It is not just the financial year ending that gives a headache to the parents, it is also the month of the annual year examination. Most Indian parents are involved in their child’s education. They want to give their best in terms of their kid’s learning. It is very common to see a kid wearing a school bag and going to different tutions, spending half of their day roaming here and there just for knowledge. Students are tested once every 2 to 3 months. Not only the students but parents also await the results of these tests. It’s not wrong to say that everyone is so busy with the exams that nobody talks about the preparation. Everyone including the teachers, parents and students are result oriented and nobody is talking about the process. In a school, there are 3 to 4 unit tests, 1 half yearly exam and 1 final exam. Although the unit test exam duration is less as compared to the half-yearly and final exams. The total marks of the unit exams are almost half of the later exams.
Let us talk about how to prepare for the CBSE syllabus from class 1 to class 12. The preparation process is simple and the same for everyone, be it a student of class 1 or a student of class 12. The basics of preparation remain the same. So here is how you can prepare for the examination.
1) Know your syllabus
It is important to know the CBSE Syllabus for classes 1 to 12. A syllabus tells you a lot about the course and the journey of learning. A subject that starts with basic addition and subtraction in class 1 ends up with high-level calculus in class 12. Knowing your syllabus helps you in making your timetable. Following a timetable is important. It might sound funny but don’t distribute your timetable based on time but based on portions. Try to finish one chapter of each subject, If it’s not possible then finish one section or exercise. If you divide your timetable based on time, then you can’t track your progress because sometimes you have to shift your focus to a different subject without even finishing the topic till you want to get it.
2) Attend all the classes
Attend all the classes of the school. Don’t skip your classes. Many students think that they can prepare better if they stay at home but it’s not true. Many important things are taught in school. There is a reason why you took admission to the school. Schools teach you tips and tricks and it is important for your complete all-around development. School gives you first-hand experience with any subject you learn. So if you’re one of them that thinks they know more than the school teachers, you don’t, you’re not the first one to think that and you will not be the last one to think so. So be a good kid and attend your classes.
3) Practice Previous Year Question Papers
Enough importance should be given to sampling papers and previous year question papers. Previous year question papers tell you a lot about the difficulty level and the weightage of every chapter. This helps you to prepare well to understand the concept and gives you a heads-up about what to expect in the exam. It also tells you about the question pattern of the exam too. Once you know the question pattern it becomes easy to solve. You can also know which portions or topics are going to ask you a long question.
4) Give time for self Study
It makes no sense if you don’t get or give time for self-study. A student on average spends 6-7 hours in school and rests 6 hours in the tuition. If 12 hours a day is spent gathering the knowledge then at least 2 hours should be spent on revising them. Self-study is important. It makes you smart and wise. Self-study is like water, you have to drink after eating all the rich food. If you don’t spend at least 2 hours revising whatever you have learnt then you’re going to forget it very soon. While making a timetable, make sure you add time for self-study because that’s important and non-negotiable. Give proper attention to yourself. It’s okay if you find certain portions difficult to understand. Mark those questions and search for the answers.
5) Ask questions
As the teacher is teaching you new concepts you will likely have doubts. You will also get doubts while solving questions. It’s completely normal. Don’t restrict yourself by not asking questions. You’re going to ask questions. You’re supposed to ask questions. If you don’t ask what is giving you the problem, how are they supposed to know? You’re not doing an illegal thing. So stop overthinking. Many students don’t ask questions in class because they think they will be humiliated by their friends. These are your friends not your enemy and who knows if students see you asking questions, they will ask too. It’s okay if some questions are not your doubt. Still pay attention in the class because there are chances that you will learn new things from other people’s doubts also.
6) Look out for Olympiads
The most beautiful thing is that you will get a lot of opportunities like Olympiads to compete. Take part in opportunities like this. It will take your normal preparation to some other level. Schools from all over 48 countries give Olympiad exams and more than 60000+ schools participate. Just imagine the level of competition you’re going to have if you prepare for these exams. The difficulty level of these exams is higher as compared to your normal exams but the syllabus is almost similar as compared to your school syllabus but since the difficulty level of these exams is higher, the preparation level also increases. It gives you more hold on the subject as compared to just preparing for the syllabus.
These small things will help you a lot while preparing for classes 1 -12. The most important thing is how you enjoy your school days. Remember this time won’t come back, so enjoy your heart out.