How to prepare for the board exams

Usually students take English for granted and feel they do not require revising it.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:February 27, 2012 12:59 am

How to prepare for the board exams: Tips for English XII

Usually students take English for granted and feel they do not require revising it. However,English needs as much revision and practice as other subjects if you wish to score well.First of all,you should read the texts intensively and understand the lessons thoroughly. Then you must practise reading and writing skills. Read newspapers and be updated with what is happening around you for any article,speech or letter that you would be asked to write will be connected with contemporary issues. Focus on the fundamentals and learn how to attempt various sections of the paper — passage reading,literature,long-answer questions and the like. One has to read more than once to comprehend the gist of the passage correctly,and this comes only through practice. It’s important to read questions properly. Keep yourself updated on the recent developments through newspapers and news channels. Question papers have passages from current affairs,so keep yourself abreast of the recent developments. This will help in understanding the issue presented in the passage,and your answers will have depth,too. For literature,one has to do thorough reading. And while attempting long answer questions,the value points must be underlined. For poetry,each sentence can be a question in itself,so a thorough understanding is necessary. For reading,comprehension passages should be given a quick reading before scanning for the answers to questions following the passage. The second reading passage is for note making. Here the passage must be read twice. The first time you read,try to figure out the central idea of the passage and in the second reading you will be able to identify all those main ideas that build the central idea. The notes should be only in point form and make sure you indent the notes as well as number the points correctly. The notes should be expanded into a summary. This should be in one paragraph only. Coming to writing skills,you should be aware of the formats for all the various writing skills you have in your course. It won’t be a bad idea,if you plan your article/speech etc in rough before you begin writing. Then your thoughts would be more organised and coherent. Also work on your presentation skills to improve your chances of getting high marks. “Presentation matters in literature apart from the language. For students with Functional English,they must also practice grammar especially framing questions because most students commit errors in writing accurately structured questions. Usually students tend to answer questions they know well first and gradually work through those they are not so sure of. However I suggest that you attempt the paper in the given serial order since the reading and writing sections take maximum time. Good luck with the boards.

— Sharada

How to crack the exams

1. Judicious use of reading time

Read the question paper at least twice. While reading it for the second time,read the questions of the reading passage and make a mental note of answers.

2. Writing section

Use the last sheet of the answer script to jot down the format. You may like to incorporate them in the answers. Also,it helps organise your thoughts.

3. Practise letter writing

Letters of complaint,seeking info,job applications to the editor… this is a section in which you could score.

— Priti Kailoo

Come prepared

Remember that the English paper is very lengthy and,hence,time management is extremely important. Attempt sample papers and time yourself. Don’t be overconfident. As English is usually considered as an easy subject,students tend to take it lightly and lose marks. Here are some pointers:

Write neatly and legibly.

Write within the prescribed word limit.

Revise the formats of the short and long writing skills thoroughly.

Make use of the 15 minutes reading time to go through the two unseen passages given. n Read them properly before attempting the questions based on them.

Begin the paper by attempting the section you can answer easily with speed. This will build your confidence to do the rest of paper.

Note making and summary writing require sufficient practice before the exam. Don’t write paragraphs while making notes but put down main points and sub points along with relevant abbreviations.

Intensive reading of the two literature texts is mandatory.

Short answer literature questions can be based on any part of the lesson. Do not give general answers but write to the point.

Long answer literature questions should be read very carefully. You should not write the summary of the lesson or story but focus on the requirement of the question.

Leave 15 minutes at the end to revise your paper before submitting it.

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