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Conquering Board Exams

Updated on February 14, 2016

Appearing for Board Exams is an important stage of student’s education life. Board Exams are often taken seriously as the results will then be one of the important factors for deciding the discipline of the students. In India, it is after the State Board Exams i.e. Grade 10, the students are having the option of specialization. The can choose from various disciplines like Arts, Science, Commerce, Diploma Courses, Poly-technique Courses or Certificate Courses. The base of selecting a desired discipline often rests on the score obtained in the Board Exams apart from interest and aptitude of the student. Thus, Board Exams are very important for students in India and Parents are often careful about their children when they start their journey in Grade 9 and 10. This creates a stress on the students to perform better in such exams which can hinder their progress.

So as to perform better in the Board Exams and come out with flying colours, I am presenting some tips to conquer the board exams. I hope that it will be useful to you and your child for preparing for the board exams.

Tips of Conquering Board Exams

Tip 1- Go through entire syllabus and divide in easy, moderate and hard topics and make revision plan accordingly.

Tip 2- For revision, consider easy topics first, moderate topics next and hardest topics last. This way it will be easier to complete revision with confidence.

Tip 3- For memorizing theoretical topics like SS and Languages make use of Mnemonic code and write it down in the margin of the same paragraph. Make a word or Formula for the entire page and write it on the top of the page. E.g. VIBGYOR- the seven shades of the rainbow are Violet, Indigo, Green, Blue, Yellow, Orange and Red.

Tip 4- Refer to papers of previous years and note down the questions as per Chapter No from the text - book. Then mark in the material that you are referring. While learning, note down the number of times it has been asked. This will help you to identify those questions that have some higher probability of being asked in the next exam.

Tip 5- Refer to papers of previous 3 years and find out the chapters that have more weightage in that papers and then create a table of each subject with highest weightage chapter being 1st and so on and prepare accordingly for exams.

Tip 6- While preparing for objective questions study questions with 3 to 4 marks weightage rather than mugging up 1 mark objectives. Such preparation will cover more than one objective question in one answer.

Tip 7-For better preparation of objective questions study in a group of 2 or 3 students and take turns for preparing and asking questions to each other. When a wrong answer is identified rectify with explanation immediately.

Tip 8- For preparing objective and short questions, study in groups while for preparing long question study individually with more focus in memorizing the same.

Tip 9-When learning new topic or concept it is advisable to learn and discuss it along with a friend or group. But while doing so keep track of time & don’t waste time. E.g. Let us read and then explain each other the topic with 5 min.

Tip 10-At the end of certain time period, say, 1 hour or more inform your parents or elders about the topic you prepared. In that way, they will be assured that you are actually preparing and you also will have a summary of work done during that hour or time period.

Tip 11-Take short breaks should not exceed more than 5 to 10 min. Also, during such short breaks do not include TV or Radio but rather walk in and around the house is advisable.

Tip 12- During the last 15 days before your exams avoid going out of house unnecessarily and avoid such other distraction. Take food and sleep in a regular fashion as per requirement.

Tip 13- Rather than having an extensive and stressful learning session make a comfortable but regular plan. Avoid late night shifts or irregular sleep patterns. Have regularity and confidence on your schedule and work accordingly.

Tip 14-Mark the punch lines or formulas that are important and frequently asked. Have a habit of listing important points or words in the top of left margin so that it will be easy to make reference and remembrance.

Tip 15- Keep your stationary set ready with all required tools like Blue and Coloured Pens, pencils, eraser, sharpener, scale, protractor, rounder, stapler, etc. Avoid using a fresh pen in the exam. Use tried and tested pens that are comfortable.

Tip 16- Reach the exam center early by half hour for the first time for every new exam center. For a continued exam center reaching before 20 min will do.

Tip 17- Obey the instructions received for securing your seat in the exam center. Do not argue or ask silly and unnecessary questions to exam center authorities.

Tip 18- All keep your Original Exam Receipt along with a photocopy of same with you during the exam. Show it to the relevant authority on demand and keep it on the desk if asked so.

Tip 19-While Checking in the class of your exam, verify your seat number on the desk before occupying it. If you find any thing pre-written on the desk apart from your Seat No. theninform the supervisor before occupying it.

Tip 20- Write your seat number properly in the space provided in OMR and Answer sheets. Write appropriate Center Code, Such other details clearly and without correction.

Tip 21-Do Not Write anything on the Question Paper. If suggested then write your Seat Number on your Question Paper as well, apart from Answer sheet.

Tip 22-Write Complete details in the columns provided in the Main Supplementary and Additional Supplementary. Possibly note down the Supplementary codes for each subject in the photocopy of your Receipt against the respective subject.

Tip 23- In OMR Sheet fill in the correct choice with Blank Pen. Mark Full Circle. Do not make any other marks or scratches unnecessarily.

Tip 24- Maintain the question sequence in the answer sheet. Do not answer question randomly. Complete the entire section in a sequence. Leave blank space and fill it later if you want to answer other question out of sequence.

Tip 25- Highlight the main points or key words in the answer with a black pen. Write answer point wise. Leave adequate space between two answers. Your paper should look tidy and clean.

Tip 26-Draw diagrams where necessary and box it with Pencil for highlight it. Possibly use a dark pencil to draw diagrams or charts.

Tip 27- Keep Track of time while attempting answers. Do not over describe answer with less weightage. Attempt Full paper with relevant options. Do not leave any question unattempted.

Tip 28- Fill in the answers with appropriate and relevant content as per weightage of marks. Avoid writing unnecessary words or irrelevant information.

Tip 29- Do NOT Write any Religions Statements and Do NOT reflect Religious Sentiments on Paper. E.g. “OM”, Shri Ganshey Namah etc.

Tip-30 Do NOT forget to get your answer sheets and OMR signed by the supervisor. Always insist on Signed Additional Supplementary.


Wish you all the best with your board exams!!!

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