As a first step, don’t ever loose hope. A wise person once said-
“Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will”
This is the crucial time for planning a strategy
The 1-Month Strategy-
Let’s say, you want to score x% in JEE Main!
In my opinion, in a one month time frame, the best way to enrich both these aspects of exam is through Intelligently planned Mock Tests. Now the question arises, “How to intelligently plan the tests?”.
Step - 1: One way to do it is by taking “Open-notes self assessment tests”.
So the idea is that you take mock tests (preferably previous year’s papers) in a limited time format where you can refer to your class-notes during the test.
But, the rule of thumb is that you should achieve a minimum of about (x+y)% in those tests, where y is in [15, 25] (assuming (x+y) <= 100).
This strategy has two fold benefits-
It enhances your confidence and you start believing that you can really score what you are aiming for in the actual test.
You start adapting to what is commonly known as exam-stress.
With each test you should also try to minimize looking into your notes, but you should not violate the minimum score criteria i.e. your score should not fall below (x+y)%. Ideally, I will say that you should take atleast 15 “Close-notes” tests before the actual exam.
Step - 2: After completing each test, take some rest. Now it’s time to check the solutions. You should spend time in understanding the solutions to questions that you could’t solve and try to solve the ones that you missed during the mock test. It may take about 2–6 hours, depending upon your level of preparedness. The goal in this step is that you should never miss the same question if encountered again in any exam.
Step - 3: Now you are left with the rest of your day (about 3–7 hours). The important part to worry about in JEE Main is not the difficulty level of the questions; rather, keeping track of the entire syllabus is the major task here. Spend this time of the day on reviewing your weak concepts, which you should have realized by now after taking the test.
These steps will help you in maintaining a balance between expanding your knowledge and developing efficiency, eventually leading to a good score in JEE Main.
I can’t guarantee that the strategy presented by me is the optimal way of planning your one month period before JEE Main, but it’s my personal belief that this method will be surely helpful in achieving a good score in the exam.
You will be bombarded with numerous techniques, what I call “fundas” to score well by your seniors, teachers, parents and friends. But, at the end it’s your gut feeling that you have to trust!
Goodluck with that