Board Exams Preparation – Hard work Plus ‘Smart-work’

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With Board exams, just around the corner, there is no doubt that prospective students need to put in a lot of hard work. This column doesn’t intend to scare the already panic stricken students. According to Mr S Bhandari, principal, Rishikesh Public School, “The first and foremost thing is the students should not panic, neither during the preparation nor while writing the exam.”

Students should remember, that, there is no shortcut to hard work, but, some ‘smart-work’, which, when coupled with ‘hard work’ can definitely enable candidates to prepare effectively, perform efficiently and score meritoriously.

Listed below are some points which candidates can keep in mind while preparing for Board exams:

  • Study the topics according to the syllabus prescribed by the Board. The weightage that each topic carries should identify the detail with which the topic should be studied. Sometimes, students waste time getting into details that are less relevant.
  • Preparing brief notes at the time of preparation can help students, later on, during the time of revision.

For example, for English, make a list of authors of different texts, with concise details about them. Similarly, for Mathematics, a list of formulas and theorems can be useful.

  • Solving question papers from previous years can help students be well acquainted with the pattern and general difficulty level of the exam. Practicing the past years’ papers can also help them get a hold on their time management skills as well.

Candidates preparing for board exams need to put an extensive number of hours of preparation every day, especially in this one month, prior to the exam, which is extremely crucial. Some prefer to wake up early in the morning while others prefer staying up late night to study while waking up relaxed in the morning. However, in both situations, students tend to have a very strong urge to get back to bed.

The following steps might prove to be helpful during such situations:

  • Sit as far away as possible from your bed. Students who prefer to study with blankets wrapped around at these colder times are more likely to fall asleep. So always sit upright at a study table.
  • Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee. Repeat it whenever you feel drowsy.
  • Play music at a low volume, it will keep you going.
  • Try not to study theory heavy subjects at this time, as they tend to make one fall asleep even faster. Keep Mathematics, Accounts, Physics or any other practical subject for this time.


Working hard is the only way forward, especially when the competition is as tough as this one. Listed below are some tips which can give students an added advantage while writing the exams, and make sure that their answer sheet is more appealing to the examiner.

  • English/Hindi – Reference the name of the author, whenever you use direct quotations in your answers.
  • Mathematics – Make a column for rough work on the same sheet as the question. This will enable the examiner how the answer has been worked out. Don’t forget to write the names of theorems and formulas used.
  • Theory Subjects – Make the answers easy to read for the examiner by summarizing in points format with a brief explanation to each point. The number of points and explanation in an answer should depend upon the number of marks the respective question carries.
  • Use certain keywords from the text and don’t forget to underline important words.
  • Physics/Chemistry – Definitions cannot be changed. You need to learn them and write them as it is. Do not make a mistake by not capitalizing the names of different laws. For instance – Newton not newton (Tip form Mrs Bedi, senior Physics teacher and coordinator, Rishikesh Public School)
  • Biology – Supplement your answers with diagrams. They help the examiner get an overview of the answer.
  • Economics – Use well labelled and self-explanatory graphs to supplement answers wherever possible.

Here’s wishing all the candidates the very best for the upcoming exams.

Happy Studying!

February 16, 2017

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