Everyone wants to be a topper, but when it comes to preparing for the CBSE Board Exam it becomes the toughest task. While the old lessons sit heavily, the new ones start piling up inside our heads. Our well-wishers start clocking our study hours, which starts decreasing day after day. The countdown to the first day of your board exams can become scary.
However, the toppers do not have the same fear before the exam be it the CBSE board exam or any other competitive exam. Why? Well, let us know the secret of how the toppers top the board examinations without any hassle. Read 20 Study Tips to Crack Your Exam like a Topper!
1. Organize Your Study Table
Ensure that your study table has enough space so that you can spread out the textbooks and notes. Ensure that the room has enough light and you sit on a comfortable chair while studying.
2. Start Your Revisions Early
You need to give yourself enough time in reviewing everything that you studied early. Ensure that you understand each of them. If you find yourself struggling with any subjects, ask for help or read the subject again if you have forgotten. If you planned for the last minute camming, it will never work.
3. Organizing the Study Time
In the course of preparing for your CBSE board exam, you will find certain subjects easier while the others are very tough. Besides, some of the subjects will take long hours to revise while some might take very short periods to revise. Do not forget to consider how long you want to study each day and the best time of the day for you to study. It might be in the early morning, in the afternoon or even late at night.
4. Eat Healthy
You will be able to work efficiently if your mind and body are healthy. Hence, you need to eat healthy. This applies both during the course of your CBSE Board exam as well as during the time of preparations. Beside, take regular exercises while studying, which helps in better concentration.
5. Apply Various Revision Techniques
Do not go on reading the same notes of the subjects. Instead, try doing new things to revise the paper. You can take up small tests or solve some unsolved papers and question banks. You can draw mind maps or diagrams representing the summary of the chapters or even organize group discussions.
6. Never Prioritize on a Single Subject
Remember to give equal time to all the subjects instead focusing on a single one. Spend two hours on each of the subjects during the weekend and revise the main points once for around half an hour every night before going to sleep.
7. Vary Your Study Locations
Sitting in the same room and in the same position brings boringness to study. Changing your locations will help you better concentrate and improve memory retention.
8. Taking Regular Breaks
You cannot study for eight long hours. Besides, studies prove that a person can concentrate on his or her study for not more than an hour. Take a 10 minutes periodical break after every one to one and half hours. This is more than enough to increase your overall performance in the CBSE board exams.
9. Keep Your ‘Enemies’ Closer
Spend extra hours on your ‘enemies’ or on the subjects you do no love. If you love Social Science and Math the most and find Science and English to be your ‘enemies’, devote more time in preparing Science and English.
10. Sleep Better
Sleep is your best friend, especially during and before examinations. Studies conducted state that sleeping after studying, helps in improving retention capacity of your memory and concentration power.
11. Motivate Yourself
All of us want to do the best in our exams and become the topper. In spite of self-motivation, we also need additional motivation from our family members. It can be your siblings or even your cousins who scored the highest mark in their boards.
12. Practice Constructive Chilling
While you are taking your breaks, do not sit idle. Instead, involve in something that you love. You can watch your TV, play a guitar, listen to some of your favorite songs or grab your favorite storybook.
13. Know When to Give Up
Most often, we slog over a particular chapter that fails to register into our brains. Stop at that particular time and give up for a while. Goa back to the part or the chapter later.
14. Brush Up the Subjects You Take Time to Learn
Although you might like all the subjects, sometimes learning some of them becomes very difficult. All you need to do is keep reading the chapters until you completely learn them.
15. Use Tutorials
Use tutorials to practice certain subjects, especially mathematics. They hand out different varieties of sums that you can solve on a regular basis.
16. Spacing Out the Lessons
Do not pile up your lessons. Instead, plan and space them out as evenly as possible beforehand.
17. Set Daily Goals
Mostly during the peak preparation period, we spend most of the hours studying. Let’s suppose you devote 12 to 13 hours of your day to preparing for the CBSE board exams. Instead of setting elaborate targets, set daily goals. Tell yourself that you would complete these chapters or solve a paper. This makes your preparation easier and tension-free.
18. Keep Away Your Laptops and Phones
Laptops and smartphones are the worst friends during your exams; and hence, it is better to keep them away. The Internet , although useful, attracts us to play games and spend long hours watching movies, which will hamper your studies and preparation.
19. Never Take Unnecessary Tension and Focus on Doing Well
Rather than taking tension for securing top grades, lay you focus on doing well during the exams.
20. Plan Your Exam Day Well
Ensure that you get everything ready before the day of exam and do not leave anything for the day before exams. Check out the rules and regulations and play your journey to the examination halls.
Nearly all of the toppers lay emphasis on all these above-mentioned points and especially on revision and practicing the papers. Solve at least 5 to 10 previous year questions and 5 sample papers of each subject.