Sandesh Kumar Bhat
Exams, be it at the entrance level, university level or even at the school level, can be big causes of stress. The CBSE board exams, considered to be the most important exam for students about to complete school, has been known to be the biggest reason for stress, anxiety and depression among students. This need not be the case if your preparation for the boards has been consistent over the last one year leading up to the exam day.
The key to performing well in the exams, apart from, studying hard, grasping everything and retaining everything, is, being able to study smart and in a proper manner, so that your efforts translate into performance. The CBSE has declared the board exam datasheet for 2018.It is high time that we review our preparation strategy for the exams that are scheduled to start on 5TH March, 2018.
I have tried to put forth some preparation tips that you, as an exam taker should follow with just one month and few days to go for the CBSE boards.
Follow a Proper Schedule/Time -Table
Sleep early, get up early in the morning ,have a proper breakfast and then study. Do not stay up late or waste time doing something that is counter productive like worrying about what might happen. Takeout an hour or two to relax and not think about exams. Read, sleep, play or whatever you think diverts your attention away from exams.
Don’t have too much on your plate
Munch on healthy food while you study and say no to junk foods. Exercise your brain in a constructive way and do not clutter it with lot of thoughts. Be clear in your mind and do not pressure yourself to cover things that are beyond your reach. Make realistic targets for a day .Even Rome was not built in a day. Of the 5 or 6 subjects pick up 2 or a maximum of 3 subjects and pick up a topic or two from each go into depth of it instead of skimming 8 to 10 topics.
Mix and Match
Plan your day well. Like a good meal, it is important to have all the essential ingredients while studying as well. Do not have all easy topics/subjects a day or do not over burden yourself with topics that you find difficult..To maximize your output start your ” study day ” with a light subject for an hour or so , once you get warmed up take up a heavy subject or a topic.
Solve Sample Papers
It is often said that there is no better practice than match practice. Solve one CBSE sample paper available on cbse.nic.in each day, preferably from 10 A.M to 1 P.M. in an environment as close to the one you expect at your examination centre. After you have solved the paper, mark yourself as per CBSE marking scheme. Pick a different subject for each of five. Six days. Assess yourself at the end of the week and try to rectify themin the weeks to follow. Ensure CBSE issued sample papers only as these papers are closest possible papers to the real thing available to you.
Strictly avoid any kind of distraction like mobile, computer etc till your exams are over.
For class 10th Maths
a) The class 10 Math’s formulas are otherwise very general , but sometimes it is seen in previous question papers that the questions are asked from the middle of such numerical which you have to identify it.
b) The Concepts/Formulas sheet should be kept ready and revised daily.
c) You should know the usage of all the Math’s formulas
d) If you really want to excels in Math’s ,then it is really important to completely be in sync with your NCERT book, Almost the whole question paper comprises of Concepts and Formulas that are given in NCERT book. Besides, solve most of NCERT EXAMPLER’followed by CBSE sample papers.
e) For Low achievers; Do not worry if you cannot solve the whole book. Pick up scoring and easy chapters like polynomials, Real numbers , Linear Equations, circles, Prescribed(06) Theorems, A.P. Constructions ,Statistics and probability and after that do what extra you can . I assure zero Failure in Math. Go ahead with confidence. Never fearexams. Try to attempt all questions and not to waste time on a single question.start with section D followed by C,B and A .Presentation need a proper care,
f) As there is change in syllabus and design of question paper from this year ,the Distribution of Marks and design of question paper in Math is as under;-
Design of Question Paper; -There will be 30 Questions divided into 4 sections. Section A contains 6 questions of 1 mark each. Section B contains 6questions of 2 marks each. Section C contains 10 questions of 3 marks each and Section D of 8 questions of 4 marks each.
There will be no overall choice. However an internal choice has been provided in four questions of 3 marks each and three questions of 4 marks each.
In the end, Iwant also request Parents to please ;-
i) Encourage your wards and Boost their Morale without exerting any unduepressure in the last moment. As close to examinations, some students are stressed out as they are trying to meet the aspirations of their parents and teachers. The fear of Failure andpoor performance givesthem Nightmares.
ii) Facilitate good quality of sleep and Balanced Diet
iii) Advise the children to reinforce what they have already studied instead of looking for new books or new chapters.
(The author teachers at Kendirya Vidyalaya No 1 Gandhi Nagar, Jammu)
Sandesh Kumar Bhat