The Board exams are nearing every day and if you are among the students are giving them, then it must be a stressful time. We at Brainpundits have come up essential tips for preparing for board exams. Read on.
Essential Tips for Preparing for Board Exams
I remember the time when I gave my board exams. It was a stressful time as preparing for them while maintaining expectations – both from self and others – are tough to juggle. If you are also feeling stressed and feel that it is getting too overwhelming, then this post will be of great help!
We are here to help by providing you with essential tips for the final preparation. So, here they are:
First of all, you’ll need to organize your study space. Make sure you have enough space in your room to spread your textbooks and your notes. A good study table and a comfortable chair is also an essential part of the study space. Try to keep distractions like TV and other electronics away for a productive study session.
A Proper Schedule
After you have a good study space, you need to make a thorough schedule for the remaining days. Know your weak topics and prepare a timetable accordingly to improve them first.
Now, this tip varies from people to people as some like to study at night and others in the day but the main idea is to have an organized timetable and following it religiously. An ideal time-table should have short breaks in between study sessions and also by the end of the overall schedule a revision session.
Goal Oriented Sessions
Speaking of study sessions, they should also be goal oriented. Set a goal for each session that you have to do. For example, if its maths then set a goal to practice these many questions or if its concept-based subjects then set a goal to understand the chapter properly.
This helps one feel a sense of progress in terms of preparation and makes one feel confident about taking the exams.
Using Study Techniques
There are two techniques you can use for an effective study session: The POMODORO technique and the Feynman technique.
POMODORO is a time management technique for you to get the best out of your schedule. You’ll need to first divide topics of your subject into sessions of 25 mins. For example, if you feel you can finish one topic of Physics in 2 hours then that would be 4 sessions of 25 mins.
You set a time of 25 mins and then focus only on the topic without exception – no phones, no computers or any other distraction. After 25 mins take a 5 min break. After that begin the next session. You then divide the whole day into these small sessions. It is one of the most efficient ways of learning and being productive.
Feynman Technique, in an earlier post we have covered this technique. But overall it helps in deepening your understanding of what you already know. When you think you have completely understood your topic, then this technique kicks in. You then try to write in your own words what is the topic about.
Write in a way that you are teaching the topic to someone else. You could also make a flow-chart or a graph about the topic. You can also use this method to explain things to your friends – which will help not only your friends but yourself too.
You could also form a study group with your friends. You will find it easier to discuss the topic with your friends, who can help you to fix the problem areas and introduce you to better study techniques.
Those areas that may seem confusing to you might be easier for your friends. They will share their notes on that particular section which may help you to understand better. But make sure the group you select should benefit you in learning rather than wasting time where others themselves are not clear on concepts.
It is also necessary for you to go through previous years paper of the board exams to know the pattern and question types of a subject to get your well prepared.
You should also go through various CBSE sample papers, especially for Maths and Science subjects in order to maximize the chances of getting a perfect score.
Writing the right way
You also need practice how you write your answers in board exams. Apart from having legible writing, you also need to be effective in writing the answers. While maths and science-based questions are easier to do as it involves fixed steps.
The essay type questions on other subjects can get tricky. For short questions, be precise and to the point. For long essay type questions, divide the answer into sections with sub-headings.
Taking Breaks and Rest
You also need to take of your health while your preparing for the board exams. It is important to think about these exams as just another exam. Keep a balanced routine and keep your eating and sleeping habits in check. There’s no point of these exams if you get sick or get too stressed so that you’re not fit enough to take your boards.
In the end, it is important to say to yourself that these are just another exam and will not determine your life. While it is okay to do well in them but it’s not necessary as there are various things in life than these boards.
So, take a deep breath and say to yourself, it is just an exam. And you just have to do the best that you can. Simple. Till then cheers, good luck for the exams and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!
We all agree that if we could have scored better in test then it would have been better. We sit all day and night studying very hard for examination but upon receiving an average or below average score we become disappointed. Here are some effective study hacks that can help you score better in your exams
Easy and Effective Study Hacks
Study the test and its structure
Often what we do is buy books and start studying for an exam. This is not an effective way of studying. The best way is to understand the structure of the test before starting the questions. For example, one can start studying questions asked in test and identify topics in assigned books.
Mnemonics are wonderful tools to remember intricate/useful details. They help in easy retrieval of details during exam time. For example, one can use mnemonics such as BODMAS which stands for Bracket, Of, Division, Multiplication, Addition, and Subtraction.
Stick to a routine
It is essential to stick to a routine as it allows proper rest and recovery to absorb details in the long-term memory block of our mind. Hence studying one or two days before the exam does not produce a very good score.
Have daily targets, not time-based targets
Many students inquire how many hours to study to get a good score. This approach is an incorrect approach instead one should assign daily targets to self-earlier.
Read Recall Recite and Write
After Reading any text you can decide to write, recall and recite in front of your peer/parents. This helps you use information in different ways which can help in remembering.
Practice mock tests
This enables you to simulate the test environment. This helps us notice unforeseen and not examined issues which may crop up during exam time. For example: for a math test one may get to know how much time utilized calculating.
It helps the following routine and adhering to self-imposed rules when it comes to studying. This avoids procrastination and gets our work done on time.
Playing any sport
Research shows that inculcating a fitness activity is good for your mind/cognition. Also engaging in activities that promote physical exertion. Healthy mind and body. So, when you are taking a break from studying then probably best to play any sport.
Change the environment
Research shows improvement in learning if you change your environment. However, the environment should be less distracting. For example, studying sometimes under the tree in a park can be useful if quiet.
Use the Pomodoro Technique
Pomodoro Technique is a good study hack makes you more productive, based on research it was found that productivity gets depleted after 25 mins of studying. Hence you should take a break of about 5 – 10 mins and then get back to studying as it replenishes you back to 100 percent. You can use it to study for anywhere between 25 – 50 mins and then take a break.
Use the Feynman technique
One of the best methods to study is Feynman technique which is teaching someone what you have learned or understood. The basic idea behind it is that if you aren’t able to explain a concept to someone then you never understood it better. You can find people to help you explain the concept or practice explaining yourself in front of the mirror.
Do not study a few days before the exam
Studying some days before the exam is not going to help. Studying a day before the exam might make you pass but certainly cannot get good marks. Memory takes repetitions and effort to get stored for long term. Best is to study by making plan well beforehand and execute targets according to plan.
If you follow these awesome and effective study hacks, you can get better marks in your test. The most important point here is to start the earliest.
Books are gateways to understanding language, exploring ideas, improving linguistic cognition and increasing imagination. However, many times we forget what we read. We all wish that we could get more out what we read. This becomes apparent when we either should read a book to prepare for test or work on self-development goals or improve ourselves.
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Be it any case we all wish to get more out books we read. Here some hacks to get most of what we read in the first time itself.
1. Reading a book entails most importantly what you want to get out it. So, ask yourself what are your topics and areas of concern which you have currently embarked on. Write it down on a piece of paper. If you don’t know where to begin a good place to start would be previous years’ test papers.
2. Read the preface and index very carefully to see topics and areas of concern are matching list you just wrote. Now, mark the topics given in the list in the book you are wanting to read.
3. Understand what must be done first. Number the list in form of priority of what must be done first. If no such priority is there then read from the initial topic that is marked in the book.
4. Read with pencil not marker as with a pencil you can write on the book there itself. Underline what you feel is important for your exam. If terms aren’t explained well then write meanings of those terms, there itself between spaces given in the text. One can use arrows to highlight super important terms or concepts.
5. Use of stick notes to highlight important topics or highlight important chapters. This essentially allows one to visit the important chapters and concepts during exam time.
6. Make short notes of the facts and details which are useful for examination. So that your revision of facts and details are crisp and fast which will allow you to retain more facts.
7. After going through the book one time. You now have underlined what is important, written important details in between text, used stick notes to highlight important concepts and chapters and written most of the facts as short notes. Now you must prioritize and revise accordingly.
This is how your book should be looking after reading it:
This will allow you ease of access and strengthen your ability to grasp more out of the book your reading. Next time when you’re in need to revise or go back to book to look for essential information, you can easily get it as you know where to find what you are looking for.
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Memory is an important tool for understanding, reflecting, producing, reprocessing, various tasks most important of which is in one’s studies/ examination.
Sometimes when we go from our room to the kitchen with some intention we forget why we came to the kitchen in the first place. This probably has happened to most of us. Thankfully new research has enabled us to better learn and memorize terms.
Here are 10 hacks to enable you to memorize better:
1. Learning only what is important: our memory works in a way that it rejects some information and absorbs mostly which we produce or process. Hence underlining/highlighting can reduce mental effort to recognize what is important.
2. Spaced repetition: Spaced Repetition is a hack which can be used to acquire a lot of information and keep it retained in your long-term memory bank. How it works is as follows:
· Read a topic once
· Then revise it after 2 hours of learning/reading.
· Then revise it the next day. (24 hours)
· After a week.
· After a month.
3. Memory works best with associations: Memory works best with an association. If you are learning anything to remember to try to associate with whatever you have learned in past. This automatically reduces mental effort to remember something.
4. Auditory and Visual learning: Reading is not the only way one can absorb or remember. One can listen to information and imbibe It, for example in classrooms teachers often use visual aids to help remember. One can see informative videos or listen to information in form of audiobooks. Psychological research has proved that in some individuals the capacity for visual/auditory learning dominates over reading.
5. Take breaks: Research has shown that breaks improve memory formations. However, should be no more then 10 mins at a time. Above that will qualify for procrastination or time wastage. These breaks should be taken in between learning process.
6. Make notes: This is very important and a classic one. We have heard our parents/ teachers saying, ‘read and write’. But none of them ever explained why writing was important. When writing we are reprocessing and reproducing information this strengthens synapses in our brain. Writing something in your own words helps in retaining vital information.
7. Rehearsal: It is one of the best ways to remember something is trying to remember when going for a walk. This works on the principle of recalling where it strengthens our syntactical connections whereby it becomes easy to remember.
8. Understanding: Rote learning is based on repetition without understanding the text/information and is, therefore, an ineffective way to learn. Research has shown that understanding what we learn on a deeper level can reduce our time memorizing something. Hence understanding is key to memorizing.
9. Memory palace: This is one of the most effective techniques and a time-tested one. This technique has been used by competitors in World Memory Championship. In this one places information in his “palace”, this palace can be anything in one’s mind example his house, a place, room or it can be a series of events.
How to use memory palace? For example, if one must learn the names of all the major oceans of the world. One can associate his/her drawing room with the Pacific Ocean, corridor with the Atlantic Ocean, rooms with Antarctic and Arctic ocean. This way when one visits his drawing room which is biggest of all rooms will be the Pacific Ocean, the corridor would constitute figuratively Atlantic Ocean and rooms which both on top and bottom be the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans.
10. Mnemonics: Its always easier to create meaningful acronyms. This improves recollection. This can essentially help to memorize facts and figures (data which is hard to associate).
These hacks can better enable you to work, process – reprocess information and produce information during exam time. They also have less mental strain and will reduce working hours at the same time improving one’s productivity.