These days, the biggest challenge faced by engineering aspirants are Competitive exams; mainly of JEE. Cracking these exams sometimes seem impossible. Scaring which students join coaching classes. There are many students that blindly follow this trend. I would like to suggest some tips to these blind followers.
The first requirement towards preparation to crack JEE without coaching is to pay attention in class. Classes are the primary source of knowledge. Paying attention in class sharpens your analytical mind and raises doubts which can be rectified later. Studying the entire syllabus a night before the exam always ends up with a huge amount of unclear doubts. Therefore, it is better to pay attention in class and get all your doubts cleared with mentors or co-aspirants.
Students these days prefer spoon feeding. This spoon feeding makes them unaware of their true capacity. They find spoon feeding much easier than self-study. But the fact is, self-study makes you work hard the actual way and memorize the concept for a long duration. It does not come with readymade notes, study material, etc. It requires you to do that extra little bit of research to gather information which might sound hard but is extremely rewarding. You get to learn new things in depth which will become handy later. Time to time you can judge yourself by practicing various mock tests available online
Aspirants are required to examine the exam pattern carefully. Going through the exam syllabus will help you learn the tough concepts of each subject. This will then let you know about the strengths and weaknesses and you can prepare for the exam accordingly.
When you get a doubt, make sure it is resolved right away. You can approach anybody you are comfortable with, be it your teachers, your friends, relatives, co-aspirants etc. The point is that you need to search the person who can clear your doubts about a subject.
Sometimes you will feel tough without coaching. This is when you can take help from internet. It is up to you to use this information and add it to your strengths. There are public forums where students can get in touch with like-minded people and get advice. You can also download study material online whenever required and make the best of the same. Self-study may seem overwhelming.