Strategies and discipline are the ultimate keys to attaining success. In general, a suitable strategy will bring the desired results.
by Sadhna Murlil
As we know, we are left with 1.5 months to appear for the board examinations. It’s now the time to evaluate your learnings, revise, improve, analyse and ace the test. Before going into depth, the best tip for subjects, in general, is to go through previous question papers and thoroughly go through NCERT concepts. Previous question papers will help you analyse the type of questions appearing in the examination.
Every subject requires equal time, effort and dedication, specifically weak concepts. Take some time out to analyse, clarify and practise them. The pattern of sample papers will help you understand the pattern of the exam. The sample papers are available on the official CBSE website.
Moving on to the subject-wise tips, given below are the tips for the four main subjects, i.e., English, Mathematics, Science and Social Science.
a) General Tips
- Making sure to understand the reduced syllabus
- An in-depth reading of the chapters from the NCERT material
- 60 min daily practice for at least a month of reading comprehension with writing skills. Make sure to keep a timer beside you.
- Analyse and practice the components of each section along with the time required.
i) Reading comprehension:
Read the questions thoroughly before attempting them. DO NOT get nervous if the passage turns out to be lengthy or carries heavy vocabulary. Skip irrelevant information as per the questions asked and understand the thought flow to find the most appropriate answers. Also, frame the answers in your own words to avoid the deduction of masks.
Make sure to learn the formats of the writing skills, specifically formal letter writing, as it contains heavyweight. Stick to a formal tone of expression and abstain from using a fancy or verbose writing style. Stick to a comprehensive, easy-to-understand and logical style of argumentation. While drafting analytical paragraphs, highlight comparative phrases while preparing bar graphs, pie charts, reports, etc. The conclusions in both writing skills demand you to write in clear words rather than using fancy quotes and idiomatic expressions.
Practice editing, omission and gap-filling questions based on tenses, subject-verb-agreement, prepositions and other parts of speech. Do not worry about punctuation or spelling mistakes. Make sure to amplify your practice in sentence formation in the form of dialogue and process writing format, as they are the basics of the language and carry heavy weight.
- Draft short answer questions in a single paragraph and long answers in numerous paragraphs. The focus on value points should be higher compared to the written accuracy. Avoid including a lengthy summary of the lessons whilst drafting answers. Grasp the main idea of the question well enough.
- Practice an ample amount of sample papers to get yourself updated with the paper pattern. You will also learn time management. You are well-prepared before the exam.
- Memorising summaries of the chapter is insufficient. Read each line and absorb the necessary details. Make sure to do a line-by-line analysis of all the implied-idea-based questions assuming to come in the paper. Memorise the literary devices and the figure of speech in both prose and poetry sections.
- Attempt the paper with a strategy suiting your way of attempting the exam. Make sure, to begin with, the section you’re confident about and then proceed with the questions occupying more reading time.
The subject of mathematics is not as difficult as stated by children. However, it can be if the required time and effort are not put in. The benefit of being thorough with this subject is that you don’t need to cram your head a day before your exam. So, make sure to give this subject some time every day to feel at ease during the exam.
a) General Tips
- Make a ready handbook of the formulas appearing in the examination.
- Ensure writing the steps in the sumsaccording to the weightage of the question
- Practice ample sample papers to be fully familiarised with the exam pattern beforehand. During the practice, make sure to limit the time taken to solve the question according to the weightage. For instance, limit the time to 1-2 minutes or max 3 minutes
- Practice algebra, geometry and mensuration chapters in particular, as these units carry heavy weight.
- Time for each chapter should be given depending upon the weightage in general.
- Use a stopwatch & always look for time management to improve speed & accuracy.
The subject of science involves various concepts, beginning from graphs, chemicals and nature. It’s a vast concept involving various sub-divisions, comprising physics, chemistry and biology. It requires in-depth understanding and practice. Refer to the NCERT exemplar for good questions.
- Make sure to practice numerical in particular, as they contain a heavy weightage
- Memorize the terminologies, derivation steps and their respective functioning.
- Look for important topics like Motion, Force, & Work, and prepare them before other topics.
- Learn nomenclature and reaction including conversion taking place from one compound to another.
- Make sure to thorough the periodic table as it contains a heavy weightage.
- Make sure to memorise the terminologies and their functioning.
- Functions are specifically important in every chapter, be it body parts or plants. Create short notes for the functions of body parts and plants to answer the case-based questions easily.
- Memorise terminologies to secure full marks in definitions
- Practice case-based or function-based questions from the exemplar to increase scores.
4) SOCIAL SCIENCE
Also known as the ‘scoring subject’ of the curriculum, it is true as the name. It can be boring at times, considering the vastness. However, if you understand, it is the easiest to score. Every short subject contains equal weightage. Some pointers to score fully in the subject are given below
- Make short notes of every chapter.
- Try solving more NCERT questions
- Practice map questions as they can be uncertain
- Create various tables for important dates, and names of the rulers.
- Begin to write the short answers first, then proceed with the long ones
- Draft the long answers in points to secure marks in an easy way
- Relate the concepts to real-life situations for easy understanding.
In conclusion, previous papers and a methodical timetable will help you ace the exam.
BE SINCERE, DILIGENT AND CONFIDENT. I WISH YOU THE VERY BEST FOR THE BOARD EXAM. I HOPE YOU WILL ACHIEVE IT TO THE BEST OF YOUR CAPABILITIES.
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