Tips for board exams

UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION WELL

Understand the question well and answer only that much that has been asked. Don’t write everything that you know.

If a question says – Give definition of electric current.Write the definition only (with mathematical expression).

A question says – Draw a ray diagram for a telescope.Just draw a diagram and label it. Don’t write any other thing (Description about Telescope etc.)

A student often wastes lot of time in writing unnecessary things and at the end feels as if the allotted time was not justified

START WITH YOUR BEST

First impression is the last impression and the same is true for your Exam paper also. If the examiner gets a good first impression of you, it can only work in your favor. Therefore, the first answer that you write, take extra precaution to make sure there are no careless mistakes, cancellations or any turn-offs that will create a bad impression. Also, attempting questions in order is preferable but not necessary.

The examiner is only human and if he/she feels that you know your subject matter perfectly, then he/she may automatically tend to overlook some minor mistakes you make later in the paper

PRESENT YOUR PAPER WELL

If you present your paper well (Writing solutions with proper steps, Highlighting important things), it makes it easier for the examiner to award you marks. Few students waste time in decorating their paper with sketch pens etc. This is not needed.

The trick is to give the examiner the confidence that you know what you are writing.

ANSWER IN YOUR OWN WORDS

It is quite tedious and hectic to memorize answers in text book language. Students often waste a lot of time while studying in order to memorize text book sentences. Student should focus on understanding and always try to write answers in their own words.

This reassures the examiner that you have understood your subject well.

ANSWER IN POINTS

In subjective papers, examiners have to read a lot of text. Many answer sheets contain long blocks of text which are very inconvenient for the examiners to check. Whenever possible, write your answers in bullet points one below the other. Always write short paragraphs with just enough explanation of each point: not too much, not too little. For a 2 or 3 mark question two or three points will be good enough even if you know many.

This way the examiner can easily locate whether you have mentioned important things or not.

WRITE SMALL SENTENCES

Many of our Teachers who have also been board moderators say that this single mistake can cause good students to lose up to 4-5 marks in the paper. Make sure you do not make this mistake. A lengthy sentence containing lots of ifs, buts, ands, etc. should be avoided. A small sentence (particularly in Science, Maths, Social Studies) conveys the meaning effectively.

Bad writing

There are a number of ways to impress your marker with your writing, perhaps the most important goal is the importance of writing clearly because clarity allows complex ideas to be understood. Shorter sentences are often the clearest, much clearer than long sentences.

Good writing

There are a number of ways to impress your marker with your writing. Writing clearly is perhaps the most important goal. Clarity allows complex ideas to be understood. Shorter sentences are often much clearer than long sentences, which can easily go wrong.

PAY ATTENTION TO SUBJECT SPECIFIC DETAILS

In all Math and Science papers, writing the proper units is one of the most important things. Presentation of the solution of any sum of Algebra should be done systematically with proper statements, formula wherever applicable and complete step by step solving. Scale is important while drawing a diagram. Highlighting the final answer is compulsory in any sum of Algebra. In ray diagrams, circuit diagram arrows are important.

For objective type question, rewrite the complete statements with underlined answer.

WRITE REASONS SEPARATELY

Consider this question – A horizontal wire is having current in north direction. It is placed in a magnetic field pointing vertically downward. What is direction of magnetic force on the wire and Why ?

Answer should be written like this : Ans – Direction of force on the wire – West

Reason : Direction of Magnetic force is perpendicular to plane formed by direction of current and magnetic field . When we curl our right hand fingers from North to downward direction the thumb points towards West.

DRAW SIMPLE & NEAT DIAGRAM

The goal of drawing a diagram in any SSC paper is to show the examiner that you know the name and location of various parts. Many students lose marks because their diagrams are too complicated. A simple, clear diagram that you can draw in a minute or two is much better than an artistic diagram with too much detail. The labeling must be in FULL CAPS and the diagram should have a Title.

PRACTICE NO.OF TESTS BEFORE FINAL EXAM
“Remember Keep up the winning attitude” – Because to win you don’t need size- you need only winning attitude.

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