This has got to be a major query of most of the students preparing for JEE. (It was, in my case 😉 ).
Inorganic Chemistry is considered as a nightmare by many students. The reason is that it keeps slipping away every time you learn it. As JEE tests your memorizing skills too, it becomes imperative to approach inorganic in a way that suits you the best. There is no set method that works for students preparing Inorganic Chemistry – some learn it by just reading it, some use tables and drawings, and some learn it by repeatedly writing it down or by using flashcards. Treat it just as any other subject – what makes inorganic tough is that students keep thinking that they have to mug it up. That is a wrong approach…it leads to building up of unnecessary pressure. Inorganic can be as interesting as you want it to be. Treat the books of inorganic chemistry as novels, with just one difference… the more you read this novel, the clearer and more interesting it will become. I remember making many anecdotes and senseless one-liners. They might sound silly, you might even laugh at them! However, this is the very thing that ensures that these anecdotes stay in your memory. In a way, if these anecdotes stick around in your memory, so will the things on whom you made the anecdotes.Read more…
I’ll give you an example…
Ex.: Q. What all metals are rendered passive by conc. HNO3 ? A. Fe (Iron), Co (Cobalt), Ni (Nickel), Cr (Chromium), Al (Aluminium) My Anecdote – ” Fainko Nahi Karare Aaloo ” (obviously in Hindi).
Sounds stupid..I Know, BUT works. I still remember it, although i have read it only once or twice.
That is what my point is, all this sticks deep in your memory and helps you learn loads of things in a very easy and fun way. Definitely a good way to memorize things !
Everyone makes their own ways, no need to copy anyone. Copied ways don’t have the feel which your own ways have, and are not so effective. Be Innovative!
On a more serious note, you should also practice a lot of questions on each and every chapter of inorganic. Use a good book like : Problems in Inorganic Chemistry by V.K. Jaiswal, or your coaching material. Another important book is : NCERT Exemplar Problems.
(Click on the links to get the books)