When we say High School boards, we mean the Class 10 board exams. This is a crucial exam in India, where students decide what they want to do in life and choose career streams accordingly. With competition stiffening with each passing day, every child aspires to put in his or her best. Having said that, students often undergo heavy stress during the exams. In this article, we will focus on how to prepare for High School boards. The boards may be different for various states, but the preparation mantra would remain the same for everyone.
The preparation should ideally begin as you as you step into Class X. From the beginning of the session, be very serious about every subject. As each topic is taught in the class, make it a point to go home, study and revise. This way, you will be in command of the subjects from day one.
Clear your concepts
When you are studying, always keep in mind that your concepts should be crystal-clear. It is futile to study without understanding. Hence, the motive should always be to understand the topics thoroughly. In case of doubt, reach out to your teachers for clarity.
Refer to other books
It is always a good idea to refer to two to three guide books apart from your school books. This will give you a different perspective about the topics and help you clear your concepts and present your answers in a better manner.
Understand the syllabus
It is very important that you understand the syllabus thoroughly. Once you know the syllabus, you can begin preparations by picking up every single topic of each subject. It's a good idea to have a printout of the syllabus scheme with you always.
Understand the marking system
If possible, try to understand the markings each topic would carry. In this manner, for every subject, you can divide the topics into high-scoring and low-scoring and prepare accordingly. You can first tackle the high-scoring portions, and then move onto the other ones. If you are having difficulty figuring this out, consult your teachers.
Make a routine and stick to it
As the exams are nearing, make a routine for yourself. The routine should be such that you it gives you enough time to go through the entire syllabus of all the subjects and also allows you to revise them well on time. And of course, there should be some time set aside for entertainment!
Check your pace
Once you have set the routine, keep checking if you are on track with the routine or if you are deviating from the timelines that you have set for yourself. In case you are deviating, make a note of it and try to get back on track.
Often, it is noticed that students make the routine but do not find enough time/motivation to follow it. This may be happening due to various types of distractions around them, like being on the phone, surfing the Net, whiling away time with family or friends, or indulging in activities that are not related to studies. As it is the board exams that you are preparing for, overindulgence in any of these activities will come at the cost of a bright future. Ensure that you limit these activities to the required extent and concentrate on studies.
Tackling tough topics
There may be certain topics that you simply wish were not there. These are the ones that tire you out within the first few minutes of study. In such a case, what do you do? Well, a simple solution is to break the topic into important and less important portions. Then concentrate on the important, high-scoring portions. This way you can at least score some marks out of the topic.
Identify your weak and strong subjects
While you are preparing for the exam, identify your weak and strong subjects. As all the subjects matter in the Boards, it is important that you are well prepared for all of them. Start giving more time to the subjects you are weak in. If need be, take additional guidance from teachers or opt for some private tuitions.
Refer to past question papers
The last years' question papers will give you an idea about what to expect in the exam. Gather as many question papers as possible, preferably for 10 years, and begin solving them. This will not only give you confidence but also enable you to understand the pattern and probability of the occurrences of questions from different topics.
Take care of your health
In order to be successful in your board exams, it is important that you remain fit and fine throughout the year. To ensure this, you have to take proper care of your health, go for regular check-ups, eat healthy, drink lot of fluids and include physical exercise in your daily routine.
Study and relax
During the exam
The stress is maximum during the exam but if you are well-prepared, there is no reason for you to worry. Or even if you are not that prepared as you would have wished to be, it is okay. It's not always possible in life to be 100% prepared. Go with whatever is there and do your best.
Take ample rest
Ensure that you are rested well during the exams. It is critical that you have sound sleep, so that when you are taking the exam you are focused and can concentrate better.
Avoid picking up new topics
In case you have not prepared some topic, do not pick it up at the last moment. Or for that matter do not refer to some tough questions that you have not yet tackled, as this may lead your self-confidence to erode.
Avoid last-minute revision
Last minute frantic revisions will leave you tensed and scared. Revise well on time and relax. While relaxing, try to recollect whatever you have revised. This helps build up your confidence that you are well-prepared to tackle the exam.
Last but not the least, have confidence and faith in yourself that you are going to score brilliantly in the Boards and you will.
Best of luck!
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Last Updated on : February 24, 2014