Maths helps one understand the functioning of the world around them and helps build crucial learning and critical thinking skills in students. Maths also helps develop logical thinking and improves the understanding of the relationship between numbers in students thus increasing their IQ.
Class 10 is a crucial class of the secondary school. The marks scored in this class help the students determine which stream or subjects they want to opt for in 11th and 12th. The syllabus also for the subjects in the class is vast so it is necessary that you have a proper timetable set up to finish your syllabus thoroughly and still have time to revise before the exam.
Study schedule and exam tips for students
Students require a timetable for class 10 board exams so that the students know what to study when and how much time needs to be focused on a particular chapter or subject. Each student has his own strengths and weaknesses depending on the subject and their calibre. So it is important that you design a timetable best suited for your needs. A basic outline for a good study schedule may look like this:
- Get up early- Studying in the mornings is the best time to study. You tend to retain more of what you study and your concentration level is high as you have just woken up and your mind is fresh.
- Give time to each topic- Maths is a subject that needs patience and practice to excel. The syllabus for class 10 is also vast so it is important that you give each and every topic time and practice all the sums and exercises in the NCERT book. Do not leave any topic. There are a total of 16 chapters that are divided among 7 units.
- List out the important chapters- While preparing for the exam keep in mind that all chapters are important. List out the chapters that you feel might need a little more attention or might seem a little tough to you. They will require some extra practice of questions and sums.
- Set goals for a shorter period of time- Set goals for each day or for parts of the day. Like completing a certain amount of questions or a particular chapter. This will help you manage your time and keep you motivated. These small achievements of completing a goal will also encourage you to keep working and help you realise which topic might need more of your time and attention.
- Solve mock test papers or previous years’ papers- The CBSE board exam for Class 10 is of 80 marks. The chapters in the NCERT maths class 10 pdf are given different weightage. It is important to list out chapters that are important and of more weightage so that you can solve more questions from them. Chapters like quadratic equations, lines in two dimensions, statistics, trigonometric identities and probability are important. Firstly, while preparing, practice all the examples and exercises from the NCERT book as they are given a proper explanation and most questions in the exam are likely to come from. After you are done with practicing these, solve mock test papers or question papers from previous years. This will help you get a hang of the pattern and the type of questions that are likely to be asked in the paper. While solving the paper, time yourself and assess your performance so that you know where you stand and which part needs more preparation. Practicing is key to acing your maths exam and scoring good marks in the paper.
- Write down all the formulas and equations required for the paper. Maths can be high-scoring if you know all your formulas. By writing them down it will be consolidated in one area, be easy for you to revise and it will be quicker to memorise them as well.
- While preparing the time table don’t forget to give yourself proper breaks. Practicing and studying is important for scoring good marks but at the same time, it is also necessary that you are not exhausting yourself. Take regular breaks, go for a walk, read, watch TV or whatever it is that you wish to do and refresh yourself. Come back with a refreshed mind and get to studying. You are likely to retain and learn more of what you are studying with a fresh mind.
- Change the pattern if you don’t feel good. The pattern or schedule of study is specific to each student and how much they can study in a day depending on their retaining capacity. If you feel like you have studied enough maths for the day or for a while and wish to concentrate on some other subject then do so. This will not only be helpful in preparing for the other subject but also divert your mind from maths and refresh you. You can take up any subject you feel is light and does not take that much of time.
- Study monthwise- It is important that you finish your topics or syllabus at least a month or two in advance before your final exam. This way you have ample time to finish and concentrate on each topic and clear all your doubts. If you leave everything for the end you are bound to leave something because of the hurry to finish the syllabus in time. The last two months before the exam are crucial and instead of learning new things from the syllabus, you should only revise the NCERT book and practice sums and mock papers. This will help you score maximum marks and manage your time well and concentrate on any tough topic.
Preparing smartly with a schedule that suits you is the best way to prepare for any exam and scoring good marks. Class 10 marks help you determine what stream you might want to take in the future and prepare for entrance exams for different schools if you wish to switch. Make sure you follow a timetable and practice enough to score good marks in maths.