Friday, May 15, 2009

Noble Prize Winners in Chemistry from 2001 - IIT JEE - Extra-curricular Study

Year - Scientist/Chemist

2001 - K. Barry Sharpless (US), William S. Knowles, (US), Ryoji Noyori (Japan)

2002 - JOhn B. Fenn (US), Kurt Wuthrich (Swiss), Koichi Tanaka(Japan)

2003 - Peter Agre, Roderick Mackinnon , US

2004 - Aaron Ciechanover, Avram Hershko (Both Israel). Irwin Rose (USA)

2005 - Yves Chauvin (France), Robert H. Grubbs, Richard H. Schrock (both US)




Thursday, May 7, 2009

IIT JEE Memory Skills - Rote Learning

Rote Learning

Rote learning is a learning technique which avoids understanding the inner complexities and inferences of the subject that is being learned and instead focuses on memorizing the material so that it can be recalled by the learner exactly the way it was read or heard. In other words, it is learning "just for the test".

The major practice involved in rote learning techniques is learning by repetition, based on the idea that one will be able to recall the meaning of the material the more they repeat it. However, in many fields, especially mathematics and related disciplines, this can often produce poor results.

Rote learning is also referred to as parrot fashion, regurgitation or mugging. However, with some material rote learning is the only way to learn it in a timely manner. For example, when learning the alphabets, the vocabulary of a foreign language or the conjugation of foreign irregular verbs, since they have no inner structure or their inner complexity is too subtle to be learned explicitly in a short time.

Rote learning is the least efficient memory aid. Most people cannot remember rote-learned information for very long.

What is the important point to be noted by JEE aspirants? When you are studying for the first time make sure you understand the meaning of every sentence in the lesson. You will be able to recall information better when you have understood the meaning of every sentence and word? Why can you recall better. Because memory is related to association. When you say you understood a word or sentence, you are able express the word in a picture that represents the word or you are able to express it in a different word that is more familiar to you. So in either case you are associating the new word or a sentence with word and pictures which are already your memory and this helps in better recall.

Rote learning works better when the material has built-in memory cues of its own.

Rehearsal is an important part of rote learning. You have to make sure to schedule adequate time for it in your study schedule.

Rote by Rhythm and Rhyme

Rhythm and rhyme are built-in memory aids. If you can write your sentences with with rhyming words. That will help you in recollecting the material fast.

Rote by Tune
If information can be arranged into a familiar tune you will recollect it more easily.

Rote and rewrite

Generally writing something over and over is a poor memory strategy. Not much sinks in.

But writing may help in remembering spelling.

Also as explaining a concept to yourself helps in memorizing it and you can write down your explanation. That will help you to review your own explanation and also helps in memorizing it. In writing your explanation, you can build in rhythm, rhyme, tune, cue words into the writeup.

Interesting Post

IIT JEE Memory Skills

I just located a book on memory skills in our library.

It is a book by World Book Inc. pub in 1986. the material is interesting. I shall write about the various techniques given in the books in future posts.

Memory by rote
Rote with no aids
Rote by rhythm and rhyme
Rote by tune
Rote with games
Rote and rewrite
Inside joggers
Mental pictures
Key words
Linked sentences
First-letter cues
memory pairs
Peg systems
Rhyming peg words
Alpha pegs
The Phonetic system
Phonetics and Peg words
Plotting points
points to write by
Points to speak by
Story chaining
Outside joggers
Flash cards
Cue cards

Math aids
Use your fingers
Use props
Marbles, Buttons, pebbles or pennies
Card board figures

Sunday, May 3, 2009

IIT JEE Detailed Chapter Study Plans for Chemistry

I completed preparing detailed study plans for all chapters of chemistry. You can visit them through the label Jauhar chapter study guide.

The same study plan is applicable to AIEEE also as this time I used CBSE syllabus as the basis for developing yearly study plans.

Friday, May 1, 2009

IIT JEE Chemistry - Study Plans - Progress

I justed posted the study plna for chapter 6, chemical kinetics. I may complete plans for all chapters by tomorrow night. That will complete study plans for all subjects. Once I link all the chapters to the study plan for JEE 2011, the annual plans give you a view of what lies ahead in terms of basic preparation.

I urge all candidates to be ahead of the plan and ask questions regarding the chapter during the planned study period. The benefit - many may be reading the chapters. Hence you will get the answer from somebody.