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    Diligent Preparation Key to Success in Board Exams

    Prem Prakash Upadhyay
    February27/ 2024
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    Learn how structured preparation, understanding question formats, and focused writing can pave the way for outstanding performance.

    Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University Professor

    As board exams for Class 10 and 12 are commencing or poised to begin across various states and central educational institutions, students facing their first or second board examination are experiencing understandable levels of stress. This anxiety is not only evident in students but is also shared by parents, guardians, and educators, creating a high-pressure environment for the examinees. Amidst this tension, it is crucial to remember that while striving for excellence is important, undue pressure from family, school, or societal expectations can be counterproductive.

    Rather than succumbing to the pressure of these exams being a make-or-break moment in life, students should focus on adopting a disciplined approach to their studies. Effective time management, regular practice, and a thorough understanding of the material are essential strategies for success. The Uttarakhand Board, for example, has introduced several supportive measures in the curriculum to aid students, including a variety of question types and the allocation of 20 to 30 percent of marks through internal assessments, projects, and practical exams, providing a foundational advantage.

    Students are advised to tackle the exam strategically, starting with questions they find easier before moving on to more challenging ones. Understanding the question correctly and planning an answer before writing are critical steps. For instance, answering a question about Avogadro's number requires stating its value, not its historical discovery. Emphasis should be placed on accuracy and relevance over the quantity of content produced.

    For subjects like mathematics and physics, the use of symbols, diagrams, and step-by-step calculations is important, ensuring clarity and correctness. Students should remember that quality writing and the ability to articulate answers clearly are key factors that will be evaluated.

    Regular practice and maintaining discipline in study habits are not only effective strategies for exam preparation but also help build confidence, mitigating exam-related anxiety and stress. Mastering the art of answering questions with precision and clarity can significantly enhance a student's performance, steering them towards success in their board exams.

    —Prem Prakash Upadhyay