While most of us are heavily focused on IIT JEE Mains or NEET preparation, one issue that a number of Competitive Exam aspirants frequently face is the constant dilemma of distribution of time and effort between JEE or NEET preparation and Board Exam preparation for class 12th. The major issue is that the majority of aspirants are not able to devise a clear and efficient strategy for board exam preparation, and therefore end up spending unnecessarily large amounts of time on it, thereby hampering their Competitive Exams preparation too.
At Margdarshan, we have come up with a set of 5 key pointers that, if followed, can help you strike the perfect balance, and will also ensure that you perform well in the Board exams too. Let's delve deep into this.
Proper and Planned Revisions
A big set of students usually complain post exams that even though they had studied certain topics, they weren’t able to fully justify that in the exam. The reason behind that is simple - lack of thorough revision. When you study a topic, it gets stored in your mind. Then, when you move on to the next topic and so forth, the memory of older ones begins to fade. Therefore, it becomes critical that before the exam, you do a thorough end to end revision of each topic. When you revise topics, your brain accesses old memory cells that got suppressed by the piling of more information, and therefore, the memory now becomes refreshed and there is a huge chance that you would be able to recall that topic in the exam.
Solve Previous Year Question Papers
One common thread in Board Exams across the country, whether it be State Board, CBSE or ICSE, is that a lot of questions from the previous years get repeated in the exam. As such, it helps to have gone through and solved the previous years’ question papers, especially for the last 10 years. Apart from the questions getting repeated, solving previous years question papers gives one an understanding of the pattern of question paper, the topical weightage, test taking practice and time management.
Planning Your Study Time Table
Board exams require conceptual knowledge as well as the ability to write descriptive answers. Therefore, the study needs to be elaborate and in depth, and the focus must be on being able to reproduce the whole concept in the exam. In such a scenario, your study plan must focus on detailed revision and detailed answer writing practice. One must plan their study time table in a way that high concept and high weightage topics get maximum coverage. Also, one must do a little research on best answer writing methods and get their answers checked by experts to ensure that they are up to the mark.
Will it help in Competitive Examination’s Preparation?
A lot of people treat Board Exams and Competitive Exams as separate entities. But the truth is, they are just two different pillars based on the same conceptual foundation. Essentially, every competitive exam is just a slightly more complex and application oriented test of the same concepts that one learns for board exams. Therefore, devoting time to Board exam preparation will only help you strengthen your base, which you can then build on for your competitive exams like JEE Mains, NEET, etc. Also, sometimes aspirants get stuck in competitive exams where they are unable to ascertain whether the methods and formulae they are applying are indeed applicable for the given question, and in such instances, having a sound base of clear concepts can come in handy.
We hope that the above pointers can help you prepare well for the Board exams without compromising on the Competitive Exam preparation. For any further help, feel free to reach out to Margdarshan, and we would be happy to help. All the Best!