Greetings from Winspire, Dear Readers! Our team believes that this magazine should be able to establish an equation of a friend with young minds like yours. But as we all know, it must be based on give and take. So in return for your overwhelming response to our contests and articles, we bring to you some preparation guidelines as you anticipate final examinations next month. February is crucial for students as most of us, particularly for the ones who are going to sit for their board examinations next month. Well, February is time for the ‘semi-finals’ and we want to help you exceed in your last lap.
Winspire consulted some school teachers, who had a bag full of do’s and don’ts for exam preparation.
- Channel the tension: It is a futile effort to tell a student to not panic before exams, especially when they are at the final stage of preparation. What you need to do is use the mounting tension constructively and not let it take the better of you.
If you happen to get hyper-tensed, BREATHE. Sit down with a pen and paper to prioritize. Identify what needs to be addressed first. The best way to make effective use of this tension is to write. When in doubt, that you might forget the answer to a question, simply write it down till you’re sure.
- Know the Difference between Break and Time Waste: This is the time of the year when most students tend to sit for long hours to study. Studying at a stretch for long hours works for some, while others have a shorter concentration span. Know what suits you and plan your schedule accordingly. It is absolutely useless to sit at your desk with the book open in front of you and your mind wandering elsewhere. In case you come in the short concentration span group, please make sure your ‘break’ is not longer than the time you sit to study!
Winspire’s associate teachers recommend that you try and to build up your concentration span to at least three hours, since that is an average duration of an examination.
- Early Bird or a Night Owl? Again something that varies from student to another, figure out what time of the day (or night) can you work the best in. It is not always about hard work but also smart work. If you’re at your peak and the right frame of mind, you are likely to get more work done. Most of us usually prefer working at late hours, but this can prove to be rather detrimental if you don’t catch enough sleep the night before an exam. So even if you’re a night owl, ensure that you wake up fresh and ready to take the world down!
Debjani Chatterjee from St. Edmund’s School, Malviya Nagar, Jaipur suggests:
- “Try not to rote-learn science, instead attempt at writing answers on your own by associating and relating scientific phenomena to your every day actions. For instance, connect the concept of concave and convex lens to a spoon. Drawing parallels will help you remember things better and you would not have to run into the risk of ‘forgetting’ a line or phrase from your answers.”
- “Tackle long answers by breaking them down. A question paper has various formats from MCQs, one-word answers, true or false etc. A long answer can be split into several shorter pieces in these formats. Students often disappoint in one markers, this is a great way to practice them too.”
Shikha Bhargava from Manav Rachna International School, Sector 14, Faridabad recommends:
- “Practice from previous years’ question papers and sample papers. Be thorough with them before your exam. Stick to the N.C.E.R.T textbooks in the final few hours to avoid panicky situations.”
- “The habit of making notes shall prove to be handy for the last minute. If you don’t have your private notes, make sure you have glanced through all though bold texts and passages from your book. Divide a chapter into various slots and make the maximum number of questions out of each slot. Try to answer them all. If you don’t have notes, this can be your last minute go-to; if you have notes, it can be a great way to revise your lessons.”
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