Class Seven 2022
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Significance of Past Papers
Effective time management
Previous years’ papers help you enhance your academic knowledge. But the benefits of going through them don’t stop there.
Competitive exams are time-bound. They don’t just test your competency but also your time management skills. You can develop these skills by timing yourself when attempting sample or previous years’ papers.
Moreover, previous year question papers also help you develop a better understanding of which questions to answer first, and which ones to keep for later. By solving these papers you may find that answering the subjective questions before MCQs is a better strategy or vice versa.
Ultimately it depends upon your skill and orientation to understand which strategy suits you best. But practicing papers will help you recognize it!
Criterion for self-assessment
Previous year question papers serve as a valuable self-assessment tool to measure the progress of your exam preparation. You can solve these papers and measure your current performance against your previous attempts and understand the areas you excel and lack in.
The best way to measure your progress for any competitive examination is to maintain a diary of your progress. This diary can contain the marks you have scored for each previous year question paper you have attempted. The idea is to revisit this diary once every week to track your progress and increase the number of hours of study in the areas where you need improvement.
In this way, you can easily use such past year papers as a criterion of self-assessment to further enhance your exam preparation.
Gives you a feel of the exam
For someone who is most likely writing an external examination for the first time, past questions give you a feel of the format, style and question structure of the examination. In other words, it gives you an idea of what to expect as you try your hands on the questions.
Past questions have a high chance of being repeated
Past questions have a very high chance of being repeated in an exam. Matter of fact, there will always be a past question of some sort in your examination. If that is the case, why do most students still fail?
CREATE TODAY THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDIES
Consider the lighting in your space
Spending hours in front of your computer or staring at your phone screen can strain your eyes, making you feel tired and drained. The bluish light from screens has even been shown to disrupt your sleep patterns – bad news if you are studying right before bed.
To reduce strain on your eyes, make sure that your study space has adequate lighting. If your room does not receive lots of natural light, invest in a small desk or floor lamp. This is especially important if you are studying at night or early in the morning. You’ll feel more awake and focused in proper lighting, and you’re likely to be more productive as a result.
Plan your study sessions
If you have kids, then you know it’s not always possible to spend a few hours at a time preparing for an important exam. It might be easier to get your studying done in between appointments, while the kids are at school, or after everyone has gone to bed. Planning ahead is vital. Schedule your study time for when you know it will be quiet and you can remain focused with minimal distractions. You can also experiment with a few different times to find a routine that works best for you. For example, some people might study best at night, while others are more productive in the morning.
What motivates you? What makes you want to conquer the world? Capture the essence of that motivation – in photos, posters, Post-it notes, etc. – and display it in your study area. Let those words or images be a constant reminder of your goals and why you are going to school. These will be your sunshine on a rainy day, the things that motivate and inspire you when you are having trouble getting through a tough week.