Science as we all know is a very practical based field of study. Mere mugging up of the formulae will not get you anywhere. Since the application of what you study is something that you see all around, it is all the way more important for you to be able to apply what you learn inside the classroom to the world beyond. Since time immemorial Indian students have been really good at grasping concepts that are taught inside the classroom. When it comes to applying the same to the world beyond, they falter. To bridge this gap, a couple of decades ago, the human resource department of the country introduced practical learning as a part of the board exams. Now comes the problem wherein students who are really good in academics loose out in terms of marks.
To avoid such a thing from happening and to ensure that you are able to apply what you learn inside the classroom to the world beyond, there are certain things that must be borne in mind, While this holds good throughout the year, it makes all the way more sense to implement the same when you have just days to go for your board exams. Here is a list of tips for students who are going to take on the board exams in the near future.
Make Sure That You Revise Your Experiments Well
Since it has been months since you had conducted the experiment, chances are that you had forgotten some details about the same. Make sure that you go through your notes and laboratory manuals properly, before you turn up for the exam. If you are still unsure about how to conduct the experiment, try to watch videos on the same. These days there are a number of you tube videos for all the experiments that may appear in your board exam practical subjects.
Write What You Read
It is a good practice to write down the formulae and other details while revising. That way you will retain better and it can be ensured that you do not make small and careless mistakes in the examination. Even if you think that you are confident about a particular topic, it is a good practice to write it down.
Talk To Your Seniors
Since it is practical exams that we are talking about, the best way to deal with the same is to talk to those people who have had practical experience of the same. Hence make it a point that you discuss your practical exams with your school seniors at least a couple of days before the actual exams. The tips that these people give you will go a long way in ensuring that you score well in your exam.
Calibrate Your Instrument
If the subject that we are talking about is Physics, then it is understood that there will be a lot of measurements involved. A small change in the value that we have calculated may result in a large change in the value of the final result (this is true in cases where the final result is a square or cube quantity of what we measure). Hence in order to arrive at the correct result make sure you calibrate your potentiometer, voltmeter and all other measuring appliances.
Draw Neat Diagrams
For almost any practical exam, you will have to draw diagrams. Make sure that you do the same very neatly. You do not have to be very elaborate and go for coloured pens and all of that. Just ensure that you use a sharp pencil and that the diagram looks neat as a whole. Moreover try to make sure that you have done the labeling correctly and that you have not missed out on any of the relevant and necessary details.
Make Yourself Comfortable
If the practical exam is conducted in a venue that is not your school, chances are that you will not be very comfortable with the unfamiliar lab. Remember that no one will come out of their ways to make you feel at home there. Hence make an effort on your part to make yourself feel at home in the new lab so that you will be able to focus on the experiment at hand.
There Is More Than Mere Arriving At The Result Of An Experiment
In subjects like Biology and Chemistry many students fear that they may not arrive at the correct result while conducting the experiment on the day of the exam and they end up worrying themselves sick about the same. Remember, there are a lot of other parameters that you will be judged on. This includes how you conduct the experiment, the documentation of the experiment, the way you answer the viva voce questions and the laboratory record that you have maintained throughout the year. Hence even if you do not arrive at the correct result on that particular day, there is nothing to panic.
Do Not Try To Manipulate The Results
In subjects like Physics sometimes you know what the result is supposed to be. In case you are not getting that value, do not try to manipulate the figures that you put down on the papers. There might be hundreds of reasons why you are not getting the value that you were getting while performing the experiment in class. If you just put down random values, chances are that you will be caught by the examiners in a matter of minutes.
Take Multiple Readings
In case of both Physics as well as Chemistry, the only way to arrive close to the desired result is by taking multiple readings. For titrations in Chemistry it is a good practice to perform the same experiment at least three to five times and then take the average of all the readings.
Be Confident About What You Answer
This is all the way truer in context of the viva voce section of the paper. It is often seen that a student knows a lot (this reflects on their theory marks) about a particular subject but he or she is unable to answer the same when asked directly. If you are one such person then it is high time now that you address your fears right now. If you do not do so, chances are that you will lose out on the marks.