As students now prepare for the CBSE board exams, term II, it is critical to develop a strategic and smart roadmap to manage stress and prepare for the exam. With a new method of testing and assessment from past patterns and practices, it becomes important for students to adapt to a well-structured approach to preparation. They need to practice for the exams to approach it confidently. Especially since it will be a first attempt. Here are a few tips to help students with their self-preparation.
Stop thinking and relax
Before you start your exam, relax, stop thinking for two minutes and let calmness take over your body and mind. This will enrich and stimulate your brain to tackle the task wisely. You should practice this seriously at home a few times, especially in the case of core and challenging subjects. A few minutes of daily meditation can actually help strengthen the body, mind and spirit.
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Outline a strategy
A calculated and informed approach to exams will help to gain an extra edge and confidence. Exam days are considered the most difficult stage in the student’s academic endeavor, so it aids in preparation. Preparation for the exam essentially begins with thoroughly reading and understanding the prescribed syllabus.
Attention to writing skills and effective presentation of answers, with emphasis on neatness in work. Practicing several times with previous questions of the same pattern, the distribution of the characters and the difficulty levels helps a lot.
Create a study plan to manage time for all subjects, try multiple fake tests, group studies, do a reverse strategy of trying high-grade questions, avoid using gadgets and other distractions during study vacations, eat a healthy diet and get enough sleep etc. are some of the non-negotiable and known things.
Read the inquiry form
Always read the questionnaire thoroughly, because the brain works continuously at the subconscious level. Divide the time wisely for the test. Stay focused on the question at hand. Formulate the answers point by point in your head before you put pen to paper.
Subjective answers should start with a short introduction or background, followed by an elaboration of the main points and end with a conclusion or summary. Work out the points according to the weight of the numbers. Look at your answer and give examples where necessary and possible.
For example in English: for reading skills scan and skim the comprehension passage and for writing skills revised format, layout and content. To write reports, stick to the format, practice all variants, keep the content coherent and synchronized. In literature, take into account the mood, writing style, literary means and tone of the author. Use simple words. Complicated and advanced vocabulary can cost you points.
Skip the hard questions for a moment, don’t lose the momentum of writing the exam. Save them for the end and go to questions you know, you’ll be sure to answer. Answering them will give you confidence that will help you write answers for those you skipped. Read the questions and respond to the question of the question. Do not write less than is necessary nor more than is necessary in the question.
Tips for writing on paper
In general, writing 6 to 7 words per line and 16 to 17 lines on a page with a margin of just under 1 inch on all four sides of your answer sheets would be about 100 words per page. This way you can easily estimate how much writing skills and capacity you need to generate and build by practicing at home before the exams. Keep in mind the word limit of each question, especially where it is indicated.
Underline the keywords so that when the answer booklets are checked, the keywords are legible and prominent to grab the attention of the evaluators. These would give you the advantage of getting more points.
Never leave questions unattended. You can save some tough questions for the end, but don’t dodge them completely. Write at least some points to address them.
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Leave a few lines after the answers for each question so that when you review your answers, if you think one or two lines should have been added, you can do so in the space you left. It is recommended that you structure the answers to questions in your head or do a rough work column and just make small notes – what should come first and what should come after, that is, the order of the answer. This would help you write the answers in a well-structured and coherent way.
The language of the answer should be simple and not very fancy or complicated so that the examiner finds it easy to understand your thoughts and evaluate the paper accordingly. Time management is essential. Allocate specific time for each section and keep 10-15 minutes as buffer time at the end.
— Written by Dr. Mala Kapoor, Principal, Silverline Prestige School, Ghaziabad
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