Prepare a competitive study group
Your best source of cooperation is your competition. Working with a competitive study group goes a very long way in the successful preparation of IITJEE. When you decide to study in groups, you recreate a cooperative environment to multiply your knowledge exponentially. Students can learn very quickly by sharing their knowledge, skills and resources.
Group formation guidelines
- Look for people who are experts in certain subjects and topics.
- Seek diversity in expertise. There should be at least one expert from each subject. Within a subject, look for experts in different areas like organic chemistry, physical chemistry, calculus, co-ordinate, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics etc.
- This could lead to having a group that is very diverse. It is good because you may also have different learning styles represented in your group.
- It may not be possible to find all experts from the friend circle itself. So, it is important to seek out experts from other areas.
- Make a study group of five to seven people (Larger groups get unwieldy. Groups with less than 5 are difficult to sustain)
How to study in groups?
- Ask your friends for clarifications of doubts.
- Quiz and challenge each other with questions from the IITJEE syllabus.
- Share useful concepts and questions
- Be very eager to help. Answer and teach whenever somebody has a problem.
- If you have to teach a concept, you have to have complete clarity and understanding of the concept. So you are not only helping the other group members, but also you are reinforcing your own knowledge.
- Someone should take the role of the session leader to keep the session productive.
- Take a few minutes at the end of the session to evaluate what you’ve done.
- Don’t meet more than once in two weeks
- Meet at least once a month
- Don’t meet without a clear agenda for the meeting