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Sahaj Jolly : There is always a solution for every problem, we just need to look for it.

Team StoryWeavers|October 11, 2017|

A national level archer with an innate skill for chess – Meet Police D.A.V Public School’s 93.4% scorer, Sahaj Jolly, whose success story throws a light on determination and the never give up zeal.

He endeavours: To study in IIT and be a member of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

His Motto:Never give up in life; keep working towards your goal

Sahaj Jolly’s love for Chemistry, his efforts to excel in exams and crack  IIT are the driving forces behind his success. He shares his tips on how well he conducts his busy schedule, equating his education as well as travelling around the country, representing his school in the field of sports.

The Journey:

At the training camp

Bold and determined from a young age, Sahaj strategizes every step in his life and plans up on how to reach his target.  Good planning has helped Sahaj balance his multiple sports interests as well as ace his studies. My daily timetable is filled with training session for archery and a bit of chess along with practising the guitar and studying my course subjects. I plan my days in such a way that it can accommodate these activities in the best possible way without compromising my study time.”

Being active in sports from an early age, his interest grew in chess after spending countless evenings with his Nanaji (grandfather). I picked up chess skills along with strategic analysis and planning from my grandfather while learning his tactics. His tricks and techniques were so interesting that I started applying  it in my studies too. . Especially for Math, the strategies and planning skills helped a lot.”

Sahaj believes that mistakes are the best teacher. He says, I was very weak in Math. I used to push back on practising math given fear for the subject as well as my busy schedule.  This procrastination hit me hard when I got very low marks in my 11th standard math paper. I then realised that to be successful, I must overcome all my fear. Since then, I started dedicating two hours every day to practice math and I have seen great improvement.”

Tips from the Topper:

As Sahaj states, 10 hours of studies is useless if we don’t concentrate and focus on our work. Be it sports or studies, for good results, we must dedicate wholeheartedly. This is my mantra and I segregate my time carefully so that I can focus on one particular thing at a time and get the best out of it.”

Break down your final goal into small goals:

Drone making event at school

Drone making event at school

Sahaj’s ways are very simple and easy to follow. He believes in setting short goals and fulfilling them in a row. These short term goals are easier to reach and help me in my commitments. For example, if on a Monday I sit with a Physics chapter, I make sure that I  complete the chapter before jumping into another subject. I also write my own notes while studying the subject which comes handy during revision. This way, I can concentrate well with the chapter. Once that’s done, I’ll end that Monday evening by practising mathematics since that subject demands extra efforts. This routine has been helping me since my 9th std and I still continue with it.”

His involvement with archery and his steady achievements did not allow him much time for classroom studies. Hence, he took the help from BYJU’S app which provided him with detailed explanations of topics and ample amount of practice papers. “Given my unpredictable schedule with training sessions,  BYJU’S app was a big relief for me. The teachers’ ways of looking into Maths theorems and breaking it down into minute sections using animations and graphics, helped me clear all my doubts related to the subject. Now, in my mechanical classes, I am one of the students how can give prompt answers to mathematical equations.”(he grins)

About the topper:

Growing up in Jalandhar, Sahaj has always been the best in learning new things with utmost interest. From spending warm evenings with glasses of lassi and chessboard with his grandfather, to growing up along with his friends and making robots and racing cars; Sahaj has an intriguing mind with a determined heart of an achiever.

I have always been interested in mechanics and building things. At present, I am pursuing my mechanical engineering from DAV Institute of Engineering & Technology College in the hopes of doing my masters from IIT. My journey till here has been made smoother by BYJU’S learning app. The videos and the techniques of explaining subjects like Physics, Chemistry and Maths were done in such a way that at the end, I was left with no doubts. Instead, I gained a lot of confidence and scored 90+ in all the three subjects. Even now, when I am learning mechanical ways of dealing with instruments, I keep referring to the app for any doubts.”

Sahaj’s mother added with a sense of pride, “He has always been a self-motivated kid.  He enjoys studying on his own and has never needed strict monitoring.  He understands the value of education and is very clear about his future. We are very proud of him.”

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Tanaya Goswami

Books are Tanaya Goswami’s first love and cheesecakes come a close second. Talking about movies, music, calligraphy, politics, and Elon Musk will get you listed under the friends’ section of her diary. Ever since moving on from her job as an English lecturer, she spends her time at BYJU’S crafting stories filled with emotion and sprinkled with sarcasm. Outside of work, she’s either learning something new (French, most recently!) or is curled up with a book and a cup of coffee. She firmly believes that discovering what you don’t know is the key to knowledge and is constantly working towards improving herself. Drop in a line at storyweavers@byjus.com if you liked her stories, have something nice to say, or if you have compelling ideas to share!

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