With the exams coming near, we know some of you out there might be having exam blues, and some of you might be shivering as to what will happen as nothing seems to work. Either you haven’t started your studies yet or you have been studying all this while but without effective result. If you are into any of the above mentioned situation, then you are reading the right article at the right time.

“How to prepare for Exams?” has always been a million dollar question for the students, but no more. Scoring in ICSE and ISC is no big deal. If you focus on some key aspects of preparing for your examination, then it won’t be difficult to score well. Even if you feel under-prepared, you can do a lot with the short time you have left. Below are top 10 tips for preparing for your exams and excelling in it. Follow them and see the result for yourself.

1) You know yourself better:

So, if you had been fooling around thinking that you have enough time for your preparation, then this is the time to stop. You have just few more days left for the exams. Forget about how much syllabus your friend X has completed, forget about the constant pestering of your friend Y with questions, and forget about how friend Z, who, like you has still not started his studies yet.

Forget about all these unnecessary stress because it is really important to believe in yourself, to be confident and to think positive.

Work on the points we have mentioned below for these few days till your exams get over, and then you will have ample time to fool around. But if you are reading this just a day before your exams, and till now you have been fooling around thinking to get hold of such top 10 tips and get a 90% by following them, then  no need to waste your time reading this dear. Carry on with your awesome work of fooling around, as none does that better than you.

2) Plan your study:

Proper Time Management and Planned study in such crucial stage is important. If you have less time, then don’t try and overdose your plan by trying to fit in every lessons of the subject. Don’t aim to finish all lessons of any particular subject somehow or the other. If you have 10 chapters, and only 8 of them would be possible to study properly, then do that.

Prepare a time table to be followed till your exams. List in it all the subjects along with the days and amount of time per day, you can give to some subjects in it. Like, If you cannot study for more than 4 hours a day, then break down that 4 hours into 2 subjects per day i.e. 2 hours each or 1.5 hour for one subject and 2.5 hours for the other, or whatever you feel like would be enough. Tough subjects can be given more time and easier ones less. So, if you have 10 subjects in all, and you divide the time as described above, then in 5 days you will be going through each subject once. That’s the minimum we can expect from you.

Don’t study for hours at a stretch. You need some time to relax. Divide your time to fit in some relaxation, as it is better to revise when you are feeling relaxed than to exhaust yourself studying all day! But don’t go overboard in relaxing. Maintain a balance.

3) Go Through Previous Years Papers:

After you have planned out a time table, take out the subject you are supposed to study today as per the time table and go through the previous year’s question papers (at least for the last five years) of that subject in order to analyze the portions of the subjects from where questions are most frequently set. Note these topics down on a paper. This will be really helpful in order to plan out your preparation for the subject. [Note: While going through the whole syllabus in correct order is important, you cannot neglect the fact that you don’t have much time as of now to do that.]

4) Mark Important Points:

After having noted down the frequently asked topics, open your text books or copy, and read through these topics at least once, but be sure to underline the important points you find in those topics, like some definitions, keywords etc.

5) Revision Charts:

This might seem strange, but believe me it definitely works. After reading through the topics once, and marking out the important keywords and points in it, draw out a char consisting of these important points or brief notes, and stick it on the wall, where you face more often while doing anything.

This process will help you to revise and remember important key points of the lesson well, whenever you see that wall. This will also serve as a quick revision guide for you just before the day of final examination.

6) Mind Mapping:

Try and mind map the chart which you just created. Look at a portion of the chart and try and rebuild it in your memory by closing your eyes. Believe me it can do wonders in improving your memory and power of retaining important points.

7) Avoid Cramming:

Cramming isn’t a good idea at all. Study less, but understand what you study. Cramming is one of your friends who ditches you in the exam hall. Additionally, cramming the night before your exams is proven to be ineffective, because you’re taking in so much information at once that it’s impossible to memorize it at all. In fact, you will hardly retain anything. Try the alternatives for cramming which are mentioned in points 2 onwards till point 6.

8) Practice by Writing:

This is a really effective method. After giving the allotted time to a subject in a day, close your book, and ask yourself questions relating to the lesson you just studied to see if you have remembered what you just studied. Then try and write down the answers to your questions on a paper without referring to a book. When you are unable to remember an important part of your question (after trying much), then open the book and go through it once, close the book again, and write it down again on your own.

Practice diagrams, derivations, and programs by writing it down from your memory, as much as you can.

9) Solve Sample Papers:

This is important in order to access your level of preparation. But, this proves beneficial only when you stick to few basic things. To improve yourself and to extract maximum benefit from these sample papers, choose a suitable time for yourself, and have the required time (i.e. the time within which you are allowed to complete the paper) in your hand. Then try to solve this paper in the time limit given at the head of the paper taking 15 minutes extra for reading the paper.

You can find some sample papers for Computer Applications (Class 10) here: ICSE Computer Application Sample Paper and for Computer Science (Class 12) here: ISC Computer Science Sample Paper

Never let these papers demoralize you if you find questions which you can’t answer. If there were topics which you were not prepared in, then go back and follow step 3 onwards.

10) Stick to the guidance of the Teacher:

While we would not suggest attending tuition at this time, but would definitely suggest you to stick to your school/private teacher’s guidance till the end. This is what is found missing in students nowadays. Once their syllabus is completed they don’t care about their teachers guidance. This is a mistake.

Be in contact with him/her on every issues of the subject you come across either via phone or e-mail or by going to his/her house if that is possible. Whenever you come across a topic hard to grasp, ask the concerned teachers. They will gladly help.

Additional points to be taken care of:

● Health is important, so don’t neglect foods and don’t compromise with your sleep [we are referring to the normal required sleep]. Avoid junk foods or any other such food which may keep you unfit. You should eat only as much as required. Try not to put stress on both your stomach AND your mind.

● Keep away from all undue personal stress. Keep away from phone calls and social networking sites.

● Remember, be positive, stay calm, and mobilize your energies to do the best job possible every day by trying your best to do justice with the plan you created for your exam preparation.

● Forget about cheating in the exams. The amount of time you give for planning and preparing your means of cheating are more than enough to actually prepare that lesson if you follow the above tips properly.

● After you are done with an exam, avoid doing its postmortem by discussing the answers with your friends. Doing this won’t increase your marks, but can demoralize you if what you wrote was incorrect, which in turn will affect the rest of your exams. As soon as one exam is over, move swiftly to focusing on the next one. Dwelling on an exam that you have completed wastes energy and time, and will drive you crazy.

We hope that the above mentioned tips will benefit students in many ways and will help them in scoring good marks in their examination. We would be gladly waiting for your feedback, as it can additionally boost up those students who are still in the shoes in which you were once before following these tips.

All the best for your exams!

We will be coming up with special tips for Computer Application (ICSE) students on the key lessons and important topics to focus on. Till then, take care.