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Exam Preparation Tips: 15 best ideas and techniques for getting high grades/score in an examination

RAJEEV RANJAN

Believe in yourself. You have inborn ability and capacity to learn.  Nobody is superior and nobody is inferior in this world. We are unique individuals. There is only a thin layer difference between success and failure. Successful people accepts challenges and work very hard to achieve them; failure people blames his failure on different other aspects. We are complete human beings.

Believe in yourself. You can perform well in the examination. Yes, I am not less than other. It may be possible that other’s has more facilities than ‘I’ but textbook is same, syllabus is same, curriculum is same, teacher is same and question paper is same for one and all therefore I have same opportunity than others to crack the illusion of an examination.

Believe in your gained knowledge of subjects during academic year. I will appear in the examination. I will write in the examination so I will prepare my complete prescribed syllabus during an academic session. A wise student studies well and studies continuously for covering prescribed syllabus. It does not matter that some had studies 5 hours in a week and 30 hours in a month but if a student studies 1-2 hours regularly, s/he will make a big difference in the examination.

RAJEEV RANJAN

Take care of your health during examination. A wise student not only works very hard for an examination but takes care of his health before and during the examination. It is crucial time for proper study and rational revision. Falling ill for one day can have negative impact on our mind. So  wise students:

@ Drink Enough Water

@ Do Breakfast Regularly and on time

@ Take Healthy Diets

Practice according to your own capacity. We are unique in all most all aspects. If we rely on our own way of learning styles and practice adequately according to our need, we will surely be a good performer. It is always attractive to know other’s way of learning but I cannot copy and instill other’s personality traits into my own personality. It is always better to practice according to need and nature of an examination. Wise student ensure learning so that at the time of examination he can recall and write on the answer sheet. Proper practice and practice several times using different tools and techniques are best solution of many problems.

**Revise learnt topics as many times as you can** rather than worrying about what you do not know

Keep yourself engaged for a short while with your social or other recreational activities. Mind retains information for a long time only when we collect it in a peaceful mind. Learning is a complex phenomenon. Peaceful mind receives more information than information collected in a complex situation. Wise student takes a short time break during revising lessons or learning different topics. (***** Warning it must be for a short period***** otherwise ***)

Follow healthy habits and learn from each and every experience in life. Positive habit formation helps an individual to become an integrated personality. Good performers always form right habit for learning new things, at the beginning of a new academic session. We learn from our different experiences. We analyze different hurdles, complexities and difficulties during our learning. We modify our learning styles to rectify these difficulties for a better performance.

Fix a comfortable place for study i.e. chair, table or other things. We train our mind to study well and retain information for a long time. When we fix a place for doing study, it helps us in studying well. It avoids distraction and increases concentration of student. We know that “more concentration, more understanding”. Our place of study should have proper light and availability fresh air for peace of mind.

Proper light and fresh air ***

Prepare a time table suitable to your ability, capacity, persistent and consistent nature. Generally it is observed that student makes a compact time table which may be continue for a few days but it fails in long term learning. No need to follow other’s instructions, suggestions and styles while preparing our time table. We need to prepare a concrete and rational time table for study different subjects. We need to evaluate our own capacity i.e.

How much time I will be able to sit?

How much time I have for self study?

How much time I can give for revision while performing other life essential tasks?

How much time I need for prepare myself for next tasks?

Develop a habit for reading consistently for whole year; no matter even if only one hour in a day. I never find a miraculous person in my life who has achieved great result in an academic field by working hard at 11th hours of examination. Working very hard before an examination is completely destroying one’s self because magic happens with once and at once in millions of people, otherwise a person who studies consistently for whole academic year; s/he only creates wonder in life. A wise student studies rationally and practice well before an examination for a better result. What do you think?

Have all your materials ready before you begin study-pencils, pens, papers, books, notebooks, notes or other study related materials. A better concentrated mind works well during a tense situation.  We should keep all necessary study materials near our study table so that whenever we need it, we can access it on right time. It saves our time as well as makes us efficient learner. It does not make any extra pressure.

Do not depend on others; work at your own pace. A good learner does not depend on others notes and resource materials. A good learner does not think about other’s way of working. Learning is completely a personal phenomenon. He develops own rational ways, techniques and tools for concrete learning. Wise learner does not expect magical support from other in the examination hall.

Do not waste your time with friends for collecting new notes on untouched topics day before examination. Wise student takes wise decision for better performance in the examination. Suppose if a student has prepared 94 percent of syllabus before one day of examination so he will adopt practical approach. I think it is better to ensure complete learning of covered syllabus, proper revision and proper practice so that there is no place of a little confusion. It may not be wise to ask notes from friend and preparing it just before examination. It is completely wasting of time. We want to reach everywhere but time does not allow us therefore revision is best medicine rather wandering here and there.

Do not learn any new material the night before the examination. Whatever happened, it happened for good thing. Whatever you studied, you studied for good result. Now, it is time to fix your learning. It is time to ensure that you have learnt very well. Develop a sense of satisfaction, a sense of confidence and strong will power to rethink, reconsider and recapitulate for better performance in the examination. If we write quality answer only then examiner will evaluate our answer properly. It is not wise to waste most precious time on exploring new material before examination.

Restore, Refresh, Relax, Rejoice, & Rejuvenate Yourself before an Examination. Can we talk with our friend? Can we talk with our family members? Can we hear our favorite music? Can we draw a picture? Can we dance to release our stress? Wise students act on various ways and means for developing concentration level before an examination. It will be purely our own choice.

RAJEEV RANJAN

INDIAN EDUCATIONIST

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Social Science Exam Preparation Tips Tricks and Strategies for Getting Good Marks in Board Exam

Broadly, Social Science syllabus can be divided into 7 parts. When we analyze a chapter of Social Science, we find that a chapter consists of 7 main categories i.e

Wise students read lesson intensively and develop a deep level of understanding in Social Science subjects “History, Geography, Political Science and Economics”. Getting high score in board examination heavily depends on comprehensive knowledge of different historical, social, political and economic key points and issues along with learning ability of “different terms, concept, days , dates and data, facts, figure writers, explorer, thinkers, books and crucial core issues of past, current and major challenges in near future.

How to develop a comprehensive knowledge in Social Science t? How can we score high marks in Social Science? What are the tips, tricks and strategies for getting good marks in social Science?

“Important Terms and Concepts”

“Important Terms and Concepts”   Subject Wise
Nationalism, Despotism, Ethnicity, Peace settlement, Domino effect, Rowlatt Act etc, History
Sustainable Development, Green Revolution, Geo-thermal energy, Golden Quadrilateral Geography
Power sharing, Legislative, Linguistic state, Family Laws, Mobilization, Social Movement Political Science
Primary sector, Literacy rate, Underemployment, Demand deposits, Globalization, Per capita income Economics

Tips to Score High Marks in This Section

This section is very easy for students. Students learn important terms and key concepts word to word. Generally, important terms and key concepts consist of 1 word to 30 words, therefore it is very easy to learn and reproduce. Each student has own technique to remember something for a long time, however there are two well tried techniques help students to remember important key terms and concepts for a long time.

1st – Repetition – learning key terms and key concepts so many times and reproducing those points either in terms of re-writing or verbally representation so many times

2nd – Revision – revising key terms and key concept frequently over a period of time (7days/10 days/15 days/30 days

Wise students present important terms and key concepts word to word as it is mentioned in the text book. There is less space and opportunity for students to deviate from the prescribed statement.

“Important Days & Dates/Periods,”

“Important Facts/Figures/Revolutionary Figures/Writers/Explorers/Thinkers/Books”

“Definitions and Descriptions of an Event and Its Impact on Society, Nation and at World Level, “Characteristics of an historical, cultural and economic event/incident/decision”,

“Classification & Differences between two events/incidents/social issues/issues related to different systems”,

“Classification & Differences Subject Wise
 Difference between ‘Nationalism and Romanticism/Liberalism and Conservatism/Non-cooperation Movement and Civil Disobedience Movement History
Difference between ‘Conventional and Non- Conventional Energy’/‘Agro-based industries and Mineral- based industries Geography
Difference between ‘ Coming Together and Holding Together Federation, One Party System and Multiparty System, Democracy and Dictatorship/ Political Science
Difference between ‘ developed countries and developing countries, organized sector and un-organized sector, investment and foreign investment / Do you think the classification of economic activities into primary, secondary, and tertiary is useful? Explain how. Economics

Tips to Score high Marks in this section:-

  1. Be precise
  2. Write points wise according to questions (words limits/limit points) and marks allotted for a specific question
  3. Include and integrate related key words/key terms in your point
  4. Give appropriate examples if it requires to include( Condition)
  5.  Do not repeat same points several-times
  6. Remember the theory of ‘demand and supply’

Rajeev Ranjan

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How to score good marks in Social Science/Exam Preparation Tips and Tricks for Student

Exam Preparation Tips and Tricks for Student 

NCERT developed an integrated curriculum for class IX & X. Social Science syllabus appears quite lengthy for most of the students; however it is not lengthy but a comprehensive syllabus. Students score very high marks in CBSE board examination. Wise students complete CBSE prescribed syllabus on time. Intensive reading, better comprehension and better expression are keys for getting the highest score in Social Science.

How to score good marks in Social Science

Let first understand the objective of Social Science Curriculum for class IX & X 

The main objective of Social Science Curriculum is to

  1. Develop an understanding of the process of change and latest development
  2. View different life perspectives in a wider context of time , space and place
  3. Develop a comprehensive understanding of Indian and World Cultural, Historical, Economical and Societal development over a period of time (from ancient, medieval and modern time)
  4. Develop a comprehensive understanding of its surrounding systems i.e. Function of Government, Elections, etc

A better understanding of question paper pattern and nature of questions lead to get high score in board exam.  Social Science question paper consist four types of questions for evaluating different level of understanding.  Social Science Question Paper has 27 questions in all. 

  1. Questions from serial number 1 to7 are very short answer type questions. Each question carries one mark. (1x 7=7)
  2. Questions from serial number 8 to18 are 3 marks questions. ( words limit -80) (11x 3=33)
  3. Questions from serial number 19 to 25 are 5 marks questions. ( words limit -100) (7x 5=35)
  4. Question numbers 26 & 27 are map questions from History with 1 mark each. Question number 28 is map question of 3 marks from Geography. (2x 1=2)
  5. For Q. Nos. 26, 27 and 28 (map based questions) one outline political map of India is provided. (3x 1=3)
  6. Questions at Serial Number – 20, 22, 24 & 25 have Internal Choice. Students must attempt “any one option” out of the given in each of these questions.

Assessment & Evaluation Facts to Remember for Developing Better Understanding ,and  Planning for Scoring High in Board Examination

Road Map of Social Questions-Typology of Questions (Secondary School Curriculum)

  1. Remembering (Knowledge based simple recall questions, to know specific facts, terms, concepts, principles, or theories; identify, define or recite information)- {20 %}
  2. Understanding (Comprehension – to be familiar with meaning and to understand conceptually, interpret, compare, contrast, explain, paraphrase, or interpret information)-{20 %}
  3. Application (Use abstract information in concrete situation, to apply knowledge to new situations, use given content to interpret a situation, provide an example, or solve a problem) -{26 %}
  4. High Order Thinking Skills (Analysis & Synthesis – Classify, compare, contrast, or differentiate between different pieces of information, Organize and/or integrate unique pieces of information from a variety of sources) {20 %}
  5. Creating, Evaluation and Multi-Disciplinary (Generating new ideas, product or ways of viewing things, appraise, judge, and/or justify) – {8 %}
  6. Map Skill -{06 %}

Tips and Tricks for Scoring High in Social Science  

Hard work is keys to success. Scoring high in board examination solely depends on student’s understanding of different topics in his own language. Most of the key terms and concepts can be correlated to daily life circumstances. Wise students correlate textual knowledge with worldly knowledge.

Read the chapter thoroughly

Intensive reading helps students in developing a better understanding of the subjects. Contextual reading helps student to remember something for a long time, because key terms, definition, date and differentiation mentioned in the textbook with proper examples. Isolated learning of key terms and different crucial date confuse student at exam time.

Preparing own notes

Since, Social science is vast subject. Students need to develop a comprehensive understanding of complete syllabus. Wise students prepare own notes. It helps student to remember Social Science facts and figure, i.e. mind map, flow chart, pie chart, key points and key terms in simple way.

Practice board based question paper

Generally, it has been observed that students learn key terms but when it comes to solve questions mentioned it question paper. They become confuse. A better understanding of question paper helps student to right specific content for specific question. Usually, board question paper evaluates students’ skill to remember facts, figure and dates (factual understanding), comprehension skill to interpret, compare, contrast, explain, paraphrase, or interpret information, question based on application evaluates students to use appropriate content for interpret a given situation, provide an example, or solve a problem, question based on HOTS to classify, compare, contrast, or differentiate between different pieces of information in unique way, generating new ideas based on given context/ correlating given context/integrating new ideas in developing good context with appropriate examples.

Write Appropriate Answer with Relevant Key Words and Illustrations

Wise students develop own quality content in terms of writing appropriate words, relevant sentences and interpret a given situation with justifiable illustration. Learning is not enough if we could not express with suitable key words and keys points. The writing skill will develop only when student practices short questions, very long questions and HOTS question, shows his/her answer to the teachers and peers, takes real feedback, and correct his/her weak points in a next attempt. It is continuous process because (a) application based questions (b) long questions and (c) HOTS question demand appropriate precise content, fluency of ideas and accuracy of sentence.

Proper Practice of Maps

Map consists of 5 marks in paper. Proper knowledge of “Political as well as Physical Map” helps students to score high marks in Social Science. General students may or may not attempt Map questions; wise students learn properly the skill of “Location Identification and Labelling” different place, i.e.  Major countries of First World War/ Nantes, Paris/ Allied Powers – France, England, (Russia), America (History) and India-States with Capitals, Tropic of Cancer, Standard Meridian National Parks : Corbett, Kaziranga, Ranthambor, Shivpuri, Kanha, Simlipal & Manas (Geography) on Map. It is quite technical. Practice location identification and lebelling it on proper map lead towards better understanding of different locations.

Deep understanding with appropriate expression on Paper

Learning “Important Terms and Concepts”, “Important Days & Dates”, “Definitions and Descriptions of an Event and Its Impact on Society, Nation and at World Level, “Characteristics of an historical, cultural and economic event/incident/decision”, “Classification & Differences between two events/incidents/social issues/issues related to different systems in Social Science is essential needs but expressing facts, figure, data, data interpretation precisely and appropriately in another most crucial thing. Getting high score in Social Science is integration of understanding of facts and figure and expressing them appropriately.

Rajeev Ranjan

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Tips and Tricks to Score 100% Marks in English Literature Section C Class 10/Exam Preparations Techniques to Get Good Marks

Tips and Tricks to Score 100% Marks in English Literature Section C Class 10

English Literature section is an interesting section in board examinations. Most of students assume that they will perform well in this section. A large number of Indian English Language teacher organize ‘literature’ oriented classroom; they spend a lot of time on “reading” ‘explaining text’ and dictating exercise based questions. It is observed that English language teacher leaves extensive activities based on ‘writing skill, grammar, listening and speaking’ and asks student to do its own. English Language Teaching is an integrated task where we need to distribute our teaching time equally to “Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking skill”.

Naturally, students feel very comfortable in short answer types questions i.e. questions word length 30-40 words carrying 2 mark, however questions based on “read the extract and answer based on given text” demands intensive “reading skill” and adequate practice before the examination to score 4/4. Most of students score an average marks(may be 5/8, 6/8) in long answer types questions in about 100-120 words carrying 8 marks and also the question based on prescribed novel text for extended reading in about 200-250 words carrying 10 marks.

What are the objective of assessment and evaluation of Language and Literature Section?

Recalling, reasoning, textbook appreciating, applying literary conventions, extrapolating, illustrating and justifying, extracting relevant information, identifying the central theme and sub-themes, understanding the writer’s message and write fluently….(Secondary School Curriculum 2018-19)

Question Type 1- Read the Extract Given from prescribed textbook

Question paper consists two questions (a or b) based on “Read the Extract”. Students need to attempt only one question out of two extracts from prose/poetry/play. This question evaluates student’s skill “reference to context”. There are 4 questions (a, b, c, d); mainly questions evaluates students global comprehension and textual interpretation skill i.e. what does the speaker mean, whom is he addressing/why was —— /find out the synonyms/antonyms/which qualities/explain the statement/explain the term ‘the sleeping countryside’/ What does ‘ glance’ imply in the given lines?

Tips for Student for Scoring Full Marks  :-

  1. Identify the Name of Lesson
  2. Identify the Name of Author/Poet/Dramatist
  3. Read the given extract carefully
  4. Identify key words/key concept
  5. Identify the speaker/character
  6. Recall the theme of poem/prose lesson
  7. Recall the context of the lesson/poem/play

Question Type 2 – Short Answer Type Questions from FIRST FLIGHT and FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET /Literature Reader

Generally, this section consists of 4-5 questions to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas (30-40 words each, 2×5 = 10 marks/ 2×4 = 8 Marks). Usually, most of the students score 8/8, 10/10 in this section. This section is easy in comparison to ‘read the extract’ section since English Language Teacher focuses so much on this section during academic session.

Question Type 3- Long Answer Type Questions FIRST FLIGHT and FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET

In fact, long types question demands a lot of practice, creativity, imagination and extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts. General student scores 6/8 due to lack of poor content, logical development of paragraph, accuracy of sentences etc.  This question expects a student to be more factual, practical and vigilant before writing answer. Wise student scores 8/8 if his answer reflects meaningful points (based on factual comprehension and global comprehension of the text), proper development of ideas, sequential and chronological development of ideas, better illustration and explanations. This question presents tough and thoughtful challenges for brilliant student. This question also puts a challenge before evaluator to be more alert and do justice with student.

Question Type 4- Very Long Answer Type Questions from’ Extended Reading Text’

This question slightly differs from question type 3.Basically this question is based on theme or plot involving interpretation, inference and character i.e. “In the life of Helen Keller, Ms. Anne Sullivan acts as an inspiration behind her extraordinary life. Justify with suitable instances from the text”/ Give a pen portrait of Dr. Alexender Graham Bell/ What are Anne’s views about the Laws that restrict the Jews’ freedom / Why was Helen withdrawn from the Gilman School and how did she further pursue here education/ What happened as a result of the plagiarizing incident for Helen? What was the effect of this event on her life?(CBSE, 2017, 2018)

Tips for students for Scoring Full Marks in Long Answer Type Questions

Generally if a question carries 8 marks then the teacher gives marks on the basis of following criteria:-

Content- 4 Marks (precise, concise, specific, exact, accurate, details, summarizing, illustrious, relevant examples, creative thoughts, logical and judicious points related to the topic)

Fluency -2 Marks (Development of ideas in sequence, chronological order, flow of thoughts in right order)

Accuracy- 2 Marks (Grammatical Accuracy-Meaningful sentence, Spelling)

If a question carries 10 marks then the evaluator gives marks on the basis of following criteria:-

Content- 6 Marks (precise, concise, specific, exact, accurate, details, summarizing, illustrious, relevant examples, creative thoughts, logical and judicious points related to the topic)

Fluency -2 Marks (Development of ideas in sequence, chronological order, flow of thoughts in right order)

Accuracy- 2 Marks (Grammatical Accuracy-Meaningful sentence, Spelling)

Evaluator follows the marking scheme formula which is given by the board. Teacher evaluates Question Type 3, 4 answers on the basis of “Content, Fluency and Accuracy”. Broadly speaking, a general students attempt all the questions of ‘Literature Textbook and Supplementary Reading Text’ Section C but it is very hard to score more than 23-24 out of 30 marks. The basic difference among different types of learners occur due to 1 mark in ‘extract reading text’ and 4-5 marks in Question Type 3, 4 because getting full marks demands a lot of writing practice, quality content, fluency of thoughts and accuracy in sentence pattern. Wise students works a lot and do writing practices for long answer questions. They develop good writing skill by taking real feedback from peers, friends and teachers. Writing 200-250 words in an exam is not an easy task but surely it is possible with adequate practices, well textual understanding, proper use of key words and key terms,  proper description  of different character and events, relevant illustrations and own perspective for a specific situation.   

Wise students learn the art of planting, cutting, watering and doing other activity from a gardener and sculpture artist who makes a beautiful statue by giving days and nights with full dedication. Developing writing skill demands skill of a painter/sculpture artist who works hard without any complain. When a student writes so many articles, essays, letters, story and other genres continuously, showing these genres to other friend, classmates and teacher and  takes regular feedback for her/his weak points. Extensive reading skill and intensive writing habit help students to incorporate key words and key term in their writing. Only one thing should be remember that our writing should be so specific, concise and creative for expressing the correct message to the reader.