Aparna Prasad, Founder, Knowledgeum Academy, part of Jain Group, an International Higher Secondary School in Jayanagar, Bengaluru which is an authorised IB World School and Cambridge International School here shares six ‘Tips and Tricks’ for boards exams.
What are some of the best tips and tricks for students preparing for exams?
Any level of examination whether it is at school, college, or a university creates a lot of anxiety among students due to its future implications. Though there is no magic recipe to ace an examination, there are certainly some tried and tested techniques that can help students score well:
1. Pick your study subject cautiously
Start with a subject that you like the most, then take turns with it. You may apply the Easy-Hard-Easy (EHE) method i.e. pick up an easy subject first, then switch to a difficult one, then again pick up an easy one. This method boosts confidence and helps you to cover the syllabus effectively. After each subject, reflect upon what you have learned in the form of notes, it will take you a long way.
2. Prep with a focus on the syllabus
While it is okay for students to sift through numerous reference books throughout their course of study, it is recommended however that you keep the syllabus in tight focus during your exam preparation as the syllabus is central to the framing of questions in an exam.
3. Mind mapping
You can formulate mind maps to visually organize data such as images, concepts, words, etc. These in turn will help you understand the concepts better and you will retain the information for a longer period, thus, preparing better for the exams.
4. Focus on language subjects
Every subject has equal importance in board examinations. While most of you will focus on subjects like science, mathematics, and commerce, you must equally prepare for subjects like English and other languages to boost your overall percentage.
5. Stay healthy and meditate
Exam preparations can be stressful. Hence, you must prioritize not only your physical health but also your mental health. The idea is to eat well, get enough sleep, and engage in activities that soothe the mind. Lower levels of anxiety boost blood flow to the brain. Practicing pranayama and yoga will help keep your mind calm.
6. Minimize your distractions
Distractions make it difficult to pay attention to what you’re doing, which in turn makes it harder to concentrate. Give yourself a leg-up by turning off the notifications on your phone, temporarily blocking your favourite websites, and social media handles. Taking a short break every 45 minutes can help you rejuvenate.
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