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Almost every students is scared of exams. And one reason for this is – that no matter how much we study the book, some of us fail to score more. This happens because even though we enter the examination hall with tons of information in our brain, we often fail to present the answers in the correct and impressive way.
For most of our lives we have to attempt subjective tests and the marks scored in these tests play a great role in shaping our future. Hence, it becomes a matter of worry for students.
So in this article, we will share with you our ideas on how to write the paper to score more. Combined with these tips and right preparation, you will be able to score 100% marks!
Read Your Question Carefully – Never start writing your answer immediately after looking at the question. Take a minute or two to structure the information in your mind, and decide on what all to write. Plan your answer. If you have to write a long answer or an essay, try to have an introduction, main points and a conclusion. A strong conclusion will attract the one who corrects your answer sheet.
Time Management – Time management plays a key role in any exam, so you must know how to manage your time properly in the examination hall. Try to evaluate how much time you will require to answer a question of 1 mark, 2 marks, 3 marks, etc and then stick to it in the exam. It will ensure that you are not spending too much time on just one answer and sacrificing other questions that are shorter or of higher weightage. If an exam is of 3 hours, try to complete it in 2.5 hours. Keep at least 15 min for rechecking your answers.
Handwriting & neatness – Good handwriting will help you gain good marks in the exam. It makes your point clear to the examiner. Make sure your handwriting is readable, easy to read and neat, which will make the examiner check your answer sheet generously. Wherever drawing are required, make them neatly. Use a ruler for making tables. Do rough work on right column of the sheet or on last sheet of your paper. At times, even if you calculation is wrong, an examiner can see your approach and can give you marks for that. Cluttered papers and bad handwriting generally irks examiners which can make them deduct your marks.
Write in points wherever possible – remember that examiners have 1000’s of papers to check and their main aim is to see if you have the required knowledge, not read your stories. Students have to represent their answers in such a way, that the person who corrects your paper must be able to judge your knowledge while reading them. So try to write your answer in points wherever possible, rather than a paragraph. Points stand out better and are easier to comprehend. They will work better at putting your point forward to the examiner. While solving numericals, all steps should be shown. Do not skip steps. It can lead to calculation mistake and examiner will also struggle to follow your thought process which can lead to you losing marks.
Points should not be too concise in communication /lang papers but they should carry a logical sequence.
Quality matters, not quantity – Quality of your answers and relevant content will fetch you marks, not long stories. Most of the students believe that they will get a good score if they increase the quantity of the answers, but it is not true, the examiner will allot marks based on the quality of the content, not quantity. Nobody including the examiner has time to read long answers anyway. Most papers already have word limit specified in instructions – stick to it. Write the core point asked in as less words as you can.
Practise Previous Years’ Papers and evaluate them – CBSE and many other boards release answer sheets of toppers and answer keys, in which they list down points required in an ideal answer. Do make it a point to attempt such papers. Attempt the paper without looking at answers first and then evaluate them. See what you missed writing and try to better your performance with every attempt. Do make sure that you also keep time limit in mind. Not only do you need to write all the answers properly but you also need finish the paper in stipulated time.
Revise Your Answers – Most of the students never check their answer booklets after completing their exam. Checking your answers will help find unintentional spelling mistakes, silly calculation mistakes, grammatical errors, etc. Proofreading your answers can do wonders; you can correct your mistakes, add more points and draw quick diagrams relevant to the topics, fetching you more marks. In any numerical problem, you should double check with the ques paper to see if you took correct values. Also, always make sure that the unit written in front of an answer (if any) is correct. If the answer is supposed to be 100 and you have written 100 , your marks will be deducted.
Ensure you follow all these points to score well in your exams!