As a student in India, what’s the one thing you really dread? Board examinations! Be it your teachers at schools or parents, every day you are reminded the importance of acing boards—no matter which standard you are in!
Since it is the second week of December, most CBSE schools will soon be conducting mock boards for classes 10th and 12th. Mocks are not as bad you think they are, you know. In fact, these exams allow you to practice all subjects properly before the grand finale!
So how do you start prepping up for board examinations? Are there any specific points you HAVE to keep in mind? Yes, there are! Read on:
Set achievable targets
Look, every student wants to do well in exams—and it is possible, really! But the key is to be really structured in your approach towards learning. So take a couple of minutes to fix targets for yourself every morning. For instance: in the next 20 minutes, you will solve two questions of math or in the next 45 minutes, you will finish reading a chapter of science.
This way, you will not only study all subjects simultaneously but also refrain yourself from getting board. Plus, it is never really a good thing to cram one subject or topic in a short duration. You won’t retain much! So take your time (not a lot) to learn every subject, concept or theory properly.
Take short breaks
Now that your plan is set, the next step is make sure you take breaks—short ones and lots of them! This will help you in NOT getting bored during your study session. In fact, the best way to gain the maximum out of whatever you study is by taking breaks. So if you study for 60 minutes, take a break of 5 minutes. Stretch a little, go take a walk till the kitchen or just stand up and reshuffle the arrangement on your study table—any kind of break would do!
Don’t lose sleep—please
Just because you are sitting for boards, doesn’t mean you stop sleeping or resting. It is important to maintain a regular sleep pattern. Sleep for at least 7-8 hours every night, without fail. In fact, you should stop studying at least 30 minutes before hitting the sack. Utilize those 30 minutes to clean up the study table, relax your eyes, wash your face and get ready to sleep. Allow yourself to breathe and be at peace.
Say NO to caffeine
Don’t go crazy with caffeine. Avoid it or consume it in moderation. Coffee or tea may wake you up instantly, but the caffeine-filled beverage can also disrupt your sleep cycle, reduce grasping capacity of your brain and even make you feel groggy and tired the next morning. If you really want to sip on something while studying, have green tea.
Control your diet
Have lots of green, leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli as they are rich in vitamin E and folate. Secondly, if you are a non-vegetarian, have fish. In fruits, you have an array of options such as avocado, strawberries, blackberries and apples—these fruits will help you strengthen the power to retain information.
Be regular at school
Yes, this is very important and the root cause of doing well in exams. If you listen to the lectures carefully and make proper notes—half of the work is done. Sitting and actually studying those notes doesn’t pose much problem before exams. In fact, it just keeps you subconsciously updated about all subjects.
Make use of the latest tools
Hey, this is the 21st century! Students, these days, should and do use educational apps to study, take tests and learn. Take oustme.com for instance, you can take quick quizzes on various subjects such as math, science and social science. So whether you are on-the-move or bored of sitting on your desk, you can study on Oust, wherever you are.
Don’t over-entertain yourself
Use your smartphone in moderation. Don’t Whatsapp too much or stay on social media unless absolutely necessary. Don’t spend too much time watching television or speaking on the phone for hours. Be disciplined. Don’t tire your brain unnecessarily. Let it relax.
Pursue hobbies or exercise
Studying continuously won’t fetch you desired results. You have to have a balanced lifestyle. Therefore, it is important to pursue a hobby. Whether it is catching up a book or watching a nice film and dining out with friends or simply meditating—you have to give yourself a break.
Take school tests seriously
Yep. Most students take school exams as a joke—and they shouldn’t. In fact, taking school tests seriously will help you in actually sitting down and studying. Learn and revise each and every topic at least thrice, so that you will not only retain all topics for a longer period of time but also feel a lot more confident.
Feeling good after reading these tips? Don’t worry, Team Oust is going to come back with a few serious study and time management hacks for your board examinations. Stay tuned!