THE LAST MINUTE RUSH

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Jan 2018 10:28:00


 

By shreeprakash sharma,


Comes the month of February and with that starts what we may call the hectic activities for the last month effort of preparing for the board examinations. Because the time period of last 28 days of February is very crucial for the students from the examination point of view. It is also because of the fact that only after these 28 days commences the final board examination. That is why quality of using of these 28 days decides how an aspirant ends up performing in much-feared and much-vital examination of his or her life.


Here are given 8 time-tested tips to best utilise the 28 days most important period of February month to excel in the examination;


  1. MAKE QUICK REVISION ON DAILY BASIS
    Given the time constraint, it is not the time now to go through new topics of the syllabi of various subjects. It is the time to revise the syllabi of various subjects on daily basis. It is better to chalk out a holistic plan to revise the subjects per day. While revising a subject on daily basis, student must be very careful of various concepts, formulae, facts and figures, diagrams and graphs and various other relevant dates and years. If a student plans to revise the entire syllabus of a subject on daily basis pattern then the much-needed confidence to face the examination gets easily built on as well as sustained for longer time.

  2. 2. TAKE AS MANY MOCK TESTS AS POSSIBLE
    Mock tests work as morale booster for the students. The performance of the students in these tests proves to be an eye-opener which shows the areas requiring more of hard labour and consistent practice. Mock tests during the last 28 days of February must be rigorously taken up chapter-wise and concept-wise. For this, solving questions given at the end of an exercise in a subject marks the best mock test. Because for answering those questions one needs to go through the entire chapter very carefully. Sometimes, concept-wise mock test too can be practiced. Concepts from entire syllabus of a book can be prepared well and then a mock-test can be taken thereof. This strategy accelerates the speed of learning, revising and retaining.

  3. 3. SEEK HELP OF SUBJECT TEACHER
    When examinations are very near a student must ensure that he does not have any confusion. In case of any confusion, students must consult a subject expert or the most easily available subject teacher. Lingering over confusion or waiting for the last day to get any such confusion cleared is very fatal.

  4. 4. MAKE A DAY-WISE PLAN
    In the wake of paucity of time availability for the preparation of examination, chalking out weekly or monthly plan at this stage is not a very judicious choice. Because at this juncture even a single day proves to be very crucial. So to get the maximum advantage from the limited time period it is very important to have a study plan which is based on daily-basis.
    Since February has only 28 days we must prepare plan so strategically that each day gives us most of the return. We have a total of 5 main subjects in the final examination. If student makes study plan on the daily basis, it is obvious that on an average each subject has almost five days. Devoting 5 days to prepare a subject at this time brings about most of the advantage.

  5. 5. MORE EMPHASIS ON THE NCERT BOOKS REVISION
    NCERT books at the secondary and senior secondary level classes are like the blue print of the questions that are asked in the final examination. But unfortunately many students avoid going through the NCERT books which do not augur well for the final performance of a student. NCERT books are the basic parameter of syllabus coverage on the basis of which rest of the books are written by various publications and authors in the market. When time is constrained and task is so vast then the best move is to go through the NCERT books at least for once. While going through NCERT books it is to be taken care that conceptual questions must be emphasised more minutely and seriously.

  6. 6. KNOW THE CHAPTERS WHICH MATTER MOST IN EACH BOOK
    Each prescribed book of board class has some chapters which are of more weightage than others. From the point of view marks, mastering these chapters well is very essential. Going through these chapters of high weightage pretty meticulously at this juncture helps a lot to score good marks.

  7. 7. FOCUS ON YOUR WEAKER AREAS
    Making in-depth analysis of entire syllabi of the board examinations is very urgent to know one’s stronger and weaker chapters. Some of the areas of syllabi are always hard nut to crack for the mastering of which we need to devote more time to them. One can practise answering more of the exercises from these books and take more of the mock tests to gain the confidence to perform best in the imminent board examination.

  8. 8. DEVELOP ACCURACY AND SPEED WITH TIME MANAGEMENT PRACTICE
    Accuracy in answering the questions within the time limit is very much important factor in all examinations. To be accurate in answering the questions a student needs to be perfect in time management. But to be master in the art of time management is not easier task. It calls for practice and practice which can be brought about by taking a series of mock tests. Keep assessing yourself with the time you take in taking a test and gradually you would be able to manage time to answer the questions in a paper very comfortably within the stipulated time period.
    No doubt, when time flies so fast it is always essential to take care of even an hour which we may tend to waste so mercilessly. They say that shorter the time period more intense is the preparation and more accurate and goal-oriented is the plan.
    LAST MINUTE ALPHABET OF STRATEGY
    Follow all these 26 tips to excel in the examination as the last effort to prepare for the examination-
    A – Keep on ASSESSING your performance at regular intervals.
    B- Keep on BELIEVING in yourself.
    C-Keep the CONFIDENCE level intact.
    D- Clear your DOUBTS and dilemma.
    E-EMPHASISE on the chapters with high weightage of marks.
    F-Learn basic FACTS & FIGURES of syllabi.
    G- Do not GIVE IN to early failures and preliminary setbacks.
    H-Take care of HEALTH, have nourishing food and sufficient water. Say no to fast and junk food.
    I- Intensify SELF-STUDY.
    J- JOT down important facts, figures and formulae in a very handy diary, to be used easily anywhere.
    K-KNOW your weaker areas and work upon them.
    L-Do not LOSE hope.
    M-Take as many MOCK tests as possible.
    N-Do not ignore NCERT books.
    O-Live an ORDERLY life. Avoid any chaos in your life.
    P-Practise, practise and practise.
    Q- Solve as many sets of QUESTIONS as possible.
    R-Revise, revise and revise.
    S - SEEK help from the subject experts for any clarification.
    T- TAKE a break of 5 to 10 minutes after every 2 to 3 hours of serious self-study.
    U-Do not UNDERESTIMATE yourself.
    V- Regularly VISUALISE the success which you die for.
    W-Do WRITING practice regularly.
    X- AXE negative thinking.
    Y-YEARN high for your life.
    Z-Have ZERO confusion.
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