The Board Exam phase is here! This is the red alert message on of the minds of students and parents all over India. You have no reason to panic or get stressed. With adequate preparation and practice, the Board Exams can be conquered easily.
Remember these Points While Taking the Board Exam
Just keep in mind these 5 pointers while taking the Board exam and you will emerge with flying colors.
1. Jot Down the Formulae
Board Exam preparation involves processing a lot of information and this might scare you. However, following this tip can make your Board Exam easier. Before the Exam, memorize all the important mathematical and scientific formulae, theorems, laws, numbers, units, dates, and even the spellings for tough words.
Keep a small notebook handy where you can jot these down. Include diagrams and tables also in this notebook. Balanced chemical equations too can be entered in this notebook chapter- wise under appropriate headings. This note-taking will help you revise everything at the last moment.
Once you enter the Exam Room and get your answer sheet, jot down all the info pertaining to the subject. Take down Math and Science formulae, dates for History, even author names for English Literature. This way, you don’t have to worry about forgetting it during the Exam. It only takes a few minutes, but it will clear your mind and save you from panic.
2. Cleanliness is Key
A clear and legible answer paper with neat handwriting is what every correcting examiner expects from a student. Make sure you are writing neatly in big and legible letters. Don’t let your answer paper be too overcrowded. Write down the question number before the answer and split your answer into points instead of one large paragraph.
The goal is to make your answer sheet as easy for the examiners to understand as possible. Avoid stylized cursive handwriting or other fancy stuff. Also, don’t overwrite answers. Just strike out the incorrect portion. Draw a neat working column and use it for Maths calculations. Draw diagrams neatly and name the parts clearly. Keeping your answer paper neat will impress the examiners and eliminate any confusion.
3. Keep Track of Time
Some students prepare exhaustively for the exam and write extensively too. As they keep on writing, they lose track of the time and sometimes leave the paper unfinished. This is often due to focusing too much on one question. You cannot afford to do this during the Board Exam. Don’t leave any questions unanswered, especially due to lack of time.
One strategy is to start with the lengthy questions first. Or, you can finish off the quick questions and get them out of the way. Take a few model question papers from online practice-learning sites and write the full test while timing yourself. This will help you gauge your speed of writing and adjust it to match the time allotted for the Board Exam. You will also learn which questions to answer first in order to finish the Board paper in time, which ties into the next point.
4. Answer Based on Context
Answering questions to the point and in context needs to be practiced. The Board Exam has an assorted mix of short and long questions. There are 1 mark, 2 mark, and 5 mark questions. Writing elaborate answers for short questions and short answers for long questions will simply not do. You are wasting time and energy.
Read the question and understand exactly what it is asking. Learn to answer the question in terms of the marks allotted. A 1-mark question needs just 1-2 lines of text. For 2-marks, 4-5 lines will do. A 5-mark question, on the other hand, requires a paragraph. Make sure you hit the main points in your answer and never ignore context.
For 5-mark questions, take some time to plan out your answer rather than jumping right in. This brings flow and structure and prevents you from writing yourself into a corner. Answer questions based on the marks allotted and you will find that you not only score marks but will also have ample time remaining for expanding answers or checking your answer sheet.
5. Double Check the Paper
Writing the Board Exam is easy and every student is in a hurry to finish it, but patience has its own reward. If you finish the exam early, don’t hand it in immediately or sit and do nothing. Always check and recheck the answer paper before you hand it over. Look for calculation errors, spelling mistakes, silly blunders, as well as any questions that you may have missed out on.
Is there anything you can expand on? Did you forget to answer the second part of a question? Think about all these. Whether it’s Math, Science, or History, every mark counts. You never want to lose marks because of a stupid mistake or something you overlooked.
These tips will help you maximize marks on the Board Exam. Here are some more points:
- Don’t be afraid to clarify any doubts you may have with the Exam Invigilator(s).
- You need to be well rested and healthy to take on the Board Exam. Don’t stay up late studying the night before. It is imperative that you get a good night’s sleep.
- Eat a healthy breakfast as you shouldn’t take the Exam on an empty or half-full stomach. You want to be performing at peak efficiency.
- After you complete an Exam, don’t immediately start studying for the next one. Take a short break.
Also, don’t keep thinking about the Exam or opportunities you may have missed. What’s done is done. Let it go and focus on the next exam.
LetsPractise for the Board Exam
Practice is the key to success in a Board Exam. Prepare well by solving the past Question Papers of the previous 5-10 years. By doing this, you would have covered 90% of the anticipated questions and will be thoroughly prepared for taking the Board Exam.
This also gives you an idea of the kind of questions to expect and how the same question may be asked in different ways. Solving past Question papers helps you face any kind of questions posed by the Board and gears you up to answer them.
You can find these past Question Papers on an expert online practice site like LetsPractise. Check for the question paper pattern from our learning site and make use of mock tests to answer to the context. You can lso time yourself as well to put yourself in the Board Exam environment. Just look at our plans and start preparing! Contact us if you have any questions.