Board exams 2022: The second term or final exams for grade 10th and grade 12th students in CBSE and CISCE boards are approaching in a few days. Most students have already completed their basic preparations. While there are many important things to keep in mind while studying for exams, students should also remember what not to do.
What not to do while preparing for exams is equally important to know. Students should be aware of things that should be completely avoided in the final days of the exam. So here are some top seven don’ts while studying.
1. Comparison with peers
People tend to compare themselves to their peers. This is especially common for students. During exam preparation, the tendency to compare with fellow students may increase, affecting their preparation. Students should rather rely on them to focus solely on their studies. Comparison with peers could only demotivate them just before the exams. Understanding that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses helps when studying with the right mindset.
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2. Underestimating review
Any concept, no matter how clearly understood, requires repetition to ensure long-term retention. Revising concepts that are well understood helps to effectively solidify the core of the subject. Students tend to skip revision, only to regret it if they don’t remember lessons during exams. While completing the syllabus is crucial, reviewing confident topics helps boost exam preparation.
Often referred to as ‘robbery’, memorizing without understanding the concept is an unhealthy practice. In the short term it may seem like a smart hack, but in the long term it has no value. While exams require students to memorize long answers, it is important to do so with a clear understanding of the same. This makes memorizing easier.
4. Refer multiple sources
Another common mistake students make for exams is referencing multiple resources for a single topic. While referencing multiple sources can help understand different points of view, it should be avoided right before exams. In addition, the reference material should be concise and easy to review before exams.
Students who tend to bask in the glory of the grades achieved in the previous exam take the upcoming exams lightly. No matter how well a student has performed, it takes consistent effort to pass each exam. To maintain consistent exam performance, students should go through their previous answer sheets and note what they missed. This strengthens exam preparation and also improves the learning process.
6. Head full of doubts
It is normal for students to have doubts during their studies. Doubt in itself is a sign of curiosity and willingness to learn. However, with the study load for exams, students often leave doubts unresolved. Doubts that build up over time can have a major impact on exam preparation. Students must resolve their doubts in class on their own. Moreover, they can use online doubt resolution apps to connect with experts and get their doubts answered instantly.
7. Unhealthy Routines
The time before the exams is crucial. However, one should know that studying for long periods of time is not the way out. It is extremely important to take the necessary breaks and maintain the well-being of the mind. Students should regularly include short breaks in their schedule. They should also have a fixed schedule for meditation or practice. Likewise, a good sleep cycle of at least 8 hours helps you focus better.
The right mindset and positive approach can help students study without fear and stress. It is best to prepare and follow a timetable diligently, revise appropriately in the last few days and concentrate well to ensure better results in the exams.
— The author is Neetin Agrawal, Senior Vice President, Knowledge, Toppr
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