10th-grade board exam S.E.E(formerly S.L.C) is an old stressful fear factor among students. Often unfairly hyped, S.E.E is ironically considered as an iron gate to higher education and major educational feat. From the outdated curriculum, high expectations, technical glitches, forced cramming, S.E.E expose everything wrong with our education system. But let’s be frank here, overhaul in our education system is a hollow dream. No matter what anyone tells you, grades are important, ALWAYS. You need good grades not only for boosting your false ego or reputation but for the future: scholarships and opportunities. Here are a few tips you can comprehend for good grades:
1. Be Sincere
It’s the best quality a student can have. Period. You may be hardworking, persistent, polite or whatever, you mustn’t lack sincerity. You should always be aware of your duty. You should complete the assigned task, manage your time, keep a balance between study and other stuff, you should realize these things yourself. Also, hear this out ‘Motivation is temporary, you need DISCIPLINE‘.
2. Do not Stress
It’s good to have a fear with a bit of jealousy thrown around. These things motivate you to do better than ever if you do it right. But there’s a thin line between motivation and stress. You need to play your cards well. Don’t be too anxious or tense, your stress shouldn’t be physical. You should know your limit and set your goal within, don’t force yourself beyond that. Not everyone does great in academics i.e. get an A+/A. If you don’t manage to get a bare minimum of B grade, education isn’t something for you and you should consider other options.
3. Practice: There Is No Other Way
You want good grades, you need to work relentlessly for that. The practice seems to be the only way to top. Here’s the main thing, you need to apply a strategic approach to it. In other words, you need to be creative while studying. When you study, try to simultaneously write things you learned on a separate piece. Practice by writing even for literal subjects, it helps you to remember stuff for a long time. When you are done, try to write a note of the summary of points you learned. Do it neatly and revise it to them from time to time. Every tip you get is subjective, it’s best for you to develop your own tricks for each subject.
4. Go Through Past Papers.
The questions on the S.E.E exam are often recurring. It’s really important to go through past questions and practice them. You might observe a pattern in questions, it leaves you room for narrow guesses but never fully rely on a guess. The best way to go through past papers is widely available in Question Banks. Try taking mock exams yourself, grade yourself, or ask others and evaluate your score. Do it repeatedly and report on your progress.
5. Get Help.
You may stumble upon question(s) you don’t have any idea of or some chapters you don’t fully understand. In that case, make a list of those items and seek the answer later on. It’s crucial not to leave any questions or chapters unsolved. You may use the Internet, discuss with peers, ask teachers, or any other options, just don’t leave room for confusion. Also, don’t limit yourself to textbooks, reach out for other resources either online or hard copy. There are Maths practice books, question sets, a refresher course for Science and Social Studies, grammar books for English, and many more.
6. Revive Your Minds.
It’s obvious that exams are stressful, it’s absolutely essential to refresh your mind after a long time of the study. Take short breaks from books to drink water and cool your mind. If your body feels a need for a break, take some rest even your exam is tomorrow. Plus, you don’t have to bury yourself into books every day. In non-exam time doing your homework and some light study will suffice. You may enjoy the rest of your day playing or doing whatever you feel good to do.
7. Think Ahead.
It’s often overlooked but a substantial piece of advice. You need to think about your life after S.E.E and do it early. You need to be aware of some facts about +2(11 and 12). It’s good to know the faculties; Science, Management, Humanities, and the curriculum offered. Look, there is a huge gap in-depth of your course from S.E.E to +2. You may anticipate what’s coming, +2 is way more demanding than S.E.E, prepare yourself for that. It’s good to pre-decide which faculty you’re taking. Here’s a reasonable piece of advice, don’t blindly follow your friends or succumb to the pressure from your family, choose your faculty in accordance with your aim/wish and grades.