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Exams. Does this tiny little five letter word create a stress-busting emotion bubbling inside? Does it create a sickness that you just won’t recover from? Relax! Exams happen to all of us, but there are certain tricks and techniques that are a sure way for getting good grades. Constant studying without the right methods will give you an average score that everyone gets; but that doesn’t really get you all elated and satisfied, does it now? There’s a little something extra that every topper does for scoring the uncommon figure of 100 per cent.

Have upcoming class 12 examinations? No worries! We are here to help you with some simple yet crucial tips that will help you to squeeze the last mark from your exam paper.

Where to study?
It is important to study in the right place where the surroundings are quiet and peaceful. A library or maybe a well-lit tidy room is a must, along with a desk and chair. Make sure there is the least amount of noise and that you don’t end up slouching on your bed while studying. That is a very destructive habit that might get you falling asleep!

How to study?
Studying can be a daunting task; however, there are memory aids like diagrams or mnemonics that are a sure way to remember your subject topics.

•Subjects like math and accounts need a lot of practice. It wouldn’t be wise to study one day before the paper for such subjects where you need a thorough and quick hand at problematic sums.
•You can use other techniques like  mind mapping, which helps you
to remember things in an organic way unlike the linear pattern to list
important study matter. Coloured pens should be used to highlight important points in your books.These make the brain absorb facts way faster!
•College notes should be well  preserved as they are of great help for last minute revision.
•Work through past board papers. Time yourself while you solve them. They will get you well acquainted with what the board examination will be like .

Revision plan:It is important to make a revision plan or you might just end up losing some really precious time. It is recommended to start studying at least a month before the exam dates. Draw up a weekly revision plan and allot enough time for each subject.

•Plan your time carefully – and give more time to difficult subjects.
•Revise often and concentrate on your weak subjects.
•Put the plan up in a place that is in your vicinity so that you are not laid
back about your revision. If it’s a last minute revision, do not panic; there is still time to make up for better grades. You just need to prioritise and give it a shot. Don’t stay up all night studying, being overtired will get you nowhere. Keep your cool, concentrate on your existing strong topics rather than crying over the tough, unknown ones.

Exams. Nervous much?
Nervousness is a very common feeling before your boards. Let the adrenalin calm down by knowing that there is life after exams. It’s not the end of the world.

•Allow yourself some fun time every day, so you don’t lose your vigour as
the exams drive closer.
•Avoid ‘competing’. It is a nasty habit when we try to outwit our mates. Compete with yourself, not with others. Those “Oh my God, I haven’t even touched half the chapters of economics that you’ve already revised twice!” conversations are such a waste. Do not panic and waste time.
• Sleep well. An eight-hour sleep is mandatory for the brain to work fresh the next day. Do not study under the blankets. Your bed is a refuge from stress, not your desk.
•Exercise regularly as it makes the mind fitter.
•Eat right – Have a proper diet consisting of fruits and vegetables. No one can think straight on coffee and Red Bull; instead drink plenty of water.

How do I get through during my exams?
Be calm and prepared for your boards. Organise yourself the night before the paper and get your 8-hour sleep.

•Make sure you take pencils, pens, a ruler and eraser.
•Remember your seat number well.
•Wear a watch so you don’t lose track of time while answering the papers.
•Read the questions carefully and answer according to the marks
allotted.
•Before attempting long answers, take a couple of minutes to figure out the structure plan of your answer.
•Write neatly and give yourself 10 minutes in the end to verify your paper and correct the mistakes.

What should I do post-examinations?
It’s very common for students to get anxious and start discussing their papers with friends. You’re not the only one who is panicky. If you have a paper coming up, do not worry about the previous one, revise well for your next paper. If class 12 boards have come to an end, try making the most out of your vacations. Board examinations are history now!

-Suhani Mardia

Volume 1 , Issue 7

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