Students appearing for the board exams are at an important phase of their lives. Even as they are gearing up for the forthcoming boards, they are nervous and tensed as to whether they are well-prepared or not, how easy/tough the question papers will be- there are many thoughts going through their minds.
There are many myths and misconceptions about the process of learning and how to go about preparing for board examinations. Students have varied opinions on these learning methods with some agreeing and some not interested in them at all. In any case, all students must avoid the following ten common mistakes while preparing for their upcoming boards:
- Underestimate hard work: Some students tend to underestimate the importance of hard work. They think that they are naturally good in some subjects so acing them is a piece of cake for them and they need not work hard on those subjects. This is one of the most common mistakes students make as no one can score good marks without putting in hard work.
- Mugging up is good preparation: Another common mistake made by students preparing for their Board Examinations is that mugging up the respective subjects is good preparation. This is not the proper method to study as with this method, the student is not understanding the subject and simply mugging it up. So, if any twisted question comes up, then he/she will be in trouble as the concepts are not clear at all.
- Tend to multi-task: One of the common mistakes made during board’s preparations is the tendency to multi-task. Students will focus on more than or two subjects at one time, thus dividing their precious time between many topics. The end result will be that they will not be thorough in any of the subjects.
- Learning process is quick and simple: Another mistake about Board Examination preparation is thinking that the studying process is fast and simple. Most often students feel that a quick understanding of the subject will be enough but that, however, is not true as proper studying requires going through the matter again and again.
- Depending on others: Most often, students depend too much on the question papers, notes prepared by their school teachers or tuition instructors, which makes it difficult for them to make their original notes or understand the concepts on their own. Too much dependence on instructors will not help students in the final exams.
- Not revising old test papers: A common blunder made by students regarding Board Examinations is that they do not regularly revise test papers of previous years. This should be done on a regular basis for them to get a good understanding of what type of questions to expect.
- Random study: It is mostly seen during the study breaks that students do random studies. They will pick and choose some topics and concentrate only them. This random method of studying will give them trouble during the final exams as they have not prepared on a priority basis.
- Not focusing on your strengths: A big negative studying strategy adopted by many students is that they will not concentrate on their strong subjects but try to read up everything in one go. This is a wrong method of studying as they should first build upon their strengths and then move onto the next subject.
- Studying isolated points: A general trend seen among students is to study and concentrate on isolated facts instead of understanding inter-related/complete concepts. This may help them at the moment, but they may face problems during the final exams as they are not thorough with the entire subject matter.
- Wasting time: The biggest mistake made by students, whether they are academically brilliant or average, is the wastage of time. They are always under the impression that there is lot of time left to study and hence squander away precious time, which could have been put to better use.
Students know Board Exam importance very well and are always on the lookout for means to study and revise better. Take note of the above-mentioned points, which must definitely be kept in mind while preparing for the Board Examinations.