Written with the inputs from a boy who took the boards last year.
The class 12, CBSE exams would be starting on March 1st.. The countdown has begun.
For mothers whose children would be taking the boards this year, it is going to be few nervous months, till things settle down.
1. Based on the exam calendar, backward planning should be done with adequate time devoted to all subjects and concepts. The child’s study time should be properly divided and allocated to do justice to all subjects.
2.CBSE textbooks should be read thoroughly at least twice. The student should make sure that he/she has a clear cut understanding of the topics. That is extremely important, more than anything else. Revision is a must after ensuring this clarity.
3. All the exercises and back exercises should be touched upon. The bits and pieces of questions in the middle of the chapter are the most important ones because they challenge the understanding of the concepts the most and are a favorite of the CBSE.
4. It is suggested that children should do (2-3 years) previous year’s papers, so that they have a clear cut idea about the kind of questions they could be asked and practice those kind of questions repeatedly. CBSE doesn’t change the pattern much, it just asks different questions of the same kind. So if the child has a certain level of proficiency in those kind of questions, he/she will have much more confidence and he/she will be able to handle the most convoluted of questions in that particular type, during the exam.
5. It is important that the child reads in cycles of 3 hours, as all the exams are of 3 hours each. It will gear the child mentally for the exam and also improve the child’s concentration.
6. Underlining all the important points – This is to make sure that the examiner knows the student understands the concepts. The student could highlight the key points, so that the examiner doesn’t have to read it completely. It is easier for an examiner who has to correct hundreds of papers each day, to assess an answer by looking at the highlighted points.
/* The personal opinion of someone who has taken the exam recently. Please follow this at your discretion */
7. While solving numerical problems, all the steps should be written without skipping any steps, paying attention to carry forward signs ( +,-,*,/)
8. Ensure that the child writes clearly without any scribbles, cuts or other mistakes. Try to minimize on crosses and silly mistakes as much as possible. The sentences should be simple, clear and crystal. The child should try to convey the concept as though the person reading it, has absolutely no competence in that subject whatsoever, using simple words and phrases. Big words need not be used. It sometimes goes against the student’s success.
/*Please trust me on the scribbling and the simple sentences, I am speaking from personal experience. */
9. While answering the question paper, follow the serial order rather than answering randomly. Always follow the given word limit
10. Wherever possible, write the answers in points. Make diagrams/figures. Time management is very crucial. Students should try and finish question papers 10 to 15 minutes before finish time and revise their answers.
11. Adequate attention should be given to diet, eating small frequent power packed meals (protein enriched). Golden rule for the parent as well as the child – exercise, sleep, meditate. Be happy – Ensure that the child indulges in other activities apart from studies for relaxation. Otherwise their concentration levels could drop.
12. Do not get too overwhelmed but take it easy. It is just a simple stepping stone for the next stage. The less stress the child takes, the better it is for success. This applies as much to the parent. Don’t take any pressure whatsoever. Just relax and do what is necessary. It’s just another exam! Not the end of life..
Treat it thus and