Hi people! Shobhna here. And here goes the article for droppers which I promised.
I'll tell this straight from the beginning for all those who have taken a drop. DON'T let go in the middle. Hold on till the end. There were plenty of people who gave up in the middle, and got ranks worse than the previous year.
Well, droppers have a few advantages over the others:
1. No Boards, so you have the whole of March to study.
2. You have given JEE once, you have more experience of the environment, the stress. Try to curb the stress.
(These were meant for motivating droppers, 12thies also have loads of advantages over droppers, so don't make an issue out of this, 12thies :P)
Now a little bit about the preparation:
Your course should ideally get over by January/early February so that you have enough time to practise. By course getting over, I mean becoming confident enough in ALL the chapters. After your course gets over, try giving a test every single day, preferably in the exam timings. Do revision packages along with giving tests. Revise every chapter periodically, so that it remains in your mind, as if you've just done it. Never get out of touch with a chapter. Ideally, I would recommend revising Inorganic daily. I used to revise Inorganic by picking up a chapter, writing down whatever comes in my mind about that topic, and later tallying it with my notes to see what I had left. (This helps people with weak memories like me.)
Some logistics now:
It's really very easy to get demotivated during the drop year. Stay away from demotivators.
The same people telling you repeatedly that taking a drop is a huge risk, will come and tell you that you made a wise decision after you clear JEE with flying colours!
Have something that motivates you even when you feel you're in the biggest trench of your life. Keep in touch with your parents, and with the teachers and friends who motivate you the most. Coz JEE is not just about PCM, it's also about how well you are able to handle your emotions and stress!
Your last year's rank doesn't matter, what matters is your performance this year! Nobody is going to ask you why you dropped a year in the long run! In fact, people at iits are so chill, they don't give a damn to whether you have dropped a year after 12th or not!
So, work hard, stay motivated! See you all at the iits next year! :D