The Board exams are conducted in India for the 10th & 12th standard students.
Matriculation or the 10th class students are provided with the SSC (Secondary School Certificate) and for the 12th class students it is the HSC (Higher Secondary School Certificate)
Usually, board exams are the most difficult times for every student in their school years. After the 1st Board exam – Class 10th ; the 2nd one of class 12th is more difficult due to the diverse syllabus of different stream subjects i.e – Science, Commerce and Arts/Humanities.
National level Educational Boards that conduct Board Exams in India
The Central Board of Secondary Education is the most prominent Educational Board for school students in India, with more than 20,000 schools the CBSE Board conducts examinations for regular as well as private students.
Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations is said to be the most difficult among the other boards that conduct school examinations. It is a privately held national level board education system that ONLY conducts examinations for regular students.
National Institute of Open Schooling provides education to all segments of society under the motive to increase literacy and aims forward for flexible learning. It’s also one of the largest open schooling systems in the world.
Mentioned below are some of the most effective ways that would help the students Ace their board exams :
TIP 1 : Select the right time for preparation
Although every student has their own capability. No one is neither weak nor strong. It all starts with WHEN TO START ?
If the students think that one or two months are enough for preparation for the board exam, they are absolutely wrong. Most of the students plan their syllabus from December or January as the examinations generally start in February. Always Remember, December/January is the peak time. In December, most of the schools will start their pre-board examinations.This is the best time to ask the teachers what all doubts they are having because after the practical exams, schools are closed.
TIP 2 : Good timetable will make the preparation quite easy
It is often said “Without proper planning it is almost Impossible to Achieve your Goals” . For that every student must take out some time and study religiously for the subjects (most importantly in which they are getting more doubts/misunderstandings) + Analyse the these topics taught in their classes/tuition centres.
TIP 3 : Challenge your limits
For example you scored 58% in your last exam, aim for at least 80% this time.
This will uplift your morale and bring more self confidence. Keep defeating your previous percentage, your present has to be perfect than your past. With this approach you’ll definitely achieve a good percentage in the Board Exams.
TIP 4 : Stick to the SYLLABUS !! MOST IMPORTANT !!
Most of the students immerse themselves in more than required i.e Underestimating the NCERT books and going through different reference books.
Reference books are good but only for students who want to compete in further competitive exams. All the books in any board exam are designed as per that specific syllabus pattern and the board questions are always set from the syllabus book only.
TIP 5 : Previous year papers
Solving and going through past year papers work wonders for the Board Exams. It gives a rough blueprint on how and what kind of questions would be asked in the exam. They are great assets for a student. It has been seen that students who have practiced question papers of previous years do much better on board exams when compared to students who haven’t done the same.
You can get help from the CBSE website (https://www.cbse.gov.in/cbsenew/question-paper.html)
TIP 6 : Sleep Properly
After studying for long hours during the day, your brain and body both need a proper rest.
A sound sleep during the night for seven to eight hours will help to energize your brain and body for the next day which will also help you to increase concentration and reduce frustration levels
TIP 7 : Health and Nutrition
It is needless to say that exam times are highly stressful. Therefore, it is important that you take proper care of your health at this time. Eat properly, take proper rest and indulge in activities which keep the mind relaxed. Eat foods that are rich in nutrition and avoid junk foods at least a week before the exam. You cannot afford illness or any other digestive issues during or just before the exams.
Have loads of water and fruits to keep rejuvenated.
The following tips will help you after you’ve entered the Examination Hall
TIP 8 : Read the Question Paper carefully
Once the exam bell rings and question papers are distributed, gather all your mental strength and “convince yourself that you will do great”. Read each question in detail and chalk a plan as which ones you will do first. Attempt the questions that you know very well. Starting with these will boost your confidence. You first need to understand what is being asked and how much marks it contains. The answer should be written accordingly- logically and comprehensively.
TIP 9 : Time Management (CARRY A WATCH)
Students should need to understand that “Time Would Cost Them Marks”. For that study subjects that you want to retain in memory during the morning hours when the mind is fresh during the preparation time. To beat this problem students are advised to carry a handwatch that would help them monitor the time specially in the last 30 minutes, the anxiety and stress builds in. Students tend to make errors in these last 30 minutes because of the hurry !!
TIP 10 : Presentable Answer Script
- If we’re talking about 90% or above, Can a student afford a filthy handwritten answer script ? Many students ignore such simple things like a neat & clean paper,but they don’t know these can help in fetching a few extra marks in board exams. And these few extra marks help in boosting their overall percentage to quite an extent.
- If your handwriting is not that good, ASK – Take advice from your fellow classmates or your teacher for that matter.
Eg – Underlining the headlines
Using pencil for diagrams
Using a good quality pen
TIP 11 (Bonus): Use Easy language
ATTENTION STUDENTS – It’s not a newspaper article nor you’re writing a Blog for Oxford University. Using fancy language will sometimes WILL NOT fetch you marks.
At times, it will only make the answer much more complex.
~On the day of the exam, keep your cool as much as possible. If you find that there are pending things to study, ignore them. Concentrate on things you know instead of fretting about things you don’t know. You know what all you’ve done, have Faith in it ~