How To Prepare For Pre Board Exams In 10 Days
Your CBSE 2017 board exams would take place in March 2017 and these days, you would be getting geared up for taking the penultimate test - the pre-board exams being conducted by your schools, to check your preparation levels.
Students have varying attitudes towards the pre-board exams. Some take it very seriously, almost as seriously as the boards. While some students treat the pre-boards in a very casual manner, since it is not THE exam itself.
Our take is that the pre-boards are an opportunity – an excellent chance to gauge where you stand as compared to other students in your class. And why just compare yourselves with others; pre-boards are the best way to measure how effective your board preparation has been till now. They act as a wake-up call and help you plan your days ahead:
• A good pre-board score (75-90%) indicates that you’ve been doing things the right way. Though, it is NOT a signal to sit back and rest on your laurels!
• A not-so-good pre-board score (55-70%) is a sign that you’ve been lagging in your preparation and that you need to start studying at full throttle to get a decent score in your boards.
• A bad pre-board score (less than 50 %) is a cause for worry. You definitely need to pull up your socks and get your act together!
We bring to you some pre-board preparation tips that will help you keep your cool & crack pre-boards 2017!
Keep calm & cover your syllabi!
Irrespective of which bracket out of the three aforementioned categories you fall in, it is time to set aside panic, anxiety and fear and focus on what lies ahead. Concentrate on covering your entire course material instead of losing sleep over what your results would be. Instead of stopping every other moment to wonder how bad your pre-board performance will be, utilise that time to cover another chapter!
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Plan & prioritise
If you feel that there is no way you’d be able to finish your syllabus in time for the pre-boards, then chalk out the most important and difficult topics that you should cover in each subject. Prioritise which chapters should be covered keeping in mind the upcoming board exams 2017. But make sure you cover the left-out topics after your pre-boards. You don’t want to take chances with the big exam now, do you?
Practice does make perfect
This adage sounds clichéd but there’s no avoiding the truth in it! Stock up on as many sample papers as you can and practice at least one a day. But make sure that you take these tests in conditions similar to an actual pre-board exam i.e. finish taking the test within the stipulated time. Reviewing your answer sheet is more critical. Mark your answers according to the CBSE marking scheme. Identify areas where you need improvement, work on them.
(Also read: 5 ways to keep your brain sharp)
Exercise, eat & sleep right
A research conducted by Dr Charles Hillman at the University of Illinois showed that after a 30-minute stint on the treadmill, students actually do up to 10 % better at problem solving. Exercise is a proven and ideal “brain-builder”. Aerobic activity gets your heart beat up and stimulates thinking. So as a daily practice - go out, take a walk, kick a ball around and come back refreshed to study.
Similar research shows that students learn better when they’re well nourished. Eat healthy for better memory retention, alertness and faster information processing. Skip the junk food & sugary fizzy drinks when you’re studying, they’d make you sluggish & slow you down. Instead take your meals on time and snack on healthy options like roasted chana (nuts), almonds & fruits.
Don’t compromise with your sleep time. Sleeping helps you consolidate whatever you’ve learnt in a day. Lack of sleep can therefore have a detrimental effect on your studies. 6-7 hours of restful sleep and you’ll be as good as new the next day!
(Also read: 8 foods to increase your brainpower)
Last word of advice: Treat the pre-board exams as a part of your preparation for the board exams. Pre-boards are meant to help you and not stress you out. Make full use of this opportunity!