CBSE board exams are less than two months away as it starts from May 4th. Students must have completely dedicated the entire remaining period to revision and final preparation. Being a 12th standard student means immense pressure to score high so that you can get into good colleges. This pressure on top of a huge pile of syllabus, only results in stress. And trust me, this stress is not good for someone who is going to appear in board exams and especially score higher. Good scores for class 12 students usually mean 90% or even higher. Yes, this is the expected standard. But how easy is it to reach that high. Well, hate to break it down to you but it is not that easy. You need to have dedication and determination, if you are ready to put in the work then it can even be just a piece of cake. If you really want to score 90% or more below are tips and suggestions which can help you achieve your goal.
Set Small Goals
First and foremost you should know where you stand with your syllabus. This means competing with yourself. You can set small goals for yourself, to check how much you have taken up the syllabus and what is your present score. To do this, look at your past self, calculate your percentage from any previous exams, tests you have given. You can even take the past year question and solve the entire paper as if giving an exam. Check your answer sheet, now set that result as the benchmark and challenge yourself to score higher the next time. Suppose you scored 50% in this test, challenge yourself to score at least 55% or 60% percent in the next one. Keep setting these small goals for yourself and once you start overcoming the challenges you will have gotten a lot ahead than where you were in the beginning. This means by the time you appear for the real exam you can definitely score 90%.
Stick to NCERT
Believe me when I say NCERT textbook is your holy grail for the CBSE board. It is seen that many students divert their focus to reference books and other study materials once they start preparing for the boards. But no, stick to NCERT if you want to score higher marks. CBSE asks the questions from nowhere else but NCERT, so go through line by line, para by para and don’t leave a single page untouched. Go through concepts, every definition, examples, formulae, diagrams and exercises.
This doesn’t mean reference books are not useful at all, they are indeed useful, if you are planning to appear in entrance exams after the boards. But before that, your goal is to score 90% and to do that you have to stick to the NCERT.
Increased Study Hours with Time Management
Class 12 students must have heard this a thousand times, how important time management is. It cannot be emphasised more for CBSE board exams. If you really aim to score 90% or more you need to at least study for 8 to 10 hours. If you were previously studying for less than these hours you need to gear up and increase your dedicated time. During this time, focus more on your weak points. Keep studying them, until you are a hundred percent confident with the concept.
Studying 10 hours doesn’t mean no rest at all. During this time, always get 8 hours of sleep. It is very important to reset your mind so that you grasp what you learn. Study subjects you find tough in the morning so that you can retain them in your memory for longer.
The Night Before and the Day of the Exam
Sleep early the night before. Yes, you read it right! The night before the exam do not sit to study for hours and hours. Just revise whatever you still have little doubts about and keep your books aside. Rather indulge in some recreational activities to clear your mind. Playing some board games and music is great. Sleep extra early so that you get ample amount of sleep, this results in your brain being reset and fresh in the morning.
During the day of the exam, do not touch any long or new topics. Just give a brief and quick revision of your notes. Travel light to your exam centre i.e. do not carry any extra notes, textbooks and notebooks. Refrain from discussing topics with friends rather stay quiet and alone. Once you get the question papers read each question thoroughly and frame a format for your answer in the mind. Attempt long answer questions (5 marks) first. During the first half of the exam your mind is fresh so you can write answers for the 5 mark questions well and you can pay more attention to detail. If you leave them for later you may find yourself short for time.