This one’s for everyone who have been asking me how did I do it.
How I, out of all, managed to score 97.6%.
It was surprising, at the least and out right shocking at its best. And not just for others but for ME too (I swear I’m not being modest here).
Everyone’s been asking me if I ever did anything else other than studying and the likes “din bhar padhti rehti hogi na?”
But truth be told, and those who know me well and have seen me throughout these two years would agree, I hardly studied. No kidding I swear.
Well since so many people kept on asking me, I decided to write down some tips and my advice to all the people who are gonna take their 12th boards this year or in the coming future…
So here goes,
#1 You do you.
Don’t spend your time wondering how so and so are studying or what do they do to get the marks they are getting and all of that. NO. Find out the way you are able to perform your best. That’s what’s needed. That’s what will get you the marks you are chasing. It’s not necessary that the way your bestfriend studies or the class topper studies will work in an equally fruitful way for you. From personal experience, I almost flunked in various tests the entire year in some subjects. But I knew what I needed to do to score well in those subjects and when the time came, I studied. And these are the subjects I scored the highest in the boards.
Another thing is, some people will tell you that early morning study is the best whereas others say they study better at night. Personally, I used to study at night as I found that time to be very peaceful and comforting. So what’s important is that you need to find out what suits YOU best.
#2 Quality over Quantity.
Again, it’s not about how long you study, but how well you do. So it’s not important that you study for a certain amount of time or number of hours in a day. Instead, make small daily goals which you should accomplish in a day. Like a till about a certain topic of a chapter or so.
OMG, I can’t stress enough on this. You NEED to sleep! Seriously, it is not humanly possible to function at our best when we are sleep deprived. You may feel like it’s a waste of precious time but trust me, it actually helps you save time by improving your concentration and memory so you are able to take in more information in a shorter span of time.
(Fact: One sleep cycle is of 1.5 hours or 90 minutes)
Therefore, I’d suggest you to sleep entire sleep cycles. From personal experience, I felt more well rested when I slept for 3 hours as compared to when I slept for 4. So in this way, either sleep for 3 hours or 4.5 hours. That’s how you do it. Similarly, when you take a nap, either take a short nap of 30 minutes at the max or sleep for 1.5 hours straight. Never take a 1 hour nap, if possible, because then you end up feeling groggy for the next 30-45 minutes.
The other thing is how many hours of sleep should we have in one night? Well the answer to that is, as many as you think you require to feel fresh and well rested. I need 9 hours. Some need 7, Modi needs 4 apparently, so you see, it’s relative. So I either slept for 9 hours straight, or slept for 7.5 hours at a stretch and then later took another nap of 1.5 hours if possible.
So please guys, Do NOT mess up your sleep schedule. Get proper sleep. It’s required.
#4 Compete with yourself, not with others.
This is something really important. Remember, that your competition is with yourself, not with with others. In every test that you take, as long as you perform better than what you did in the last one, you ARE good to go. And trust me on this, it’s not about being the best in a certain group of people, it’s about being the best you can be. When you do that, you don’t need to beat anyone anymore for some position.
#5 Quit social media.
Okay this is relative too, but I think this really helps. I am not saying that for the entire last 2 years of your school life you should comepletely stay away from all kinds of social media. Because if you do that you’ll be missing on a lot of fun tbh xD. But my point here is, at least during exam season, uninstall all social media from your phone. Okay tbh I still had my WhatsApp because there used to be important info coming in there but that’s about it. I used to uninstall all apps 1 week before my exams began and reinstalled them after the last paper. For the boards I uninstalled after farewell in Feb. So yeah. And more importantly, when you are doing this don’t cheat by logging in from Chrome okay?
We think we can manage our time and not get distracted, but the thing is, it does hamper with our concentration! So if you think you can avoid getting distracted by all those snaps and DMs then sure, go ahead, like I said, you do you. But if you are even slightly distracted by it, go right ahead and uninstall them. It will be difficult for some of you, I know, but trust me, it’s worth it.
I lost a friend to the stress of 12th boards. His physics paper didn’t go well, at least not as good as he was expecting it, and he… took an extreme step.
That is one of the many reasons I’m saying this, 12th boards can be extremely stressful. It will probably be the MOST stressful period of your life till date. And no matter how many times or how many people tell you not to get overly-stressed, you are very likely to get overwhelmed with everything going on around you. Therefore, I urge you all to talk.
It may feel like nobody is listening or nobody really cares as along with you there are millions of people going through the same thing at the same time and you may feel like you are expected to stay strong and appear sorted and the likes.
But let me tell you, it’s okay to be not okay. It’s okay to be scared, to not meet up to every expectation, to fall, to make mistakes, to fail even (not in the boards though xD). But my point is, it’s okay to be “weak” at times.
Take a break.
And when you are ready, get back to your goals.
People are there to help you, to listen to you, all you need to do is ask. Don’t hesitate.
Have atleast one such person by your side who is ready to listen to you, it can be your bestfriend, your parents, your elder sibling, for me it was my boyfriend, so anybody will do.
Most importantly remember this, no matter what happens, it’s NOT the end of the world!
So those were my tips / advice to anyone wondering how I scored so much and all. If you have any other queries related to particular subjects or something else, hit me up and we can talk.
P. S. If any of you ever feel like you need to talk and require someone to listen, please reach out. I’ll be more than happy to help. No matter the time! 🙂
Thanks for reading! (I know this was pretty big XD).
BEST OF LUCK!!!