This is a broad request for tips, but I have a specific question in mind as well.
尽 can be pronounced as "jin4" or "jin3".
In Pleco, the definition for "jin3" is "to the greatest extent" while one of the definitions of "jin4" is "to the utmost; to the limit".
Perhaps this is a translation issue, because to me, these 2 definitions are essentially the same. Based on this, I still have no way of knowing when the character is jin4 or jin3 when it means "to the utmost" or "to the greatest extent".
Is this just a brute force memorization problem or are there some tips for figuring out when to pronounce it one way & when to pronounce it another?