The biggest challenge faced by the language teachers is that the students believe that they do not need to have a preparation plan for English. They have this misplaced belief that since they converse in English they will be able to score well.
The best preparation would be to get rid of this approach. English should be given as much time and importance as the other subjects.
- Do not wait until the last minute to read the chapters.
- Read the chapters thoroughly, know each character of the stories well.
- The best way to score is to read prolifically.
- Read as much as you can. No piece of good literature should escape your hands: Your textbooks, the newspaper, or anything else you can lay your hands on.
- Read on varied topics; from philosophy to science to fiction. This will help you with the unseen passages and also enhance your vocabulary.
- Communicate in English as much as possible.
- Be thorough with the formats of all writing tasks. Be familiar with the issues that were in the news in the last few months this will help you do the writing tasks well.
The only mantra for sure shot success is.”Be regular and consistent in practice”
Tips for scoring good marks:
- Manage your time well. Do not waste time if you get stuck on an answer. Move on to the next question.
- Note Making: Do not use sentences, stick to short phrases. Expand the phrases for the summary.
- During the exam, try to write your descriptive answers in short paragraphs and give pictorial or graphical illustrations wherever possible. It enhances visibility
- Scan the paper before answering
- For long answer type questions, before starting, frame a skeleton of the answer in the margin.
- Leave lines between paragraphs.
- Be crisp and to the point in very short questions.( Does not mean one-word answers)
- Read the question carefully, understand what is being asked and then answer.
- For long/global answers, be sure to quote at least four instances. Failing to mention instances will lead to fewer marks.
- Stick to simple language. Avoid colloquial words and expressions.