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'Smart studying can get you beyond pass marks'

india Updated: Feb 08, 2007 17:46 IST

Worried about your Board exams, and particularly the Mathematics paper? Subject experts from leading schools say there is actually hope for everyone to muster enough marks for clearing the paper -- even those who are not exactly the best in the subject.

Everybody recommends practice, but teachers also say that if you have not exactly mastered the nuances of the subject yet, or do not really have the aptitude for it, a little smart studying can get you beyond the minimum pass marks. 
"Although we do not recommend selective studying to students, there are always some children who do not have an aptitude for the subject. Everybody, however, has to pass the exam. Such students should really concentrate on procedural questions that do not require a lot of brainwork," says Sarita Mathur, principal Shriram School.

Teachers also say that there are sections in the paper that are relatively more scoring. If you find yourself incapable of answering a sample paper within the stipulated timeframe, you should ask your subject teacher to identify sections that you can master easily.

“For Class 12 students, for instance, Part C is the easiest. It is really the part which gives weak students a chance to score marks. Even if you attempt 75 per cent of Part C, you can get decent marks.

"Matrices and Determinants is a chapter which can be easily mastered. You can pick up a few marks there. For slightly stronger students, mastering the Calculus is a good idea because 50 per cent of marks are dependent on it,” said Bhanu Rao, head (mathematics) at Tagore International.

Teachers, however, also advice against taking up a new topic at this stage. “You should not take up any new topics which require you to exert mental energy at this stage. Just consolidate what you know. It is also important for everyone to do all the exercises in the NCERT textbook. That is how a lot of marks can be picked up,” adds Rao.

There are others, however, who say that every child has some strong areas regardless of his or her aptitude in the subject. It is this area which you should strive to perfect.

"Some students have a flair for geometry, but may not be very good at other topics. I would suggest consolidating your strong point -- be it statistics or trignometry. The marks you pick up otherwise will be a bonus," says Rabina Singh, math teacher at Springdales (Pusa Road).

Email Anuradha Mukherjee:  anuradha.mukherjee@hindustantimes.com