13 Tips to Crack CBSE 10th Boards

Madhu Lekha   (On Spanedea since July 27, 2014)


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Posted on 16 February 2015

As I write this article its just a month from the board exams, so students appearing for this exam need to tighten up their belts and start preparation, being careful about things to the minutest extent!

Here are tips that I believe you will find useful for preparation

Find a comfortable study area​ - A place where there are no distractions and where you can just sit and study, put a clock nearby, some water, snacks and importantly keep your mobile or tablet away.

Work on your weaknesses​ - As the pre-boards are done and you are already set for the exam, by now you must know in which subject(s) you are scoring less. So give more time to those. If you are doing moderately well in a subject, you are up to 70%, you just need to put in a bit of practice to hit that 85% mark in it. Work on these aspects according to the chapter weightages.

Plan your study​ - Start with studying the NCERT textbooks, do all the questions at the end of the chapter. Prepare your own schedule. Initially, give more time to the subjects you are weak at and concentrate on those topics which are of more weightage, as mentioned earlier. Give sometime to maths every day, it can be very scoring! Study 2-3 subjects in a day, not just 1, otherwise it would become monotonous. However, if you believe in finishing the subject as a whole, do the last one first. Don’t forget to take out some time to your weak subject. ​Stick to the timetable prepared​.

Time and test​ - It is all about how you manage your time during exam. This should have been figured out by you during your pre-boards, if not, take timed model tests and see how much time each subject and question type takes. Decide accordingly on how to allocate your time during exam. I would always suggest short questions first, then numerals, then long answer questions.

Previous year papers​ - Analysing the Q&A of previous years papers will help you understand the pattern of questions, and if possible also look at the marks division within a single one so that you can proceed accordingly in case of a time shortage or any unexpected circumstances.

Talk to seniors/ teachers​ - Tell them your problems or ask them to help you analyse your strengths/weaknesses. They can guide you better than anyone else and show you the right way to success.

Now that you are all set to go, its about how you express all that you know in the examination and how efficiently you do that. Many factors affect your exam performance here; let me share some here as this is your first exam at such a level -

Visit your exam centre​ before the exam - Check the examination centre before hand, maybe a two or three days earlier, and the facilities over there. It is extremely essential, trust me, one of my friends had to search for half an hour for a washroom in our centre and that too during a language paper!


Revise​ - Make sure you go through your notes a day before exam, don’t look at anything new. If you feel that you can’t finish in time, start from those having more weightage and read the important marked questions.

Stay healthy​ - Sleep well the night before exam, actually throughout your preparation days. Its helps your mind to consolidate all that you read. Also, eat healthy food and drink more water, no ‘panipuri’ and ‘papadi chat’ at least on these days please!

Be confident​ - Do not be nervous and even if you feel tense, it is quite normal, just assure yourself that you’ve given your best and have faith in your preparation.

Prepare yourself ​- Check twice that you’ve all the stationary required and carry spare pens/ pencils. Wear a watch. Reach the exam hall early. Visit the washrooms if you need to before the exam starts and have sips of water, once in a while.

Be alert while taking the test​ - Make sure that you write all the question numbers and yes, correctly. Write all the steps while solving a problem, though they might seem obvious. Mention the formulae which you are using.

Manage time and recheck ​- Go through the question paper once (the subjective part), check if all the pages are properly printed, decide on the questions which you are going to attempt. Make sure you finish the paper latest by 15 min early, so that you can recheck and please pay attention while doing this, not like just for the sake of doing.


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