Friday, 17 January 2014

Ideas for efficient revision sessions

I received tonnes of requests on "How to revise ?"
Here are a few methods that are based on my own experience. Note that my strategy might completely fail for you. So it's best to discover one's own techniques when it comes to revision, which is a crucial stage in JEE preparation.
First of all, I will write about Chemistry because this is something that needs infinite revision.

Inorganic chemistry : As I have been emphasizing from the beginning, inorganic chemistry requires a lot of revision. I had my own strategy. I used to :

1.)read from books (NCERT/JD Lee/FIITJEE packages etc) 
2.)fix in my mind as much as I could in one shot
3.)maintain a diary wherein I used to mention all those facts which I didn't remember/used to forget easily
4.)revised that diary daily during the last couple of months
5.)revised the stuff of point number 2 (above) on weekends

This way, I ensured that I did not forget the things that have been covered so far.

Note : although I have mentioned JD Lee here. You can simply ignore it
Summary : re-read NCERT

Organic chemistry : towards the end of my preparation, I made a full reading of Morrison and Boyd to ensure that nothing is left from HC Verma of chemistry (Morrison Boyd is regarded as HC Verma of chemistry). I solved numerous problems to ensure that I am ready to apply the reactions on the final day.

Another important thing was that I revised all the "Key mechanisms" of LG Wade. They are the most important mechanisms and a table is given in the book that lists all the page numbers of the Key mechanisms. That table is meant for quick revision.
Summary : solve problems

Physical Chemistry : I solved the problems of RC Mukherjee (note that there are objective problems at the end of book). I regularly revised the chapter - Colloidal state

Summary : solve problems

Maths : for maths, I revised algebra from TMH. Co-ordinate geometry, Trigonometry from FIITJEE packages, Calculus from Arihant Differential and integral calculus (best pair of books for calculus) and Vectors/3-D geometry from ML Agarwal (ISC board Maths book)

Summary : solve problems

Physics : In physics, I was proficient in numericals but the thing that bowled me were the theory based questions that are frequently asked in more than one correct type problems. So I revised HC Verma fully (meaning the theory portion) and solved the objective I and II and discussed it with my teachers.

Summary : solve problems

Note that most of the summaries contain the tag - "solve problems".

Reasons : 
1.)you are applying the formulas so you are forced to recall them (this is what you'll be doing on D-day)
2.)you are practicing more and more questions
3.)your speed is increasing
4.)your accuracy is increasing
5.)your examination temperament is improving

Last piece of advice :

1.)Do not waste time after JEE main. Utilize this fully for you revision. This time is going to decide your rank. The one who wastes this time is going to be ruined on the JEE day
2.)If you JEE main doesn't go fine, don't be depressed
3.)Revise all the subjects daily - one subject per day is dangerous
4.)Keep pen and paper with you (for solving problems and not as a show piece)
5.)Practice as many problems as possible
6.)last and final one - don't be over confident. There are super stud people in every fields that are way ahead of you

All the best.

Do post your comments/queries

103 comments:

  1. Nice one , aman did you make summary notes as a last resort if so please give me tips on how to make them for chemistry especially inorganic and organic .

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    1. Note down those points that you are likely to forget.
      That's it

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  2. is this true
    http://www.kaysonseducation.co.in/guidance/aman-goel-started-preparations-just-after-10th-what-are-you-waiting-for/?utm_source=Students&utm_campaign=fc5143601e-blog_updates&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_90afc79d03-fc5143601e-97803729

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  3. u said u used LG Wade only..but you are saying u used Morrison Boyed also

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    1. I used LG wade as the text book.
      But I had already completed 4 readings of that book and I was bored
      So I picked up morrison and boyd as a book for revision

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    3. Was Morrison and Boyd helpful for you?

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  4. Hey aman..pls suggest me on my revision plan that i will follow after October 2014..

    Physics-Revise theory entirely from HCV including Objective I and II (presently i do theory from resnick halliday) and questions all from dc pandey and those in which i had doubts(including package, archive and irodov)

    Chemistry- Revise the summary notes and lots of questions from anywhere I can..except revising thoroughly from NCERT for both questions and theory..

    Maths- Solve the entire TMH while again practicing the questions I had doubt in (including Archive, Package, and other topic wise books u suggested as i solve them parallel while the topic is taught in the class)

    I plan to do all dis in a 3 month period when we have an off for coatings as well as schools..

    So..hows dat??

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    1. Chill. Focus on Concepts now.
      Forget about revision
      I know it's good to have a plan in mind
      But october is just too far.
      it's better to think about revision during september.

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  5. hi bhaiya!!! is fiitjee's booklet for inorganic chems sufficient (groups only)

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    1. Maybe (if you study them correctly, then yes they are)

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  6. i agree with what u said but i doubt that do we have so much time to do so much?
    as in id do maths but how can i start solving TMH now?
    my maths is very weak as in i score only 30-35% and physics is better like 50-60% and chem is good like 60-80% marks is what i score...i am aiming at AIR<1000 pls help me with my strategy....on basis of your experience.organic im done like i solve almost 95% questions but inorganic is like ok ok....so pls help me
    thanks!

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    1. please mention the year n which you'll be appearing for JEE

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  7. Hi AMAN,

    In ur article u have mentioned about reading complete Morrison Boyd.
    Did u cover each line of the book or just made a reading?

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    1. just a brief reading to ensure that nothing important has been left out

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  8. Hi Aman!
    Can you tell me what is the first step towards APhO?

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    1. NSEP -> INPhO (if you do well in it, then you will get a call for APhO)

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  9. hey aman can u predict what should be my AIR in jee 2014 so that i get a category rank of around 25-35 in OBC ?? plz reply early

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  10. You used morrison boyd or lg wade? From where did you solve questions?

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    1. LG Wade : text book
      Morrison Boyd : for revision

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    2. Peter Sykes??I find it useful..

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  11. do u think mole and its related topics require anything more than FIITJEE material or is only FIITJEE material enough ?? and what about algebra from FIITJEE material ?? anything else required other than FIITJEE material ??

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    1. Please stop asking "is that enough, is this enough" type questions.
      I won't say a word on such questions from now onwards.

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  13. i agree with what u said but i doubt that do we have so much time to do so much?
    as in id do maths but how can i start solving TMH now?
    my maths is very weak as in i score only 30-35% and physics is better like 50-60% and chem is good like 60-80% marks is what i score...i am aiming at AIR<1000 pls help me with my strategy....on basis of your experience.organic im done like i solve almost 95% questions but inorganic is like ok ok....so pls help me
    thanks!JEE 2014 this year itself!!

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    1. Ofcourse, you have plenty of time.
      Lets do a bit of mathematics.
      Let us assume that board exams last for a month and January is already over.
      Then for JEE advanced, you have February + March + April + May - 1(for board exams) = 3 months in hand.
      Now 3 months = 90 days = 90 * 24 hours = 2160 hours.
      Now assuming you can study for only 12 hours a day, you have 2160/2 = 1080 hours out of which, assume that 4 hours a day is mathematics so you have 360 hours of Maths time.
      Let's assume that 60 hours go waste anyhow, still you have 300 hours for Maths.
      Now assume that you take 5 minutes to solve a problem (which should ideally be less than 3 minutes), then you can solve 300 * 12 = 3600 problems!!!!!
      Well that's a huge number.
      I hope you got what I mean.

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    2. hey thanks for the numbers....its really instilled a new zeal in me and ill be pushing towards my goal with every drop of energy i have....thank u so much Aman! May god bless u and u reach the pinnacle of every success....
      I'll see u in June @IITB hopefully...

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  14. First of all thank you for sharing all this info..this is really helpful..I am an aspirant of jee 2014..i would like to know from where should i practice organic chemistry problems as the ones in morisson boyd also contain out of syllabus ques..any specific book?

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    1. Well this is indeed a difficult question.
      There are infinite revision packages available in the market.
      They should suffice.

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  15. How to revise organic , I mean as a beginner I face the following problem
    1. How yo revise previous done chapter???
    2. How revision should be performed ??

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    1. solve problems from revision packages.
      Revise the key mechanisms.

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  16. ur parents are proud of u!http://vimeo.com/68902047
    i am proud of u....this country is proud of u!!!!!!!
    There are many JEE toppers but very few like u who come ahead to help fellow juniors like me....i salute u
    #respect

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    1. Thanks!
      I will always be there to help others.
      I have also gone through the same phase and I know how useful these tips/strategies are.
      I wish my juniors all the best for their coming exams (Boards, JEE main and JEE advanced)

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  17. what is the reality of FIITJEE AIR ? how much is that rank closer to actual JEE rank ?

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    1. You can't just take FIITJEE rank as your JEE rank.
      Not all JEE toppers are from FIITJEE

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  18. In the JEE syllabus under Alkyl Halides there is a topic "Rearrangement Reactions of Alkyl Carbocation" . Could you please clarify what is meant by this?...
    and one more question...
    The only test series in my area is FIITJEE AITS, yet I am not yet aiming for a 2 digit rank, i am aiming for a 3 digit rank. What is the best way to make use of AITS?

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    1. The carbocation can rearrange itself to form another more stable carbocation. Such reactions are called "Rearrangement Reactions of Alkyl Carbocations."
      They form an important class of reactions and you are expected to know when and how does a carbocation rearrange.
      In LG Wade there are examples of carbocation rearrangement.
      Go through them.

      For FIITJEE AITS : no comments

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  19. waiting for a post on coordinate geometry

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  20. Hi! I Soumyajeet Panigrahi, just want 2 knw tht 2nd year courses r more imp or 1st year courses!!!??

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    1. definitely everything is important to get a good rank.
      But second year syllabus is something really really important and has a huge weightage in JEE

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  21. I am finished with 11th and I am not perfect in the whole syllabus till 11th, im good at a few & weak in physical chem. What was your position in 11th, were you almost perfect in all topics by the end of 11th or did u gain momentum in 12th, how did u study in 11th?

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    1. You'll learn more in class 12th
      You'll be applying topics of class 11th to solve problems of topics of class 12th. This way, your concepts will become stronger
      Till the be patient.
      But still : It's not like "I will do topics of class 11th in class 12th". You aren't supposed to do that.
      What I mean is that if you feel that you have a feeling of topic and a good idea then it's fine. To develop a cent percent confidence, wait a bit

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  24. Can you please elaborate any topic in which some of your unanswered questions in class 11th were answered in class 12th?Please tell some topics of class 11th which one has to study very patiently.

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    1. Consider Work energy and power chapter in physics.
      Suppose you are not getting that "I know this chapter perfectly" feeling.
      Then wait. In class 12th, you will be learning electrostatics, magnetism, modern physics, thermodynamics. In all these chapter, you will be solving numerous problems that will require application of say : conservation of mechanical energy, work energy theorem.
      A better example. After learning this chapter(work energy power), I am pretty sure that you must be not confident in what exactly potential energy is ? Am I right ?
      You must be told that Coulombic force is conservative and has an associated potential function.
      But, you will be learning about this in great detail in electrostatics (Even I am learning all this in my second semester).
      So after studying electrostatics, you will see that your perception of potential energy will change. You will get a real feel of the topic.

      Yet another example.
      You have learnt binomial theorem, progression series etc etc chapters of algebra in class 11th.
      Now I guess you will feel that binomial theorem is "SO" easy. It has only a limited number of problems.
      No , that's not the case.
      There are mind blowing questions of integration that will require use of binomial theorem and they are mind blowing only because of that hidden "binomial theorem" in "integration"

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    2. And also in schrodinger equation,V stands for potential energy of electron.What does it signify?Is it important?

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    3. Leave it (completely)
      I have completed a full 6 credit course here on quantum mechanics which involved solving shrodinger equation million times but still I couldn't understand the head or tail of it.
      Leave it completely as I said. No one's gonna ask you in JEE (after all it's our professors who set JEE papers)

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    4. Hi AMAN,

      What are the criteria they(Professor) consider before they set Jee papers? Can they make questions which are out of syllabus?

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    5. They sometimes do. But that's too rare and they deliberately make such questions to create pressure on students (Yes, they want to check how well you do under pressure)

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    6. Hi AMAN,

      Can u mention the sources they refer while setting iitjee papers?

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    7. Definitely I have no idea

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  25. Hey buddy....i am a 2015 IITJEE aspirant....aiming for a 2 DIGIT RANK..in case of revision.....which of the following yeilds the best result??
    A)revising entire syllabus once n then go on solving as many problems from question banks,FIITJEE ARCHIVE etc..till last date??
    B)Reading a particular chapter n solving all the problems from the resources 1 has and then move on to the next chapter following the same format till the end??

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    1. JEE is too far (more than 1 year).
      Worry not about revision now.

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  26. hi aman ...did solve the additional exercises in ncert physics for boards.is it required?

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    1. No idea.
      I have no idea of board pattern.
      I was already thorough with JEE preparation so additional exercises seemed no load for me

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    1. read the posts carefully. You will get all your answers

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  28. plz tell how to revise class 11 topics during 12 class . how to manage time for revision????

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    1. Solving questions is the best way to revise

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  29. Hi Aman bhaiya...

    Did you have a habit of making personalised notes for Physics and Physical Chemsitry as well??
    If yes how effective was it??
    Would you recommend us juniors do get into tat habit as well??
    tks in advance....

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    1. I used to make personalized notes in all the subjects during class 11th and 12th.
      It's the best habit because writing yourself fixes things in your mind better than just seeing the things.
      It's really really effective. 50% task is done if you write it yourself. Then, I used to go home and again try out myself the derivations and questions given in class to ensure that I have understood it well.
      Of course, this habit is recommended.
      I would like you all to purchase/see the book by Arpit Agarwal (JEE 2012 AIR 1). He has written an awesome book on how he and some of his friends prepared for JEE and ended up with excellent ranks in JEE. He has described how to make good notes and given snapshots of some of his notes too (qualitative analysis). That will give you a good idea.

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    2. Tk u very much Aman....

      I already have the book and saw the notes that he had made....

      That's why I asked if u had also had the habit..

      Tks very much bhaiya

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  30. Im student.of class 11 .....appearing for jee2015....in my coaching class 11th syallbus is completed......i have one month break...should I revise whole class 11 theory. part...or make lots of questions of class 11 topics...... .

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    1. Revise the theory for say 10 days.
      Clear all your concepts and doubts in the next 5 days.
      During these first 15 days, keep solving elementary problems also.
      Then for the next 15 days, solve tougher problems (past year JEE problems are the best)

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  31. 1)Did u do the subjective n objective miscellaneous questions of RC Mukherjee?did u do them all?
    2)do u recommend solving TMH or subjective questions of Arihant or Bansal Maths package(which u've shared with us) FOR REVISION OF 11TH(&12th) parallel to 12th?

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    1. For RC Mukherjee : I probably don't remember
      TMH is the best

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  32. When i have TO CHOOSE 1 OUT OF THE FOLLOWING options below during revision:
    a)solve Bansal/Reso revision package
    b)solve standard books like TMH/Arihant(Maths),Balaji,RC Mukherjee(Chemistry),BM Sharma/Anurag Mishra(Physics)
    Which option is best?which 1 should i go for?

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    1. Revision packages are the best for final revision
      Books are best for revision of class 11th syllabus

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  33. Hi AMAN,

    How did u make 4 readings of entire LG WADE?

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  34. hi aman,
    ill be having a reshuffling test after 2 weeks and i have to revise some important topics.but i would also be having a practice test after 2 days. so should i go for it without complete revision?
    it is a tough decision because this test will consume a lot of time , roughly 10hours plus some extra relaxation time and this may effect my revision for the main test.
    what should i do?
    PS: my emphasis for revision is on equilibrium,inorganic chem {weak portion},complex numbers,roation and fluids[not at all good at fluids]. im a 2015 aspirant.

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    1. take such small decisions yourself

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  35. is rc mukherjee right in the resonance energy concept in thermodynamics?

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    1. Yeah it's the best book if you are looking for questions.
      But for theory, try OP tondon

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  36. During revision of 11th PARALLEL TO 12TH PREPARATION....if i solve FIITJEE AITS papers every weekend....in exam like conditions....instead of solving books/revision packages during that time....should it suffice my purpose of revision?

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  37. Since u've done both....FIITJEE RSM or FIITJEE classroom study packages.....which one contains better set of problems?

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  38. At this time what should be d plan
    Solving papers or revising concepts again?

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    1. http://amangoeliitb.blogspot.in/2014/03/the-time-that-will-matter.html
      You are requested to thoroughly go through the blog before posting the doubts.

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  39. hi aman
    my teachers left fiitjee to join allen this year when I was in 11th with a huge bundle of course left I am in 12th but yet thermo,mechanical properties in physics are left( not taught us) The conics and complex were taught to us were horrible and I feel blank about them..
    My chemistry is very good and manage to grasp it but Eas is still not taught to us......

    please guide me to cover these back
    should I focus on 12th and cover these later or parallel ...and how????

    please reply......

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  40. Bhaiya, which revision package will u suggest out of - bansal and fiitjee. and what is the level of papers of rtf package of fiitjee.

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  41. Well, I wanted to ask; Is it necessary to make "Notes Copy" for Physics & Mathematics as it wastes much time? I mean, Isn't it enough to make derivation & formula copy? In case i do so, Whenever I revise, I'll be revising only formulae?
    So which way should I go,
    1. Making good 'Total theory' notes for P, C & M.
    2. Making good 'Total theory' notes for Chemistry and making only formula copy for Physics & Mathematics?

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  42. Hi.you said that it is dangerous to study one subject per day, why exactly did you say so????
    p.s.thankyou for your posts they help me more than my teachers here can!!!

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  44. Hey Aman I am a 2016 aspirant and I believe I am forgetting some of the things that we did in class 11th which includes a large part of physical chem and some of rotational mechanics and Thermodynamics also. Do I need to start revising these things right now simultameously with my 12th syllabus or should I wait till it is over and focus on what we r doing right now?
    PS: I am a FITJEE student and aim at a 2digit rank.

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  45. How do you prepare the theory part of a topic like u write and learn or just by reading u learn it?

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    1. Read the book, make notes, make chapter summary, solve in-text problems

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  46. Hi Aman bhaiya. I am Utkarsh , 2016 jee aspirant. I like your blogs a lot as it helped me.
    I want to ask about what is the ideal to complete the course and start revision as my target is to get an air under 100 in jee advanced .and how much time to be devoted to board as i am a cbse dummy school student.
    2. which is better for revision-
    fiitjee gmp or rank booster
    (as i am already a resonance student and also joined fiitjee rsm.)

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  48. hey, i am 2016 jee aspirant. i have started to revise and solve papers along with a bit of last part of portion left to cover. in Physics i have done HC verma , Chemistry( inorganic) i am doing P bahadur. and in maths A das Gupta. i have completed 70% of my class booklets.Am i going the right way? or i should take some different books? is NCERT chemistry a must? thanks a ton.

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    1. Practice more problems - that's all I can say

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  49. you have mentioned that you practised problems in organic chemisry...please suggest from where to practice problems..

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  50. I am student preparing for IIT JEE advance exam . Today I had Jee mains exam . From today only I want to prepare for Jee AdV . I have a target of solving question 13 hrs a day for 50 days . I have good concepts , but poor exam temprament and WEAK INORGANIC CHEMISTRY . Plz can someone tell me which books to solve . So i can complete them in 50 days.I am able to do 50 % previous year questions and how I can build my exam tempramennt ? . I am aiming rank of 1000 and have equaly good concepts for both 11th and 12th class but the thing that matters most is that I have poor examinantion temprament . How i can improve my inorganic chemistry and which books to solve

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