How Do I Top Board Exams?
Class 10 and 12 board exams can be very daunting especially to class 10 students who will be appearing for the examination for the first time. Students do worry about how they can ace these important examinations, and it can be difficult to focus on studying amidst all the pressure to do good. The Central Board of Secondary Education organizes the board exams every year and these exams are the stepping stone of the competitive exams that a student will be taking later in their academic journey. After these, the students will be introduced to competitive exams where they would be forced to compete with other students.
In order to score a good percentage and do well in all the subjects and therefore score a good score in the CBSE board exams, students need to start the preparation early. Here are some tricks and tips to keep in mind while preparing:
- Realistic timetables and schedules
Set small goals for yourself and try to achieve them as you go along. The first step to success is a well-structured timetable which will help decide how much to study in a day. Setting rewards for yourself that you can get after each day will help you stick to the timetable and follow through it.
- Syllabus and the paper pattern
Frequent changes are made in the exam pattern by CBSE and it is important to stay on top of it. Knowing the paper pattern and the syllabus can help students to start their preparation by being aware of how much they need to cover in the stipulated time period. CBSE Syllabus for Class 1 to 12 can be referred to while preparing the schedule for studying.
- Stick to the syllabus
If your objective is to score above 90 marks in the board exams then it is advised to stick to the NCERT textbooks. Even though they may not be enough for competitive exams like the NEET and JEE, NCERT books are more than enough therefore to ace the board exams out of which the 80% questions are asked.
- Be your own competition
Set targets and deadlines for yourself that you can easily achieve. Every time you challenge yourself to achieve your set goal you better yourself and deepen your knowledge of the topic at the same time. Chasing an ambition or aim is the best motivation o help you keep going. So if your google is to get 90 and above marks in all subjects, remind yourself of the goal everyday.
- Distractions at bay
During exams, distractions of any form like social media and cell phones can become a huge problem. Even though some time is required on such applications to relax, direct contact with such social media apps can however at all times become a distraction with the constant notifications.
- Know your strengths
It is important to know the topics in each subject which you are most comfortable with. These topics can help you relax when you are starting to write the final paper since you are very comfortable with them. While revising, these topics also don’t need much time focused on them and revision time can be utilized for some weaker topics.
- Rote memorization is never the option
Mugging up is not the right way to prepare for the examination. Anything that is mugged up can be forgotten very easily under immense pressure and therefore it is better to understand the concepts properly and clear the core foundations of the topic.
- Make advantage of the time
Start your preparation as early as possible and utilize the time you have efficiently. Even during the exam, time management is the key to finishing the paper on time and having time for revision. If the course is completed on time, students can utilize the time left before the exam to revise and focus on concepts that the student is not familiar with.
- Sleep well and eat well
Maintaining your health is the most important aspect of board exam preparations. If your health is not at its best, then the amount of effort and time you put in for studying can be decreased. Meditating and sleeping for a designated amount of time can help maintain your health. Waking up early and then studying subjects with a lot of theoretical concepts can help keep the learned concepts in mind for longer periods of time and can be revised before bed.
- Practice makes perfect
When studying so many subjects all at once, subjects like physics, chemistry, and mathematics need more practice than the more theory-based subjects like biology. Therefore, practice question banks and NCERT books for these numerical-based subjects.
- Don’t underestimate any subject
Students tend to ignore language subjects when preparing for all subjects simultaneously before the board exams. English, in the contrast, can be a very scoring subject which if studied for properly can boost your overall scores instantly.
Some Do’s and Don’ts to know before the Board exam
- Do not over-exert yourself a night before the exam and manage to get at least a decent number of hours to sleep.
- Do not take up any new topics to study right before the exam. The time before the final examination is necessary to revise and get confident about the already known topics and concepts.
- For the students appearing for the class 12 exam, it is essential to believe that you have already given the class 10 boards and therefore you already have an idea about how these examinations will go.
- Go to the exam hall with a relaxed mind and try to leave the study materials at home so as to avoid any last-minute frets.
- Read the question paper thoroughly before beginning to write the exam.
- Attempt the questions that you feel confident about first. This way your confidence is built up and you feel better about your knowledge going forward.
- Do not spend any more time than necessary doing questions that you do not know the answers to. This will save time for other questions. You can always revisit these equations when there’s time later.