With Board Exams Just A Month Away, Here Are Few Tips And Tricks For The Preparation


New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct its Class X and Class XII annual board examination from 5 March. The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) will hold Class XII (ISC) and Class X (ICSE) board exams from 7 February and 26 February respectively. With the release of datesheet, students all over the country are leaving no stones unturned to make sure their final revision is on point.

With just a little over a month left for the exam, here are some tips and suggestions that might help you get better prepared for the challenge that awaits you.

1. Plan smartly

Ensure you give the required amount of time to each subject based on your proficiency and the vastness of the syllabus.

While planning, ensure you account for each chapter and each topic in that chapter.

One way to plan your study could be to start preparing for exams in the reverse order, that is, prepare first for the last exam such that you start preparing for the first exam about 2 weeks before the date.

2. Study textbooks thoroughly

There is very little chance of a question beyond your prescribed textbooks.

Ensure you are well versed with each concept and topic in your textbook.

Do not ignore diagrams, tables or graphs in your textbooks as questions can be asked on any chapter from the textbook.

3. Solve past year's question papers

Try to solve at least 10 past year's question papers to get an idea of the exam pattern and popular questions.

Having studied well and being exam-ready are two different things.

Solving past year's papers will help you to get exam-ready. You will find a majority of questions being repeated over the years.

4. Stress on important points/formulae

Memorising certain formulae, notes and dates are essential for almost all subjects.

Make sure you learn them by-heart well in time before the exam.

Write down these points (formulae, theorem, definitions)on flash cards that you can carry along with you in your pocket or wallet. You can read them every time you have a moment to spare -- especially while you are travelling.

You can write down these notes in bright colours on chart papers and stick them around your study place or pin them on to a board in your room. Every time you pass by, you will take a look at the notes which will also help you in memorising them.

5. Time your efforts

Get an idea as to how much time you need to answer a particular question.

This will help you know if you need to concentrate on speed or accuracy.

Finding out how much time you spend on a particular question will also help you know your strengths and weaknesses.

Once you find that out, stress more on your weak areas.

6. Study in a group, once in a while

It is always good to study in a group, say once a week.

It will help you get your doubts cleared by your friends who might know how to solve a particular question you find it hard to solve.

Studying in a group also helps you validate your exam preparation and efforts.

Say, you have left out some portion of the syllabus purposefully; your study group can tell you if it's a good idea to do so. Spending time with your friends will also help you feel refreshed.

7. Study early mornings

‘Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise’.

The idea is to sleep early and wake up early to stay fit and fresh.

Studying in the early mornings is the best time as there is minimal distraction outside which helps you concentrate better.

Having rested well, your mind is also in a better state to grasp what you are reading.

8. Stress on your weaknesses

It is not a good idea to ignore your weak subjects.

The board exam result is an aggregate percentage of all your subjects.

Give equal importance to each subject.

In case you find a particular subject difficult, direct more efforts towards it -- practice more and more so that by the end of preparations you are comfortable with all the subjects.

Ignoring even one subject can lead to a dramatic fall in the aggregate percentage.

9. Don't lose your peace

Comparing your pre-boards marks with your friends who have scored more or worrying about lacking behind in preparation is only going to make matters worse.

Learn to concentrate on your efforts rather than others. Just Relax!

Don't give up on recreation and hobbies. About 8 hours of dedicated study is enough to get you good marks.

Other than this with the pressure mounting each day, the biggest blunder you might be committing is neglecting food.

In these final crucial hours, students often forget to tend to their health, which is the worst possible thing that you can to yourself at this point. 

Regular intake of food is not only essential for healthy mind and body balance, but a good diet can also help you strengthen your concentration power.


Here are some easy tips and tricks that you can follow to beat stress and follow a healthy diet in these last crucial hours

1. Avoid junk food, it tends to slow you down, apart from inducing several other health consequences.

2. Eat plenty of green vegetables and dry fruits. Fish, sprouted grains, fresh fruits also help in releasing tension and focus better.

3. Avoid heavy dinner. You can have a heavy lunch, but a heavy dinner can be a little too much for the child's digestive system. Keep eating in short intervals, this would ensure child has enough fuel for the entire day as he/she does her revision.

4. Load up on nuts like almonds and walnuts.  Omega 3 fatty acids - found in most nuts and seeds - are also very good for the brain, and a handful of it should be consumed on a daily basis.

5. Keeping yourself hydrated is most essential in these times of stress to ensure your energy rates from dipping. Keep drinking water throughout your revision. Avoid coffee, excess coffee can leave you dehydrated . You can opt for tea or green tea for better alternative. Fluids aid mental alertness, concentration and preventing headaches, so make sure your diet is full of food that is high on water content . Coconut water, lassi, buttermilk, chaas, juices and soups are other fluids you can incorporate in your diet.

In addition to these diet tips, one can also engage in calming activities like meditation, and yoga. Make sure you also take breaks in between your revision. Your brain anyway is going to reach a saturation point in about two to three hours of constant study. To ensure your brain is able to absorb and process new information, you need to give yourself breaks regularly. 









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