How to handle stress during JEE preparation
By Sameer Kataria (IIT-Roorkee and Popular Writer on Quora)
During 2 years of my JEE preparation, I experienced many ups and downs. Even though I shouldn’t brag but I could handle stress easily. It too became depressed after bad results but I didn’t let it get to my head. I have no other major achievement till date. I didn’t clear NTSE, KVPY or any of the Olympiads. Still I managed to get a decent rank. Below I have jolted down the time periods when you will be dealing with moderate or high stress levels. I will also tell you how to deal with it.
- During the last 2 months
This is a crucial phase in JEE preparation. This is the time you get after JEE mains to prepare for JEE Advanced. What most people do is they try to cover whole syllabus. JEE has such a vast syllabus. If you try to revise whole syllabus in the last few days, you will end up losing the topics that you have a stronghold on. My advice is revise the topics you are best at. See what topics have more weightage and prepare accordingly. Try not to mug up all the syllabus.
- During last month of preparation of JEE mains
There are two types of people you will meet during JEE preparation. One who are trying to secure a good rank in JEE Advanced and others whose target is JEE mains. During the last month, there are board exams too. Now people are confused as what to do during that phase. People get stressed. How to manage time is a big problem. For exams where you have a lot of holidays, devote the first half for jee and other half to your boards.
- Initial months of JEE preparation
Initially you join a coaching class and see that many of your counterparts have been preparing from the past 2 years. You get a mini heart attack because you think that no matter how hard you work, you will not be able to outperform them. Now think about this. Your final paper is 2 years from now. You have 2 years to prepare for your final exam. Prepare with full fervor and you might even outshine him.
- When you have a big backlog of class 11th syllabus
People don’t realize is that JEE consists not only the 11th class portion but also the 12th class one. Do you know how much marks class 12 portion holds? Nearly 60%. That’s huge I guess. 60% marks in Advance can guarantee you a rank under 2000.Just follow a simple rule. The topics that you are good at are your powers. Don’t think that you don’t need to revise them. These are the portions that will help you sail through JEE.About Backlogs, Just leave what’s left. Focus on what your coaching teachers are teaching now. Until or unless there’s any relation to the topic you are studying, leave them for good. Try to cover them when your 12th class syllabus is completed.
- After you failed to qualify for some Olympiad or KVPY
I badly wanted to clear KVPY. I missed the cutoff by 2 or 3 marks. It was more like a mini heart break. It was my chance to show the people who mocked me for my average performance. But I blew it away. It was quite stressful but I didn’t let it get to my head. So I analysed where I went wrong. I worked on all these aspects and didn’t leave any loopholes this time.
- Expectations from parents
Many people face this situation. What is best for one to do in such times is to ignore them calmly. It is high time to study and you shouldn’t get stressed. You should take their word as a challenge. You have to show them what you can do and this can be done only by studying hard and achieving a good rank in JEE. Sometimes I also felt bad but never get depressed. I always took their words as a challenge to my potential, my capabilities. Parents are worried about your future and this even increases when you have lost a chance earlier.
- After the completion of syllabus of class 12th.
After you complete your 12th class syllabus in your coaching class, you switch to revision mode. Then you realize how much syllabus you have to cover in little time. You tend to get depressed. My advice start preparing the topics you are best at. Don’t directly jump to solving JEE mock test only to realise that you might not be able to score as much as you would expect. Start covering the syllabus slowly and you might easily cover 80% by the end.
- After checking your JEE mains marks
I checked my JEE mains marks and found out I had scored a mere 178. 2 years of hard work and still I couldn’t manage a decent score. I could have cried and slept. I was devastated. Anger was filled within me. What I did was just minimizing my human contact and study. First time in my life I could study 12 hours a day. See the way I channeled the stress inside. This is what you should do rather than weeping and disturbing all your family members.
Just get focused on that day, the D-day, your JEE examination day. Everything you are doing right now is only for that day. Every other demotivating moment like getting poor marks in tests, losing marks because of your silly mistakes, your failure, everything is futile except that one day. If you have committed any blunder mistake in tests or while solving questions, just don’t get depressed. Take it as the god’s will so that you would’ve that mistake in your mind throughout the preparation time and from next time you wouldn’t repeat it again
Always remember this life hack
Whenever you see a tough exam paper(or a competitive exam), you panic. Panicking has a complete adverse effect on your results. Sometimes you may not be able to attempt the questions which you knew in the first place.
What to do in this kind of situation?
Just take a deep breath and find the easiest question in the paper. Just go on attempting the easy one’s in any random order. Don’t even touch any tough ones.
You will find that after attempting the easy one’s , your confidence level will be quite high. Now try the questions that you couldn’t do in the first place. Many of them would get solved by the end.