Each one of us holds the potential to succeed in any examination we sit for. The CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) guides CBSE-affiliated schools to set their question papers in a way that is not just based on memory but also the recapitulation power of the student. Each paper asks a unique set of questions, based on analytical thinking and conceptual clarity. As long as your concepts are clear, you should be able to ace any examination. Generally, schools are given the autonomy to set their question papers. The Central Board of Secondary Education conducts the board exam papers for class 10 and class 12.
Each paper consists of 100 marks. 20 marks are set aside for internal assessments while the theory question paper makes up a total of 80 marks. These internal assessments include a variety of tasks. Students can be asked to make science models or complete files. In the English Language and Literature internal assessments, they can also be made to speak on a topic or split into debate teams. To sum it up, students need to be prepared to face all kinds of situations if they wish to score well inboard and competitive exams like the KVPY, NTSE, NSE, JEE, and NEET.
Simple Tips For Exam Success
Now that you are aware of the importance of these exams, we will share some beneficial tips with you that will help you immensely.
- Know the entire syllabus and exam pattern You should be well-versed with the syllabus of all the subjects you have to appear for. Go through the syllabus of every subject carefully, without skipping any chapter or topic. For example, if you are in class 6, you should know the syllabus of the 5 main subjects and the other elective subjects. The 5 main subjects are Maths, Science, Social Science, English, and Hindi. Optional subjects include Sanskrit, French, Computer Science, and so on. You should also go through the marks distribution and exam pattern of the different subjects. Knowing which chapters hold more weightage will help you strategize your exam preparation better. In addition to this, being well-acquainted with the exam pattern will give you a clear idea about how you need to manage time while writing the paper.
- Prepare your notes: Writing your notes stimulates your brain to recollect the information taught to you and helps you write it down in a presentable manner. Make sure you cover all the points of each chapter in brief. Jot down important points while your teacher is teaching in class. Once you come back from school, read your textbook and elaborate upon those points that you had jotted down. This habit will help you immensely in the days before your exam.
- Solve at least the last 10 years’ question papers: Knowing the important questions before any examination can be a total game-changer. Practice as many previous year question papers and sample papers as possible to know the exact level of your preparation. Each paper is bound to have some repetitive questions from previous year papers. You can also take the help of online resources to check your answers in case you get stuck anywhere. Doing well in these papers will further boost your confidence and help you feel mentally prepared for the exam.
- Clarify all your doubts on the spot: Always bring any doubts you might have after reading a chapter to your teacher’s notice. It is important to clear any doubts and queries about any subject before the main examination. You can also form a peer group so that you can share your questions and doubts. Forming a study group like this can motivate you to do better and work harder. You can also watch tutorials regarding various subjects on YouTube or other educational platforms if you encounter any difficulties in understanding a topic or chapter.
- Abide by a timetable: You should prepare a good timetable according to your strengths and weaknesses. Identify the subjects you need the most help in. Set your timetable in such a way that you can revise the full syllabus of your weak subjects at least thrice before the day of the final theory examination. Sticking by a timetable also inculcates discipline in us. Studying systematically throughout the year is bound to reap your rewards.
- Practice answer writing: Practicing answer writing teaches you the skills to manage time effectively while helping you cut down on undesirable grammatical errors. You can practice answer writing every day to help you develop your writing skills and score high marks. This will teach you how to write creatively as well. Practising articles, essays, and notices can prove to be extremely helpful on the day of your English Language examination.
- Cut down on procrastination: The reason most of us are in a frenzied state on the days before our examinations are that we feel underprepared. We tend to feel underprepared because subconsciously, we know we have wasted time procrastinating. You have to sit for your exam with a calm head on your shoulders. If you still find yourself procrastinating, think about what is important to you and adjust your priorities accordingly. If your teacher has given you any kind of homework, finish it as soon as possible. Developing this habit will reduce half of your burden before the board exams.
- Take breaks and rest: Being too stressed can lead to anxiety and insomnia. You have to give yourself a break in between long hours of studying. The importance of rest cannot be stressed enough. Unless you are well-rested before your exam day, you will find it difficult to remember all that you have learnt. All the effort you have put in will be in vain. Make a habit of sleeping early before any major exam. Ensure you sleep for at least 7 to 8 hours.
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