2010 – 2011
Tests and exams are a regular part of the school environment. We all want to perform well in exams and make our parents proud of us, but it is not necessary that all of us can score high. A complete knowledge of the subject is important but the technique to attempt questions is also must. The most important aspect that could not be ignored is to study with right orientation and in right direction.
By examining the past year CBSE Board Papers, we can say that now the stress is more on socio-economic history rather than on political history. The questions are designed in a way to test the learner’s analytical and critical abilities. Questions are based more on sources and their appropriateness in the reconstruction of the past. We can also see questions based on the impact of historical changes on the lives of the people and how the sources, literary or archaeological, help us to know about those changes.
It is always beneficial to study history along with maps. The maps are an important area which will fetch you 100% marks. Maps alone account for 10% of your paper and these marks solely depends on your map skills.
How to Study…
It is always better to study for an exam in advance. While studying, keep the format of the paper in your mind. Go through previous year’s question papers. Take as much practice tests as you can. This will make you comfortable with the format and help you with time management for the examination.
Special Memory Triggers…
While memorising dates, names or other factual information, keep in mind that it usually takes a number of tries to remember something correctly. Use special memory triggers that your teacher suggested or the ones that you invented yourself. Read the things several times if you need to. Always write down any phrases or thoughts that will help you remember the main events or concepts.
When you sit down to study, think about how much time you need to devote to each topic. Prepare a practical and adjustable time table. Try to stick to it. Make an outline of every chapter. Break large topics into small chunks. For examples, instead of studying the whole National Movement in one go, try to break it into two parts or study the topic by specific events. Make notes of important topics for last minute revision.
Sleep well before the examination day.
Examination Hall Tips…
Carry all the necessary materials with you. While in the examination room, you cannot borrow items like pencil, pen, ruler etc.
Synchronise your watch with the clock in the examination hall.
Read the instructions carefully. Spend some time to draft a plan for the questions you answer.
Stick to the word limit as instructed in the paper. Make your answers specific and precise.
First, attempt those questions which you know well. Don’t spend too much time on difficult questions. If you have time remaining, you can always come back to those questions.
Don’t jump to conclusions after reading few words or a part of a question. Read the entire question properly.
Long questions should be answered in points or in small paragraph. Try to maintain continuity throughout the answer.
Try to give examples wherever necessary. Cite examples from contemporary history.
Avoid using too many coloured pens to highlight main points. It may distract the examiner.
Read the source based questions properly. Try to give analytical answers.
Try not to leave any question unanswered. If you are running out of time, try to give answer in note form.
In the map question, you have to locate some places and identify some of the places. So, mark them in serial order as asked.
Don’t forget to attach your map with the answer sheet. Attach it in the middle of your answer sheet.
Never leave a question unattempted. No matter how well you answer other questions. Write something for every question – it may get you some marks.
After attempting a particular question, tick it on your question paper so that you know that you haven’t missed out any question.
Try and revise your answers finally. Try to finish a little earlier. Then go through the paper to correct mistakes/underline important points etc.
Manage your time well. Time prescribed for each section is:
Long Answer (8 marks) – 90 minutes
Short Answer (5 marks) – 50 minutes
Very Short Answer (2 marks) – 15 minutes
Map Question (5 marks) – 15
Have confidence in yourself and you will surely do well in your exam.