There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Most experts recommend that students study for at least six hours a day or 42 hours a week or so (excluding the time they spend on coaching classes) to prepare adequately for the JEE. But that recommendation is only useful if you can design a timetable that suits your specific needs. Here are some tips to decide how many hours of daily effort will suit you.
The importance of self-directed study and consistency
It is not enough to master concepts underlying advanced physics, chemistry and mathematics to crack the JEE, it is equally important to be a master of time management and motivate yourself. For instance, Ashish Waikar AIR 7 (IIT JEE Advanced 2017) says, “I neither had a fix time table nor number of study hours to study for JEE Main & Advanced Exam. I studied what I felt was required to be covered in a particular day. Some days, I would study for 3 hours and other days for 4, 10 or 12 hours. I used to do it according to myself. But on an average it should be around 6 hours every day. Plan it in a way that you have some aim to cover something and try to achieve your aim for the day.”
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Prep for JEE is a Marathon not a Sprint
Yes, you have to cut out distractions while preparing for the JEE but it’s important to ask yourself what are you willing to sacrifice. And for how long. Preparation for the JEE is a marathon not a sprint. It is not enough to promise yourself you will study for 10 hours a day and eventually lose steam in two weeks. Think about creating habits that you can commit to for the foreseeable future and design a plan that can be executed with a little extra discipline, motivation and effort on your part. Studying consistently and in a focused manner for six hours a day for 8 months will ensure a better chance at success than cramming for 12 hours in the last few months.
Questions to Ask Yourself to Create a Customized Study Timetable
One size does not fit all. If your friend is sacrificing sleep and studying through the night till 5am every day, it does not mean you should do the same. Consider the following to create a plan that will work for you:
Assess your skills in the beginning
Attempt mock tests, solve the past 10 years’ question papers and go through the JEE syllabus thoroughly, to figure out where you stand and identify areas that need improvement.
Pay more attention to subjects that scare you
If Math needs more attention, design a timetable so that three hours of the day are dedicated to the subject. Sai Chetan, AIR 2 in JEE Advanced 2014, says, “I was weak in Organic & Inorganic Chemistry, so I devoted more time to these two secondary subjects. Throughout my JEE preparation, I made sure to maintain a balance between Math, Physics and Chemistry preparation. I devoted three hours for Math, three hours for Physics and five hours for Chemistry daily.”
Ensure that you are spending enough time revising concepts you are learning. Spending four hours a day learning new concepts and two hours revising ideas you learnt the week before is the way to go.
Ask yourself if you are a morning person or night person?
If you find it easier to focus in the early morning, wake up by 5:30-6 am and study at that time of the day. Else, choose an evening slot to focus for at least three hours at a stretch, in an uninterrupted manner.