A student prepares for board exams in New Delhi on Saturday. HT photo Sanjeev Verma
The countdown for the final exams has begun for Class 10 students. It’s time to execute your preparation strategies - irrespective of whether you’re taking the Boards or appearing for the school-based summative assessment, as part of the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) Continuous and Comprehensive
Evaluation (CCE) scheme. HT Education spoke to students from both categories to find out how their choice of exam helped improve their grades.
CCE a better choice?
When human resource development minister Kapil Sibal announced a radical overhaul of the school education system by making the Class 10 CBSE boards optional three years ago, thousands of children like Shreya Popli heaved a sigh of relief.
Quite understandably, since board examinations had become by far the most dreaded part of a student’s academic life. Popli, now a Class 11 student of Manav
Sthali School in Delhi’s Rajinder Nagar, is happy that she did not face the pressure surrounding the boards and got a chance to learn various things at the same time.
“This CCE system does not stress on marks but on personality development. We were involved in a number of activities on a daily basis and were evaluated on parameters such as communication skills, level of interest, aptitude and leadership qualities, among others. We have a literary club, sports club, science club, art club, journal club, theatre club and eco club that give us ample scope for learning new things. I participated regularly in basketball events, German language contests, wrote journals and learnt film-making and photography too,” she says.
Though the 16-year-old never missed out on an opportunity to sharpen her skills in co-curricular activities, she was regular with her studies too. “I linked academics with my participation in co-curricular activities. For instance, my association with the school journal was aimed at improving my writing skills."
For school exams
Every effort counts so make sure you take part in as many activities as possible.
Never shy away from taking initiative.
Referring to notes prepared during the previous formative and summative assessments will help.
Keep in touch with teachers to discuss problems you come across while revising.
Be thorough with the NCERT books.
Don’t bombard yourself with reference material.
Solve mock papers in real-time situations.