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Tips for scoring in Maths in board examination

It gives every student jitters when they talk about preparing for their board exams. And most of us have a secret enemy, and that is MATH. Board exam is one of the most crucial and turning points in any student’s life. The result of the same will either break your or make your career.  It lays a strong foundation for your future.

Mathematics is one of the most leveraged subjects, as it is one of the scoring subjects. Also, even in schools more attention is paid towards preparing students in Mathematics. After all, it is one of the subjects that is applied in all spheres of life and is crucial. Thus, students are expected to excel in it. And the pressure gets double when students are appearing for Board exams.

There are many questions that go on in mind of those students who are preparing for their board examination. Questions such as what subjects should I study, how to prepare for them, how to score good marks and so on wander in their heads. Therefore, it is ideal that one should plan and study those topics that are important and will fetch more marks. And Mathematics is a subject that has a huge scope of scoring maximum marks and pump-up your percentage.

Mathematics is very easy and a counting subject, if the base for the same is strong. It is inevitable and plays an important role in board examinations. Not only it will help in scoring good score, but also lays a sound foundation for other future streams such as Medical or Non-Medical.

The syllabus for mathematics, for Board 10th examination consists of fundamental topics that guide/ teach the basics wof geometry, numbers and simple trginometry.   The paper pattern is divided into following categories:

  • There are 8 questions carrying a mark for each question. These are MCQs (multiple choice questions).

  • There 6 questions carrying 2 marks each question

  • And 10 questions that carry 3 and 4 marks respectively. (This means 10*3 and 10*4; total weightage 70).

  • Total weightage is 90 marks.

With this weightage categorization of scores students can understand how the marks will be calculated and how they can plan for scoring maximum out of it.

(Please note that the categorization is done on the basis of exams pattern for CBSE board)

Now, before we proceed towards the tips and tricks for the same; let us look at the varied topics that are sure shot to be asked in exams and the no of questions or score weightage that is expected:

Topics

Score Weightage

Algebra

20

Mensuration

20

Geometry

16

Trigonometry

12

Statistics and Probability

10

Coordinate Geometry

08

Number Systems

04

 

(Please note that the above listed weightage is calculated on the bases of the questions asked in previous years question papers.)

The table shows that topics such as Algebra and Mensuration carry maximum weightage. So one should pay a little more focus on these topics and prepare for them. Then the weightage is given to Geometry and Trigonometry. Practice more for these topics, as they can be full scoring topics. Thus, this should give students a fair idea on how the preparation for the examination should be done.

Going further, Formulas and Shortcuts are a very crucial part of Mathematics. This means that if you need to score well, then these formulas should be by-heart to you. However both of them are different and are two things that every student should know, before appearing for the Mathematics examination. They should know all the formulas and the shortcuts for the same; in order to be able to complete their paper on time.

Apart from this, following are the tips that will help in comprehensive preparation for the board examinations:

  • Learn the Formulas. Prepare a list/ chart of all the important formulas from all chapters. Learn and revise them on a regular basis. But remember, it is necessary to understand these formulas and blind memorizing should be avoided. If you mug up the formula without understanding it, you will not be able to solve the problems and will lose marks. 

  • Before you start learning the formulas, it is suggested that you try to understand your syllabus. You should be aware of the entire syllabus and know the weightage against each subject. This will help you in planning and manage time in most fruitful manner.

  • TIME MANAGEMENT. Managing time is very important if you need to score good marks. You need to make sure that you allocate a time slot for solving problems and revision; and follow it without any failure. If you do not manage your time, you won’t be able to become a Mathematics Genius.

During exams also, try to utilize first 15 minutes more effectively. Divide time as per paper sections. There three sections A, B and C. Start paper solving with section c as it has 7 questions and each question carry 6 marks. Follow it by section B and section A. 

  • Have a distinct registers for all your ‘Theorems’ and ‘Methodologies’. By doing so, you will have all your theorems and methodologies handy and can revise them easily. Make notes out of them and make sure to read them as many times, possible.

If the notes are too detailed, you can use ‘Mnemonics’ to remember them. 

  • PRACTICE. It is a good idea to practice and solve the problems or sums on your own. You may know the theorem and varied concepts, but until and unless you haven’t practiced them; you will not be able to master them. Thus, if you need to score a century in examination, you need to practice them by solving them at least 3-4 times during the entire preparation course.

  • DOUBTS. Note down all the doubts or problems that you faced while solving the problems and get them clarified at once. The benefit of solving the doubts or problems at the same time is that you will not accumulate them for a later stage and will be able to solve the problem easily. Also, it will help you in getting a clear understanding of the entire concept.

If group studies suit you, then try solving your queries and doubts in a group study session. Group study will not help you in clearing your doubts, but will provide you with different ways of solving the same problem.

  • PRACTICE PAPERS AND MOCK TESTS. Try to solve as many previous years’ questions papers and take as many mock tests you can. This will enhance your skill and speed to solve the problems, without wasting too much time. Second, you will also get a clear idea on which areas you need to focus more and dedicate more time to them.

Try solving questions from these papers section wise. For example, if you are learning or practicing ‘Algebra’, then solve questions mentioned on this topic from the papers. This will give you clear understandings of how comfortable are you with the topic. In the same manner, continue solving the papers as you proceed with the topics.

  • Using too many guides and reference material will not be helpful. Stick to basic books such as ‘NCERT books’ and prepare for the examination.

Your Textbooks and NCERT books are good enough. If you are through with them, then you need not to alarm.

  • Devote last two months only for the revision and practice.

Apart from above mentioned tips, following advices will also help you in during the examinations:

  • Make sure your answer sheet is free of cutting and scratching. The examiner needs to understand the steps used to solve the problem and how you derived the answer. If the process is not clear, then the marks will be deducted.  

  • Keep your pencils sharped, have a good quality eraser and make sure all your instruments are in a good shape. Figures and diagrams in the exam fetch more marks; so if your tools are in shape you will be able to make a neat and clear figures and diagrams.

  • It is also necessary that you read the ‘Instructions’ carefully, before attempting the questions.

Thus, these were few regular guidelines that will enable you to score well in you Board examination. But, you need to make sure that you are honest and serious about your preparations.

All the Best!!

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