The first thing students should realize and start believing is that scoring 80 plus in Physics (JEE Main) is not difficult. If you have a proper mentor and a proper planning as I will layout in this article then nothing can stop you from getting your desired marks.
So let’s begin…
If you ask why A.R. Rahman (the Oscar winning music director) is able to create such original and soulful music then the simple answer is because he is “passionate” about his work.
As in the above quote by Lise Meitner, the discoverer of Nuclear Fission, we must learn to love the subject.
A student must enjoy learning and solving problems. He or she must be passionate about it. When you are passionate about what you do, you forget about the passage of time and the count of the number of problems you solved.
Now, some students wander how does someone become passionate about something?
Well it comes from giving time to listen to teachers/mentors who themselves love their subject. It comes from reading books and such external stimuli.
My teacher, R.D. Sir, was responsible to bring out the passion in me about Physics.
So keep your eyes, ears and mind open when you are in a classroom listening to the teacher. Who knows when the lightning will strike!
For JEE Physics the books you need to have are:
- NCERT text books: The importance of NCERT is understated in the market. It’s a very important book for JEE Mains. However for students in Edushrine we provide books called EPL (Edushrine Practice and Learn) – In these books we provide detail theory, learning Exercises, Home Exercises and selected problems from NCERT as well as NCERT Exemplar which are sufficient for JEE.
- In Short if you have EPL you don’t need NCERT text book for Physics.
- Physics for JEE Main and Advance by BM Sharma, CENGAGE Publication: In total it has 6 volumes. Volumes 1,2,3 are for Class 11 and volumes 4,5,6 are for class 12
- Concepts of Physics by HC Verma: These books are more for conceptual understanding. It doesn’t have enough number of MCQs for practice.
- Edushrine Transcend Material: Besides the above books, Edushrine will give “Transcend Material” – that has sufficient number of good problems for JEE.
For those students who want even more challenging problems (upto Olympiad level) you can refer books by Irodov and Krotov.
Ideally you should give 2 hour per day for Physics. (For one or two months you may start with 1.5 hours /day)
What I should do in these 2 hours?
- 1.5 hour of “reading theory and concept “ + “solving numerical problems/MCQs”
- and 0.5 hour of “revision” of what you read the last day.
- After three days of learning, the next day you keep 1 hour (out of the 2 hour) to revise whatever you studied in the previous three days.
- Note I am giving lots of importance to Revision and that is because:
- “Revision is the key to remember anything”
What should I study in 1.5 hours?
Every day for 1.5 hours you should study in the order given below till you complete the last step.
- Select a topic which has been taught in class.
- Go through the notes and the solved problems done in class.
- Make your own short notes – consisting of important formulae and concepts.
- From BM Sharma book –
- Take the illustrations (solved examples) based on the selected topic.
- Go through it – just read without writing anything
- Make sure you think about each and every step taken in the solution
- Ask yourself whether you are able to link what is there in the solution to the concepts which you know.
- Once you are done, try solving the same question without seeing the solution.
- If you get stuck in the middle, make note and go back and revise the notes more carefully or take help of teacher.
- Solve Concept application questions in the same book.
- Solve objective type questions from the same book.
- Finally get PYQs (Previous years questions) from the selected topic and solve them.
Note 0.5 hour is for revising the last day’s concepts.
How many questions I should solve?
If you take questions from the above mentioned books then initially you should be able to 8 to 10 questions in 1 hour.
With time as you keep getting better in mathematical reasoning you will be able to upto 25 to 30 questions (JEE Standard) per hour.
What if I am unable to solve the questions?
This is important. I receive this doubt and complain from many students. Many students get demotivated when they are unable to solve questions. This is wrong.
Attitude matters: Let me share how I thought during my preparation days. Whenever I used to try a question and I was not able to solve – I use to smile, I use to be excited thinking that now I have the opportunity to learn something new. And then I use to revise my notes, read concepts from books and at times take help from my teacher to solve that question.
First theory then applications: The first thing is don’t directly start solving numerical problems/MCQs. Make sure you have understood the theory part nicely, you know all the formulae and most importantly understand under what conditions a certain formula or law can be used.
I always tell my students that whenever you get stuck in a problem in Physics think in terms of conservation laws. There are conservation laws like LCOM, LCOME, WET, LOCAM, etc. But you must know which law can be used and which cannot be used in a given situation!
If you are unable to solve few questions: If you are not able to solve 2 or 3 questions out of 10 then you can directly look into the solution given in the book but don’t directly write down the solution. Read the solution, analyze it and ask yourself why you were not able to use the formula or the concept which the solution gave. Most probably the concept or trick used in the solution has not been taught– discuss with your teacher.
If you are unable to solve many questions: If you are not able to solve more than 5 questions out of 10 then you need to read the theory again .You must have missed important points in the theory. It is also possible that you have selected very advance problems. In such a case discuss with your teacher.
Don’t mind checking the solution: Please don’t mind looking into the solution of the problems. The important thing is that you should learn and remember the technique/concept used in the solution. If you are consistent with your problem solving program as mentioned above then believe me very soon you will be able to solve questions without any help. This is simply because your brain is getting use to the art of problem solving.
What I should revise in 0.5 hour?
Those questions for which you needed to see the solutions try to solve them during this revision time.
You can also use this time to refine your short notes – you can include some new concepts which you may have missed the first time.
Test and Error Analysis
Every week appear for a Test on whatever you have learned. In Edushrine we have weekly PTEs (Periodic Test for Entrances).
Writing the test helps you to know your weak points and thus you can start working on them.
After every test you must do Error Analysis – This means checking which questions you left or did wrong. Then try to solve those questions first without help and then checking it with the solution. This part is very important.
Sleep for 6 to 6.5 hours.
Early morning – exercise for 20 min
And on Sundays 4 to 5 hours do something fun – watching a movie or going out with family/friends, etc.
Stay away from distractions like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
I hope you all have clarity on what you should do.
Start doing it, believe me it is not as difficult as it appears. In fact if you start following these, chances are very soon you will start enjoying it.
Happy Learning Physics!