10 tips and tricks to prepare for your upcoming board exams

The board exams are around the corner and students are slowly coming out of the Covid-19 constrictions and focusing on exam preparation. Here are 10 board exam preparation tips that is sure to help students.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2020-21 was the most disruptive time for education in recent history and this calls for planned exam preparation.
  • With online classes taking up the majority of teaching time, it is important to clarify all doubts before exams begin.
  • Check out these 10 exam tips and tricks to help you sail through the exams.

The academic year 2020-21 has been like none other in my long teaching career! We have had to ensure continuity of learning through virtual classes in record time, which was a huge challenge for our students who come from underprivileged rural backgrounds with limited access to tech devices and patchy internet connections.

Our school is a residential school where meritorious, underprivileged children are chosen to study and are trained to excel in the field of their choosing, As teachers, we are involved in every step of their academic and personal growth.

However, in a world affected by the pandemic, resulting in virtual classes, we have worked closely with our students to complete the syllabus on time and ensured there is enough time for revision before the examinations begin.

This achievement would not have been possible without following a proper study regimen and discipline.

Below are some of the board exam tips that our board students have been following during this pandemic and I am sure these will come in handy for everybody else who is in the same boat.

 

1. A time table is most essential

Devoting adequate time to all subjects is a hard task but, each subject will vie for attention. Time table with study time, breaks and a clear allotment of time for each subject is essential.

After reviewing your preparation, assess your mistakes and revisit the concept or the subject that needs more attention.

 

2. Prioritise the challenging areas

Concepts or subjects that require more practice or study need to be given attention first. Students typically leave these for the last-minute preparation.

Do not leave any area or concept untouched, challenging areas need more focus, so allot them more time in your schedule.

 

 

3. Read your prescribed NCERT books very well

There is no concept or idea given in a question that is beyond the text. So, it is essential to intensively study from the prescribed NCERT textbooks.

If you are well versed with your prescribed books and the concepts in it, you would be ready to tackle any sort of question.

 

4. Relaxation and exercise

The online classes and online resources often leave students confused and depressed. Take some time out to relax and do regular exercises to calm your mind. Sleep and relaxation is as essential as studies.

It will help you to retain the knowledge you have gained. Small breaks during study time are essential to energise your mind for long sessions with the books.

 

5. Never exhaust yourself just before the exam day

Study well before the exams but do not exhaust yourself or burn out before the examination day.

It is never advisable to spend the entire night studying a day before the exam.

 

 

6. Reading time must be utilised

The first fifteen minutes of the examination are most crucial, utilise them to read the question paper well and set up your own strategy to complete the paper on time. Do not linger on questions that you find hard to solve.

It is always wise to practice solving a minimum of five sample papers per subject with time limit during your prep before the exams.

This will not only give you a clear view of the question paper pattern but also help in time management at the examination hall.

 

7. MCQs need proper attention

Do not neglect your multiple-choice questions for they finally determine your score.

This year, with the change in question paper pattern, the weightage for multiple choice questions has increased and they need to be answered well to attain the desired marks. Do not leave them for the last minute.

 

8. Presentation matters not decoration

A well laid out answer sheet is every examiner’s delight. Present your answers in a systematic manner with proper question numbers and in good legible handwriting.

 

 

9. Plan your answers well

During your self-assessment or testing time think of a plan to answer the questions that best suit you. You may start with any section of the question paper but, see that it is completed in time and reserve some time for revision of your answers.

Whenever, you start with any section see that the question numbers are in correct order. If you use a diagram, do not forget to label it.

 

10. Keep your calm and answer all the questions

You have revised well, so do not panic before the exam. Be calm and attempt all the questions. Do not write till the last minute.

Finish your paper minimum 10 minutes ahead of time and revise the answers. arrange your answer sheets in proper sequence and re-check your details like roll number and other essentials.

It has been a challenging journey this year both for students and teachers. However, if you follow the above, I am sure the results will be rewarding.

 

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