Different exams test different skills. Therefore, each exam requires its own unique preparation.
For example, the board exams will test your memory, how well you can explain the theory you have studied, and whether you know all the steps to a solution (there are partial mark for writing some of the steps even if you don’t find the solution)
Competitive exams like the JEE and NEET are completely different. They test your ability to apply multiple concepts you’ve learnt together in new and different situations. They test your speed, accuracy, stamina, judgement (which questions to to attempt) as well as your academic ability. Partial marking makes no sense for an objective paper.
The students who top the JEE are those who understand and improve these different skills, not just those who study the most hours.
(Read The 4 things JEE aspirants must stop doing for the differences between boards and competitive exams.)
It’s very important that you work on your test taking ability and strategy if you’re appearing for a difficult competitive exam like the JEE or NEET. Just knowing theory or solving problems isn’t enough. See how Sai Teja Scored 345 in the JEE Main.
The first and most important step in your time management strategy is your First Look Time
First Look Time and Accuracy
The “First Look Time” is the amount of time required to go through every question in the paper at least once (not necessarily answering them all!).
Here is what most top rankers prefer in the exam
- Ideal first look time less than 100 mins – This leaves you enough time to revise the paper and PLAN how to spend your time. If you struggle with and try to solve each and every question in the order you encounter them in the paper, you will waste a lot of precious time and energy and be at the mercy of the paper. Take control of your time in your own hands by finishing your first look in 100 minutes
- Ideal first look accuracy greater than 90% – This is the important part. It doesn’t matter how fast you solve if you don’t solve with high accuracy. It might sound crazy – Solve faster than before, but solve more accurately too?? But the secret is in the selection of questions. Don’t attempt questions that you are not sure of, or that might take a lot of your time in the first look. Just read them, and assess the difficulty level and time required to solve it. In the first look, you should only attempt questions you are sure of and you know will take you less than 1.5 minutes to solve. To develop this judgement, practice timed question on embibe.
As you might have realized, the most important skill you need to develop for improving your first look time/accuracy and time management is the ability to choose the right questions.
(Read – The 3 questions you should ask before you attempt a JEE Problem to know how to choose which questions to attempt in the paper)
See how Bakhshish (AIR 471) improved his score by working on his first look time and accuracy!468 Views