Date for board exams 2018 has been announced and the syllabus seems to be never ending for the students. With whole lot left to do, it becomes hard to cope up and manage all subjects together. Well, board exams are surely important but not the end of the world, so relax and don’t take too much pressure. Though, not denying scoring well is very much needed for getting the desired stream and college, but don’t worry as it is still possible at end time if planned correctly with right kind of strategy is used.
So, here are some tips that one can use to optimize last months’ time to the fullest:
Since there is a lot of syllabus, make a schedule on how you are going to go about it. Picking up any subject will make you spend most time on it and not leave much for others. So, plan in such a way where you take two subjects in one day, one theory and one practical, to keep the balance. Your brain gets tired, so it’s better to switch subjects to save yourself from boredom. This will keep your brain fresh and will help you cover more syllabus.
Also, balance the days and hours you are planning to give to one subject each. Think which subject needs more time comparatively and which one has more preparatory leaves before exams. But, don’t forget to leave at least week or 10 days before exams for revision, as it is a must.
(For tips on how to plan you can check out our previous blog post- How to study effectively for boards?)
Exam pattern and marks segregation is given in books or over the internet, so check that out and first cover the ones with maximum weightage. Also, you should go through previous years question paper to understand which are the most repeated questions/ topics, and work on strengthening those as they’re likely to repeat. So, it’d be beneficial to strengthen those areas and confirm big chunk of marks.
- WORK ON WEAKNESS:
Since, you have one month you have time to work on area you know least about. Pick up the area with the maximum weightage at which you are weakest, and keep it as priority. As, right now you have some time you can devote to these topics and won’t have to leave them before appearing for the exam.
- DON’T FORGET THE STRENGTH:
Never forget to revise and strengthen the topic you are good at. It happens with students many times that they keep working on weak areas and forget to revise the ones they knew, and as a result they end about not writing proper answer in exam as they had forgotten about them. So, you should always keep some time to go through your strong areas, so that you can write best answers in exam.
- PRESENTATION MATTERS:
Practice sample question papers as much as you can. Consider them as real papers and present answers in a well-mannered form. Presentation makes a lot of difference, writing points (specially in science) and making diagram, prioritizing the information in answers etc. These things play a vital role and helps scoring more marks. Also, neatness in one of the most important thing needed to be maintained as it makes the paper presentable.
You can write answers in your own language, but there is some way the answer needs to be written. Like, specially definition of terms require exact wordings, and also there are many words in an answer which cannot be replaced and need to be written in a particular way. Plus, good sentence structure and correct grammar are the key to writing good answers.
- BREAKS ARE IMPORTANT:
Everyone gets tired, so don’t make unrealistic goals of studying for 12 hours straight in one go. Even if you make it through, what you studied is not going to be that effective. So, it’s better to divide your study time in chunks on 4 hours each. For example, if you wake up at 7 am, you can set one sitting from 8 am to 12 pm, then take a break for an hour or so and then study for like 2 pm to 6 pm. Like this you can mange your schedule, take breaks and still study for 12 hours.
Also, avoid studying more that 50 minutes in one go. Since our brain gets tires, take a break for about 5 to 10 minutes and the resume, this will keep your mind fresh and activated,
Going out in fresh air and refreshing your mind is important. Though, there’s too less time left for boards you cannot afford lot of roaming but at least should take out an hour or half, and can go in park or for a walk. This way you’ll have break from just sitting and studying, plus your body will get some physical activity which will help in increasing blood circulation and keeping mind active.
Minimum of 6 to 8 hours of sleep is needed for one to retain what they’ve study and store it in memory. You can plan your sleep in such a way, where you sleep 6 hours at night and 2 hours in day, so that you don’t lose night sleep and also get a break during day to refresh your time and relax yourself.
These are few ways you can cope up with your vast board syllabus and manage your study plan. We also have blog post available for tips that can be used to ‘memorize and learn things faster’ and another for ‘study techniques board exams- on how to make and execute plans’. So, you can check out those as well.
Work hard and put maximum efforts, but don’t pressurize yourself too much, there’ll be much more opportunities in future. Hope these tips would help you go through this time, for any more information you can suggest a topic in comment section below, we’ll surely take that up.
All the best!