On Apurva’s request, we are sharing some tips on how to plan your studies in January, the month before the month of the board exams. So, what should you do? Here’s our take.
Update as on Feb 13, 2019:
Guidelines to help you streamline your studies for the final stretch till the ICSE Class 10 Board Exams:
- Keep calm. (It’s as simple as that.) Clear your head, and let go of any worries. Right now. Only move on after you have taken a deep breath and let out all worries, stress, and negativity.
- Sit with a pen and paper, and list down all topics, subject-wise, in which you are not comfortable. To define “not comfortable,” it means that you either tend to forget the topic, make silly mistakes, are not clear with the concept, have a difficult time solving, etc.
- Keeping in mind that you have approximately 21 days to focus on brushing up these topics, make a daily schedule wherein you will tackle 1-2 topics (depending on the total number of topics you have listed) per day.
- Discuss your plan with a mentor or someone whom you trust and who believes in you. Motivation is key right now. Self-motivation, even more.
- Stick to the plan once you’ve finalized it. Stick to the schedule. You can do this. Don’t stress the other exams (whether they be the mid-terms, unit tests, topic tests, or whatever). Do what you have to do.
- Our Biology teacher used to tell us that even if you prepare only 80% of the syllabus for these preliminary exams, pre-boards, etc., make sure you prepare those 80% of topics with 100% efforts. Make it quality preparation over quantity, especially for all upcoming tests apart from the final board exam.
- But do not be lazy! Do not shy away from tackling those topics with which you are not comfortable. Do what you don’t know first. What you already know, you’ll be able to answer if it comes in the examination.
- Revise from your notes, textbook, reference book, or past papers. Underline (with discretion!). Repeat after yourself. Write it down. Practice, practice, practice.Do whatever to make sure you are comfortable with that topic. Ask us for any specific help. If you feel you have to talk to someone, let us know.
- Get your doubts solved from your teachers. Don’t hesitate to ask teachers for help. Ask questions if you still don’t understand something.
- Revise important formulae, diagrams, equations, objective questions, etc. on a daily basis.
- Read a list of prepositional phrases, idioms for vernacular languages, etc. every night before going to bed. Do what suits you, but make sure you are not ignoring or overlooking everything.
There is still time to make sure that you make your weaknesses your comforts and your strengths your expertise. Our belief is that you should focus on the former first, then the latter.
If you have any questions regarding these tips and pointers for your ICSE Board Exams, don’t hesitate to voice your doubts in the comments section.
If there are any other tips or guidelines you would like to add or any feedback you feel would help us, let us know below.
All the best, and stay strong. Your work will certainly pay off. Have faith!
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