CBSE Exam Preparation Tips to
Score Good Marks
Exams, be it at the entrance level, university level or even at the school
level, can be big causes of stress. The key to performing well in the exams,
apart from, studying hard, grasping everything and retaining everything, is,
being able to study smart and in a proper manner, so that your efforts translate
Follow a proper schedule: Sleep early the night before, get up early the
next morning, have a proper breakfast and then study. Do not stay up late or
waste time doing something that is counter productive like worrying about what
might happen. Take out an hour or two to relax and not think about the exams.
Read, sleep, play or do whatever you think diverts your attention away from
have too much on your plate: Exercise you brain in a constructive way, and
do not clutter it with a lot of thoughts. Be clear in your mind and do not
pressure yourself to cover things that are beyond your reach. Make realistic
targets for a day. Even Rome was not built in a day.Do not overdo things. Do not
try and study everything in a single day. Of the 5 or 6 subjects, pick up 2 or a
maximum of 3 subjects and pick up a topic or two from each and go into the
depths of the topics, instead of skimming 8-10 topics.
Mix and match: Plan your day well. Like a good meal, it is important to
have all the essential ingredients while studying as well. Do not have all easy
subjects/topics in a day or do not over burden yourself with topics that you
find difficult. To maximize your output, start your “study day” with a light
subject for an hour or so, once you get warmed up, take up a heavy subject or a
topic. Study that for 2 hours or so and gradually increase the level of
preparation. For example, if you find Mathematics tough and English easy, start
your study day by reading a chapter or 2 from your NCERT literature textbook for
English. After you are done with English, solve a topic from Mathematics for 2
hours. Gradually increase the level of difficultyof the questions you attempt.
Once you are through with this exercise, take a break for a while and resume
with a topic you are relatively comfortable with.
Solve papers: It is often said that there is no better practice than
match practice. Solve one paper each day, preferably from 10 AM to 1 PM, in an
environment as close to the one you expect at your examination centre. After you
have solved the paper, mark yourself as per the CBSE marking scheme. Pick a
different subject for eachof the five/six days. Assess yourself at the end of
the week, look at your weak areas and try to rectify them in the weeks to
follow. While solving sample papers, make a point to solve the ones provided by
the CBSE. The papers provided by the CBSE are the closest possible papers to the
real thing available to you.
Exercise and meditate: Exercise and meditation help improve
concentration. Many of the athletes and sports professionals regularly employ
meditation methods. Studies have found a direct correlation between
concentration exercises (meditation) and the performance level of sports
professionals. Meditation strengthens the mind, it comes under control and is
able to provide effective guidance to the physical body to effectively execute
all its projects. Psychological Exercises are a powerful way of improving
concentration and improving mental strength.
How to prepare if you have not done well in your pre-boards
How to prepare if you have done well in your pre-boards
- Remember, pre-boards are an indicator, not the real thing. You still
have time to better yourself for the final frontier.
- Devote more time to your weak areas and solve questions of varying
difficulty. Do not solve all easy questions or all tough questions. While
easy questions will motivate you, unable to solve difficult questions might
not be the best possible solution. Gradually increase the level of
difficultyof the questions you are attempting, analogous to climbing a
- Take sectional tests for the areas you are not comfortable with. Once
you start to feel confident with your weak areas, start taking full length
tests in a timed environment.
- Congratulations on having performed well in your pre-board exams, but do
not lose focus. Remember that the real test is not over, yet.
- Do not be overconfident. Now that you have done well in your pre-board
exams, do not be complacent and do not be lethargic. Treat your pre-board
result like something that motivate you, and keep bettering yourself
- Solve sample papers in a timed environment and evaluate your performance
at he end of the session.
- Revise the concepts of 2 or a maximum of 3 subjects.
So, when you look at it, the final month is important for everyone. The ones who
have their preparation in fourth gear can still improve it by putting it in
overdrive and the ones who have some doubts can still improve by concentrating
on their weak areas while simultaneously focusing on their areas of strength.
During this time, the aim of a student should be to perform to the best of
his/her abilities and also concentrating on keeping himself healthy.
Like Lord Krishna said, “Karmanye Vadhikaraste Ma Phaleshu Kadachana, Ma
Karma Phala Hetur Bhurmatey Sangostva Akarmani
”, you should concentrate on
performing to the best of your abilities while not worrying much about the end