Important tips for students as the CBSE Board Exams, 2019 gets closer
The CBSE board exams are just around the
corner with Class 10 (March 7) and Class 12 (March 2) students feeling the exam
pressure and racing to complete the syllabus on time. Here are a few things
they should keep in mind that will come in handy during the exams:
Create a study plan, especially for the breaks
you get in between each paper, says PCS Sandeep Kumar, employment officer, UT,
who in collaboration with the education department is advising students on
preparing for the boards.
While the ministry of human resource and
development making the CBSE Class 10 boards mandatory last year saw a drop in
the pass percentage to just 66.21% in the city’s government schools. This made
many institutes to contemplate on their teaching methods in following years.
80% WEIGHTAGE TO SYLLABUS
Some critical points that students should keep
in mind as they prepare for the exams “The board examination will carry 80%
weight while the student’s regular class performance will carry 20% weight,”
says Sunita Kapoor, head, Government Model High School, Sector 22. Pass marks
(33%) are required in both. Regular class performance (assessment) will have
three parts: Periodic test (10 marks), notebook submission (5 marks), and
subject enrichment activity (5 marks).
WHAT YOU SHOULD FOCUS ON
With just a few days left for the exam,
students must focus on revision keys, says Kumar; these are the keys to success
to ensure a good score if you’re short of time.
Revision keys are simple study notes that made
by dividing every subject into 10 and 12 topics and revised every week. With almost
three weeks left for the exams each topic should be revised thrice before
“However the only condition for success with
revision notes is that your concepts must be crystal clear. You have to work
hard for the entire year for the last one month to be fruitful,” he adds.
It is not only important that students learn
topics thoroughly but also be able to reproduce it in their exams. While
working on revision notes students can summarise in writing what they have
learnt and memorised. Writing skills make or break scores and those with good
writing skills and beautiful, legible handwriting can always manage some extra
Another important thing is discipline and time
management. Isha Rawat, now a student of Class 11, non-medical Government Model
Senior Secondary School, Sector 37B; who scored 98 % in last year’s Class 10
boards, says, “Time management is one aspect of discipline. One can study early
in the morning or late in the evening.” The time one chooses should be in
accordance with the body’s biorhythm. “Human bodies have an internal clock
which is adjusted to our daily schedule. Identification of biorhythm is very
important before one draws up a time table as it will lead to good results with
least efforts,” she says.
“Physical activity is very important as it
gives a boost to hormones which help us to concentrate and learn better.
However, it should be limited in the last one month before exams because
students cannot afford to expend more than half of their energy on physical
activity. It’s important to note that physical activity should be regulated,
not restricted,” adds Kapoor.
A good parent-child relationship is important
to keep students motivated. “A parent should be like that one credible person
in the life of the child. He or she should be able to talk to the child about
his or her weaknesses and strengths. It’s very important to have trust in this
relationship. Parents should understand that in the last one month they cannot
force the child to start studying but instead talk them into doing what’s best
for them. This should be followed by positive reinforcement rather than
punishment. For instance, if your child scores 60% appreciate his or her
efforts and if possible give him or her small gift. That will whet their
appetite for improving their performance. Always remember, motivation works
like magic,” adds Kumar.
Another problem children share with him, Kumar
says, is that parents have the habit of comparing them with other children. “It
is very demotivating for children to be compared with someone else. Every child
is naturally different and unique. Everyone has their own capabilities and
weaknesses. Supportive parents will help work on the strengths and weaknesses
of the child. Comparison between the children is a strict no-no,” he says.
Technology: Yes or no?
When asked about the queries he received as a
councillor in schools, Kumar said parents were curious about technology usage.
“Technology is very important. Your children must not be deprived of technology
because it will be a defining element in their future. You should instead
regulate usage by your ward,” he advises
TIPS FROM TOPPERS
Isha Rawat, a student of Class 11, non-medical
Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37B, shares how she prepared
for her Class 10 examinations in 2017. “My main focus was on National Council
of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). I revised all subjects before
February and by the end made small notes for quick revision.”
She extended her time for studies and revision
to six to seven hours before the final examinations, “every subject for at
least one hour each,” Rawat adds.
Short outdoor breaks were important too so she
played badminton or walked in the park.
“I feel the main problem students face is the
distraction on Whatsapp groups. But I did not have a phone,” she concludes.
On the day before an exam Rawat revised all
the important topics.