Has it ever happened to you that you know everything you’re very well prepared and you just don’t score well on your exam and did you know that having mastery over your content and scoring well in your exams are two different things. We’re going to cover two things one is exam to-do’s what are those things you need to do as soon as you get into that examination hall and two paper presentation strategies specific tips for you to present your science social studies math English or any other paper let’s begin with the exam to-do’s and the first is the timing as soon as you get your paper divide the total time between each question leaving 15 minutes at the end for revision now perhaps you have 10 short answer type questions and you want to put 40 minutes for them and perhaps you have three to five long answer type questions for about five marks or ten marks and you want to keep an hour or hour and a half for that now you could perhaps do this even before. When you’re doing your practice papers for revision you can plan out the timings and as soon as you go into the hall you write the timings down next to each question you know sometimes.
We spend so much time writing the first few short answers so beautifully and neatly and by the time we reach the last ten mark answer we are rushing through it and missing out on marks over there so wear a wrist watch don’t depend on the wall clock and if your time is running out leave the question and move forward the second exam to do is to read the question twice and also notice the command word at the beginning of every question and read the entire sentence twice because distinguished is different from list and describe is different from give advantages off now sometimes. We are in this excitement and we read the first few words of the question and we jump right into answering it because we’ve seen a familiar question before this is a trap be very careful and the third exam to do is for CBSE and ICSE students. If you get a question in your paper that you think is out of your syllabus please attempt it. It has happened in the past that the examiners discovered that the question was out of syllabus and they decided to give marks to the student.
Who attempted it irrespective of whether it was right or wrong so if you have no negative marking on your paper please attempt every single question now we all know that content is king but presentation and creating the right first impression go a long way so let’s begin with your science and social sciences paper. Now try answering the question in the first line itself of the answer directly for example a science question is list three characteristics of lungs which make it an efficient respiratory surface start your answer with the characteristics of lungs which make it an efficient respiratory surface our for example in a social science question. Why did Gandhiji decide to call off the non-cooperation movement begin the answer with Gandhiji decided to call off the non-cooperation movement because now once we finish these first sentence give the rest of the answer in points in an orderly fashion preferably with the most important point right up in the beginning. When you answer the objective type questions or underline the main keyword or you can put a box around it, you can also highlight the underline draw box around the key.
For example, a social science question is the name of a political party in India that responds to a political party in India, more than a movement.That grew out of a movement is a AIADMK and put a box around a AIADMK notice. How we rephrase the question and wrote it as a complete statement. We didn’t just put the answer right there even though it was an objective type question if the question is to distinguish between then answer the question in columns. If it’s a 2 mark question write about four points and try giving examples always use a pencil and ruler for making the columns if the question is for five marks most often you would be expected to write about five points and always summarize in the last sentence in science draw diagrams. If possible use a sharp pencil draw neat diagrams and label them also remember to give a proper title to each diagram in social sciences. If you have map work please put the question number on the top left corner of the map and circle it and now let’s see paper presentation strategies for our math papers. The first thing you do when you get a map paper is write down all the information that’s given in the question in the same order the format for a math answer should be given to find formulae proof format and the answer in units in math even.
If your answer is correct but you forget to write the unit’s that could be a costly mistake like centimeters or rupees and if there are no specified units in the question. Then write your answer as 12 units for example always put the final answer in a box. If there are tables required to be drawn in the math paper always draw them using a pencil and a ruler now for all subjects. When you get your exam answer sheet draw a margin on the left-hand side because when you attach your supplementary sheets something that you write in the corner on the left-hand side of your paper actually won’t be so clearly visible and in the math paper. I would suggest you draw margin on the right-hand side as well so you can use that for rough work as you’re solving this question and you don’t have to keep flipping back to the last page of your answer booklet but remember to cross out the rough work. When you finished answering that question if there is a graph paper make sure you write the question number on the graph paper and also the scale mark and label the axis and when you are attaching this graph paper to your sheets don’t attach it right at the end because sometimes.
It’s a single sheet that could tear off put it in the middle of your supplementary sheets and tie a thread preferably keep it right next to the question itself now let’s take a look at your English paper. If you have reading comprehension always read the questions before you read the passage that way you know what information you’re looking for when you read the passage in the writing section. If you have to write a letter format for example always pay specific attention to the word limit. Now some general tips on paper presentation which would apply to all subjects one try to write as neatly and legibly as possible leave spaces and if you cut something out just use one line to cut it out don’t make a whole spiderweb on it try to leave a line between two answers and what I’ve noticed in the toppers papers is that at the end of every question they actually draw a line to tell the examiner that that answer is complete. One of the questions on your mind is should I answer the questions in the same order in which they are presented to me in the exam paper and the answer is yes you should you can sort of do one section.
Let’s say you do section A and then if you don’t want to do section B you can go to section C if you want to but when you start a section answer all the questions in that in serial order and if you don’t know a particular answer leave a few lines for it and go back to it later and fill it in another place. Where I found people losing marks for when they were giving extra information now there was this question which said give advantages of an A C current and I found that the student had beautifully written all the advantages but in his excitement in the end went and said disadvantages of A C current one two and three and the examiner unfortunately did not give him full marks. Now another tip would be to write your paper in only black or blue ink and not green or red because that’s what examiner’s use and don’t use SMS or short form kind of language try to use as many scientific and technical terms as you can now when you’re revising your paper at the end remember we left 15minutes to revise the paper one of the things for you to do is go back to the question paper and tick off all the questions that you answer to be sure that you haven’t accidentally left something and the second area where I find people make mistakes is they accidentally write the wrong question number. So always check that for your answer you’ve written the right question number.