Math is a highly essential skill sought in all the job as well as academic proficiency exams. Mathematical proficiency is tested in all the exams and for competitive Engineering entrance exams like JEE, it assumes a highly competitive form demanding a rigorous preparation. Math is required in almost all the branches of engineering and research as well. The level of Math required from JEE aspirants is very high and it requires a foolproof strategy both for preparation as well as attempting the test.
As you approach the examination season, the pressure mounts on and handling the pressure becomes as important as attempting on the D-day. It is very important to not lose touch as Math problems require continuous practice for longer retention. As our previous blog was focused on last month preparation tips for Physics, this blog has certain tips to be followed in the last month to ensure good score in Math.
- Identify your scoring and non-scoring areas in Math: It is very important to capitalise on your strengths and avoid exposing your weaknesses. Since Math test is very prone to errors and mistakes, it becomes very important to attempt your paper very carefully. Usually, this can be done by carefully analysing the previous mock attempts and their answers. On the other hand, it can be done by automated analysis from a good online learning source. The students appearing in board exams must realise that it is very common to be strong in some concept in Board exam but not necessarily in JEE. (Read more from our blog on How to manage board and JEE together and Essentials of Board Preparation)
- Practice Math based on frequent errors and the concepts: As mentioned in the above point, it is advisable to practice the concepts based on strengths and weaknesses. Concepts and sub-concepts from chapters like Differentiation, Integration, and similar topics should be preferred as these constitute a big chunk of marks and its application is required in JEE Physics as well. It is advisable to see the previous papers, mark the frequently asked concepts, and identify which of these result in frequent errors that you commit. It can help you better prioritise your preparation.
- Practice technique: Well, the best form of practice in Math is considered to be solving questions. However, if you have done enough practice and are confident in the topic, you can even look at the solved examples and proceed. However, if you are losing out marks in certain concepts, it is advisable to solve the questions completely.
- Referring to NCERT: NCERT is a very important book as mastering NCERT completely can help one clear the cut-off However, few more concept building books for Math can be referred. If you are continuously losing out on marks in certain topics, it is better to refer to the textbook and go back to basics.
- Previous Year questions: Previous year papers in Math are quintessential to refer to the type of questions that are asked in the JEE Main. It is important to refer to previous papers continuously as it keeps one aware of the complexity of questions asked and proficiency required to solve these.
- Formulae revision: Well, since the time required for revision is limited, you should be well aware of your scoring areas and faltering areas by the time. For revision in last days, it is important to gather a list of formulae and revisit them every day.
- Visual reminders: Because Math has a lot of topics, formulae, and diverse set of problems, you can make a chart or pie chart to depict the importance of various concepts and the coverage of concepts that you have done in that. Maintain a couple of pie-charts and graphs to be aware of your progress.
There might be a possibility that your preparation might not be complete till the last day. In that case, it is of utmost importance to know your scoring areas to give the best shot.
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