Board exams, unsurprisingly, are the most critical times for any school going kid. No matter how much progress you make in your career, your board exams’ mark sheet would always remain the first reflection of your academic abilities. Add to that the fact that IIMs give serious weightage to your score in the board examinations and you would realize that all the hoopla around the examinations is indeed correct!
The ever high expectations of parents and close relatives (thanks to our Indian culture!) add to the pressure over the kid who is writing the exam. While we know you all would be well prepared to come out with flying colours, we have done our bit by preparing a list of last minute strategies that would help you get an edge over the others!
Previous papers are the key
Solving as many previous year papers as you can holds the key to high scores. Apart from the possibility of getting a repeated question, you would also understand the kind and pattern of questions that the examiner may frame.
Revise, Revise and Revise
Even the most genius people on the face of earth won’t be able remember things in the first reading. The more times you read the same text, the greater are the chances of this text entering into your permanent memory from your temporary memory. While revising, rather than trying to memorize each and every word, you can just read through the text in a swift manner and it would work.
Nothing new at the end
While trying to cover up as much syllabus as we can, we make a grave mistake of trying our hands at new concepts and questions in the last few days before the exams. This practice can be extremely detrimental to the student. Not only does it eat up time that should have been utilized in revisions, but this also has the potential to confuse you days before the examinations.
Non-stop study is harmful
Be mindful of the fact that your body needs time to refresh. If you have been studying a stressful subject for a stretch of 3-4 hours, try and take a small break, listen to a song or switch to a lighter subject or questions such as fill in the blanks. Doing this would ensure that your body and mind remains fresh for a longer period of time, saving you from the mental burn out.
Don’t eat junk food during the examinations
Unlike school examinations which take place within a week, board examinations can be a lengthy affair with big gaps in between consecutive papers. While you would always have an urge of grabbing that one burger or French fries, you must stay away from junk food as much as you can during the examinations. Eating home cooked food not only decreases the chances of falling ill, it also keeps your body fresh and light, which is imperative for you.
If you follow these steps with dedication, you won’t be much far from success. Stay calm and believe in yourself! If you have some other tips that worked for you personally, don’t forget to share them in the comments below.