Some important tips to utilise 15 minutes in board exam

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  1. Set your own priorities

List out the questions which you are more confident writing at. There’s no need to write the answers in the same order as in question paper. Firstly, write those answers which you know very well. This will help you gain confidence and will also help you spare enough time to think about the other questions, answers to which are a bit blur in your mind.

  1. Write upto mark

Read a question carefully and understand the sense of question. Try to limit your answer to the requirement and avoid writing a whole paragraph explaining something that either does not need explaining, or that has not even been asked. Keep your answers left justified.

For example: If in a science paper you are asked a question “Define soil erosion”, then you are asked to write the definition of soil erosion not that its causes or effects which most of the students write in order to make their answer lengthier as they believe, ‘longer the answer the more it will score.’ But it’s an absolutely absurd as the examiner only look for the apt and valid answers, not the stories.

  1. Choose questions wisely


Usually, some questions in the paper are given choices. Student has to select any one of those choices. But the tricky thing with these choices is that students often decide on instinct which question to attempt and later they regret not choosing the other question which they knew better. This happens because of haste.When it comes to you to choose the questions you want to attempt, give a careful reading to each question at least twice and then create a mental picture of what you have to write in each case. This way you will be able to evaluate your knowledge about the particular question and help you clear away any doubts.

  1. Attempt all the questions

We know that there is no negative marking for wrong answers in the board exams. So don’t be afraid to answer the questions about which you are confused, as you have nothing to lose.  Read the question very carefully. Re-read the question. Try to understand the genre of the question and what it demands. If you know the answer, then write it. If you don’t, then use your brain and make a smart guess. Examiners are always looking for technical terms or points where they may be able to give you marks.

  1. Don’t decorate the answer sheet


It is well observed among many students that they have a habit of attempting their question paper in a colourful manner by using blue, green and black coloured pointers or markers for headings and underlining each one of them. Doing this decorative work is nowhere going to gain you any extra marks but will definitely take away that precious time which you could have used in thinking and writing the answers to questions that you left for the end. Use only two pens; a blue pen for writing the text and black for headings. While drawing diagrams, you must always use a pencil. It would keep your answer sheet simple and would give you time to write more as well.

  1. Space out each word

Make sure your words are properly spaced out. Don’t squeeze in ten words in the same line. Examinar will find it difficult to read such overlapped words. This may cause a fall in your grades. Your paper should look neat and clean. Try to write the answers in points. Avoid bunching all sentences together. Leave at least two lines before and after each question. Doing this will also help you later, when you feel you want to add something to your answer.  This will prevent you making a mess of your answer script.

  1. Don’t panic

It’s not always obvious for you to know everything. There may be some questions which you find beyond your knowledge. At such times, don’t panic or be afraid. Because this can affect your brain badly making it blank. This way you won’t be even able to answer those questions which you knew quite well. Think wisely.  Be calm and focused. You will have plenty of time to think and frame the answers to all questions. All you need is to act sensibly to keep yourself boosted up with full confidence.

  1. Check your answer sheet

After you have completed the paper don’t forget to check your answer sheet and that even twice at least. Check what you have written. Many times while tallying the answers, we come across the silly mistakes which would have been left unaltered if were not checked. Check if you haven’t skipped any question. Also make sure that you have written your roll number neatly and properly before handing over the sheet to examinar.

All these tips if followed properly, will surely help you write a perfect exam and score the optimum marks in the coming boards. Just give your best without being worried about the result.