In a country like India, students are judged on the basis of the marks that they score in the board exams. While this is definitely not a good practice, the fact is that there is very little that we can do about the same. You or I cannot change the entire education system altogether. All that we can do is to adjust ourselves to deal with the challenges that society throws at us.
It is an undeniable fact that the amount of pressure that society puts on students appearing for their board exams is huge. To deal with the same, most students start preparing for their exams months before the scheduled date. While this is a healthy practice, the challenge arises when one has to revise all that he or she has studied for months in a matter of days (or sometimes even hours).
This is definitely not a child's play and the situation is all the way more complicated, since the people writing the board exams are young teenagers who do not have any real experience of life. To help these students cope with the immense pressure of board exams, here is a compilation of ten most important tips.
1. Make The House Look Exam Like
This begins with setting up sticky notes all over the house (or the places where you are bound to spend most of your waking hours in. This is all the way more important if you have formulae or other things that you need to mug up. Seeing them day in and day out will ensure that they remain in your memory for longer. You can also put up your study schedule or exam routine in a similar manner. Seeing your to-do list throughout the day will motivate you to stick to it.
2. Do Not Starve
While studying is important, it is equally important to give your body the nutrition that it deserves. That way your brain will be able to focus on what is being told to it and it will be able to recall what has been learnt and retain all of it better. This will ensure that you will score well in the board exams.
3. Sleep Well
While eating and drinking are important, it is equally important to give your body, rest. Hence make sure that you get 5-6 hours of sleep even on the days when you have exams. If this is not ensured, there is a chance that you will forget all that you have revised and all your hard work will go in vain. Hence make it a habit to sleep for an optimum number of hours every day.
4. Sit On A Proper Desk
While it is okay to study a new concept in bed, it is a bad habit to revise the same in the bed. This is because this time, while revising, you already know the content and things might get a tad bit boring for you. In such a situation, if you are in bed, chances of you dozing off is much higher than if you are sitting upright in a chair and table.
5. Don’t Merely Read
While revising, you might feel lazy to pen down everything. Do not give in. Remember for things like formulae or important concepts, it is always a good practice to note it down in pen and paper as a part of the revision sessions. That way you will remember things much better.
6. Do Not Procrastinate
It is a very bad idea to put off revision until the very last moment. That way you will build up a lot of unnecessary pressure for yourself which in turn will hinder the process of revision for you. Hence make sure that you start your revision at least a couple of weeks before the commencement of your board exams.
7. Set The Right Ambience
Remember that no matter how easy a subject is, it is a bad idea to revise the same in front of the TV or radio. Listing to some light music while revising numerical concepts may be acceptable, but you must be able to draw the line with respect to how much is too much. However, if you are listening to music, make sure that you do not hum to the same. Doing so will affect your concentration as the human brain is designed to perform best when it subjected to multi-tasking.
8. Keep Away From Pessimistic Thoughts
While going for revision it is important that you do the same with a positive outlook on life. Try to keep all negative thoughts at bay before you begin to revise. At this point it might be wise to keep away from that pessimistic friend of yours as well. Spending too much time with him or her will make your train to thoughts turn for the negative and that is something which is definitely not advisable at this point.
9. Solve Lots Of Practice Papers
In order to know where you stand in your preparation for the board exams the best thing that you can do is to solve tones of practice papers. You can also go for solving the previous five year's exam papers. This will ensure that you are familiar with the pattern of the board exams and when you get your actual question paper in hand you will know exactly what to do with it. This habit of solving practice papers will go a long way in ensuring that you ace your board exams.
10. Take Short Breaks
The human mind is programmed to have an attention span that lasts for a certain amount of time. Do not try to pull it by exerting yourself. Instead investing your time in taking short breaks while you revise for your upcoming board exams is a good idea. This will ensure that you retain a greater quantity of what you study which, in turn, will ensure that you score better marks in the upcoming board exams.