits of the Above Approach are

1.      It allows you to take a break whenever you want, thus decreasing your concentration span.

2.     It doesn't have any feedback system i.e. you can't judge yourself in this manner.

3.     It can't give you any idea of where you stand, your weaknesses, strengths etc.

4.     It is not a very effective.

5.     It is very boring.

‘The 10-Problem Approach’

1.      Select 10 problems.

2.     Fix a time-frame - 20 to 30 mins (depending on your level)

3.     Now, solve these 10 problems as if you're writing an exam.

4.     Learn to leave the problem if you're getting stuck and a lot of time is being wasted. This will definitely help you in examination to identify solvable problems.

5.     After finishing the 10 problems, re-attempt the questions which you did not get in the first time.

6.     Record your score somewhere in a notebook(very important)

7.      Start again with 10 new problems.

Merits of the 10-Problem Approach

1.      It is interesting and challenging like a game.

2.     It stops you from getting distracted hence, increases your concentration span,

3.     By checking your score, you can judge yourself about the clarity of your topic.

4.     Helps you identity your strengths and weaknesses.

5.     In the long run. you can see your success chart. By looking at your achievements, slowly you'll become more confident person and confidence is everything in IIT JEE. If you don't have confidence, then you can't get a great rank.

6.     You can tell whether you're doing silly mistakes or not.

7.      It will help in improving your calculation speed and accuracy. Generally students after getting the idea, leave the question (skip the calculation) and move on(Very BIG problem found in many students).

8.     In order to score better in your 10 problems, you'll be compelled to do all the calculations and get the final answer.

9.     It will prepare you in a much better way for your exam.

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