ON THE eve of any competitive exam, it is essential to work according to a plan after you take a decision on the time youíll devote to preparations in each of the subjects. In the absence of a strategy, students set out to attempt a subject and case the questions are tough, move on to another, and then another.
It takes a considerable amount of time to have a strategy in place. This is where the India Test Series and mock tests play an important role.
They help you in identifying your strengths and weaknesses, and arriving at a strategy based on your abilities.
After identifying your strong and weak subjects, you need to chalk out a plan for each. Iíll start with Physics, the one subject that arouses a lot of interest in most IIT-JEE aspirants.
Here are my basic tips on doing well in Physics; Iíll come back to specifics in the subsequent columns.
STRIKE A GOOD BALANCE
Spending a lot of time just solving problems will not help. Going deep into too many concepts, just out of curiosity, and thus falling behind in other subjects, is as counter- productive as practicing the same type of problems over and over again.
What matters is a fine balance between concept and practice.
BOOKS YOU MUST READ
To gain a good understanding of concepts, I would recommend any of the HallidayResnick or Sears-Zemansky books. For practice and revision, you must check out Halliday, Resnick and Walkerís Fundamentals of Physics or Arihantís topic- wise books.
ADDRESS ALL DOUBTS
Donít let any doubts that you may have, no matter how trivial it may seem, linger in your mind.
Get them cleared. Of the topics in the Physics JEE syllabus, I would rate rotational mechanics as a tough nut to crack. In fact, get a handle on the whole of mechanics because of its applications in modern physics and electro-magnetism.
DONíT GET LOST IN PHYSICS
People who believe that they are good at Physics often try to gain a mastery over it in school itself, which may prove to be useless because the obsession may just affect your scores in other subjects. I would much rather have 100 in each subject than a 150 in physics and below 50 in the other two. Keep this point in mind when you strategise.
Written practice is the best way to prepare for the exam.
Although you may feel you know the concepts and the tricks when you are in a mocktest situation, the pressure at the time of the exam often leads even the best into committing avoidable errors.
The AIEEE Physics syllabus is the same as that of IIT-JEE, except for the part about semiconductors, which can easily be covered in the two- week gap between the two exams, if you have been attentive in school.
Speed is what really matters in AIEEE. While youíre at it, donít ignore the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO), where I won the silver medal in 2010. But first, master your IIT- JEE syllabus and donít get sidetracked by topics such as relativity.
Thatís because the first two levels at the IPhO are based on the IIT-JEE syllabus and topics such as relativity are taught at the orientation- cumselection camp held in May every year.
Itís not hard to manage Physics. All you need to do is manage your time better and keep practising so that you get better.
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