Stand-up comedians/failed celebrities turned businesswomen/South Delhi lads and girls living on Daddy’s cash might tell you that marks don’t matter. Of course they don’t if you are highly privileged, outstandingly talented , or a pretentious nihilist who doesn’t give a damn about anything.
The harsh reality is that grades DO matter and if someone tells you that they don’t after you score bad in your boards, it is only because they want to uplift your mood and morale.
Marks are not the right means to determine your intelligence but good scores are a deciding factor of your sincerity and your desire to work hard to achieve your long-term goals. So, quit telling yourself that you don’t have to bother studying for your boards just because you are lazy. Here are a few tips that might help you score well in boards :
- Putting the “pro” in procastrination might seem like a cool thing to do but UNESCO has declared procastrination the most toxic habit after alcohol consumption and smoking weed after taking a thousand snaps of it. Try getting rid of habits that encourage procastrination. Social media apps can be avoided while studying with the help of apps like BreakFree and Flipd that don’t let you use your phone for a fixed duration.
- Set small, achievable goals in the beginning rather than long-term goals that might make you nervous. For instance, set a schedule for two days during which you focus on completing 2 chapters of Mathematics and 2 chapters of English instead of worrying about what things you have to do to get 95% or above. Small goals accumulate to become a bigger goal. Remember that.
- Subjects that seem tough to you require more attention. Try preparing for these subjects with a refreshed mind,say, after a game of football outside or after watching an episode of your favourite TV show.
- Not solving sample question papers after having prepared for days is like watching a Marvel movie and skipping the post-credit sequence.If you don’t solve sample papers at home in the same number of hours as the actual exam, your preparation is worthless.
- Get enough sleep as disturbed sleep cycles tend to make you irritable and no one wants to study that way.
- Don’t get discouraged by failed attempts at scoring well in class tests and mock exams. Instead, analyse where you make mistakes more often and solve more questions from that topic.
In the end, it is more about studying smart than studying hard. Hope these tips are handy in your preparation for your board examinations.