Answers to Frequently Asked Questions of students during exams preparation
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions of students during exams preparation

1. I am not able to complete my syllabus on time. What should I


The foremost thing to look upon is time management. Always remember
that the most important thing is to take out time, list out the areas you don’t
understand. It could be possible that you are putting most of your time on the
chapters which does not carry many marks. Try to prioritize your chapters.
Instead of doing 40 questions, do fewer questions but complete them with a
great degree of surity.


2. What if I forget something while writing my paper?


If you forget something then put a little effort to remember it,
may be for a minute. But if it doesn’t come up in your mind, then better leave the
space for that answer and move ahead in attempting your paper. After completing
your paper, you can come up again on the incomplete answers and can try to
remember some points.


3. Do I need to follow the paper sequence while writing the answers?


It would be better if you follow paper sequence. As attempting question
paper in haphazard manner irritates the examiner and most importantly your
first impression of paper gets affected then. If you don’t know the answers of
particular question just leave the space for its answer and move ahead.


4. Does following past question papers helps in the preparation
for examinations?


Yes, it helps you a lot. Firstly it gives you a clear idea about
type of question that comes, pattern of question paper, important chapters that
need more focus to get good marks and most importantly it lessens your anxiety
about attempting paper.


5. My handwriting speed is very slow and because of that I am
not able to complete my paper. Can something be done for me?


If you feel your speed is slow. My first suggestion would be to attempt
question paper in reverse order so that maximum marks questions get attempted.
The other thing that you can do is present your answer through venn diagram,
cause and effect map, table form etc. you will then also get full marks for it.
Apart from this before writing any answer, organize your ideas and instead of
writing it in details, try to write your answer in points. Never omit an entire
question, write something- it may get you at least few marks.


6. Does mugging the facts ensure good result?


No mugging the facts does not always ensure good results. You should
be clear about the concepts, should not be having doubts about the things that
need to be remembered. If you know the meaning of the answer, you can attempt
the question by answering it in your own language. But it is true that you have
to memorize few terminologies as it increases the chance of scoring good marks.


7. Do I need to write whatever I am learning?

When you read a chapter, making notes about it helps you in
understanding the chapter. Moreover writing answers after learning it, decreases
the chance of forgetting it easily. You will also become much more confident
about your preparation.


8. Should I make points or write in paragraphs?


You have to make your answers as presentable as possible. Writing answers
in point form makes it impressive, much clearer and creates interest in the
examiner. Thus, increases chances of getting good marks. Also, it will decrease
the probability of leaving some questions unattempted.


9. I don’t have any fixed time for my studies. Is it alright?


Fixing time for studies help in gaining attention and
concentration easily to study. It’s better to have fixed place and time for
study with moderate flexibility. Goals support direction!!.


10. How can I inculcate positive attitude towards future when I
am feel so scared?


To inculcate positive attitude towards, follow these points:

Don’t keep on thinking just about the future.

Believe in yourself.

Try to put your best effort.

Learn from your previous papers and work more on your
weak areas.

Always remember that no one can see the future but
what you can do is prepare best for tomorrow.


11. Should I read the chapter first or should I learn only questions
and answers that are given at the back of the chapter.


Reading chapter would make it easy for you to attempt both questions-
given at the end of chapter as well as those that come from in between the
chapters. Learning questions directly given at the end would force you to mug
up the answers, which will be remembered only for short time.


12. There are few chapters which I cannot remember/ do not understand.
Should I leave them?


Firstly look at the chapter wise scoring scheme of the subject, if
its very important chapter and many questions come from it , then it would be
better not to leave that chapter otherwise you can think of leaving. With the
help of sample papers try to look for repeated important questions that have
been asked almost everytime and try to atleast memorize them. Take help of your
teacher or friend to understand that answer, that will help you in learning it.


13. I feel very sleepy whenever I study for quite a long time. What
should I do?


You should not study for continuously long periods. Take a short break
after every 30-40 minutes for 10 minutes. Choose table- chair to study on
instead of studying on bed. Try not to study one subject continuously that
disinterests you for long time, take some interesting chapter in between to
relieve your boredom, which is one of your reason for sleepiness.

14. I get distracted after just 20-25 minutes of studying. How should
I improve my concentration?


To improve your concentration-

Stick to a routine- Draw a realistic
revision schedule

Incentives - Create an incentive if necessary
for successfully completing a task such going out, food treat etc.

Change topics - Changing the subject one
studies every one to two hours for variety helps maintain concentration

Varying study activities - At
one time, you can do learning, other time practice maths or practice diagrams

Alternate reading with more active learning exercises -
if students have a lot of reading to do they can try the PQ4R
method which is-

Preview:Survey the material to get an
idea of the general organization, major topics and subtopics. Look at headings
and pictures to try to identify what one will be reading about.

Question: Ask questions about the material
as it is read. Use headings to ask questions (who, what, why, where).

Read: Read the material. Try to answer
own questions while reading.

Reflect: Think about the material that was
just read and try to make it meaningful by:
1) relating
it to things that one already knows about,
2) relating
the subtopics to primary topics,
3) trying
to resolve contradictions,
4) trying
to use the material to solve simulated problems.

Recite: Practice remembering the
information by stating points aloud and asking and answering questions. Use
headings, highlighted words and notes on major ideas.

Review: Actively review the material,
focusing on asking yourself questions and rereading the material only when not
sure of the answers.


15. Do all children experience same kind of stress?


No, not all children feel stressed equally. For many youngsters, stress
is not negative. Those who have confidence in themselves, anticipates achievement
does not feel stressed at all. Stress felt in excess can be unproductive.


16. I get tensed whenever my friends enquire about my preparation.
Should I stop talking to them?


It could be possible that you become anxious about your
preparation after talking to your friends and start viewing yourself in
negative terms. Comparing yourself with others could be another reason for your
tension. You can talk to your friends about other things but try not to talk
about preparation as you already know that it increases your stress level which
ultimately affects your preparation.


17. My back starts aching when I sit on chair for a long time and
thus my concentration fades. What can be done?


You can alternate your place of studying by sitting on a chair for
some time followed by sitting either on bed or on floor, whichever makes you
feel comfortable. Take small breaks between longer hours of study.


18. I keep on munching something when I study. Is it ok?

This is the common thing we do. Munching is not a problem, if what
you are munching is not something oily, fried, fast food etc.


19. Just one month is left for examinations. Is it too late for starting


Even if you start preparing now at your best level, you can do a
lot. So start your preparation by making time table, looking for scoring chapters,
easier chapters, prioritize accordingly. It’s never too late. It’s all about
time management.


20. Should I totally stop watching TV during my preparation days?


If it is one o f your stress reduction techniques then you can
watch TV for some time but not for hours. It will help you in regaining your concentration
to study well after a break.


21. For how many hours should I study?


The study hours will vary on your concentration span. You can keep
studying till you don’t lose your concentration and then take a short break. Also
make an effective study plan before you sit down to study and you can continue
studies till you achieve assigned targets for a day.


22. Does studying late at night always ensure good marks?


There is nothing like that. Whether your study at night or in day,
what matters is not the time of the day but what you study. 7-8 hours of sleep is
biologically essential for rejuvenation.


23. Does studying from guides help?


Studying from guides helps you in getting an idea about different kind
of questions, important questions, previously solved papers, sample papers to
help you in preparing which helps you in having a clear picture about the
examination and thus reduces your fear.


24. If I have not scored good marks in pre- boards then will I be
able to get good marks in boards?


There is no such criteria. Start focusing on the mistakes you have
made in your pre board examinations. Get answers about the question you were
not able to attempt, take help from your peers, and teachers to know about the
way answer should have been attempted, what could have been done to score well.
If you were not able to attempt pre board examination completely then try to
learn about time management.


25. What if I do not get marks according to my parent’s expectations?


Always remember that these are not your last examinations, try and
reflect upon the probable causative factors and also ensure that your parent’s
expectations match with your personal abilities and competence and then
communicate this to them.


26. How many revisions should I need before the actual examination?


We forget about 80% of what we learn in 24 hours. So first
revision should be within 24 hours. Then second should be within 72 hours.
Third – in a week, fourth- fortnight. Before the examination, in total there
should be at least 2-3 revisions.


27. How should I prepare a good time table? My time table does
not seem to work.


Perhaps your timetable does not cater to your individual needs
i.e. once concentration span, sitting capacity, learning style and course to cover.
Also remember to incorporate the knowledge of best study times for you i.e. are
you a morning person, who is able to study comfortably during morning hours or
night person, who can comfortably study late at night.


28. Is good handwriting a must for getting good marks?


Good handwriting is like a bonus in getting good marks. At this
point of time, you can’t improve your handwriting but you can try to make it legible
so that examiner does not get frustrated and give a try to read your answer.
Planning your answer before you start writing finally will minimize extensive
crossing out and changes.


29. I can’t study early in morning. Will my preparation suffers
from this?


First understand whether you are an owl or a lark. If you can
study late at night but cannot feel fresh when you get up early to study then
you must sleep late after studying and get up later in the morning. It’s you
who have to decide, when you can study well.


30. Whatever I have prepared, I am not confident of remembering
it till my examination day. It is making me tensed. What should I do?


To start with, you should preview the test by going through old papers
to avoid any unexpected surprises and anxiety. Be very much clear with the time
allotted for attempting paper. Moreover, you should not have unrealistic
expectations from yourself. Understand that going to the examination hall with
a blank mind is a good sign.Atleast taking six hours of sleep before the
examination is essential thing to do.


31. I’m just too tensed that I am not able to sleep. Is it ok if
I take sedative pills to sleep?


No, don’t try sedative pills. To sleep well, try these outs-

Try to keep a fixed time every night for sleeping as
far as possible.

Avoid afternoon prolonged sleeping; a short nap may be

One hour before bed-time avoid stimulating your
sensory system by too much noise like loud music, too much TV, arguments or

Three hours before sleep time avoid taking any food or
liquids, which contain caffeine, like aerated coal drinks, drinks containing chocolate.


32. What if I do badly in examinations?


Try the following tips:

Judging your self harshly now won’t help you do better
in the future.

Take the position of an observer. What if a good
friend told you he had failed? Would you call him a failure?

Most probably you would emphasize his good points and
help him put the situation in perspective.


33. How do I deal with my family’s disappointment if my results
are not good?


Communication with family members is very important.

Be open and honest with them.

Share what you feel about the result and what you
think went wrong.

Reassure them of your concern and efforts.

Do not have a negative bias against your parents
because sometimes they need more reassurance than you do.


34. What if I don’t get the marks I’m expecting?


Following tips are easy to adopt:

Concentrate on your achievements and be realistic
about your expectations as well.

Usually we know when we have made a mistake, so take
these into account while drawing up expected marks.

The option of rechecking is always open.


35. I’ve heard of irregularities in the assessment system. What
if my marks are adversely affected?


Have faith in the system. There will always be rumors about unfair
checking, but one cannot ignore the fact that results over all these years have
more often than not, been fair.


36. I’ve read that exercise is good to be done during examinations.
Is it true? What does it do?


The fact is that exercise is all the more necessary during
examination time because not only is it a “stress buster “but also has many
other health benefits needed to keep fit during examination. As with any a
machine to keep in good running condition, it requires maintenance or it will
develop problems in various parts or rust due to disuse. Similarly if all our
body parts are not moved effectively, as in exercise, the body parts will fail
and then you will get physical problems like lack of stamina, excessive sleep, headache,
muscle pains, fatigue etc. You will also get mental problems like feeling low
or depressed, inability to concentrate, poor memory etc. Various advantages of
doing exercise are-

Regular aerobic exercise releases some good chemicals
in our body- These make you feel happy.

They counter the effects of stress, depression and
anxiety that all students suffer from during examination time.

So after exercising you get a “Natural kick” which is
longer lasting and safe unlike drugs or stimulants like caffeine.

It also helps you in weight loss and that will make
you feel good about your self.


37. Should spicy food be avoided in the days when preparing for
board examinations?


Yes, it should be avoided as it would make you feel lethargic,
will produce acidity and many related stomach problems in addition to obesity.
Finally, it will also hamper your concentration along with sluggishness in the
examination timing.


38. Why are studies so boring?


Most of the times, we are quite aware of WHAT need to be studied. But
we have never really thought of the WHY? Most of us thus see studying as just a
means to an end, the end of course being a good grade or top marks. Now, when
one feels, at the very outset itself, unsure about this end point, how CAN one
be enthusiastic about studying?! For instance, you are thinking to yourself, “I
better study properly because I really must top the class this year”…. or, “I
must get a first class or my parents will feel upset”….. then the natural next
thought is, “Oh no, I doubt I can make it to those kind of marks! I might just
do so badly that everyone will make fun of me, or be disappointed……...I guess
it’s safer not to try. “You have one thing common with successful people – “a
24 hour day”. It’s how you see it that makes the difference”.


39. What would be a good way to handle this “allergy” to studying?


Just make sure that, in your thoughts, the act of studying is
clearly separated from whether you think of yourself as “good” or “bad”. Do not
evaluate yourself based on what marks you think you will get. Do not start feeling
that your parents or teachers will love you or approve of you only if you do
well in tests. They are just as happy with your best effort. Believe, this…..some
of the workshops we plan to take with them will tell them so! Also, tell
yourself very clearly that there is no expectation at all that you should like
the task at hand, i.e. studying. Just hang in there and stick to it, because it
is one way to make it to a good career and ultimately, an independent life!


40. What is the most important thing when developing good study


Well simply remember, the key is YOU……... the material or what you
do with it. If you are motivated, confident and keen to make it to the next
stage of life in your career, you are bound to do as well as you possible can.
Also remember to keep your mind, sharp! It is all you have on your side, to win
the game. The mind must be well rested so eat, well and sleep well. You need to
be in good health to be able to concentrate. Also, some physical exercise preferably
some outdoor activity in the fresh open air would help. Students find it odd
when they are told to “eat, sleep and exercise” rather
than “study,
learn and reproduce” but it is a medical fact that a healthy mind can only be in a healthy body! So do not push
yourself too hard. Rather, use good time
management skills and ensure that you begin work well
in time, so that you are not stressed out.

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