Beginning with a thorough revision of chapters, to written practice, to honing the skill of time management, to focusing on NCERT books and preparing accordingly — this is what teachers advise students of classes X and XII to do while preparing for their final exams.
The teachers say that students need to start building on their strength areas, attain a clear understanding of basic concepts, which will instil confidence in them.
Emphasising the need to improve time management skills, mathematics teacher Renu Madaan says, “In mathematics, students tend to waste a lot of time in solving one question. Allot a specific time limit to every question, and if one is still not able to solve it, then leave space and move ahead. A student who manages those three hours well will no doubt score well.”
Asserting that preparation for mathematics boils down to the level of written practice a student has done, Madaan says students should practise by solving all questions of NCERT first. “Chapters like arithmetic progression (AP), quadratic equations, constructions are relatively simple, and carry weightage. Students can finish them first, and then focus on other chapters,” she says.
Talking about preparation for commerce students, economics teacher Khamoshi Kakkar says that students should focus on application-based questions. “Be thorough with application-based questions and case studies. Read questions carefully, and then attempt. Also, students should prepare all chapters of one unit first, rather than randomly choosing chapter from different units, as the weightage is unit-wise.”
The teachers also lay emphasis on the need to prepare a day-wise schedule and revise at least two subjects every day. “Finishing preparation of a single subject in one go is not advisable and allot some time to each subject daily. Study accountancy with English, or business studies, as it will help in doing away with any mental fatigue. Do not ignore any subject,” says Veena Rawat Bisht, who teaches accountancy.
Bisht says students should not leave any question unattempted in the answer-sheet, and try to attempt it at least once. “But fix a certain time limit for every question, and move ahead if you are not able to solve one during the allotted time period,” she adds.
With the majority of students of class XII in medical stream also preparing for their pre-medical examinations, the teachers have a common advice: keep reference books aside, and focus on NCERT textbooks.
“Every line in an NCERT book is a question in itself. Read carefully and give a succinct answer. Most importantly, students should not leave any chapter unprepared, no matter how difficult they find it. There is a possibility of a simple question from that chapter. So prepare all chapters,” says Dr Poonam Khurana, a biology teacher.
The teachers assert that if students constantly revise their chapters daily, they will definitely come out with flying colours.