Other big question which we typically get from students is that: There is so much material out there. There are so many books for IIT JEE Main and Advanced Preparation. Many students go to institutions or go for coaching or online so there’s so much material existing. There are also so many tests. Every subject and topic probably has at least 10 or 15 volumes of books available. How do you focus? How do you choose? What to study? How much to study? Are 200 questions enough or 2000 questions enough?
Answer from Expert Teacher:
A teacher knows his student very well. Therefore, the trust in the teacher is very important. Whatever the teacher is suggesting, on that particular moment you should go ahead and do that. Most of the time I have seen that many kids purchase books recommended by IIT Toppers for the sake of purchasing. A teacher might be suggesting a particular book. I as a teacher may suggest another book for IIT JEE Main and Advanced Preparation. Different teachers have different suggestions. But if you are focused on one mentor he will tell you to focus on one particular book. Most students are going to some Institute or the other. Usually institute material is enough for the first round of preparation and I think with that additional one book, not multiple books in a particular subject, that one book should be followed because theory as well as questions are very important for IIT JEE Main and Advanced Preparation. Especially when it comes to chemistry. Most of the students do not focus on theory. Therefore reading books recommended by IIT Toppers is very important and whatever your teacher suggests you should follow.
Shubham Goel, AIR 6 (IIT JEE Advanced 2014)
The teacher very often will suggest a book which is suited for you and it is better than covering a lot of books, I feel what is important as a student is to cover and finish the book very well. Studying the content well is more important than studying a lot of content. If you pick up any one book you will find that it is written comprehensively. Pick up any one popular book, say HC Verma. A lot of people feel that HC Verma isn’t sufficient. But I personally feel if you read each and every chapter, each and every line of HC Verma and if you attempt each and every question in HC Verma and understand the different ways of attempting that question then that book is sufficient for your IIT JEE Main and Advanced Preparation. The point is that studying the content well is very, very important.
Sarvesh Mehtani, AIR 1 (IIT JEE Advanced 2017) Additional input
I would add one thing. Many a times during IIT JEE Main and Advanced Preparation, for solving math’s especially. One book is not good enough for all the chapters. So for that, we should ask our peers or the teacher which is the best book for this chapter or topic – especially for solving Math or find out books recommended by IIT Toppersbooks recommended by IIT Toppers. In this way, study one book for one specific topic rather than studying many books for one specific topic. If you refer to one book for one topic, its better.
Ask your teacher about the book to be followed for a particular subject or topic. In certain subjects a single book may not suffice (as Sarvesh suggested), but for a certain subject there might be a single book which covers all topics comprehensively. If there are multiple suggestions from multiple teachers, ask your peers and find out the books recommended by IIT Toppers and shortlist one book for one topic. Do not confuse yourself with multiple books for one topic during IIT JEE Main and Advanced Preparation.