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How to prepare for Board Exams!

What are the most effective tips to achieve top scores in board exams? This question often haunts most students because their career path and much more depend on their board exam results. Though the right formula for academic brilliance differs with the aptitude and intellect of students, there are certain salient points which will help you upgrade your scores.

GYV spoke to Dr Samarjat Jana, Principal, JVM Shayamali, Ranchi and Vinay Kumar Pandey, Principal, DAV, Ranchi to learn the secrets behind success in these crucial exams. Read on, to get some valuable tips from these mentors.

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How to prepare for Board Exams

1. Regular studies –

Nothing can replace regular, disciplined preparations. Adhering to a regular schedule of study and revision will go a long way in helping you improve your scores. This methodology also reduces the stress load as you know you have studied and you have improved your chances of performing well. It also boosts your confidence and helps you remember salient aspects of the subjects more accurately at the time of the exam. Regular studies is also the most convenient way to manage time. It certainly beats the tension of last-minute studies and immense stress that comes with it.

2. Smart preparation –

It is always beneficial to remember that every mark counts, so prepare yourself to score more by first solving every easy question. The board question paper is divided into sections. You need to ascertain in which section you can score more. Right from the outset keep an eye on the weightage of each section. Complete the easiest sections first and then deal with the rest. During preparations be sure to focus on those chapters which have more weightage. For example, you should devote more time on a chapter with30% weightage, as compared to another with 20%weightage.

3. Solve previous years’ question papers –

The value of practicing on question papers of previous years cannot be stressed enough. These question papers act as a key to scoring well in board exams. Try to solve the last 5 years question papers of board exams which will help you understand the pattern of questions. Practising with previous years’ question papers will also help you to know where you are lacking. You can then work to strengthen your weak areas. While these question papers give you a fair idea about the difficulty level of the exams, you might even get lucky. On many occasions similar questions are repeated in board exams.

4. Read and Write –

A quick and simple way to memories what you have read is by writing it down. Practice, practice and more practice, this mantra will not only help you to score more but will also increase your speed and efficacy.

5. Keep yourself mentally fit –

Fear or nervousness is common before exams. And, the answer lies in some invigorating physical exercise. So, along with your study time, you should keep some time aside for engaging physical activities. This will help you take care of your mental health and help you get rid of the anxiety that you may be experiencing.

6. Follow books listed in your syllabus –

As your question paper will be based on your syllabus, you should strictly follow the books recommended in your curriculum. While it is good to take extra inputs from reference books to enhance your knowledge, when it comes to your board exams your main focus should remain on your course books.

7. Time management –

Time management is very crucial, especially for students who prepare for entrance exams alongside board exams. The syllabus for both exams as a whole can be very lengthy. Time management can help accomplish more in less time. Students tend to lose a lot of time due to mismanagement. This skill will also help them in their future studies.

8. Good handwriting-

Handwriting can prove to be a major hurdle when you are aiming for good marks. The answer sheet will decide your marks. A messy answer sheet can make the examiner upset and even though your answer is correct you may lose some marks. Good handwriting makes the answer sheet look great and impresses examiners. Answer sheets of toppers are often found to be neat and nicely presented. Underlining important points in your answers will also help you to gain marks.

9. Adequate sleep –

Several students prefer to study through the night during the preparation days. While this may be helpful during the preparation days as it helps cover more syllabus, repeating this practice the night before the exam can prove to be a mistake. If you have not received proper sleep before the exam, your mind may not function at its prime during the exam hours. You’ll not be able to concentrate properly. This can adversely affect your performance during the exam. Getting a good night’s sleep before the exam is highly recommended.

10. Recheck your answer sheets after the exam-

Finally, after you have written your exam and are about to leave the examination hall, recheck all your answers properly before submitting the answer sheet to the invigilator. Check your name, roll numbers properly and after you are done, only then submit your answer sheets.


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