You have spent the last 10 months preparing for the CBSE 10th exam and now with just 15 days left for the exam to commence, panic might be beginning to set in. You must be having several questions in your mind right now—Have I studied the right topics? Have I covered all of my subjects properly? Have I done my research right? Am I even ready to take up the most important exam in my life?
This is going to be a “make or break” exam for lakhs of students across India. This exam will decide whether or not you move to the next stage in your academic life.
The final two weeks are always the most stressful time for a student. In order to remove the stress and clear the exam with flying colors, you must ensure that you are prepared for your exams with these below-mentioned study tips, which can help you conquer your final exams with ease.
Just follow these tips for the next two weeks so that you can ace your exams from start to finish.
The first basic yet the most important rule is to study smaller quantities of syllabus every day instead of packing in huge portions of a subject or topic. This will backfire because when you rush the chapters you’ve not studied or prepared for, you will have difficulty memorizing all of it.
- Create Your Own Study Guide
What you need now is smart work and not hard work. You must have studied for several days or weeks by now but how you prepare for the next fortnight will decide the outcome of the final exam. You must have studies based on a study guide provided by your teachers or friends, but now you must create your own study guide based on your comfort level and expertise. After creating the study guide, you must outline the important information you need to learn as it will be helpful in creating and referring to the study materials.
- Ask Questions
Now is the time to ask questions and clear all your doubts. Remember once the exam starts, your teachers will not have the time to answer any of your questions.
- Don’t Study For More Than Two Hours
The best strategy now is to put in two hours of study before taking a break. You can again break down this two-hour into four slots of 25 minutes each with a 5 minutes break and if you need to study for two hours at a stretch, then you can take a break of 20 minutes before resuming your studies.
- Give Your Mind Some Break
When you take a break, ‘switch off’ completely from studies and don’t think bout the exams at all. The thought of the exam should be the last thing on your mind. Use the break time to run errand, watch TV, speak to a friend/sibling/neighbor, or do anything that will keep your thoughts away from the exam.
- Group Study Session
While the next two weeks are very crucial and you might not have the time for anything, but nevertheless, you must go for group studies with classmates or friends. However, you must evaluate whether or not studying with others will be beneficial to you at this stage because each student has a different way of the learning process.
- Focus on Core Topics
Divide your syllabus into core topics and non-core topics. Core topics are principles, theorems, formulas, diagrams, and graphs while non-core topics consist of examples, quotes, and illustrations, among others.
Over 70% of questions in most papers will be from core topics and only the rest will comprise of non-core topics. If you haven’t completed your syllabus, then you must concentrate only on the core subjects now.
This is also helpful if you are using study guides. Study guides aren’t always comprehensive as they just that— study guides and are only suggestive of the main concepts that you need to learn.
- Take Rest
With exams nearing, it doesn’t mean you must not have rest. Resting is as important as eating the right food. Enough has been said about a good night’s sleep. Just ensure you get a good sleep—the minimum required 8 hours—so that you can be fully focused during your exams. Studying late nights or getting up early to study will cause more harm than good.
Take at least 30 minutes of exercise every day- go to a gym or take a brisk walk or just cycle. You will feel reinvigorated and it will also help to declutter your brain.
- Reorganize Your Notes
While attending classes, you must have made notes and while revising you must have made quick revision notes. Just scan through both of these documents carefully. You can also use these notes to evaluate and reorganize your notes into important topics, concepts, formulas, dates, and others. One important tip: DO NOT REFER TO NEW NOTES. These will confuse and disturb you.
- Avoid Distractions and Eat Light Yet Healthy Food
Lastly do not get distracted. There are a hundred things happening outside your home and around you that will easily disturb your study schedule. To keep them at bay, lock yourself inside your room and turn off your mobile.
Stay away from junk food and eat light yet healthy food. This is the time when you must have several small meals instead of two or three big meals as these might make you feel sleepy. Eat fresh fruits and lots of dry fruits like almonds, pistachios, raisins, walnuts, dates and occasional cashews. These are good for your mind, body as well as eyes. Avoid caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee, drink milk instead. Drink fresh fruit juice or green tea as these will give you energy and strength to study and prepare.
These are our tips for studying two weeks before the exam. In order to get good marks, it’s also important for you to remain focused and tell yourself that you can do it. Have an “I-WILL-DO-IT” attitude and things will fall in place for you.