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Tools for measuring IIT JEE preparation: Activity tracking checklist

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 by

After the planning has been done, we should keep a track of the work done.

Measuring our work in this manner will give us a sense of achievement on a regular basis. This will also give us a continuous view of the work that is remaining.

We have pasted, for the benefit of the students, a saI didmple checklist or activity trakcer.

Students realize, after filling this table that, the topics where they are weak belong to the category where the required activities have not been done.

Activity tracker: Please put a tick mark (?) in front of all the activities you have completed.

 Reading from text book Power Coaching Theory Solved examples Exercises Chapter Tests Mathematics 1 Complex numbers 2 Quadratic equations 3 Logarithms 4 Progressions 5 Permutations and combinations 6 Trigonometry 7 Straight lines 8 Circles 9 Conic sections 10 Binomial theorem 11 Functions, Limits and Continuity 12 Differentiability and differentiation 13 Application of derivatives 14 Indefinite integration 15 Definite integration 16 Area under the curve 17 Differential equations 18 Determinants 19 Matrices 20 Probability 21 Vectors 22 Three dimensional geometry Physics 1 Units, dimensions, vectors and calculus 2 Kinematics 3 Laws of motion 4 Work, Power and Energy 5 Center of mass, linear momentum, collision 6 Rotational dynamics 7 Elasticity, fluid dynamics and properties of matter 8 Gravitation 9 Simple Harmonic Motion 10 Wave motion 11 Heat and Thermodynamics 12 Electrostatics 13 Electric current and resistance 14 Magnetism 15 Electromagnetic Induction and AC 16 Geometrical Optics 17 Wave Optics 18 Modern Physics Chemistry 1 Basic concepts of chemistry 2 Structure of atom 3 Periodic properties 4 Gas laws 5 Chemical bonding 6 Chemical energetics 7 Chemical equilibrium 8 Ionic equilibrium 9 Redox reactions 10 General organic chemistry 11 Hydrocarbons 12 Alcohols and ethers 13 Alkyl and aryl halides 14 Solutions 15 Solid state 16 Chemical kinetics 17 Electrochemistry 18 Nuclear chemistry 19 Functional groups containing nitrogen 20 Aldehydes and ketones 21 Carboxylic acids and their derivatives 22 s-Block elements 23 p-Block elements 24 d-Block elements 25 Metallurgy 26 Qualitative salt analysis 27 Coordination compounds

“I do not feel like studying… please tell me how i can concentrate” – II

Monday, October 4th, 2010 by

(b). The spiritual help: This is the mother of all solutions to problems in life. Here I just tell students to ‘Stop thinking’ altogether. The very fact that the mind is the one which gives pain in your life, that makes you restless, gives anxiety in your life, makes you very happy at one time and extremely sad at some other time.

We are taught a lot of things in our school, college, work place and home. But we have never been told about the mind. What it is and how we can use it to our advantage, and when it becomes a evil. I will try to explain as clearly as I can. (Many have tried to explain this same thing and died painful deaths trying to help compulsive thinkers)

The brain has connections to the rest of the body through the spinal chord. Every part of your body is connected to your brain. So you cannot afford to mess around with your brain, can you?? If the wrong signals are sent, you do not know where those signals will eventually land up, and what they might convey to that part of your body. But what does the brain produce?? Nothing but ‘Thoughts’. Just like the bone marrows produces Red Blood Cells. Its just keeps producing thoughts. Thats its job. But now just wait a moment and analyze the difference between the bone marrow and your brain. Both were given to you as part of a self-driven programmed mechanism called ’save this guy… help him live’. The machinery of both was programmed in the DNA of every cell in your body. So thats what they keep doing.

But haven’t you ever noticed that you definitely have some ‘CONTROL’ over your thoughts. But you do not seem to have any control whatsoever on your bone marrow. That control is the ‘YOU’. You are not your hands, legs, brain, body. The ‘YOU’ is that control ’sometimes’ exercised. This control sometimes even appears in the form of ‘ATTENTION’ while reading a book, watching television, listening to someone speak. It can even be the ‘CONCENTRATION’ thats needed often while studying. You are simply this attention, this control, this knowing, this observer. Once you have got this, then only you will understand the next para.

Now that you have got your ‘ATTENTION’, whenever you have a thought like ‘I do not feel like’, or “I feel sleepy’, or ‘I am a loser’, or ‘I cannot…’, then just start to observe your thoughts. Simply observe without any prejudice or judgment. JUST WATCH your thoughts… if you do this the right way, your thoughts will not survive your attention. They will die/vanish.

IIT JEE Study Planner: Minimum recommended time for self study

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 by

Most students find it difficult to determine exactly how much time, they should spend in activities in studying. This is particularly important right at the beginning of the study so as to make an effective study plan.

This is complicated even more by the fact that every chapter requires different amount of time. Even different subjects require different amounts of time in theory and problems.

The different questions that come to the mind of the student are:

• How much time should be spent in reading from the textbook?
• Are the notes from tuition/coaching enough? Can I manage without reading the textbook?
• Is there anything to read from the textbook in Mathematics?
• How much time should I spend in solved examples given in the IITJEE course material>
• How much time should be allocated to a certain topic?
• How much time should be spent on a problem that is not getting solved before looking at the solution or asking for help?
• How much time should I spend in testing at home?
• How should I calculate the total time required?

We have tried to answer these questions by giving an indicative time plan.

List of chapters (with recommended time slotted)

 Topic Total Reading (textbook) Solved examples Conceptual problems Exercises (problems) Chapter test Mathematics 1 Complex numbers 21 2 2 1 16 2 2 Quadratic equations 19 1 1 1 16 1 3 Logarithms 6 1 5 1 4 Progressions 10 1 2 1 6 2 5 Permutations and combinations 22 1 2 1 18 2 6 Trigonometry 35 2 2 1 30 2 7 Straight lines 18 2 3 1 12 3 8 Circles 21 2 4 1 14 4 9 Conic sections 34 4 4 1 25 4 10 Binomial theorem 33 2 3 1 27 3 11 Functions, Limits and Continuity 49 4 4 1 40 4 12 Differentiability and differentiation 19 1 4 1 13 4 13 Application of derivatives 33 1 3 1 28 3 14 Indefinite integration 10 1 3 1 5 3 15 Definite integration 10 1 3 1 5 3 16 Area under the curve 19 1 5 1 12 5 17 Differential equations 14 1 4 1 8 4 18 Determinants 23 1 5 1 16 5 19 Matrices 11 1 2 1 7 2 20 Probability 16 1 4 1 10 4 21 Vectors 13 1 3 1 8 3 22 Three dimensional geometry 10 2 2 1 5 2 Total 446 34 65 21 326 66 Physics 1 Units, dimensions, vectors and calculus 15 2 2.5 0.5 10 2 2 Kinematics 13 3 2.5 0.5 7 3 3 Laws of motion 18 2 2.5 0.5 13 2 4 Work, Power and Energy 17 2 2.5 0.5 12 2 5 Center of mass, linear momentum, collision 28 4 3 1 20 4 6 Rotational dynamics 33 4 3 1 25 4 7 Elasticity, fluid dynamics and properties of matter 35 4 3 1 27 4 8 Gravitation 16 2 1.5 0.5 12 2 9 Simple Harmonic Motion 21 3 2.5 0.5 15 3 10 Wave motion 23 4 2.5 0.5 16 4 11 Heat and Thermodynamics 48 5 5.5 2.5 35 5 12 Electrostatics 45 5 3.5 1.5 35 7 13 Electric current and resistance 28 4 3 1 20 4 14 Magnetism 27 4 2 1 20 4 15 Electromagnetic Induction and AC 18 3 2 1 12 3 16 Geometrical Optics 21 4 2 1 14 4 17 Wave Optics 18 4 2 1 11 4 18 Modern Physics 18 5 2 1 10 5 Total 442 64 47.5 16.5 314 66 Chemistry 1 Basic concepts of chemistry 18 3 2.5 0.5 12 2 2 Structure of atom 15.5 3 2.5 0 10 2 3 Periodic properties 10 3 1 6 2 4 Gas laws 21 4 2.5 0.5 14 3 5 Chemical bonding 15 3 2 10 2 6 Chemical energetics 18 3 2.5 0.5 12 2 7 Chemical equilibrium 20 4 1.5 0.5 14 3 8 Ionic equilibrium 23 4 1.5 0.5 17 3 9 Redox reactions 16 3 2.5 0.5 10 2 10 General organic chemistry 29 5 1.5 0.5 22 4 11 Hydrocarbons 16 4 12 3 12 Alcohols and ethers 13 3 10 2 13 Alkyl and aryl halides 13 5 8 4 14 Solutions 26 3 2.5 0.5 20 3 15 Solid state 21 3 2.5 0.5 15 2 16 Chemical kinetics 20 3 2.5 0.5 14 2 17 Electrochemistry 25.5 3 2.5 20 2 18 Nuclear chemistry 14.5 3 1.5 10 2 19 Functional groups containing nitrogen 14 4 10 3 20 Aldehydes and ketones 14 4 10 3 21 Carboxylic acids and their derivatives 19 4 15 3 22 s-Block elements 17 5 1.5 0.5 10 4 23 p-Block elements 24 5 1.5 0.5 17 4 24 d-Block elements 19 5 1.5 0.5 12 4 25 Metallurgy 19 5 1.5 0.5 12 4 26 Qualitative salt analysis 19 5 1.5 0.5 12 4 27 Coordination compounds 15 5 1.5 0.5 8 4 Total 494.5 104 40.5 8 342 78 Chapter tests 210 Full length tests 120 at least 20 tests of various formats, of 6 hrs each Self assessment 30 Revision / other material 60 Total Time (Required) 1802.5

This is just a recommendation. Students can make changes to the study plan based on their proficiency in the subjects. The actual time spent by the student can vary by 10% – 15% depending on the student’s personal style of study. Please consider that the time given here is the minimum that a student needs to spend. The total time spent in studying for IITJEE across 2 years should not be less than 10% of the given.

IIT JEE study Planner: Daily timetable

Monday, November 16th, 2009 by

All of us know how to prepare a daily timetable.

It is an essential tool is setting up a daily routine.

However, most of us have stopped using this powerful tool.

The biggest reason that students state for stopping the use of timetables is that its ineffective.

“It does not work”

“I do better without a timetable”

“It creates pressure”

These are all valid reasons.

However, we face these problems because of the manner in which we use the timetable.

We have a habit of focusing on the failures. If we have been able to follow the timetable 80% of the time, we look at the 20% when we could not follow and declare it a failure.

In reality the 80% time that was effectively utilized made it a success. It is never possible to follow the timetable 100%. Timetable is just a tool to guide us in utilizing our time. It reminds us to start work when we want to. If the timetable is unsuitable, we should change it to suit our schedule.

However, this tool can only work if we look at its success in stead of the failure.

We feel bad only when we look at the failures.

It is the nature of the human psyche to expand whatever it focuses on. If we focus too much on the failure then we will only find failure.

In reality, failure does not exist. It is just another attempt to success. The attempt transforms into failure when we stop attempting.

In reality, we work on some kind of a timetable even without writing it. This timetable is etched in our heads. Since it is not written, there is no measurement possible.

When we write down the timetable, it will allow us exact measurement of the utilization of our time. You can hope to increase your performance only if you have a way to measure it. Without measurement, any change is performance is a mere perception. I tmay or may not reflect reality.

Fill up the timetable with activities. A sample of these activities is

Wake up / Off to sleep – These times should be closest to our biological clock for maximum efficiency. The human body is designed to operate efficiently in the day time. Try to sleep by 12 midnight (latest).

School, Tuition/Coaching, Travel time

Brush, bath, toilet, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend at least 7 hours in sleep every day

Take out a minimum of 45 minutes in physical activities like Sports, yoga, exercise everyday. You can club this activity with friends. SMS, talking with friends on cellphone etc shoul dbe limited to 30 minutes per day.

Do not spend more than 45 minutes in TV, internet, video games etc.

Daily Timetable*:

 Time School day Holiday / Sunday Recommended 4 5 6 Time to wake up 7 8 9 10 11 12 (Noon) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 (midnight) Time to sleep 1am 2 Total Time (T1) (T2)
Sample

* Make changes to the timetable, as and when necessary

IIT JEE study Planner: Weekly timetable

Monday, November 16th, 2009 by

Students have a different schedule for every day of the week.

It is advisable to put together a weekly timetable.

This will give us a good view of the time available  in a week.

There are some weekdays when students have to attend both school and IIT JEE coaching / Tuition. This leaves very little time for self study.

There are days when we have the entire afternoon, after school, available for self study.

The weekdays are of particular importance. This is the only time, when students get a lot of time to cover all the pending work.

Unlike Class X, when students take it easy on weekends, IIT JEE preparation calls for extra studies on weekends.

Weekly planner

 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

After filling in the time table, calculate the number of hours of self study, available per week. This should not be less than 30 hours. If you can study 30 hours per week regularly for 2 years, it is good.

IIT JEE Study Planner: Annual

Monday, November 16th, 2009 by

Date of start of course:

 1st Year 20_ _ 2nd Year 20_ _ (if Applicable) Apr May Summer holidays Jun Summer holidays Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Winter Break / Full length tests Jan Full length tests / revision Feb Preparation for XI/XII Mar Exams for XI / XII

Note down important dates: School Exams, Board Exams,  IIT JEE ((2nd Sunday of April), AIEEE (4th Sunday of April) & other competitive exams like BIT-SAT and State level entrances

Year Planner

In an year, students have about 75 days of holidays (including summer vacations, winter vacations and other holidays). This excludes the preparatory leave given before the annual exams.

On average, a student has to spend about 7-8 hours in school including travel time(35 weeks).

6 day school – 35 Sundays off and 210 days in school

5 day school – 70 days (Sat/ Sun) off and 175 days in school.

Students spend 175 to 210 days in school. this leaves 110 to 145 full days available for self study.

Mostly, ‘5 day’ schools spend an hour extra everyday as compared to ‘6 day’ schools, eventually balancing it out.

As you can see, there is enough time available at home to study for IIT JEE.

However, students tend to take the 1st 4 months, after Class X, very easy. They lose out on the time available in Summer vacation of Class XI.

The schools also take it easy. They start picking up momentum after 15 July, which is too late. By this time, the half yearly exams are just around the corner. The results are bad and the panic sets in. This is the time where most students lose confidence.

If a student is serious about cracking IITJEE, it is important that he prepares an annual plan right in the beginning of Class XI in April. This will give him a headstart over everyone else.

Almost 50% of the available free time is lost if we dont utilize the summer vacations for coverage of course.