Preparing for Boards during the last days: Math

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Math is one of the most important subjects in the science stream. Just like Physics and Chemistry, the subject is highly important for all the students as its score is considered in all admissions. Math is known to be a subject very easy for the ones who understand and a nightmare for those who cannot understand the concepts.

Math, despite good understanding, needs thorough continual practice throughout the session as student tends to either forget or slow down in the proficiency of solving these numerical problems. The last few days are very critical to as it enables students to brush up all the topics and ensure that they remember all the concepts from the book.

When compared to all other subjects, Math registers the maximum number of cent percent marks in comparison to Physics and Chemistry. Herein, we share a few tips from industry experts on how to maximise your preparation during the last few days to score your level best in Math.

  1. Identify the scoring topics: There are a few topics that need to be studied deeply in order to score high. The most important Math topics that one cannot afford to miss are:
  • Continuity and Differentiability
  • 3D Geometry and Vectors (for science students)
  • Matrices and Determinants
  • Application of Derivatives and Differential Calculus

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  1. Time your attempts: Allott a specific time for each question. For e.g. the one marks questions need to be attempted in 1.5-2 minutes. Therefore, spending too much of time on explaining these questions would lead to lesser time for questions bearing more marks.

Similarly, for 4 mark questions, it is recommended to invest 4-5 minutes of time per question. For 6 mark questions, spend 6 minutes or lesser.

  1. The right presentation: The different type questions, based on the score they bear, require more detailing in solution. So, for a one mark question, the solution should be no more than 2-3 lines or steps maximum.

On the other hand, 6 marks questions should be supported with each step, supporting theorem/axiom name etc.

  1. Studying at the right time: It is very important to train your brain to perform at some specific time of the day. Students studying during the night and sleeping during the afternoon would find it tough to think and perform during the afternoon when the actual board exam is held. Thus, it is advisable to maintain a healthy sleep and learn to perform during the 9 AM -12 noon.
  2. Right attempt strategy: If you have perfected your strategy and can attempt the whole paper in 10-15 minutes less than 3 hours, then you do not need to worry but just control nerves to not lose out on marks. However, if you are struggling to complete the whole exam, then you need to priorities the paper with 6 mark questions followed by 4 markers and so on.

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