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Monday, September 1, 2014

JEE Advanced to go online from 2016

Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are working on a plan to take Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Advanced online by the session 2016-17. On August 23, at a meeting of the Joint Admission Board of IITs, in New Delhi, it has been agreed that it should go online completely from 2016.

Almost 1.5 lakh students are shortlisted for JEE Advanced after taking the JEE Main test. JEE Mains is held for candidates, who wish to seek admissions to (National Institutes of Technology) NITs and other engineering colleges and also sets the eligibility criterion for JEE Advanced.

JEE Mains has already gone online, partly. Not only the IITs are planning to take the examination online but are also looking at ways to replace the format of the exam, too. At present, they have a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) format. The IITs are trying to come up with a pattern, which is objective in nature but lets a student attempt a problem solving exercise and then reach a conclusion i.e. an answer.

This process is being tried to implement because many feel that the existing MCQ style is allowing some students score high just by guessing the correct answer rather than applying their minds.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Steps to Learn Hard Formulaes in road to IIT JEE preparation

Equations… formulae… huh, then name itself gives many of us nausea! I know some classmates of mine, who would just skip their lunchtime and prepare these formulae and try to memorize them. Then there were some who would try to learn them by heart! But does that help, learning formulae by heart? Unfortunately that is just not an option as formulae are about application and not just being reproduced on the paper!
So what can be done to memorize all the formulas in the course easily without giving ourselves a panic attack? We have got you some tips and tricks for you. Caution: some tricks will look silly, but they are all worth a try!
  1. First things first. Be attentive when the formulas are being taught in school or coaching classes. Anything new is worth the attention so it is better to learn it while it is still nascent and not related with some bad practice memories!
  2. This is the old school method. Read the formula again and again till it gets imprinted in your mind and then reproduce it on a piece of paper. Read, learn, write and follow this method for each formula again and again till you are confident!
  3. Understand the formation of the equations, units, or signs in the formulae. If you observe and analyse by dividing it in sets as the formula progresses to the answer, then you will be able to understand the formula deeply. You will not have to do the mugging.
  4. Associative learning. Many students feel that this trick really works. Relate the formula with something that you can easily remember. As an example, even in complex and long formulas, associate the numbers, variables and operands, to certain elements that are non-mathematical. Like the alphabets can stand as names of animals, flowers, food and toys. Indeed, anything that you like.
  5. Mentally recollect the formula. Now imagine an empty classroom in your head with a clean black board. Now slowly start writing the formula on it. You can write and erase it, all in your head. And once you think you have got the formula right, cross check it with your book!
  6. You must have heard about “in your sight, on your mind”. Do exactly the same with your formulae! Make small notes, post-its and stick them up at several places in your room. Even other areas which you frequently visit. Hmmm, maybe kitchen, TV room, or well, bathroom mirror!! J
  7. Never sleep over on formulas. They will just not sneak into your mind during your sleep. That is a bad, bad way. You are not at your highest concentration levels at the time of sleep. Rather, it would be better to get up and do them first thing in the morning, with a fresh mind.
  8. Once you think you are a little familiar with the formula, try playing with it. Pick up a random problem and try and apply it in the same. You might be able to solve it, or you might be able to formulate some basic steps, but at least you would know where you stand. Always remember that the magic of learning formula is in the application of it.
  9. Make music out of it. Read your formulae aloud in a rhythm, as in a rhyme! Now this sounds crazy right? Well, don’t go by the look of it. It really works for the students who are driven by music! Do believe me? Try out once for yourself!
  10. Never study formulae or practice sums related to them on an empty stomach. Ah, that would be a third degree torture for you. Keep yourself well-fed, be in a content, happy state of mind and go aim at it! That is the way to go about learning the formulae!
Don’t ever think that you can’t do it. These are just building blocks, and if understood properly, they will make your journey to JEE much simpler!

Friday, August 22, 2014

ISM Dhanbad Students want an IIT tag


Hundreds of students of Indian School of Mines held a demonstration demanding the upgradation of ISM into an IIT at Randhir Verma circle this Sunday. Students marched from ISM campus on NH 32 and reached Randhir Verma Circle where they held a meeting.
BJP MP from Dhanbad, Pashupati Nath Singh, addressed the students and expressed commonality with their demands. The agitated students said that they have been demanding this for the last five years.
They have also submitted a memorandum to the union HRD with signatures of different party MPS who supported their demand.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Which is the Best Coaching Institute of India for IIT JEE Preparation ??

There is no definite answer to this. Because the question is very subjective: What is meant by best? The institute that has the best faculty? The best study material? The institute producing best ranks in JEE? The institute producing great minds that go on to do good stuff in college? Or something else?

And more importantly, it doesn't matter. I would say that most of the institutes are good! Some similarities and differences between coaching institutes:

1) Almost all institutes have 2 sets of faculty: The great ones, and the not-so-great ones. The great ones are assigned to batches with better students, in general. So if you are among the top students in your institute, then it doesn't matter which institute you are in. You will almost surely get good faculty.

2) Almost all institutes have students of mixed level: Some are bright, while some are not-so-bright. Some sincere, some not-so-sincere. You need to be able to differentiate the two kinds, and try to learn from the bright and sincere ones.

3) The study material / tests of almost all institutes are mostly alike: The syllabus of JEE is more or less constant. Over years, the study material of the institutes has evolved, and most institutes now have similar material.

A difference here is that some institutes expect you to do a lot of questions, and accordingly design their study material to contain a large number of problems. Some other institutes think the other way, believing that once you learn the concept, few questions are sufficient to reinforce it.

4) Frequency of classes: Most institutes have 3-4 classes per week of 4 hours each, or 2 classes of 6 hours each. Some institutes, on the other hand, focus more on self study, having only 1-2 classes of 4 hours per week. Some other institutes collaborate with schools, so that the students are taught only Physics, Chemistry and Maths throughout the year, except the last few months before the final exams, and the students tend to feel little pressure of school.

So, while most of the features are common across all coaching institutes, some are different, and it depends from student to student which of these he finds most suited to him.

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