Have you passed the 10th/High School exams and are now entering into the 11th standard? This is the nigh time you should prepare for 11th. It is quite common for students to take a sort of break from studies after passing class 10th.
After all, the 10th board exams are the first major academic evaluation faced by students in India. Besides, there are the even more hyped 12th board exams that await them in the not-too-distant future. It is therefore no wonder that so many students choose to simply relax and let their studies take a backseat in class 11th. However, as understandable as that is, you should know that it can also prove to be a huge mistake in the long run.
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Prepare for 11th: The Basics of Intermediate Classes
Initially, 11th classes might seem like a refreshing change for you. However, you will soon realize that it comes with a lot of challenges, especially the greatly increased difficulty level of the course material you’ll have to study.
If you have opted for the science stream, you will now have to study physics, chemistry, biology and/or math which are much more advanced from what you studied back in class 9th and 10th. Class 11th plays a very important role in introducing you to the core concepts of these subjects. If you do not get your concepts cleared at this stage, it could leave a gaping hole in your academic knowledge that will greatly harm you in the future.
There are parallels you can draw between class 11th and class 9th. Basically, the syllabus of class 11th is an advanced version of the topics you studied back in class 9th. Similarly, 12th grade is an advanced class of the 10th standard.
For example, in class 11th, you will be studying a detailed version of mechanics in physics, whereas you will study electricity, magnetism, and modern physics in class 12th. Thus, you should have a certain level of knowledge in science subjects before you start with 11th grade. You should also start correlating your theoretical knowledge with its practical application in the real world. That would help you in understanding the concerned topic even better.
The chemistry that you study in class 11th is quite different and much more advanced that what you have studied until now, whereas biology will feature a lot of additional details you must never have heard before. Similarly, maths is a very important subject in class 11th and 12th. There are topics like differential equations, geometry, matrices, and calculus that you must learn very thoroughly. This is especially important if you are an aspiring engineer. Both JEE and NEET aspirants need to have a good understanding of physics and chemistry as well.
In this article, I will help you give you some tips to prepare yourself for 11th grade.
1. Stay focused and motivated
It is very difficult to perform well in studies unless you concentrate well in class and during self-study. Science subjects feature detailed concepts which demand your full attention in order to be understood properly. If you are not focused on your studies right from the beginning, you could lag behind in your studies and find it difficult to catch up with your backlog later.
For that, you need to constantly stay motivated. Remember that you have chosen this stream for a reason – to pursue your dreams. You can read and watch interviews with JEE or NEET toppers in order to get inspiration and tips for performing better. If there is an engineer or doctor in your family or acquaintances, have a conversation with them regarding your studies and dreams.
Learn more about life in engineering and medical college, and ask them about their efforts to beat the competition and get a seat there. It will certainly encourage you to start working hard to reach your goals as well.
2. Don’t bunk school
The stress that arises from the increased difficulty levels of 11th grade compels many students to take a break and miss going to school at times.
This is one of the biggest mistakes you could possibly make. Remember that you will always gain something new by attending class – even if you are not continually attentive. You are not gaining this knowledge simply to pass the board exams; you need all the academic ammunition you can gather to defeat your competitors and get a seat in your dream engineering or medical college.
You never know just how valuable even a scrap of information you learned in class 11th might eventually prove to be. It could actually help you in getting a crucial tiebreaker question right, and bag a seat in an IIT or AIIMS for you. Yes, that’s how fierce competitive exams actually are. Like they say, knowledge never goes waste. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain by attending school regularly.
3. Practice regular self-study
After you return home from school, develop a habit of dedicating a reasonable amount of time to self-study. Ideally, you should try to revise whatever was taught in class at home on the same day. Experts say that doing this can help you securely store that topic in your memory for a long time.
No amount of coaching classes or tuitions will help you in the long run unless you practice regular self-study in a sincere and honest manner. You shouldn’t require any prodding for this, because you have your own goals to reach.
4. Prepare a study timetable
After you have identified your strong and weak areas, prepare a schedule and decide how much time to dedicate to each of them. You don’t necessarily have to come up with a daily timetable – that can be incredibly difficult (and arguably impractical) to follow.
Rather, you could try to plan out your timetable for the next couple of weeks and prepare of the list of topics you want to cover in this time. Once you have done so, make sure you positively achieve your weekly target without fail.
5. Don’t hesitate to ask questions
When you study a subject, it is inevitable that you will face doubts at one point or the other. That is what your teachers are for – to help you clear your doubts and understand the concepts well. You must not hesitate to ask questions to your teachers; keeping doubts concealed for too long can lead
to gaps in your knowledge which make your foundations weak. And these weaknesses can and will wreak havoc during your JEE or NEET exams unless you rectify them as early as possible.
6. Develop interest in your subjects
Passion for your subjects and field is extremely important if you want to succeed in your career. You can get even more interested in your studies by keeping up with the latest achievements and news in the field.
For example, you could look up details about the Nobel Prizes which were recently handed out for scientific achievements. Similarly, you could have a scientist for a role model and read about their achievements, struggles, and perseverance. It is a great way to develop more passion for your studies and get encouraged to start working harder.
7. Do not neglect mathematics, ever
If you are a JEE aspirant, mathematics is one of the most important subjects in itself. It has immense applications in physics and chemistry as well. If you do not practice it regularly, you will not be able to develop your concepts and find it very difficult to manage later on.
On the other hand, if you study it properly, it can be an incredibly fun and extremely scoring subject. If you are a NEET aspirant who has opted for the PCMB stream, remember that studying a little mathematics well can give you an edge over your competitors when it comes to physics and physical chemistry. Thus, you should give it due attention at all times.
Being in class 11th can be a really fun, exciting, and memorable experience as long as you know how to balance your academics and hobbies properly. The key to success is regular studying, proper communication with your teachers, and a fiery desire to achieve your goals at any cost. As long as you can do this, there’s nothing to stop you from performing well in your class 12th board exams and getting selected in your college of choice as well.