Confronting Board Exams: Importance of pre-boards

Pre-board exams are essential to enable students identify their weak areas, work on their mode of preparation, understand the pattern, and work on their writing speed and the approach towards preparation.

Come pre-boards and students start fretting over their preparation level and the number of chapters left to study! Essentially, a pre-board prepares you for the board exam and is a sort of revision for all the classes you have attended the entire session. It is a practice to understand and make you accustomed to the pattern and time barriers involved in writing the main exam. This should never be treated as a reason to add on to the existing pressure of board exams.

Why are pre-boards important?

Pre-board exams are essential to enable students identify their weak areas, work on their mode of preparation, understand the pattern, and work on their writing speed and the approach towards preparation. However, this should not be a reason for amplifying the stress levels and lose confidence in the preparation levels.

Pre-board marks do not determine one's final score in the boards and are only an indication of the current level of preparation. They will only prepare one to face the main board exam with confidence and enable you to score more.

Consistency is the key:

Often, students scoring fewer marks or failing the pre-boards are made to believe that they are not going to fare well in their main exams as well. That is not true. The same goes for an exemplary score in the pre-boards. This should only be treated as an indicative performance and a platform to analyse the current position.

One needs to be consistent and focused throughout the session to be able to score well in the final exams.

Nowadays, with the advent of technology, there are many online forums and e-papers one can browse through in addition to the normal textbooks, guides, and question banks to understand a concept better. 'HelloClass' enables students with virtual learning sessions and empowers them with academic counseling and a personalized learning plan.

They can also take up the assessments and tests specially designed for them and monitor their progress on a regular basis.

Ways to prepare:

- The best approach towards preparing for boards would be to take up every subject individually and revise every chapter and topics in it

- Skipping difficult portions do not help at all

- Ensure that you are familiar with all the concepts, formulas, and theorems involved in a particular topic before going to the next chapter

- Writing down all the formulas and revising them at leisure also ensure that they are fresh in your mind

- Never blindly mug a topic without proper understanding

- Going through the question papers from the last 5 to 6 years will give you a fair idea of the kind of questions that are asked

- Carry your flashcards with formulas and theorems everywhere

- Sleep is another important factor. One must get proper rest and relax the mind to confront the board exams head-on.

Having said so much, it is important to understand that while scoring good marks in boards will definitely brighten prospects for those with a planned career choice, these marks are not the only criterion that will decide your future. There are numerous avenues open today for youngsters, where they can make a mark. But these tips will definitely help you gain a good score.

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