Beware! Are you straying too far away from the syllabus? Coaching classes do it. Reputed instructors do it. Students themselves do it. And yes, this is one of the major mistakes almost everyone does. On the first page of your ‘textboges ( or the examination website ), there are a few pages together titled “Syllabus.” You glance at it, no-doubt feel a bit overwhelmed by its detail, close your book and forget about it. Right?
Don’t Stay Blind!
You, probably, think that your coaching instructor knows much much more than you do. And he definitely does! But don’t follow your coaching class or your tutor blindly. It is one of the major mistakes made by any candidate preparing for an exam. They often take you beyond the scope of your exam syllabus. They design tests to keep your over-confidence in check. Arguably, a good thing! But this has a negative impact on your preperations. Coaching classes, mostly, over-emphasise on their modules and notes.
Smart Study Material
Have you ever noticed the high scoring students? One thing you’ll find common among them is they always stick to the syllabus. They are very selective about their study material. You should be too. Too much of it will pour your head swimming with the plethora of unanswered questions, causing you to deviate from the actual portion. It make it difficult to revise when the time comes. So, you need to be vigilant as to what your target exam requires from you. And therein comes the syllabus.
The syllabus is a small place that brings students, intelligent and weak, faculty members, tutors and your books back together. The syllabus for any standard exam is very clearly outlined. And the conducting body will NEVER ask questions beyond that syllabus. So, instead of spending time reading advanced things about your favorite topic, the sensible thing would be to utilize that time strengthening concepts inside your syllabus.
In the beginning of the chapter, carefully read the entire syllabus, take note of the important topics and understand the objectives of the chapter. Its important because it gives a sense of the perimeter in which you can stray your mind. Assure that you understand what the chapter is about and what you are expected to learn by the end. Talk to your instructor, or anybody who is familiar with it early on, if you are unclear about any of the topics, objectives etc.
Know the important topics
No examination has a uniform syllabus across topics. Some topics are covered in greater depth than others. You should try to figure out, from the syllabus, in what depth you need to cover each topic – what topics have been emphasised, what has been mentioned just for knowledge purpose. Look to see ‘what books you require and what you don’t’ accordingly and what are optional or supplementary. It will help you a lot to keep you focused.
With the board exams approaching, we hope this article helps you stay within the realm of your syllabus. All the best for exams!
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