Recently, a reader emailed us asking for tips on how to prepare for ICSE Class 9. We replied with the following tips, adding that though we don’t exactly remember how we prepared in Class 9, we do remember following the below-mentioned guidelines while studying for ICSE Class 10.
Though the post has been titled “How to Prepare for ICSE Class 10”, we believe that these tips are such that they are applicable for studying in general and can be implemented no matter which grade, school, or board you are in – whether CBSE/ICSE/etc. You may even find yourself carrying forth these tips into college! Who knows? In the meantime, read on to see whether they may help you in streamlining your studies for the Class 10 Board Exams.
1. Paying attention in class: Make sure that you are alert when the teacher is teaching. Say no to distractions in the form of well-wishing friends. Make notes of things you feel are important or which interest you and which may not be given in the textbook. Writing by hand will help you remember what was taught in class.
2. Revising: Once you come back home, make time to revise your class notes and what was covered in class on that day. Go through the topic in the textbook, underline important points, mark doubts with sticky notes or colored flags.
3. Reading before class: Revising is important, but one should also read before class on the topic to be covered in the class that day. This way you will have a better understanding of what is being taught and can raise a question immediately in case the doubts that you had during your pre-read aren’t answered in the normal course of the class.
4. Getting your doubts solved: Ask questions if you have doubts, and if you feel that you need to get them solved personally, then don’t feel shy or hesitant to approach your teachers. Most teachers are always ready to help their students. You just have to ask.
5. Planning: Make your time table and schedule your priorities. Sit on Sunday and make a list of topics that you wish to cover in the coming week. Categorize them subject-wise and then pick up a few subjects every day and focus on revising or learning the topics mentioned. The topics can be based on upcoming tests, your weak areas, your areas of interest, etc. Math, diagrams, formulae, etc. should be practiced every other day. Since you are weak in Math, make sure you practice it every day. Mark where you make silly mistake, which concepts you need to brush up on, and get these concepts cleared from your teacher.
6. Taking breaks: Study for as long as you can remain interested and focused, and take small breaks whenever you feel your energy levels dipping. Don’t just sit and stare at your book because you feel that you should study for an hour straight. If you feel that your mind is wandering, get up, drink some water, walk around, get some fresh air, and then go back to studying. Keep your breaks small, though, and always get back on track.
7. Making time for activities: Dedicate some time for activities such as reading books apart from studies, writing a journal, spending time with family, playing outdoors, going for a walk, exercising, meditating, sketching or painting, or any other hobby that you may have.
Hope these tips gave you a direction to plan your studies! Let us know in the Comments below, which point you found most useful and which ones you are already following. We look forward to reading your views. 🙂
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