A student prepares for board exams in New Delhi on Saturday. HT photo Sanjeev Verma
It’s that time of the year again when many of you writing their Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) boards beginning March 1, 2013, are gearing up for the last lap. All of you have been working hard in the last one year and now it’s time to give it your best shot.
In the last few weeks, we have given you tips and suggestions from experts, counsellors and toppers from previous years from different subjects and streams on staying ahead of the competition. In this edition, we bring you more advice on what to do during the exams and during the breaks you get in between.
Renu Singh, principal, Amity School, Noida, who is also a counsellor with the CBSE, has some practical advice: “Once the board exams begin, you must only consider the NCERT textbooks for revision. Ensure that you solve CBSE question papers of the last five years. This will give you a good idea of what to expect in the exam. While writing a paper, spend the first 15 minutes reading the instructions carefully. Make the most of this time and plan your strategy. First attempt questions you are confident about. This will build your tempo. Do not write more than one answer for a given question as the examiner will only consider your first answer. Keep aside 20 minutes for revising the paper.”
Supriya Sharma, counsellor at Manav Sthali School, New Rajinder Nagar, says, “Each part of the question should be emphasised according to the weightage of the portion.
Key points of each portion or chapter should be defined and understood while preparing. Long answer type questions should be prepared in a point-wise manner or in a flowchart form for quick and easy learning.” It’s important to stress upon illustrating your answers with appropriate labelled diagrams, especially in the long answer type questions, particularly in subjects such as biology. “Do not leave any chapter, topic or portion for the last day. Do not hesitate to ask your teachers or seniors for help whenever in need,” she adds.
We also bring you some of the most tricky questions in physics, biology, accountancy, economics, maths and English and answers from CBSE counsellors to your queries.
Watch out for the ‘All A-board’ logo on our pages inside for more. Write to us for any help required for the boards at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you with solutions. All the best!
I used NCERT books to prepare, making notes from all chapters in points and keeping the marking scheme in mind. I prepared a list of dates, maps and important names and events for subjects like history and political science, which helped with quick revisions during the preparatory leaves. Also, they became a must for short answer type questions that are very scoring. Similarly, I made a list of formulae and important graphs and tables for economics
Kshitij Kumar, scored 92% in Class 12 boards last year, humanities stream, Manav Sthali School, New Rajinder Nagar
A few subjects like business studies and economics will require a more thorough and detailed revision. Go through all the questions once in accountancy from your main book, but sit and solve only the important and difficult questions, which you feel require more practice. For maths, revise daily. The last four days before the exam should be completely devoted to English. It should never be underestimated, since it is counted as a compulsory subject in the best of four
Paridhi Shrimali, scored 97% in commerce stream in the Class 12 boards last year, Amity School, Noida
Be confident of the fact that you have covered the entire syllabus properly from the NCERT books. Mock test papers as well as previous year papers should be attempted in a three-hour exam simulated environment to get a feel of the exam pattern. When it comes to the HOTS questions, concepts are the key. Thus, while studying, aim at strengthening of concepts. Some time should be kept for a hobby that refreshes you
Kshitij Jain, scored 98% in science stream in the Class 12 boards last year, DPS, RK Puram