Common mistakes to avoid during board exams

8 Common mistakes to avoid during board exams

With Board exams just a couple of months away, your preparations must be in full swing. Amidst all the hard work and dedication you put in to ace the exam, it is equally important how you handle pressure during this crucial period. 

While some soak it up at ease, others tend to develop anxiety disorders, making it difficult to perform on the examination day. It is commonly observed that numerous students unknowingly make silly mistakes during preparation and also on the day of the exam.

With this article, we’ve summed up some common mistakes to avoid during the board exams. 

1. Not reading the question paper 

It is very common for students to not read the question paper carefully before attempting the exam, leading to silly mistakes. We suggest devoting at least 60 to 90 seconds to go through the entire question paper before getting to the answers. 

Going through the question paper will help you analyze its pattern while deciding the amount of time to be dedicated to every question. 

2. Time Mismanagement 

Connected to the previous pointer, time management is extremely important. If you don’t prior analyze the question paper, it is obvious for you to unknowingly spend more time than required on some of the questions. 

This can lead to not being able to attempt the entire question paper within the time-frame. So, it is always better to first analyze the question paper and then plan the justified amount of time by questions. 

3. Unplanned answers

Writing answers without planning the order of points to be covered can lead to incorrect or confusing information. It is always better to first chalk out a structure for such answers and then begin writing. This way you will save both time and energy to rectify the mistake later while rechecking. 

4. Leaving easy questions to be attempted at the 11th hour 

Students have a tendency of leaving easy questions to be attempted in the eleventh hour. However, no matter how ideal it sounds, it is not the right thing to do. 

Reason being that sometimes you end up dedicating more than the required time to tricky questions, thus falling short of time in the end. This practice is risky if you fall short of time as you tend to make mistakes then. Hence, it is ideal is to attempt the easy ones in the paper before proceeding to its difficult counterparts. 

5. Copying incorrect data 

Another common mistake resulting from lack of time management is copying incorrect data. Students happen to do that when in a hurry to complete a question and moving onto the other. However, this could lead to writing incorrect answers and losing out on easy marks. 

It is suggested to carefully read the question and copy the data, crosscheck the copied information and then attempt its solution. 

6. Handwriting 

Try to maintain clear handwriting throughout the exam and avoid any cuts and scratches on your answer sheets. Even if you don’t have the handwriting of the hearts, try maintaining some clarity for the examiner to understand your thoughts. 

7. Not revising the answers 

It is really very important to recheck attempted answers before submitting your answer sheet. You might make some silly mistakes while attempting questions due to lack of time or otherwise. Rechecking helps weed out any such mistakes ensuring accuracy and correctness in your answers. 

8. Not using diagrams 

No matter how useless they sound, they are an important part of an answer. You can score nearly 50% marks dedicated to a question solely on the basis of a diagram. Think what wonders would it do for you to score well if you also have some supporting text along with it. 

All you need to ensure is that the diagram is neat and correctly represented, which ensures a clear understanding of the concept. 

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