Board exams act as a stepping stone for our professional future. They are a test of merit and successful accomplishment of the exam takes the student to another level.Furthermore, marks obtained in an examination act as a basis for selecting your preferred stream for specialization and helps you decide what you want to study in college and for yearly board exam preparation.
So the question arises how many hours should the students put in for board exam preparation without hampering his/her preparation for the entrance examinations?
“In the middle of ever difficultly lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
Importance of Time-Management
Time- Management is the key to getting good marks in Board Exams. Setting a schedule for each subject in accordance with your exams is a very effective way of studying and further adhering to that schedule will help you yield the results you wish to obtain.
It is not very beneficial to let all the subject preparation pile-up till the last moment and starting your preparation towards late months before the examination. For a stress less, preparation it is advisable to start your studies as soon as the academic year starts. It also very important that do you manage the preparation for your entrance examination as well as because the entrance examination usually starts taking place after your board examinations end. Hence, it is suitable to set up a study plan which covers your studies right from board examinations to all your entrance examinations.
Managing Board Exam Preparation with Entrance Exam Preparation
Usually, the board examinations are more subjective and the answers are in the form of theory and the numeral question have to be presented with all the necessary steps. And in case of Entrance Examinations, the questions are objective where a particular answer has to be selected. So, the question can be either solved using conventional methods or by eliminating the options.
Hence, when the student prepares for board examination he/she gain a vast theoretical knowledge and gains primitive subject knowledge and while preparing for entrance examinations he/she learns to apply those concepts in real life problems and thus gaining derivative subject knowledge in the process. Hence, all in all, the by preparing for both simultaneously using a well-managed schedule the student often gains mastery over a subject which beneficial during any of the exams as well in real life.
It is necessary that the student pays attention during the lectures as it helps to reduce the workload and he/she has to put in less time studying those concepts because he/she has a vague idea of the concepts which were taught and hence the progress of subject completion would be faster rather than starting it from the scratch.
It is advisable that the student at least takes out 3-4 hours during the weekdays and 5-6 hours during the weekends for the preparation of the board examinations.
Tips for Preparation
Further, it is not advisable to leave out any topics since it will be required in the upcoming academic years and thus it would pose a hindrance if it is not prepared at the right time. Never skip any concept that you are not understanding because then you will not get the next concepts and this takes away your interest in that particular subject. Give concepts time to understand well then only proceed and you will find the subject interesting. Don’t hesitate to clear your doubts from teachers and friends with 11th and 12th concepts.
Mostly All the chapter you will be reading in 12th is extended part of what you are supposed to learn in 11th. So, the best thing you can do is, just be parallel to what is being taught in the class, do the self-study of those topics and if you think you are unable to understand that, refer the related topic in class 11th textbook. Have patience, sit for 3-4 hours daily at least and with a relaxed mind, read and try to understand the concept of 11th, then move to the topic of 12th that is being taught. This is the best thing you can do for all of your subjects.
You can continue this throughout your academic session or during your Summer Vacations, you can just finish off your 11th subjects since you have already read that. even with an absent mind, you know something about them. So, it will take quite less time.
It is necessary that the student improves his/her presentation skills over the course of preparation because Good handwriting and neatly written answers easily impress people because their lives become much easier. You might even get away with a minor mistake. On the other hand, an illegible script, with cutting and overwriting, simply puts off teachers!
As a rule of thumb, if you can do anything, which will make it easier for the examiner to check your answer sheet, do it. The first impression gained by a well-presented answer sheet is very helpful. I know people who were good in their subject but got fewer marks than expected because of bad presentation. There are cases where the opposite has also taken place. No matter how well you garnish a dish, it wouldn’t impress anyone if it didn’t taste good.
Nobody is born as a topper. Not denying the fact that there are always people with special talents but students can always improve with proper guidance and hard work. Anybody can do well in board exams or competitive exams.
“Life only has one rule: Never quit.”
General Study Guide
Most of the students do not study before 2–3 months of examination due date and they just do normal school assignments/class tests or just half yearly exam preparation till the 9th month of Class 12.
This is not a correct strategy- unless and until you have a very high capacity mind for a strategic planning. Given below is high-pressure time management tactics provided for board exam preparation however it is advisable that the student starts preparing from the beginning of the academic year.
[Daily Study Hours: 6 hrs Months 1 to 3]
Class 12th- Month 1: Orient yourself to your school and quickly align yourself with the weekly tests/class exams etc. and start preparing your schedule
Class 12th- Months 2–3: If you wish to be within the 1st 5 rankers inside your class (which will make you enter the 85–100% percentile bracket nationwide), identify who all are the potential toppers or sure-shot crackers from Arts, Commerce, Science Streams and try to make sure that your scoring gets uniform with them. Through your networking align yourself with 1st 3 scorers in each of the streams in your school.
[Daily Study Hours: 8 hrs Months 3 to 6]
Class 12th- Months 3–4.5: While you Prepare for your half yearly exams (usually 50% of your syllabus/books), perform in weekly tests and try to go extra mile to read books 25–35% more (i.e. finish 75–85% of the syllabus) so that you are ahead of the race. You need not be perfect for 75–85% of the syllabus but you must know your strong & weak zones for the entire Class 12th before or just close to the half-yearly exam.
Class 12th- Months 4.5–6: Concentrate purely on your half yearly exams and give exam as scheduled.
[Daily Study Hours: 7 hrs Months 6 to 7.5]
Class 12th- Months 6–7.5: Orient yourself for your identified weak zones and focus on them so as to excel in the final board examinations. By this time your half-yearly exam result will also be out, Answer sheets will be shared and you will know what areas you need to focus on the 1st term.
[Daily Study Hours: 9 hrs Months 7.5 to 9.0]
Class 12th- Months 7.5–9.0: By now your school must have issued the schedule for your prelims and start vigorously focusing on it. If you have already gone according to my prescribed plan, you would have already covered 80% of your entire syllabus by your scheduled prelims date…Teachers usually at school try their best and can finish only 80% by December due to various other school commitments. Make their task easier [to see their students outshine in final exam], by doing the efforts as told by me in Months 3–4.5 by doing extra 25–35% syllabus in 1st term only.
[Daily Study Hours: 5-6 hrs Months 9.0 to 12.0 – Due to extra classes you may not get much time]
Class 12th- Months 9.0–10.0: By this time school will start extra classes to cover up the balance syllabus and since you would already be ahead with 80–85% of the syllabus covered, the teacher’s efforts in extra class will not be wasted on you, rather you will understand more easily. Many students claim that during extra classes- teachers rush a lot and 20–25% of the syllabus is sandwiched very fast. If you follow as per my schedule, the extra classes will become easy of teacher and very easy for you.
Class 12th- Months 10–11: Revise, your extra class notes, and all your class books. Start going through 5–10 year’s question paper now. As by now, you would have covered 90–95% of the syllabus plus the extra class would have gone fully into your mind (thanks to the strategic planning done in Months 3–4.5), you will get the balance time only for revision, mock tests and practice and nothing will look Hebrew for you.
Class 12th- Month 12: Believe yourself.
“Do something that your future self will thank you for.”