has it ever happened to you that you
know everything you’re very well prepared and you just don’t score well
on your exam and did you know that having mastery over your content and
scoring well in your exams are two different things so in today’s video
we’re going to talk about those specific things that you need to do in order to
write high scoring answers so let’s get going that working hey this is Chetna
and you’re watching ChetChat and for today’s video
I met with principals and examiner’s and also analyzed past papers of toppers over
several years so in the video we’re going to cover two things one is exam
to-do’s what are those things you need to do as soon as you get into that
examination hall and two paper presentation strategies specific tips
for you to present your science social studies math English or any other paper let’s begin with the exam to-do’s and the
first is the timing as soon as you get your paper divide the total time between
each question leaving 15 minutes at the end for revision now perhaps you have 10
short answer type questions and you want to put 40 minutes for them and perhaps you
have three to five long answer type questions for about five marks or ten
marks and you want to keep an hour or hour and a half for that now you could
perhaps do this even before when you’re doing your practice papers for revision
you can plan out the timings and as soon as you go into the hall you write the
timings down next to each question you know sometimes we spend so much time
writing the first few short answers so beautifully and neatly and by the time
we reach the last ten mark answer we are rushing through it and missing out on
marks over there so wear a wrist watch don’t depend on the wall clock and if
your time is running out leave the question and move forward the second
exam to do is to read the question twice and also
notice the command word at the beginning of every question and read the entire
sentence twice because distinguished is different from list and describe is
different from give advantages off now sometimes we are in this excitement and
we read the first few words of the question and we jump right into
answering it because we’ve seen a familiar question before this is a trap
be very careful and the third exam to do is for CBSE and ICSE students if you get
a question in your paper that you think is out of your syllabus please attempt
it. It has happened in the past that the examiners discovered that the question
was out of syllabus and they decided to give marks to the student who attempted
it irrespective of whether it was right or wrong so if you have no negative
marking on your paper please attempt every single question now we all know that content is king but
presentation and creating the right first impression go a long way so let’s
begin with your science and social sciences paper now try answering the
question in the first line itself of the answer directly for example a science
question is list three characteristics of lungs which make it an efficient
respiratory surface start your answer with the characteristics of lungs which
make it an efficient respiratory surface our for example in a social science
question why did Gandhiji decide to call off the non-cooperation movement begin
the answer with Gandhiji decided to call off the non-cooperation movement because
now once we finish these first sentence give the rest of the answer in points in
an orderly fashion preferably with the most important point right up in the
beginning when answering objective type questions underline the answer or the
main keyword or you can put a box around it you can also highlight underline draw
boxes around important points for example a social science question is
name a political party in India that grew out of a movement answer the
political party in India that grew out of a movement is a AIADMK and put a box
around a AIADMK notice how we rephrase the question and wrote it as a complete
statement we didn’t just put the answer right there even though it was an
objective type question if the question is to distinguish between then answer
the question in columns if it’s a 2 mark question write about four points
and try giving examples always use a pencil and ruler for making the columns
if the question is for five marks most often you would be expected to write
about five points and always summarize in the last sentence in science draw
diagrams if possible use a sharp pencil draw neat diagrams and label them also
remember to give a proper title to each diagram in social sciences if you have
map work please put the question number on the top left corner of the map and
circle it and now let’s see paper presentation strategies for our math
papers the first thing you do when you get a map
paper is write down all the information that’s given in the question in the same
order the format for a math answer should be given to find formulae proof
format and the answer in units in math even if your answer is correct but you
forget to write the unit’s that could be a costly mistake like centimeters or
rupees and if there are no specified units in the question then write your
answer as 12 units for example always put the final answer in a box if there
are tables required to be drawn in the math paper always draw them using a
pencil and a ruler now for all subjects when you get your exam answer sheet draw
a margin on the left-hand side because when you attach your supplementary
sheets something that you write in the corner on the left-hand side of your
paper actually won’t be so clearly visible and in the math paper I would
suggest you draw margin on the right-hand side as well so you can use
that for rough work as you’re solving this question and you don’t have to keep
flipping back to the last page of your answer booklet but remember to cross out
the rough work when you finished answering that question if there is a
graph paper make sure you write the question number on the graph paper and
also the scale mark and label the axis and when you are attaching this graph
paper to your sheets don’t attach it right at the end because sometimes it’s
a single sheet that could tear off put it in the middle of your supplementary
sheets and tie a thread preferably keep it right next to the
question itself now let’s take a look at your English paper if you have reading
comprehension always read the questions before you read the passage that way you
know what information you’re looking for when you read the passage in the writing
section if you have to write a letter format for example always pay specific
attention to the word limit okay now some general tips on paper presentation
which would apply to all subjects one try to write as neatly and legibly as
possible leave spaces and if you cut something out just use one line to cut
it out don’t make a whole spiderweb on it try to leave a line between two
answers and what I’ve noticed in the toppers papers
is that at the end of every question they actually draw a line to tell the
examiner that that answer is complete okay one of the questions on your mind
is should I answer the questions in the same order in which they are presented
to me in the exam paper and the answer is yes you should you can
sort of do one section let’s say you do section A and then if you don’t want to
do section B you can go to section C if you want to but when you start a section
answer all the questions in that in serial order and if you don’t know a
particular answer leave a few lines for it and go back to it later and fill it
in another place where I found people losing marks for when they were giving
extra information now there was this question which said give advantages of
an AC current and I found that the student had beautifully written all the
advantages but in his excitement in the end went and said disadvantages of AC
current one two and three and the examiner unfortunately did not give him
full marks now another tip would be to write your paper in only black or blue
ink and not green or red because that’s what examiner’s use and don’t use SMS or
short form kind of language try to use as many scientific and technical terms
as you can now when you’re revising your paper at the end remember we left 15
minutes to revise the paper one of the things for you to do is go back to the
question paper and tick off all the questions that you answer to be sure
that you haven’t accidentally left something and the second area where I
find people make mistakes is they accidentally write the wrong question
number so always check that for your answer you’ve written the right question
number next to it and finally if you’re looking at tips on how to structure that
long answer we did a video some time back where we discussed a QAEE
technique and I’m going to drop a link to that video in the description box
below and meantime wish you the very best for your exams coming up go right
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