The IIT JEE exam may not be a walk in the park, but it also not as tough as it is commonly perceived to be. The aspirants need to rightly channelize their energy and make optimal utilization of their resources, says Partha Halder
The IIT-JEE as an exam is not tough as it is commonly perceived by the aspirants. It is in fact different and highly competitive. In order to perform a high degree of accuracy is desired along with minimal margin of error. Technology can play a very important role to ensure both the aspects are attained by helping students to optimise their skills and resources; channelise their energy in the right direction; monitor progress and raise a red flag whenever there is a deviation from the desired path; quantify the gap between an aspirants’s chosen goal and their present status. Let us now understand each of these aspects:
The IIT-JEE assesses a student’s conceptual clarity along with their logical and analytical thinking ability. Deep thinking and imaginative skills help enormously while solving a question. A student can achieve perfection in these aspects if their basic concepts are clear. The question arises: How would a student know that s/he has achieved the desired level of conceptual clarity?
That’s where technology can help to pinpoint through online chapter and topic based assignments. While solving an online MCQ assignment, if a student marks a particular answer option, whether it is correct or incorrect answer option, the algorithm of the software will assess and predict the problem solving steps that the child would have adopted which led to that answer option; post which it will create a report and recommend corrective actions. Based on mistakes committed in few months/papers, technology can track the type of mistake that a student is doing frequently i.e the pattern of mistake. Usually students keep committing the same mistake due to ignorance. Fixing these learning gaps helps to strengthen conceptual understanding.
Depending upon the goal of a student (preferred branch of engineering and/or college) tech enabled tools help the students to decide and prepare their study and revision plan. They will know exactly what to study; how much to study; when to study; at what pace to study; when to revise; prepare milestones; concepts that are weak and needs more attention.
A student should solve online practice test after they have completed certain portion of the syllabus. These are essentially MCQ based tests, administered on web or mobile platform anda great way to assess a student’s retention capability with the increase in syllabus volume. An unexpected outcome in the test will raise a red flag thus enabling them to discover the reason for it so that they can be cautious the next time.
Mock Test (in simulated environment): As JEE Advanced, JEE Main, BITSAT, KVPY and few others are Computer Based Test (CBT), a student should solve mock tests which are administered in CBT mode;conducted nationwide in a simulated environment (i.e. conducted on the same day, at the same time, at all the cities just like an actual exam). By doing so, a student would be able to :
Develop test taking strategy, speed, accuracy, mind-eye-hand coordination etc.
Acclimatise with test environment, software & test interface
Gain insight to the time taken to solve a question, an extremely important insight. If students discover that they have taken unusually long time to solve a particular question and depending upon whether they finally got it right or wrong, they will be able to take remedial steps
Right answer but took long time: It could be due to concept related issue or lack of practice or lack of revision before the exam, hence long took time.
Wrong answer but took long time: It could be due to, did not study or lack of judgment to leave the question or concepts studied long back but did not practice in the recent past etc.
Detailed performance report/analysis: Using tech based test platforms, marks can be calculated and reports can be generated quickly. The feedback can be instantaneously shared and students can immediately implement the corrective steps.
Key stakeholders in the journey of an engineering aspirant are their parents and subject teachers. With tech-based platforms, both teachers and parents get feedback and status updates on the progress, current and future challenges, help and support that they might need.
They also get to know if a student is doing their task/revision/homework on time; overall test report in pictorial form, attendance report, all on their own mobile device on the go.
The writer is Centre Head, FIITJEE, Punjabi Bagh
Writer: PARTH HALDER
Courtesy: The Pioneer