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A guide for preparation of exams — Aastha Mour

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A guide to preparing for exams

The most crucial part of appearing for a competitive exam is the preparation. With the increasing competition what causes a lot of anxiety is the intense parental pressure, the burden of preparation and fear of failure. It is thus only hard work that makes that one kid stand alone from the rest of crowd. It does not mean that he/she has more time than the rest of you. Everybody has the same time allotted. Yet it is because only he/she who knows how to manage time will make a mark in their own life.

Me being in 10th right now, have given a lot of competitive exams, such as olympiads, silver zones, esset, National Talent Search Examination(NTSE), etc. However, based on what was fed in my mind, NTSE was the most important exam. It is basically a scholarship exam, which usually people don’t appear for scholarship, but for the future benefits. Hence, whatever tips you will witness in the article will be solely based on my experience while preparing for this examination.

So, let’s begin:-

  • Time Management:-
  • As spoken about earlier, time management is one of an essential element for not only Competitive exam preparation, but for all the exams that you may appear.
  • The first thing before you start studying, you need to make a timetable. Even though you are the one known to be spontaneous. Because if you think your spontaneity will help you in getting good results, then you need to re-evaluate your potential.
  • Once you go through your daily schedule, just strike off the activities which are not that important and make space for extra studying in your schedule.

  • Well, this may sound a little boring, but, there is a solution to it. It’s not necessary that you study the whole day. Plan your day in such a way that you feel refreshing every time you sit again.
  • For example, if I talk about my schedule, I had allotted 1 hour each day for every subject that the syllabus demanded. Always make the timetable based on the requirements of the syllabus. If the syllabus asks for more attention on science, then there is no point in using much of your time in maths. So according to my timetable, I was supposed to study for 1 hour and then take a break for 15 minutes. This cycle repeated after every 1 hour 15 minutes. Because of this, every time I came back to studying, I felt refreshed.
  • As you move towards the end of the day, try accommodating the subjects which you prefer doing and which is relatively easier.
  • Plan your subject:-
  • Everybody has interests in different subjects, hence they would tend to give more significance to the subject they are passionate about. As for me, it is math.
  • However, math isn’t the only requirement of the syllabus, therefore you need to plan your subjects.
  • Make a list of topics in descending order of difficulty.and
  • Take up the challenge of completing the most difficult ones first, not because they are the most difficult, but if you succeed in understanding the concept, you’ll feel enlightened and boosted. Secondly, if you don’t understand that topic, you’ll at least have time to take someone’s assistance.
  • While Studying:-

Finally, the study time.

  • While studying, you should be seated in a comfortable position. However, make sure that that position is not too comfortable so you might end up taking a nap.
  • While reading the text, make a habit of underlining the important stuff, or if you remembering stuff easier by noting it down, then go ahead. If you do this, you will not need to go through the whole text again. Because you know the important points.
  • Practice:-
  • After you’ve read the chapters and completed the syllabus [i.e. clear with the concepts] start solving questions.
  • By solving questions, you’ll get a clear understanding as to, if you really understood the chapter or not.
  • Once you’re clear with that, solve the past year papers.
  • Solving these papers is very beneficial because if you solve the papers, you’ll get a clear understanding of how the questions might be asked.
  • Always try to time your paper and complete the paper in the given time.
  • For each paper, a mark scheme (answer sheet) is provided. Once the paper is completed, go through the mark scheme, look for how the answers are supposed to be written and then accordingly check your answers.
  • Spare Time
  • During the short 15 minutes breaks, you may be planning to watch TV or play video games etc.
  • However, if you do that, you may end up losing the little concentration which was left.
  • So, the best way to attain that concentration is by doing the following things:-
    • Meditation
    • Take out some time for nature.
    • Do a physical exercise
    • Take a nap for 15 minutes

These are some tips that I have always found very useful and I hope those who want to make a difference will follow them without doubt. However, as the saying goes,”Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like hard work – Thomas Edison.” This article is just to guide you. But, you’re the one who has to do all the hard work. So, if you haven’t started preparing, do it right now. Or else it will be too late and remember 🙂 don’t forget to plan your answer.

Good Luck!!

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Pooja Vivek Barolia

Apr 01, 2017

Very NYC guidance.. thanks

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Mukesh Barolia

Apr 01, 2017

Yes.. Excellent.. Awesome tips and really helpful.. Thanks.

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kiran barolia

Apr 01, 2017

Excellent aastha :-)

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Aastha Mour

Apr 01, 2017

Thanki

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Aastha Mour

Apr 01, 2017

Thank You :)

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Surabhi Mour

Apr 01, 2017

Good work Aastha.. a nice read..

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Aastha Mour

Apr 01, 2017

Thanks..

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Aastha Mour

Apr 01, 2017

Thank You

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Aastha Mour

Apr 01, 2017

Thanki..

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CA Akanksha Gupta

Apr 01, 2017

Very beautifully written ...will surely help

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Aastha Mour

Apr 01, 2017

Thanks

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Sourav Sharma

Apr 01, 2017

Nice article

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Aastha Mour

Apr 02, 2017

Thank You Very Much...

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Rinnkesh Barolia

Apr 02, 2017

Great article.

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Aastha Mour

Apr 02, 2017

Thanks

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sahil mangla

Apr 02, 2017

Keep up the good work

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Aastha Mour

Apr 02, 2017

Thanks a lot..

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Dr J.P. Mour

Apr 02, 2017

Astha , congratulations for the excellent presentation. Very useful guidelines for the students. Keep it up.

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Aastha Mour

Apr 04, 2017

Thank You.. :)

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Manoj Mour

Apr 02, 2017

Good work....keep it up.

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Aastha Mour

Apr 03, 2017

Thank you..

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Gopal Mour Healing Guru

Apr 03, 2017

Thanks for writing such a good article, I like your style of writing…

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Aastha Mour

Apr 03, 2017

Thank You

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Mamta Mour

Apr 03, 2017

Its helps the students.

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Aastha Mour

Apr 03, 2017

Thank You.

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Nandita Goyal

Apr 03, 2017

DUDE!!!!! <3

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Aastha Mour

Apr 04, 2017

Thanks..

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Naincy Barolia

Apr 04, 2017

Nice article... Well done aastha

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Aastha Mour

Apr 04, 2017

Thanx.. :)

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Disha khetan

Apr 04, 2017

Thanks for the guidance dear....looking forward to follow this...:)

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Aastha Mour

Apr 04, 2017

Thanks

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Vakeel ahmed

Apr 05, 2017

This really good....thanku

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Aastha Mour

Apr 06, 2017

Thanks

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Rehan Ahmed

Apr 05, 2017

Mukesh sir this is really good..it will work and thank you so mch for sharing an excellent work

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Aastha Mour

Apr 05, 2017

Thanki.. :)

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Anish Mour

Apr 05, 2017

Its too good. Well done

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Aastha Mour

Apr 05, 2017

Thanks Bhai... ;p

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Aastha Mour

Apr 06, 2017

Thank you

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Kaavya Shah

Apr 06, 2017

Good one Astha! seems you are preparing well for the exams.

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Aastha Mour

Apr 06, 2017

HEHEHE..Thanki Ma'am

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Rakhee Nahar

Apr 06, 2017

The article mentions all strategies required to prepare for the exam. It would be a great help !! Well written Astha.

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Aastha Mour

Apr 06, 2017

Thanks Ma'am

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Zainab Cinemawala

Apr 06, 2017

Thanks for the informative article. It will be a great help

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Aastha Mour

Apr 06, 2017

Thank You Ma'am, hoping for the same

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Surabhi Rawat

Apr 06, 2017

Well written article Aastha! Best wishes for your exam:)

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Aastha Mour

Apr 06, 2017

Thanks A Lot Ma'am ☺

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Ravi Goenka

Apr 06, 2017

good article on preparing for competitive exams Aastha....keep it up & god bless u :)

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Saolee Roy

Apr 06, 2017

Good work Aastha. Best wishes for your exam.

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Sneha Joshi

Apr 07, 2017

Good work Aastha. Well written, keep up the good work. Best wishes for your exam.

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Aastha Mour

Apr 07, 2017

Thanks Ma'am

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Manish Tiwari

Apr 07, 2017

Nicely written and with better understanding.All the best for Exams............

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Aastha Mour

Apr 07, 2017

Thanks Sir..

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Vardan Kabra

Apr 07, 2017

Hope you also use your well written advice for your upcoming exams Aastha!

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Aastha Mour

Apr 08, 2017

Sure Sir..!

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Anurag Plaha

Apr 07, 2017

Very nicely written.... Shows how hard working you are.... All the best :) keep shining :)

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Aastha Mour

Apr 08, 2017

Thanks

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Bhargavi Bergi

Apr 07, 2017

Good time management skills Aastha. Well written.

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Aastha Mour

Apr 08, 2017

Thanks Ma'am

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Anuj

Apr 09, 2017

Ankit (AKB) thanks for sharing this article.. Good work.. All the best ashtha...

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Aastha Mour

Apr 09, 2017

Thanks A Lot

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Shiv Kumar Mour

Apr 09, 2017

Your article is very useful . thanks for such a wonderful article , and for the awareness .

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Aastha Mour

Apr 09, 2017

Thanks Bhai

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CA Hritesh Gupta

Apr 09, 2017

Wow really amazing article.this idea will definetly change they we prepare for out exams.thank you so much Aastha.

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Aastha Mour

Apr 09, 2017

Thanks

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Durga Shanker

Apr 10, 2017

very helpful article , thanks alot for sharing it :)

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kiran

Apr 10, 2017

Nice article! Keep it up!!

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Suresh Agarwal

Apr 10, 2017

Good Article

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Aastha Mour

Apr 10, 2017

Thank You

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Ankita Nandwani

Apr 10, 2017

Great Article Aastha. well written. All the best.

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Aastha Mour

Apr 10, 2017

Thanks

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govind rasiwasia

Apr 10, 2017

Very nice and effective way of learning.

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Aastha Mour

Apr 10, 2017

Thanki

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geetanjali Issrani

Apr 10, 2017

Nice article

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Parents of Jyotiradityasinh Va

Apr 10, 2017

Great post astha ...

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Aastha Mour

Apr 10, 2017

Thank You

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Nirbhay

Apr 10, 2017

Impressive article Loved to read each and every student should read this as it is true that studies are the building block in anyone's future Glad that someone or the other always come up take the initiative to make everyone aware

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Aastha Mour

Apr 10, 2017

Thanks A Lot.. :)

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abhishek

Apr 11, 2017

Very nice article. It gives lots of info about the exam preparation. Awesome

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Ruchita Patel

Apr 11, 2017

Very Well Written Aastha.. Keep Up The Good Work.. :)

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