With CBSE Term-II Board exams in the offing, students are compelled to pore over NCERT texts, reference books, practice sheets, mock papers, and every possible study material available. However, the exhaustive list of study material may not be beneficial without a pragmatic and effective revision plan in the weeks before the exam. Burning the midnight oil and panic-driven weeks could lead to irritability, loss of appetite and sleeplessness for both parents and students.
If scoring above 90% in CBSE Term-II Board exams is your aspiration, the following effective tips will aid your preparation keeping stress at bay:
- Productive preparation with a meticulous study plan
The first and foremost thing a student should do is to plan how and what to study. A study plan need not be too demanding and should ensure effective preparation, thereby motivating you towards achieving your target score. Before making a study plan, know your productive time and target completing the most challenging or difficult topics when your brain is most active. It will help you absorb well and retain better. Besides, set realistic and achievable goals. Rather than making monthly plans, stick to weekly targets with a daily task list.
- Prioritise with high-weightage chapters & important topics
With around two months at hand, begin revising chapters with high weightage and important topics. Being well-versed with these chapters will help you score more in boards. In case of any doubts, reach out to your teachers and ensure all your doubts are clarified much in advance. You can categorise the chapters as difficult, moderate and easy and accordingly divide your time. More time should be given to chapters that are tough and need more revision and practice.
- Analyse NCERT textbooks with a fine tooth-comb
The syllabus of the CBSE Term-II Board Exams is rationalised and the tests are completely based on the NCERT textbooks. A detailed study of the NCERT textbooks is, thus, vital as every line of the book harbours important information. Pay special attention to in-text & exercise questions. Repeated practise of these questions will help you test your knowledge of the chapter, gauge your weak areas and improve upon them in due time.
- Build on speed & accuracy with subjective practice
Along with a student’s understanding and knowledge of the chapter, his/her speed and accuracy with which he/she answers a question or solves it makes a difference. The best way to improve speed and accuracy is by setting a timer every time you practice a question or take a mock test. Solve as many mock tests as possible in a timed manner to improve your writing speed and accuracy.
- Develop sound time management skills
Good time management skills help you to achieve more in less time, thereby allowing time for recreational activities. In order to develop good time management skills, strictly follow the study plan, achieve the set goals, and avoid procrastination. Additionally, solve more and more mock tests. This will help you strategize how much time should be spent on a particular question or section, and allow enough time for revision.
- Revise by solving practice papers multiple times
Students should engage in focused and multiple revisions of the entire syllabus. Besides revising the NCERT textbooks and practising questions of NCERT Exemplar, go through your study notes multiple times. The focus should also be on going through already solved mock tests, analysing the mistakes, learning from them and improving on the weak areas. Focus more on writing answers keeping the marking scheme in mind.
- Simulate a real exam scenario
Replicating a real exam scenario can greatly help in addressing your exam-related anxieties. Find an isolated space with no distractions. Before beginning the test, time the clock to 2 hours. It is advised to take the test at the same time as that of the exam to help one’s biological clock to get accustomed to that of the exam. This will acquaint you with the real exam scenario and boost your confidence level.
Remember, the key to success is to work with your strengths while preparing for board exams. The above-mentioned tips aren’t exhaustive once merged with your current style of learning.
Do your best!
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