J. C. Chaudhry, Chair­man, Aakash Ed­u­ca­tional Ser­vices

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As a run up to the Board ex­ams, stu­dents are asked to take the prepara­to­ries. Aakash Chaudhry ex­plains how to utilise the pur­pose of this aca­demic ex­er­cise and score well at the end. With the dates for pre-Board ex­am­i­na­tions fast ap­proach­ing, stu­dents across the coun­try have been left won­der­ing, “Am I pre­pared for this?” The pre-Boards, as they are com­monly called, not only give stu­dents a taste of the Board-level ex­am­i­na­tion setup, but also cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment for them to test their prepa­ra­tion for in­di­vid­ual sub­jects. The com­mon think­ing is that the marks scored at the pre-Board ex­ams in­di­cate a can­di­date’s per­for­mance in the Board ex­ams; how­ever, the scores ob­tained must not be mea­sured as an in­di­ca­tion of per­for­mance, but should be con­sid­ered as a way to gauge one’s prepa­ra­tions ahead of the fi­nal ex­ams. The at­ti­tude to­wards pre-Boards varies from stu­dent to stu­dent. While some may take it very se­ri­ously and con­sider it to be just as sig­nif­i­cant as their Board ex­am­i­na­tions, oth­ers may pre­fer tak­ing their time to pre­pare for the fi­nal ex­ams. Re­gard­less of the ap­proach, here are a few sim­ple tips that stu­dents can em­ploy ahead of their penul­ti­mate ex­ams to en­hance their prepa­ra­tion and se­cure good marks: Draw up a study timetable: Chalk­ing out a well-laid timetable will help you or­gan­ise your study sched­ule in a pat­tern that suits you. You know best what sub­jects and top­ics you need more prac­tice in. There­fore, al­lo­cate time to each sub­ject as per your level of prepa­ra­tion. Give more im­por­tance to sub­jects that you need more prac­tice with and in­clude your meal time, mid-breaks and other ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties into your timetable. Be re­al­is­tic and plan your sched­ule ju­di­ciously. Pri­ori­tise your sched­ule: As your pre-Board ex­ams ap­proach, it is time for you to ded­i­cate more time and at­ten­tion to­wards your stud­ies. Learn to pri­ori­tise your sched­ule and di­vide your time be­tween study­ing and other ac­tiv­i­ties. If you’re lag­ging be­hind in your exam prepa­ra­tion, see to it that you give im­por­tance to your stud­ies over other ac­tiv­i­ties. If it is dif­fi­cult for you to com­plete the en­tire syl­labus from scratch, pri­ori­tise tasks in their or­der of im­por­tance and draft a timetable along with the chap­ters and por­tions which you be­lieve you can com­plete ahead of the pre-Board ex­ams. Do not, how­ever, for­get to cover the top­ics you left out af­ter your pre-Boards. Solve ques­tion pa­pers: While you’re busy cov­er­ing the course­work and re­vis­ing it, pay equal im­por­tance to solv­ing sam­ple ques­tion pa­pers. This ex­er­cise will help you un­der­stand the pa­per pat­tern and the kind of ques­tions usu­ally asked in the main ex­am­i­na­tion. Solv­ing pre­vi­ous years’ ques­tion pa­pers be­fore the pre-Boards will also boost your con­fi­dence and help you iden­tify the best ap­proach to man­age your time dur­ing the exam. Seek help from teach­ers & peers: You are bound to face some dif­fi­culty while solv­ing a cer­tain sec­tion or learn­ing a cer­tain con­cept. Rather

than leav­ing out a par­tic­u­lar sec­tion or not at­tempt­ing the ques­tion, ap­proach your teach­ers or peers to get your doubts clar­i­fied. There is no harm in ask­ing your teach­ers for help as they will be able to of­fer you the guid­ance that you need. Im­prove your speed: Stu­dents of­ten com­plain that the ques­tion pa­per was too lengthy, or that a par­tic­u­lar ques­tion was tricky and con­sumed a lot of their time. In or­der to tackle such a sit­u­a­tion, it is es­sen­tial to en­hance your writ­ing speed be­fore your ex­ams. This can be achieved by solv­ing sev­eral ques­tion pa­pers within a time-bound limit. Do not ex­ceed the time limit that you set for your­self and try to solve pa­pers of vary­ing dif­fi­culty lev­els. Make use of a stop­watch or alarm clock when solv­ing ques­tion pa­pers to achieve a uni­form speed of writ­ing be­fore your pre-Boards. Man­age your time well: If you have at­tempted mock pa­pers as a part of your prepa­ra­tion, then you will have some idea of the sec­tions that con­sume the most time. If it is not com­pul­sory to solve the ques­tion pa­per in a par­tic­u­lar or­der, first at­tempt ques­tions that are eas­ier for you, be­fore mov­ing on to more dif­fi­cult sec­tions. This can help you save a lot of time with­out wor­ry­ing about leav­ing ques­tions unan­swered. How­ever, you should en­sure that the se­rial num­bers of the ques­tions are writ­ten down cor­rectly and all parts of the same ques­tion are at­tempted to­gether. Also try to al­lot at least five to 10 min­utes to re­view your an­swer sheets be­fore sub­mit­ting it. Jot down points in a sep­a­rate book: Do you of­ten skim through the pages quickly to check up on a for­mula or a the­o­rem? It is not al­ways easy to go through all of your notes just be­fore the exam. There­fore, make a sep­a­rate note­book to jot down im­por­tant points, for­mu­las, the­o­rems, sum­mary points etc. for fu­ture ref­er­ence. This will help you re­vise faster, sav­ing you a lot of time. Re­lax­ation is the key: Do not put un­nec­es­sary pres­sure on your­self while study­ing. Take enough sleep and eat prop­erly. A re­laxed mind al­lows you to stay fo­cused and pre­pare bet­ter for your ex­am­i­na­tion. (The au­thor is di­rec­tor, Aakash Ed­u­ca­tional Ser­vices, New Delhi)

AESPL Con­ducts Ca­reer Guid­ance Sem­i­nar for En­gi­neer­ing & Med­i­cal As­pi­rants

Aakash, In­dia’s lead­ing coach­ing in­sti­tute for Med­i­cal, En­gi­neer­ing and Foun­da­tions, suc­cess­fully con­cluded a sem­i­nar on ca­reer guid­ance on 20th Novem­ber, 2016 at its Farid­abad Branch. The two hour long sem­i­nar aimed at en­cour­ag­ing the En­gi­neer­ing & Med­i­cal as­pi­rants who qual­i­fied Aakash Na­tional Tal­ent Hunt Exam (ANTHE) 2016. The coun­try­wide tal­ent hunt exam con­ducted in 720 Cen­ters across 22 States in the coun­try wit­nessed a to­tal ex­am­i­nee turnout of over 255,000. Out of the these can­di­dates, 140,000 stu­dents re­ceived fee waivers and cash prizes with a cu­mu­la­tive amount of INR 8.64 crore and INR 72.5 lakh re­spec­tively by Aakash In­sti­tute. "From our Farid­abad branch, a to­tal of 3285 stu­dents ap­peared for ANTHE 2016 to earn pres­ti­gious ANTHE schol­ar­ship. Shri J.C Chaudhry, Chair­man, Aakash Ed­u­ca­tional Ser­vices Pvt. Ltd., ad­dressed the stu­dents and fac­ulty mem­bers who at­tended the sem­i­nar, de­liv­ered a highly mo­ti­vat­ing ses­sion to evoke and en­hance self­anal­y­sis abil­i­ties of the stu­dents and also touched upon var­i­ous as­pects of learn­ing, de­ci­sion mak­ing and goal set­ting. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Shri J.C Chaudhry, Chair­man, Aakash Ed­u­ca­tional Ser­vices con­grat­u­lated and fur­ther en­cour­aged stu­dents say­ing “ANTHE” 2016 was truly a test of ex­cel­lence for stu­dents across the length and breadth of the coun­try. Stu­dents dis­played a high de­gree of aca­demic pro­fi­ciency in their spe­cific do­main, and now they should be more fo­cused to achieve the big­ger mile­stone with Aakash to achieve their de­sired goals.” The event marked AESPL’s sev­enth con­sec­u­tive ef­fort for most de­serv­ing stu­dents to achieve their ca­reer goals and once again high­lighted their con­tri­bu­tion as a so­cially re­spon­si­ble In­sti­tute to guide stu­dents in the right di­rec­tion with com­plete mo­ti­va­tion.

J. C. Chaudhry, Chair­man, Aakash Ed­u­ca­tional Ser­vices

Aakash Chaudhry, Di­rec­tor, Aakash Ed­u­ca­tional Ser­vices Pvt Ltd

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