Exams are coming your way and although you have allocated plenty of time and energy to preparing for it. You feel you know the material really well. All semester, you’ve been attending classes faithfully and doing the readings. Not only that, you’re sure you understand the substance in your CBSE books of the course. But when you start taking the exam, you have a hard time answering the questions. You don’t recognize the relationship between the questions you’re being asked and the CBSE syllabus you’ve been learning all semester.
You give it your best shot, but when the instructor announces, “Time’s up,” you’re only two-thirds of the way through the exam. What’s going on here? Since you understand the substance of the course, that’s not the problem. What’s probably happening is that the strategies you have for taking tests need to be improved. A test is not an infallible judge of your knowledge. Studies have shown that people with equivalent levels of knowledge can perform differently on the same test, depending on how well honed their “test smarts” are.
The important thing to remember about study skills is that anyone can learn them. So if you find yourself having trouble taking exams, maybe it’s just a matter of learning a few new skills.
Plan your time
We recommend that you plan your time before you start the Reading and Writing tasks. Do all of the Reading that you can do easily and leave anything difficult. Make sure you move on to the Writing when you still have plenty of time left. As CBSE Syllabus for board students is vast so, it’s better to prepare accordingly. You can go back to finish the Reading later, if you need to. Writing: plan your work! Use mind maps instead of starting to write straight away.
Your writing should be in a style which is appropriate to your target reader. In a letter to a friend, for example, it is natural to use contractions like I’m or it’s. You can write creatively, but make sure that what you write fits with the topic and the question.
Make a time plan
Make your time plan as specific as possible by breaking the question papers into themes so you know exactly how long it will take for you to finish that answer. This will also allow you to plan to cover everything you need to know.
Check for errors
During the exam, don’t forget to use your monolingual dictionary. When you feel you have finished the piece, go through the text checking it for spelling, grammar and prepositional errors.
Avoid application errors
Mistakes that you make when you know this concept but cannot apply it to the problem. To reduce this type of error, you must, learn to predict the type of application problems that will be on the test.