Exam time is stress time for most students. This is because they do not know how to get started with exam preparation. Starting the exam preparation early and being systematic about it relieves the student of exam stress. Let’s practise gives valuable tips in preparing notes and using practice worksheets for exam preparation.

Tips for successful Exam Preparation

  1. Collect Exam Details

Before the exam, amass all the relevant exam details. Is it a weekly, monthly or annual test? Is the question paper likely to be a common Board paper or a specific School-based one? What is the timetable for the exam? What are the portions for each subject? How many days do you have to prepare for each exam? What is the duration of the exam?

Gain information from your teachers about the nature of the questions for the exam and the marks allocation for each type. Will the questions be objective or subjective? Will there be essay questions or multiple-choice ones? Is there negative marking for wrong ones? Are diagrams, graphs, maps etc. included in the exam? Can you use Clark’s tables for logarithms?

Details like these do matter a lot as they bring clarity to your exam preparation.

  1. Check for the availability of notes for your exam portions.

The syllabus for the exam has been communicated to you. Check if you have all the relevant notes. Some notes might be missing, misplaced or simply not taken. Ascertain if you have all the notes including the last minute revisions or model question papers. See if you have to gather additional information and if so, do it now itself before the exam.

  1.  Outline your study schedule

Prepare your own study timetable allocating more time for tough subjects. If you have more lead time before easy subjects, use that for preparing the tough ones.

Let your timetable be precise with all details of even the number of hours for each subject duly filled in.

Fill in the timetable on a Calendar and pin it up at your desk or in a place like a fridge which you are bound to cross every day.

  1. Review your notes thoroughly

Go through your notes for each subject thoroughly. Have you marked all the answers? Are any worksheets incomplete? Are any lessons missing?

Double-check the completeness of your notes with your friends to ensure you are fully stocked with the study material to avoid last-minute stress.

  1. Mark and highlight important portions

While reviewing your notes, mark or highlight important portions by underlining them or by using fluorescent markers. This will help you in your revision at the eleventh hour.

  1. Allot a space for study

Choose and arrange a separate and silent place for your study. It could be your study desk, a corner of your bedroom or even the attic. but make sure you do not have any diversions there.

Keep all necessary items for study there including your seating arrangement, stationery, alarm clock, water bottle, reference books etc. Keep your study space free of clutter to help you gain concentration.

  1.  Organize your study routine

Your study routine must be clear and consistent to achieve success. Organize your study routine for each day like this-

  • informing the members of the family of your schedule
  • asking them not to disturb you in-between
  • requesting them to turn off music or TV volume when you study
  • handing over your mobile phones to them to avoid distraction
  • seeking their help to offer you hot beverages like tea or milk and snacks at the time when you need it or wake you up if, by any chance, you drop off to sleep.

When you do this, your resolve to study becomes stronger as you have reinforced the urge to study for yourself. It also brings in a commitment to adhere to your study schedule.

  1. Practise Meditation and Breath Control

Before you start your exam preparation, take a deep breath and do some meditation. Pranayama or Breathing control exercises help you focus and gain concentration and remove stress, anxiety and exam fear. The Chopra Center teaches some easy ways for kids to learn meditation.

Having done all this, try to revise using past question papers or practice papers like the ones offered at Let’s practise to assimilate your exam concepts.

Now you are all set and ready to study.

Go ahead! Good luck!

The governing authority of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced sweeping changes across the board with regards to its moderation. Some of the rules are hard to follow and it has caused confusion among parents and students alike. If you are having trouble keeping up, don’t worry. Let’s Practise has got you covered.

Mandatory Board Exam

The first major change that the CBSE has made is turning the 10th Board Exams from an optional test into a compulsory affair. Recently, the CBSE Governing Body has made Class X Board Exams mandatory from 2018.

Back in 2011, CBSE did away with the policy, but now they have brought it back. It will no longer be up to the students if they want to take the exams.

According to the announcement made by the governing body, the exams would have a weightage of 80% with the remaining 20% for internal assessments. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar is in favour of this exam reform.  

The move has been met with mixed reactions from the student and parent community. Some feel that it will put additional pressure on the students. Public exams also give the semblance that all schools have the same facilities and quality staff, when we all know that is false.

On the other hand, teachers state that students didn’t even need to study much until 8th standard under the old rules. They say that some of the students just joined into 11th standard with barely any prior knowledge. This new rule hopes to fix that problem and to make sure children learn and study from the time they start 6th standard.

Two-Semester System

CBSE has created and will soon implement a two-semester system where schools will have two semesters from class VI onwards.

The new rule, which will take effect from this year (2017 – 2018), will be a uniform assessment scheme with half-yearly and annual exams. In addition to the exams, the schools will conduct two periodic tests of 10 marks each during every semester. In this instance, the half-yearly and annual exams will account for 80 marks.

Previously, schools were following the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) since 2009. Schools had two summative assessments (SA) at the end of the term and four formative assessments (FA), with two in each term. 40% of the FA was from continuous evaluation throughout the school year.   

The annual exam for 6th will have 10% of the first semester. For class seven, the amount is raised to 20%. There will also be grades for attendance, participation, teamwork, output, and PE.

Over 18,000 CBSE schools exist across the nation. With this new regulation, CBSE wishes to standardise all the schools so students will have an easier time if they switch from one school to another. Since report cards differed across schools, the students found it difficult to gain admission. Now CBSE is hoping to fix all of these problems.

The CBSE also made this rule to prepare the students for the Board Exams from the time they enter middle school. This was CBSE’s attempt at reorganising the assessment system, examination pattern, and report cards.

Three Language Formula

CBSE has introduced a three language formula, where students have to study at least two Indian languages along with the rest of their subjects. Before we go into further detail, let’s explain what languages schools offer under the CBSE syllabus. CBSE classifies its languages into three categories: Modern Indian, Classical Indian, and Foreign.

The modern Indian languages include Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Kashmiri, Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, Punjabi, and a few others.

Classical Indian languages include Sanskrit, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, and Oriya / Odia.

German, Spanish, Arabic, Persian, French, Portuguese, and Russian, are the foreign languages.

The board has made Hindi compulsory for everyone. This means that the three languages the student will learn are English, Hindi, and another Indian language, presumably the local one. In places where Hindi is commonly spoken, such as the north, the student may opt for Sanskrit.

Note that this will only apply from the 2020 school year onwards. This means that if your child is studying in 7th standard currently, you have nothing to worry about. Anything lower and these changes are applicable for you.

Also, this will mainly affect students studying a foreign language. Under this system, foreign languages like French and German would be an optional 4th language and count as an elective. The mediums of instruction are either Hindi or English, and students must take both of these languages by default. They can learn the foreign language vocationally, but this will not influence their marks.  

All the three languages would count as a subject and students would get tested on them during the Class X Board Exams.

If your child is in a place where Hindi isn’t the main language, they should probably take Hindi and their regional language (mother-tongue), along with first language English as their three language classes. Either way, Hindi and English are compulsory classes.

The formula was actually proposed back in 1968, with iterations in 1986 and 2005. Despite that, is only now that CBSE is taking efforts to implement it.

Schools were meant to follow this up to class VIII with the third language being discontinued after that, but now it has been extended to class X, and students must write a paper on their third language in their Board Exams. Thus, they must take six exams rather than five.

This rule has been met with a lot of opposition. Opponents argue that this rule would place a heavy burden on the students by making them study four languages. It also imposes two Indian languages on the student. Also, the reintroduction of this rule may mean that foreign languages get wiped out from the curriculum.   

Let’s Practise Can Keep You Up-to-Date

So, now you know the alterations that CBSE plans to make to its system over the next couple of years. The current three major rule-changes are intertwined, and some of these rules may affect your child more than others.

Let’s Practise can help your student stay updated with what’s going on with regards to their school. We are a group of parents and teachers dedicated to helping your child succeed, not just at school, but at life. Being parents ourselves, we know that teaching begins at home. We excel in making students from 3rd to 9th standard excel. Be sure to contact us. You can send us an email, call us, or better yet, select the best time for us to call you.

Exams are stressful not just for children but for parents too! Your child may be taking the exam, but we are sure you will be equally nervous and anxious about it.

The ChildLine National Exam Stress Survey revealed

“96% of the 1300 students who completed the survey felt anxious about exams and revision, with 59% feeling pressure from their parents to do well and 64% saying they have never received any support in dealing with exams”

School teachers take efforts to prepare your child for exams by arranging revision classes and class tests. However, this may only increase the stress your child is facing right now! There are various ways in which you can help her prepare better for exams.

Experts  at ‘Lets Practise’ share three techniques to help your child de-stress and prepare well for exams:

1. Take care of your child’s sleep routine

Lack of sleep has an adverse effect on a child’s memory. Late night studies not only results in low grades but also a possible health hazard. Your child may feel drowsy and unable to recollect what she studied the previous night. If your child’s homework and other activities extend to late in the night, then it would be difficult for her to wake up early. So, plan her activities accordingly so as to not affect her sleep. Make sure that she gets enough to sleep the night before the exam.

Encourage your child to follow an ideal sleep routine and don’t let her exam effect it. Paediatrics recommend children to get 8-10 hours of sleep daily.

2. Provide her healthy food

What children eat has a great impact on their energy and focus levels. Take good care of your child’s diet during exams. Keep junk foods away from her till the exams are over as they can lower the concentration level. Instead, add brain-foods to her diet that aid concentration and memory. Regulate her diet with the right amount of healthy foods since overeating leads to decreased grasping power and fatigue.

If your child has the habit of having tea or coffee then you can serve her a cup or two during the study hours. This will prevent drowsiness and help her stay focused. The meal before the exam is very crucial. Give your child an energetic breakfast with some nuts or chocolates that maintain her energy level throughout the exam.

3. Motivate your child and help her stay relaxed

Parents should be emotionally supportive during exams as children are usually very stressed. You can make sense of her behaviour like irritability, lack of interest, fidgeting with stuff, etc. If you notice such a change then you should talk to her. Ask your child to share her feelings and listen to what she has to say. Make her feel comfortable and secure to share her issues.

If she lacks confidence, motivate her to study effectively so as to do well in exams. You can also help her in the planning the exam schedules and share some relaxation techniques too.

Your support can help your child ace the exams. Try the above three ways to help your child in her examinations and share your feedback with us.

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