C H A P T E R -7 HOW TO WRITE EXAM BRILLIANTLY For better understanding and clear cut directions, various suggestions are divided into seven sections, step by step: i) One hour before starting from the house: Make a plan to reach the exam hall half an hour before the exam starts so that you can relax a little before the exam. Arrange everything as given in chapter -6 in CHECK LIST ‘Check and recheck it, preferably get it counter checked by any responsible family member. You must take breakfast or lunch depending upon the timings f exam. Dress comfortably so as not to get disturbed during exam time. ii) From Residence to the Exam Hall: Be punctual to reach the exam hall. If it is a Board Exam or final exam of your school / college and you find that the bus is over-crowded, try to reach the exam hall by auto rickshaw, taxi or any other fast moving or comfortable vehicle. Don’t allow your mind to be over-crowded by negative pessimistic and tension packed thoughts which will push down your confidence. Always see the time so that you reach much in advance. iii) Just before the exam: Sit quietly close your eyes and meditate. Count down from 100 98 96 …. In your mind and cool down. Think about God. If time permits, visualize that you are writing the exam well. Finish your toilet before hand so that no time is wasted during the exam. Drink little water, if you feel thirsty. But do not drink too much water to avoid going to toilet again. Do not discuss irrelevant topics with your friends as irk may distract your mind. Do not panic by seeing others reading more. Never discuss anything with your friends about previous day’s exam. If your find out anything is wrong, it will surely affect your current performance. Discuss after all the exams ate over. iv) After getting the answer and question paper: The answer sheet is given in advance. Fill up the necessary particulars according to instructions given. Write the roll number, paper subject and other details in the appropriate columns. After receiving the question paper, check it and make sure you have got the correct question paper. Sometimes in the same hall different types of exams or different question paper ate distributed. There is a possibility that you may get the wrong question. There is a possibility that you may get the wrong question paper. Read the question paper thoroughly after you get the proper question paper. See attentively the following: a) How many questions are to be answered b) marks allotted for each question c) Any question that is to be answered compulsorily d) Any part A ,Part B or sub-sections e) Out of general question (other than compulsory ),how many are to be answered f) How and where the tough work , if any , is to be done g) Whether any diagram map etc., has to be given Get to know al these information before hand as it prevents you from making mistakes. Do not tear any sheet from your answer sheet. v) Quick plan for writing the answer and points to remember while writing: Chalk out a plan how many questions you have to answer and the allotted time. Suppose six questions are to be answered in three hours .Allow yourself five minutes to read the question and ten minutes in the end to check the answers for any mistakes and add new points. It comes to around 27 minutes per question. In case of maths see that you have copied the sum correctly from the question paper. Now you select which question you will attempt first .Naturally the best prepare question is to be answered first, the remaining questions should follow accordingly.write down this order in the question paper and follow accordingly. Take care to give proper question numbers in the answer paper. Some students make the mistake of writing by following the order in the question paper. This is not always proper first impression is the best impression and it s difficult to change itWhenyou favourite question first, surely the examiner will be pleased with theanswerasyou have written with care. Don’t forget to answer the compulsory question. Even if your know little, try to answer it, the length of answer depending upon the marks. When you answer any question, put a tick mark othequestion paper so that you should nor be confused later on .Take care about small parts of the question. The length of your answer should be related to the marks allotted. You should understand the exact meaning of the question. Sometimes the questions contain different parts .Take care to answer all the parts. If you are running out of time in the end ,atleast write the main points and features but don’t leave the question un attempted altogether Special attention should be given to understand the question, actually what is required. It is very easy to jump into an incorrect meaning of a question in haste or excitement. Some examiners are tricky to change a common question little care of that. To attract the attention of the examiner, underline the key words s, data or important portions. Leave some space after every answer, so that almost at the end of the exam if you have some time, you can add some more points. Don’t leave from the hall early. Utilize the full time, check calculations formulae spellings errors .Remember that in this way in each subject if you can increase tow / three marks, it matters much in the total and aggregate. Read carefully the specific terms used in a particular question. Explanatory meanings of various technical terms used in the question paper are given in a SCHEDULE at the end of the book. Read them thoroughly a number of times. Avoid friends who always tell about difficulty of exam, under preparation and discourage you knowingly or unknowingly. Focus on the exam confidently and set a frame of mind to fare well in exam. Consider a little lapse of memory as perfectly normal, don’t be panicky. If it blocks, leave sufficient space, try another question and return to it later on. Don’t be disturbed about other students having submitted the paper .Try to and recheck till the maximum time allowed for it. Before you start writing any question, chalk out a brief logical outline of the answer to make it well organized and avoid careless omission of main points. Say to yourself STOP to avoid negative thoughts which disturbs your mind. Pray to GOD to help you to write the exam superbly. vi) Some good habits of successful students – Drawing margins. Judge the question correctly and answer it to the point avoiding unnecessary lengthy answers without missing out the salient points. They believe Qualitative answer is more acceptable to the examiner than a quantitative one. Showing mathematical calculations on separate sheets or within a column on the right hand side not on the main answer paper. Spelling mistakes are rare. Underlining important point captions phrases and key words. A good concise answer written and presented in an organized manner result in more marks than an untidy answer paper. Successful students use analogies examples and phrases as and when required to substantiate their answers. Using appropriate diagram which have great power to explain and prove any point. Trying to write grammatically correct English. Overall look of the answer papers is neat and tidy. “The most effective way of learning a skill is Practice! Practice! Practice! “Examiners do not want to know how much you know but how well you know The subject”. “The seeds of great discovery are constantly floating around us but they only take root in minds well prepared to receive them”-Joseph Henry ‘The thing always happens that you really believe in and the belief in a thing makes it happen” --Frank Lloyd Wright.