Crack the JEE Advanced examination without working hard!? <gasp>
Pretty audacious isn’t it?
Note, I’m not saying it isn’t possible but obviously you need to learn in 2 hours what everyone else needs a whole day to learn, to avoid tons of hard work most students put in aspirations of cracking the examination.
Here’s how it works. The human mind is a born pattern builder.
The human mind recognizes patterns (recognizing faces, learning languages, solving puzzles) and also memorizes patterns (habits, riding a bike, dancing are all mental patterns) extremely well. Don’t they say you never forget how to ride a bike?
It’s very useful in our day to day lives. For example, how does your body know how to catch a fast moving cricket ball?
The position, speed and trajectory of the ball is a JEE level problem! The exact coordination of muscle power required to move your hand is even more complex. But it all takes microseconds as your brain has memorized the right patterns and neural pathways.
How can this help in JEE?
The human brain is better at memorizing patterns than it is at memorizing facts. So once you start memorizing patterns, even if you forget a concept or fact, your brain can predict what it was because it knows the pattern and what might fit in the appropriate place.
Holistic learning is the utilization of your mind’s insane pattern building ability to learn faster. Read about it here.
Instead of memorizing stacks of data, you need to build a web of knowledge with deep interconnections. Interconnected information forms patterns which is what our brain is really good at using. Here’s how you build interconnections –
1. Ask Questions
When reading the theory, imagine how a new formula can be used or how the theory is similar to concepts you’ve learned before. I would constantly ask myself questions while studying and start building connections between concepts. This would prepare me to solve questions in the future, as well as revise my past concepts.
Attach a “experience” to a concept. When you’re learning something, make the concept something you “feel” rather than memorize. Drawing visualizations/models/diagrams help, as well as attaching a feeling or personality to the concept.
For example, You can imagine friction to be a hot and noisy force that doesn’t want things to go anywhere.
3. Find similarities and patterns
Relate concepts between different chapters. You will be shocked to find similar underlying concepts in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. Once you know these concepts you can predict how compounds behave even if you are seeing the compound for the first time.
Tools to help you visualize
Holistic learning becomes easier with practice. It’s very hard in the beginning, so here are some hacks to get you started.
- Use Embibe’s Learn feature:
On, all the concepts are deeply interconnected. This helps you learn the hidden patterns that exist between concepts and learn them very quickly. It also offers detailed theory and video lectures.
2. Practice questions immediately after you learn a chapter
If you haven’t yet developed the mental habit of asking yourself questions, you can practice chapterwise questions of the chapter immediately after you study it.
For example, after you Learn the Application of Derivatives, you can go on to Practice Questions of that chapter from the same page!
3. Take Mock Tests
Tests are a great way to put your mind into the battlefield and understand the type of questions that get asked and which you need to ask yourself.
You can take free JEE Full Tests and get detailed analysis of how to answer a question.
JEE still isn’t an easy exam, but you can use technology, data analysis and the science of human learning to make it a lot easier!
With inputs from Quora thread, you can read the rest of awesome ways to prepare for it here.