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7 ways to study for board exams

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Studying for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) board exams and looking for new ways to learn? Study tips for the upcoming board exams are listed below.

Group study - learn by teaching others1. Teaching others

Try putting together a study group. Each person should have his or her own strengths and ways to contribute. Take advantage of this by teaching each other. Are you good at English? Lead a discussion about a chapter from your English literature textbook. Then let others in the group help you by asking questions about the subjects in which they excel.

You may find that teaching others actually reinforces material for you, not just for those you're helping.

(Read: Here's a shortcut to score well in your board exams!)

2. Practice

Have you been solving sample problems and exercises to prepare for the board exams? Remember that the act of repetition can be helpful once it comes to exam day - you should recall doing similar problems and have the confidence of knowing you've done this before. Being prepared should reduce exam stress, which can hinder your test performance. If you've consistently practiced, you should be retaining information. This is easy to find out by completing and grading yourself on any and all exercise and sample papers. Assess your progress by marking according to the CBSE marking scheme. Giving yourself this immediate feedback on how much you know helps you focus on where you need to strengthen performance.

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3. Discuss

Similar to teaching others, discussion is another way of studying for boards. This forces you to articulate what you know about a particular subject. Talking out loud, like teaching others, can help reinforce material in a different way than practice tests. It may be more suited to certain subjects, such as literature, but look for ways to apply this method to other subjects. Review chemistry concepts verbally with a study group, or ask each other practice questions.

4. Watch demonstrations

Have demonstrations in class helped illustrate concepts for you? If you know that this type of learning works for you, seek out more examples. Videos online might help solidify a biology or physics topic. Visual learners may find these kinds of demonstrations particularly helpful in studying for board exams.

5. Study diagrams

Another technique that might be beneficial to visual learners is studying diagrams. Look for diagrams in your textbooks and online to reinforce concepts that may normally be described in prose. Seeing an illustration of a concept you're having trouble understanding in words could help you to both comprehend the information and remember it.

6. Listen to lectures

Listening to lectures can help students who learn well from what they hear. There's also the added benefit of asking questions. Consider looking for lecture recordings, if those are available to you. This can be a helpful way to learn by hearing even when you're not in the classroom.

7. Read

One of the simplest ways to study for your CBSE board exams is to read. While it may seem like a basic study tip, consider how much you can do - highlight, underline, take notes, bookmark important pages and reread. Study effectively by being organized with your time and content. Make an effort to write out definitions and highlight significant passages. You can even color code information by using different highlighters. By doing these things, you can cut down on time later and allow yourself to review quickly. When you need to reread certain sections, make sure to take note of what was difficult to understand or remember the first time.

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