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5 Tips on How to Ace your Boards Exam05-09-2017

So this is what it all boils down to – you are sitting in the exam hall, waiting to get your hands on that horrifying piece of paper. This is your boards exam, you just can’t screw it. The result will determine who you are (and if you are not at par with Sharma Ji’s son then you will be branded as a failure). You have jammed tons of information in your head and are waiting to vomit it out.

Needless to say, the pressure to score is immense and can crumble even the brightest of minds. But then there is always light at the end of the tunnel. No matter how rough the sea is, a smart sailor, with a compass in hand, will always sail through it.

Pay attention and let us be your guiding compass!

These 5 tips will help you avoid a major exam disaster by pointing you in the right direction and help you understand how to answer exam questions so as to score maximum marks.

a) Decide on an approach

I am sure you would have practiced lot of past papers before your ‘The Day.’ If not, I would beg you to do as many previous year papers as possible, as they act as a demo of sorts and help you with the following:

  • Understand the kind of questions that would be coming (the pattern of questions remains same every year)
  • How to approach the paper (whether to start from section A or Section D, you have to know your speed and accuracy to decide which section to take first)
  • How to structure your answers (what information will get your marks)
  • The timing you should assign to various sections (ensure that you complete your paper in 2hour 30 minutes so that you have 30 minutes for rigorous revision)

You must have a strategy worked out before you proceed with answering your paper. By strategy I mean, which section to start with and how much time is to be dedicated to each section. This strategy might differ from subject to subject. But ensure that once decided you don’t deviate from it.
Believe me; if you don’t have a predefined approach it will mess you up big time. You will get confused on where to start and waste a lot of time pondering over this. And we all know time and tide waits for none.

b) Read all questions carefully

Not reading the question properly is the most stupid thing one can do in an exam and believe me almost 99.99% of us do this in some or the other exam. So, take a minute and read your question twice. Understand it properly before starting to write down the required answer. Sometimes there are two or three parts to a question, make sure you don’t miss any of them. Each mark counts!

Remember to tick mark the question you have attempted and circle the questions that have been left attempted. This will ensure that you don’t miss any question unanswered.

c) Attempt all the questions

For God’s sake, just don’t leave anything unanswered. Even a couple of lines written can get you one mark out of 3, which is still more than 0.

While this may sound stupid on my part, but it has worked for me in my school exams, board exams, college exams and even in competitive exams. Fill in as many sheets as you can. They say quality counts in examinations – yes it does. But believe me quantity makes you look like a learned person.

Let me prove it to you. Correction is a game of perception. Which answer sheet out of the two, one which has as many as 8 B sheets attached to it or the other which is just A sheet, will make a better impression on the grader? Obviously the first right? And once you have formed this impression believe me the grader will be slightly lenient to you. Another thing that works is that you must answer first 5 questions in the best possible manner (nice handwriting, important point underlined, ample information etc). This also will help you get into good books of your grader.

d) Manage your time

This skill (time management) of your is what they want to test. That’s the reason every now and then you get a paper that quite lengthy. You must assign time for each question / section, and the moment you hit it, you must move on to the next question / section or you won’t be able to give your full attention to the next question.

Do remember to leave 15 to 30 minutes for going through your answers thoroughly and adding small pieces of information here and there to jazz up your answers. Follow this and this might just help you bump up a grade!

e) Review your answers thoroughly

It’s a given that you will make a lot of silly mistakes in your exams (we are humans, we do make mistakes), but what’s important is to spot them and rectify. Proofread your answers as much as you can to correct any spelling mistake or any calculation error or add an additional comment, this can easily add around 10 marks to your total tally.

If you are done early, it’s still not the time to drop your pen. Throw in a quotation, a few relevant points or a quick diagram this will help you differentiate yourself from the others in the eyes of your grader. Always remember, uniqueness always get you additional points.

Before I end this post, let me tell you that exams are not designed to scare you, hence no matter what don’t panic on the day of your exam or this brain freeze can cost you your grade. Convince yourself that you know how to answer exam questions, tell your heart that All is Well, and you will see the result.

Here’s a secret: If you just study your board book (eg NCERT for CBSE) you will still score around 80 % marks.