Tuesday, Dec 26, 2023

JEE Main 2024: Effective revision techniques for better memory

Several times students face the problem of not being able to retain the important formulas and concepts. Having a strong memory is important to clear JEE Main 2024.

JEE Main 2024: Memorising complex topics like the periodic table in chemistry can be challenging. Check tips to make it easierJEE Main 2024: Memorising complex topics like the periodic table in chemistry can be challenging. Check tips to make it easier. (Representative image. Source: Unsplash)

— Ramesh Batlish

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is considered one of the toughest exams at the undergraduate level. It requires nuanced understanding of complex scientific and mathematical concepts. To ensure success in this exam, students are not only required to learn these concepts but also retain their knowledge effectively.

In this regard, we have curated a comprehensive guide on effective revision techniques for JEE to allow students to enhance their chances of cracking the exam.

Break down complex topics


Memorising complex topics like the periodic table in chemistry can be challenging. However, you can make it more manageable by breaking it down into smaller fragments. Instead of attempting to learn the entire table at once, focus on memorising distinct groups or blocks of elements. This approach will help you understand the periodic table better and make memorisation more useful.

Create acronyms

Remembering related topics such as trigonometric ratios (sin θ, cos θ, tan θ) can be a daunting task. However, making acronym sentences can facilitate the task by shaping the information into a memorable phrase. For instance, creating a sentence like “Some Old Horses Can Always Hear Their Owners Approach” can help you quickly realise the trigonometric ratios.

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Mnemonics for formulas

Mnemonics can come as a powerful tool when it comes to memorising physics and mathematics formulas. By developing mnemonic phrases or stories that connect with the different components of each formula, one can quickly learn complex equations. These mental shortcuts play a pivotal role in remembering formulas and can enhance the chances of clearing the exam.

Make use of colour coding


Assigning specific colours to different subjects, topics, or types of formulas can create visual associations that make it easier to remember and apply information accurately. By highlighting your notes or writing them in coloured markers, you can enhance your ability to recall important details, leading to better retention and understanding of the material at hand.

Verbalise your learning

For a better understanding and retaining of concepts and formulas, try explaining them out loud in your own words as if you were instructing someone else. This helps fortify your understanding as well as your ability to recall the information later on.

Utilise visual aids

Visual aids, such as diagrams, flowcharts, and mind maps, can go a long way in simplifying complex topics. These tools deliver a visually engaging presentation of information, making it more understandable and memorable. Hence, it is recommended to create visual aids while studying to bolster your learning outcomes.

Practice problems


When preparing for the JEE exam, solving practice problems is crucial. With this, you not only improve your understanding of the concepts but also develop the skill to apply that knowledge effectively. Furthermore, consistent practice also facilitates memory retention, allowing you to retain the information for a longer period.

Group study

By engaging in collective discussions and exchanging ideas, individuals are able to gain a thorough understanding of complicated topics. Additionally, teaching a concept to someone else needs a higher level of understanding, which in turn strengthens your own knowledge and memory retention.

Embrace mindfulness and meditation

Incorporating mindfulness and meditation techniques into your study routine can do wonders in relieving the stress and anxiety that often come with intense study sessions. By ensuring short breaks for mindfulness practices, you can effectively soothe your mind and enhance your ability to concentrate.

(The writer is the managing partner and centre head-Noida/Greater Noida at FIIT JEE)

First published on: 26-12-2023 at 10:00 IST
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