Vasu Jain’s success story is yet another example of how it is the quality preparation that is more important than quantitative preparation when it comes to cracking competitive entrance examination. The Delhi boy bagged the second position in JEE Main 2017 the results of which were declared earlier this month. Vasu scored 350 out of 360 in this engineering entrance examination.
He proved once again that it is smart work that pays off more effectively than hard work. Although Vasu started serious preparation for JEE Main from Class XI, he had joined coaching class for the exam when he was in Class IX. He had a well-structured study plan and joining coaching class from Class IX helped him to strengthen his basics, which later helped him in Class XI and XII.
Vasu never studied for long, extended hours at a stress. He would take short breaks and read books to tackle the stress of the exam. He also said that mock tests and practice sets are very important tools in the preparation of this kind of entrance examinations. Taking mock tests and practice tests not only help in identifying the key strengths and weaknesses of a student but also enhances the test- taking ability of the student. Taking regular mock tests also helps students to improve their time-management skills, test-taking strategies, behavioral aspects of taking tests as well as sitting capacity.
Vasu also gave credit to his coaching class teachers who had played a significant role in his success. Guidance plays a very important role in cracking competitive entrance examinations like JEE Main, JEE Advanced, NEET, and AIIMS. Proper guidance involves pinpointing the areas where a student is weak and suggesting how to improve. It also involves looking after the overall development of a student.
Cracking entrance examinations needs more than just having in-depth knowledge of every topic and concept in the syllabus. Vasu’s success story shows there are multiple aspects to be monitored for a student to score higher in the exam. It needs the student to be not just academically strong, but also behaviorally proficient and have a well-structured study plan and exam-taking strategies. It needs him to be able to manage time effectively and efficiently. To master all these things needs proper and personalized guidance. Because every student is different, what may work for one may not work for the other.