Every year, a multitude of students (well, over 1 crore to be precise, according to india.com) take the class 12 board examinations. With the increasing numbers, competition is bound to skyrocket. Under such conditions, there is tremendous pressure to perform better than your siblings and cousins who’ve already given the exam in the previous years, or the overachieving ‘Sharma Ji’s son’ whom you secretly loathe. It is no secret that class 12 board examinations are important, and if you perform well, they open a plethora of opportunities for you. If you’re looking for tips to improve your performance in board exams, read on!
Tips and tricks to ace the class 12 boards examinations
1. Plan your study schedule meticulously
Students who perform well tend to have a routine which they follow religiously. It is often stressed that studying for a few hours regularly is better than cramming sessions of 10-12 hours a few times a week. Hence, it would be best if you plan your schedule and stick to it.
- Break down the syllabus topic-wise. Now decide how many topics you’ll need to cover per day so that you complete the syllabus at least 3 months before the exams. If you do this, you’ll have the safe space and flexibility of 3 months in case of any unforeseen circumstance.
- Plan your study time topic-wise and not hour-wise. For example, instead of saying, “I’ll study Chemistry for 2 hours today”, say, “I’ll complete so-and-so topics from so-and-so subject today”. This increases productivity and ensures that you complete the topics, no matter how many hours it takes.
- In this day and age, when we are glued to our screens, it is difficult to stay away from social media. It is not possible to go cold turkey, but make sure that there are no distractions while you’re studying.
- Long study sessions tend to be monotonous and boring. It is advisable to take short breaks in between.
- If you’ve made up your mind to do exceptionally well, do not let a single day go by without studying. It may be for an hour even, but irregularity will tend to give negative results.
- Each subject takes a different approach to study. Math requires practice, Physics requires an understanding of concepts well, and so on. Understand how to need to study your subject.
- Do not ignore the Language subjects – English and/or Hindi. They can make or break your percentage. Therefore never take them for granted. Do not make the mistake of opening the textbooks right before exams! Studying them one day a week will work just fine.
- Understanding a concept from scratch by yourself takes longer than when it is taught by a teacher. Hence save your time by understanding what is taught by your teacher in the school itself.
- Maintain your notes from the beginning so that you don’t have to struggle when the exams are near.
2. Always stay positive!
Do not panic if you’ve started your preparations late. It’s never too late. If you believe you can, you certainly will. Everybody has their own studying method, hence comparing with your peers makes no sense. Trust your efforts and you’ll definitely yield results.
3. Stay healthy – Both physically and mentally
Preparing for an important exam can take a toll on your mental and physical health. Do not ignore your health for studies, as it won’t be a smart decision. For better academic results, you need to be in good shape, and you can’t afford to fall sick at such a crucial time. Hence, eat well and take rest.
- Eat healthy food. Stay away from junk.
- Drink enough water to keep yourself hydrated.
- Sleep for at least 8 hours a day.
- Play a sport once a week to keep your mind and body fresh.
4. Take help from technology
In this day and age, everything is one Google search away. If you find yourself struggling with any topic, you can help yourself with numerous YouTube tutorials that are meant for reaching out and helping students. Every student has a different learning capacity. You may not understand a subject through your teacher, you can always turn to Google. Do not shy away from adopting unconventional methods to study.
5. What to do one month before the exams?
You can follow these simple steps regarding what to do when your exams are a month away.
- Practice previous year questions papers and give mock tests regularly. This will help you be familiarized with the kind of questions that may come in exams, also you’ll have an idea of how to approach certain questions. Try to solve the questions all by yourself in the limited time frame, and then match your answers. With each paper, you solve, try to track your progress. Make sure that your mistakes aren’t repeated.
- You can say that you’ve completed a topic with confidence only when you’re pretty sure that you can solve any question that comes from that topic. So, you should be thorough with concepts now.
- Stick to your syllabus books. Do not overwhelm yourself with a lot of reference books. Unfamiliar study material a few weeks before the exam may not be a good idea.
- Keep revising your notes again and again, until you’re well acquainted with it.
6. The night before the exam
The night before the exam is extremely important. And what you shouldn’t do is – pull an all-nighter. Take rest and sleep early and get uninterrupted sleep. You can wake up early in the morning for a quick revision. Do not panic if you find something you haven’t studied before. Focus on the things you’ve prepared well. Avoid last minute cramming, as it does no good.
7. The D-day!
Read on to know what you should do just as you’re about to write your exam.
- Enter the exam hall with a positive mindset. Be calm and collected.
- Read the question paper with a clear mind very carefully. Decide which questions you will attempt.
- Before attempting any question, plan in your head how you will solve it. This will save time.
- Assign certain time-limit to each question, and do not go over this limit while solving. Time management is very important.
- If you’re stuck at a question, or you’ve forgotten a fact, don’t lose your mind. Skip the question and attempt the next one. You may remember it later on.
- Attempt the questions that you know best first.
- When you’re done with the paper, revise it multiple times to get hold of silly mistakes.
Here are some miscellaneous tips to help you with your preparation:
- Improve your handwriting. Having a neat handwriting can be a bonus!
- Teach a few to topics to a friend. This will help you remember for a longer time.
- Make short notes for each chapter.
Keeping in mind all these tips and tricks, and with constant efforts, you can excel in the upcoming board exams! All the very best!