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CBSE Board Exams 2018 - Eight Tips to Score More than 90 Per Cent Marks

Things to keep in mind to score good marks in board examinations.

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Updated:January 31, 2018, 9:24 PM IST
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CBSE Board Exams 2018 - Eight Tips to Score More than 90 Per Cent Marks
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CBSE and ICSE Boards Exams 2018 are just a few weeks away and scoring 90% and above is only possible if you have been studying throughout the year; however, if you’re one of the late risers then here are some tips that can boost your percentage and help you score 90+ in the exams.

1. Previous Year Question Papers – the Key to Success
Solve at least previous 10 years’ question papers like a mock exam and try to answer as much as you can. This will help you not only in the revision of the concepts you have studied but also in assessing the difficulty level and preparing those concepts better that are usually asked time and again. Even if you are not in a mood to study you could simply go through these papers or the sample papers and have a look at the questions asked and assess mentally whether you know the concepts or not and how will you answer them. From CA to NEET to Civil Services, the toppers of even the toughest exams vouch on the goodness of Previous Year Question Papers. Start them asap, if not as yet.

2. Compete with Yourself
Keep a clear and brief record of your marks in all the previous tests and pre-boards to gauge how much improvement you need in which subject. Remember each paper carries equal weightage and you have to study all subjects. Practice previous year exam papers and attempt mock question papers and compete with yourself each time.

3. Don’t Wander Out of Syllabus
It’s good to study reference books for enhancing your knowledge however when board exams are drawing closer and your sole objective is to score as high as you can in the exams, you must strictly follow the books listed in your syllabus.

4. Identify your Weaknesses
By the time its February you would’ve given multiple tests on each and every subject and this will make it easier for you to identify your weak areas.

5. Time Management
Making use of each and every minute is a trait which differentiates 90+ scorers from 80 or 70 percentagers. To score 90+ you need to utilize each and every minute and study a total of at least 8 hours a day – for that cut down your sleep to 6 hours instead of 8, utilize the free time during school, stay less distracted and most importantly stop going to your coaching classes (unless you have to clear any doubts) instead indulge in self study and solving exam papers.

6. Shoo Away Distractions
Distractions mostly include Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc. Take a break from your social media accounts for the next two months. This is the most crucial time to lay a great foundation for your career and success in life.

7. Focus on Languages
Despite the fact that most of the students focus on Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Accounts, etc. as these are the tough nuts to crack, do not ignore the language subjects like English and Hindi, as these are the subjects that can actually boost your percentage even if you under perform in any of the other subjects. Just spare an hour to languages and aim at 95+ if not 100.

8. Clarity of Thought, Expression & Handwriting
Teachers from CBSE and ICSE boards are being appointed to check the answer sheets of students. The assessors check thousands of answer sheets in limited time. Therefore, you must attempt a neat and clean answer sheet where the teacher doesn’t have to stress herself/himself merely to figure out your handwriting or fishing out gist of your answers. Aim to present your answers in neat handwriting and write answers with clarity of thought and simple sentence structure.
| Edited by: Huma Tabassum
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