Tips for IIT JEE Success #2 – Study Hard & Smart

Mar 01,2015 | 104 Comments | By: Quest Tutorials

You should have a well thought out methodology for your IIT JEE preparation.

Setup a Routine: The 1st step of smart and successful studying is to build a routine. A lot of our time and energy gets lost in deciding about the time and place of work. It is easy to procrastinate (postpone work) in absence of a routine.

  • Place: Find a quiet place, away from distractions, with ample room to work. It could be a desk in your room, the dining table, or the local library.
  • Time: Figure out what time of day you can concentrate best, and what works into your schedule. Use that time every day to study.
  • Every day:Make a time table to study at the same place at the same time, every day.

Posture: Sit in an alert posture

We can’t study effectively if we are not alert. If you are sprawled on the bed or sitting in a reclining posture, your body gets the message that it is time to rest. The mind stops working or becomes slow. Typically, the effectiveness becomes less than 25%. 1 hour of such study is equal to 15 minutes of study in an alert posture on your table and chair.

Do not fool yourself by counting such time as study. It is similar to us not being able to sleep while standing. When we are standing, the body gets a message that this is not the time to sleep.

Stay healthy : Achieving and maintaining high levels of performance (critical for success in IIT JEE) are difficult if an individual is in poor physical or mental health. It is important that one gets adequate rest, exercise, and nutrition.

Good mental performance can be achieved only with good physical health. Spending some time regularly in outdoor, physical activity like sports, running walking etc. is absolutely essential. Relaxation and concentration techniques of Yoga are very useful.

Organize study material: Keep all your homework material in one place, ready to be used. Keep it organized, and you won’t need to waste your time searching for it when you get down to studying.

Decide upon the material that you are planning to study during your preparations. Most of us don’t have enough time to complete even one set of IIT JEE course material. Collecting more than one set is a wastage of time. It also ends up confusing the student. Most of the coaching have very similar course material. A little better material does not make much of the difference. As a matter of habit, do the following in your study of the material*

  • Complete the reading of the text books
  • Writing and compile your notes
  • Read and understand solved examples
  • Attempt numerical problems
  • Mark unsolved problems for 2nd attempt
  • Take tests
  • Revise

*Set yourself a deadline for completing each component and make sure you stick to it.

Distractions: Cell-phones, friends, SMS, TV, Video games, surfing, chatting are some of the biggest time drains. Most of the students lose maximum amount of time in these activities. These activities do not require much effort (unlike sports) and they can go on for a long time. There is nothing wrong in indulging in such activities for entertainment. However, it is important to watch the time that gets consumed.

Some methods of dealing with distractions are:

  • Turn the cell-phone ringer and SMS alert tome to ‘Silent’. Respond to your friends but only as per your schedule. This will send the message that you are serious about not being disturbed.
  • Schedule a fix amount of time for TV, Video games, Internet combined. Typically, the time spent should not exceed 45 minutes. You can check your mail in 15 minutes. Watch your favorite TV program in 30 minutes.
  • Fix just one day in a week for video games. Don’t try to mix any of these activities with studies. This will spoil the fun in both.

Avoid ‘Marathon’ sessions: Marathon study sessions (longer than 1 hour) are the least productive way to study. Typically, most of us have attention spans ranging from 30 minutes to 60 minutes. The mind starts getting distracted after this attention span. It is good idea to unwind and take 10-15 minute breaks after every study session.

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104 Responses to “Tips for IIT JEE Success #2 – Study Hard & Smart”

  1. Getting into IIT-JEE is: hard work multiplied by intelligence.
    if hardwork is o (zero) then or intelligence is 0(zero) then total product O

  2. “don’t go for tips,only work makes difference.if u want to see heaven u will have to die.

  3. Nice articles,actually i am in tenth nd wnt to go to iit its such a big dream for me i got 90% in 9th bt i m cnfused that will i be able to crack iit

  4. these are very nice tips! well i hope if i follow this type of studying method, i will do well in iitjee.

  5. i am in 10th now and i want to crack iit nut always keep on watching tv comouter ,gaming and 1 biggest thing masterburate ,,,how i can pass iit-jee??

  6. i am in 10th now and i want to crack iit but always keep on watching tv computer ,gaming and 1 biggest thing masterburate ,,,how i can pass iit-jee??

  7. i am in 9th now and i want to crack iit but always keep on watching tv ,surfing net . when i decide to study i cnt but i will try my best to crack iit .”ican and i will”this is my challenge to every one :

  8. Preparation for any exam differs from student to student, the tips mentioned here might suit some but, for the rest it’s a would be just a time pass. I’d rather say that “believe in yourself, don’t run for marks study for increment of knowledge, and develop interest in the subject you are studying”. YOU WILL DEFINITELY SUCCEED….

  9. Hmm well hello i m a studnt of naryna and i have joind apex a schul integrted course by narayna so i must like to say that makng a tme table is must and the more important part is stckng to it blieve in urself and if nt workng than thnk about that day when al ur frnds wil be slctd to iitjee and u not inteligence is nt necesary wat is necesary is hard wrk and iit wil be at ur doorsteps
    its quiet long wat i wrote bt wrth it i m in 11 and all the best to u all

  10. I’m trying 2 follow it just now. If I’ll get +ve result then I’ll say ”THANK YOU”…………plz gauid me 2 success in IIT JEE 2013. My mob no. 09887166539. Plz make me able 2 say ”THANK YOU” 2 you………..

  11. whether i should go for private tuition or in a group or 4-5 or coaching institutes…which will yield better results for me..!!

  12. It is better to go in group tuitions. whatever you join, just ensure that the coaching/tuition is doing the basics from a school textbook like NCERT.

  13. Just go for good coaching, do not wast you time in readings tips,comments,success stories etc. And study hard…

  14. Girish really said true that dont go for tips only work hard…i myself have problem of seeing tips and wasting my time on internet … i m really thankful to god that i m in 10 and not in 11th that i m wasting my time seeing this….. i will do leave wasting my tym watching tips by iit toppers as they did not do that…ITS REALLY TIME TO GET SERIOUS

  15. Thnx! It helps me alot…. I cracked IIT but due to some personal reasons not able to attend counseling! So I drop nd hope for the best in the upcoming exam!

  16. thanx it will help me a lot because i am in 12 and i always confuse to decide thwe study pattern and for time managemant

  17. thankyou for the tips idid all these things unknowingly but could notstand by them in some ways but actually time is not the criteria for iitjee it is related with our concentration and hard work if we really work hard we can crack jee within 2 months so guys work hard

  18. according to me nothing is impossible if u have the burning desire to make it possible.and believe me its not at all that easy.
    whenever u feel demotivated say to urself these three sentences to yoursleves,
    i can do it,
    i will do it,
    and i will prove it!!!!

  19. Coaching also provides tips, ideas, tricks etc.. studies are to be done by the students on their own

  20. NCERT (or any other school level textbook) is extremely important for IITJEE preparation but it is by no means enough. You need to take help of at least one comprehensive course material based on the new pattern. We suggest ‘Power Coaching’

  21. Whatever motivates you to do self study. Coaching or tuitions dont get results. Eventually it is the student’s effort which matters. So, if you come back from coaching/tuition and study a lot, you will be successful. Join whatever focuses on your self study. Finish the Class XI/XII basics first.

  22. I am new student at kota. I AM NOT BEING ABLE TO MOTIVATE MYSELF BECAUSE OF PAYMENT WHICH MY PARENTS PROVIDE TO ME. It Randoms in my mind that if I will not get into IIT ? What My Parents Will Thought?

  23. HOW I MAKE MY TIME TABLE . I am a student of class 11th studing in kota .my acadmey time is 9am and i come back at 1:30 pm then i have to have food .so can u sujest me that what shuld be my time table

  24. I am new student at kota. I AM NOT BEING ABLE TO MOTIVATE MYSELF BECAUSE OF PAYMENT WHICH MY PARENTS PROVIDE TO ME. It Randoms in my mind that if I will not get into IIT ? What My Parents Will Thought?


  26. spend weekends just for revision so that you will remember everything that you have learnt during the week

  27. i want to know the plan to complete 12 iit jee sylabii so i can get plenty time to revise….

  28. Iam studying in Rajivgandhi university of knowledge and technologies at basar campus. It is 6years integrated course. iam interested about competative exams so please tell me how can I prepare for that exams?

  29. It is so good! if i know who man write this advise then i solute his! because! a normal man can’t give this perfect advise whose help student so much!
    Thanks! to spent you important time with student!

  30. i am studing inter 1 year.iam very intersted in acheiving iit.but sometimes i feel that i may not acheive college timings are from 8 to 7.i feel to relax for more time.please tell me how to motivate myself from other activities and to concentrate on my studies and suggest me a good time table for my studies and to crack iit jee.

  31. Hello admin.! Actually i recently had a test and did not fare well at all….i dont really wat has been irritating me but i hav not been able to concentrate on my studies….got a scolding from my mother as well this morning btw i am a student of class 11 and really need ur help plz do reply! Thanks!

  32. Nice , I m in 10th and want to crack iit jee , but in school most of the students are busy in girls and all that kind of stuff I also have an attraction towards that please tell me how to make my way please mail me ur suggestion on my Id it will be so kind of u sir !

  33. that is true in most stories of success…. if you enjoy the process, all the hardwork appears easy

  34. thank you.. for such a great tips..! definitely i will get good marks in cuming JEE exam and placed in TRICHY NIT which is my dad and sis’ wish too..:) :)

  35. Thanks for valuable suggestion and 1 month left for jee, I was feeling low after lots of study but now I’m feeling good thanks…:)

  36. sir can u tell me to get in aeronautical / automobile engineering in which subject I need mastery. i’m presently in class-10
    is chemistry much required in any of thse choices


  38. thnx these tips has opened the doors of my mind . now i am in std 9 and from tomorrow i m going to work according to it to fulfil my dreams

  39. however its not easier to achieve that heaven but one must try his payafter to get through it..

  40. I need help friends i am little confused at present am getting marks ranging in 130’s in jee main,but my target is iit how should i prepare for exam am using mtg books(maths),physics(H.C.verma),Chemistry(ncert),is all those enough? and when should i practice previous iit questions now? or a month before exam? plz help me

  41. Please avoid these coaching setups till Class XI. They put unnecessary and irrelevant pressure before Class X. You should focus on becoming the best student in your class and enjoy. 2 years of study, starting from Class XI is enough to become a topper of JEE.

  42. Thanks.From today onwars I have decided to study HARD!
    I will study 6-7 hrs/day(apart from school).
    I have cut my TV connection, threw away my smartphone and took a basic phone(black n white makes only call,sms), and after writing this, I will throw away my data card.
    I wasted class 11 nd have very liitle time now.

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