You may often wonder what special steps toppers follow that help them achieve the highest marks than everyone else. No, toppers do not possess any superpowers that make them better than you at scoring well in the exams. If you ask the top-scoring students, you may observe that their entire preparation is based on determination, practice, and hard work.
The preparatory period before your exam is very crucial and may lead to a lot of stress as well. The main reason for this stress usually is the enormity of the syllabus in each subject. As students move to higher classes, the syllabus also becomes vaster and vaster, and it may seem difficult for some students to be able to grasp and remember everything well.
However, every student wishes to do well in their exams, and the right ways of preparation play an important role in doing so. Here are a few tips to strategize your preparation in a way that can help you achieve the highest marks possible:
- Create a timetable
Your priority as you start your preparation for an exam should be to make a timetable. This timetable should appropriately split your study hours according to the vastness of the syllabus of each subject, and the topics that are your strengths as well as weaknesses. Usually, students require more preparatory time for subjects like Maths, Science, and Social Science. You may devote 1-2 hours daily to the language subjects like English and Hindi.
- Be aware of the syllabus
Since the syllabus is vast, changes and reductions are often made by CBSE. It is important to ensure that you have the latest syllabus and are studying according to it. Ensure that you cover the entire syllabus with enough time left for practice and revision before the exams. Students are also advised to not ignore any particular topics in the syllabus as this may lead to a loss of marks.
- Practice writing
The answers you write in the exams need to be precise, presentable, and descriptive. If your answers are missing important details, deviating from what has been asked in the questions, or are not accurate, a lot of marks can be deducted. Practicing the appropriate ways of writing answers can help increase the possibility of achieving higher marks. This is also the most efficient way of revising. You never forget things you write down by yourself.
Another crucial part of preparation is revising everything that you have studied. If you just simply read or write answers once, there are great chances of forgetting them by the time you appear for your exam. Make sure you revise everything at least twice. The revision also helps in enhancing your understanding of different underlying concepts. You may revise by re-attempting NCERT questions or other exercises provided by your teachers.
- Keep notes
Making revision notes is important if you want to ensure that you do not miss any important details while revising. Notes help in better facilitating a revision as repeatedly going through long chapters can be exhausting and wastage of time. Making notes while you are reading a chapter also helps in keeping a better memory about everything you read. You can always reach for your notes for a quick and final revision before the day of your exam.
- Clear your doubts
It is certain that as you go through all the chapters and concepts one by one during your preparation, you may come up with doubts and questions, or face difficulty in understanding certain topics. It is important to ensure that you clear these doubts and gain clarity about everything that is a part of your syllabus. Consult your subject teachers, parents who may have expertise on the subject or peers who are clear with those particular concepts. Doing this before your exams begin will help you avoid any chances of losing marks due to the unclarity of topics.
The material you can refer to during preparation
- Important Questions
These are some of the very useful study materials that can help strengthen your preparation. Like making notes, referring to important questions from each chapter can also make your revision easier. Students who are aware of the important questions are at an advantage as these questions have higher chances of being asked in the exams. If you are well-versed with the solutions for these particular questions, the probability of scoring higher in your exams immediately increases.
- NCERT Solutions
NCERT books are the main resource of preparation, especially if you are appearing for the board exams. Questions provided in the NCERT books hold high importance since the majority of the questions in the exam are framed based on them. To be able to answer all NCERT questions with ease, refer to NCERT Solutions during your preparation. These will help you understand the concepts questioned and also answer them as accurately as possible.
- Sample papers
The best way to assess how much you have studied and understood is to attempt solving sample papers as well as question papers from the previous years. You are not only able to revise everything but also know your strengths and weaknesses in a particular subject. If you attempt these papers with the proper exam-like setup and according to the set duration of 3 hours, you will also be able to figure out the time you require in solving the entire question paper and what are the most time-consuming questions in the exam. Through solving last years’ question papers, you can also observe the questions that are often repeated.
It is important on your part to put in the effort and hard work in order to achieve the goals set by you. Although, make sure that the goals you set are realistic and can be achieved with practice. Also, remember to keep a check on your health. Being in a fit physical and mental state has a direct effect on your studies. Do not exhaust yourself during your preparation. Good luck!