They say class 10th is no cake walk. Study hard, hit the books, mind the clocks or else the future would go down the drain. Parents snap off the WiFi cable and television becomes a forbidden dream for a whole year. Teachers plunge into the syllabus on the very first day of the session as if wasting even a second without studying would result in big red crosses all over the mark sheet.
Evidently, every year the dread of board exams are drilled so deep in the minds of students that they develop a kind of phobia for them. Mere exams are painted out to be snapping monsters, itching to devour hapless students in one easy gulp. In a bid to make students sincere and serious, teachers and parents often end up terrorising them instead. As a result, students are crippled under the weight of expectations. The pressure to perform well becomes so enormous that it mounts to be stifling. The thought of excellent results of siblings and cousins and the possibility of not being able to live up to the standard is another feeling that plagues the already anxious minds. Social pressure demonstrated by nagging aunties and uncles and the lack of recreation also serve to make matters worse. Indeed the hullabaloo that usually accompanies the idea of board exams is so raucous that students recourse to desperate studying to cope up with the emotional turmoil roiling within.
However, that’s where things go wrong. No matter how important the exams are, all work and no play always makes Jack a dull boy. What everyone fails to understand is that to score well in boards require not endless hours of memorizing periodic tables and chemical equations and abstaining from sleep. In fact, all it requires is to study little but every day. Just like it is so much better to take small meals at short intervals than to cram everything at once, performing well in boards depends on the quality of tact and strategy used. Listed below are tips and tricks that can be employed to not only survive your boards but also pass with flying colours.
Tips for CBSE class 10 board examinations
1. Do not study hard. Study smart.
The key to success does not always lie in toiling hard. Go through the previous year’s question papers and glean portions of the syllabus that have been asked last year. In all probability, questions would be centred on topics other than what has been asked before. So, narrow down the syllabus and concentrate on areas that are most likely to come in the question paper.
2. Practice little but practice every day.
Remember that math is a subject that cannot be conquered by just memorizing the list of formulas. It entails regular practice. So get down every day with a few sums and solve them. It isn’t necessary to cover vast topics in one day but indeed it’s imperative to cover bits of topics every day.
3. Your mind has unlimited space but limited concentration.
Use it accordingly. Do not delve into books for long stretches of time because the absorption capacity of the brain slows down after an hour. Take little breaks in between before resuming again. The pause is important because it’s conducive to consolidating whatever you have learnt firmly in the memory and also renew the concentration level.
4. Excellent management equates to excellent outcomes
There’s no denying that management techniques go along way in producing favourable results. Drawing up a timetable and sticking to it helps organise and record the progress of the students. It’s like an algorithm in which the bigger goal is broken down into smaller ones. Hence, every time you accomplish solving ten numerical, it would be tantamount to fulfilling the bigger and the final goal of achieving an A+ in physics.
5. Hit the books when the sun hits the sky
Staying up late and studying all night wouldn’t get you great grades but dark circles surely. Studies reveal that human brain absorbs two times more in the morning with a fresh mind than it does in the dead of night in a sleep deprived state. Take adequate sleep of 6-8 hours to rejuvenate yourself amply and use your little grey cells to choose your study time prudently. A lot depends on that.
6. There’s no need to go on a self-imposed exile!
Recreation is very important and should form a part of your schedule. Abstaining from mobile phones and televisions wouldn’t have any detrimental effect on your results as long as they’re engaged in balanced quantities. In fact, they’re vital for your break and rest. Moreover, studying effectively doesn’t necessarily require that you have to sign out of your social life for a year.
In essence, do not give up living a normal life just because you have board exams around the corner. Performance depends on quality not the quantity of preparation.