July 13th, 2021
It’s that time of the year when students are all in when it comes to the effort they’re putting in order to score well in the BISE matric and intermediate exams 2021. Study schedules start getting hectic and past paper sessions are in full swing. Students in highly competitive divisions such as FSc often resort to cramming which is often seen as the go to method for students in matric and intermediate. While this practice may be fruitful for subjects that mostly consist of long questions (Islamiat, Pak studies etc) but is ineffective when it comes to subjects that require conceptual understanding such as maths, physics, biology, chemistry. Of Course students in ICom and ICS should also work on clarifying their concepts in order to be successful in subjects such as accounting, economics, computer sciences etc. We know that students may be confused about the best method to go about this which is why we have a few suggestions that will allow you to rise above the rest in the BISE board exams:
“Knowing is half the battle” is a misconception that billions of people fall prey to in different domains. In simpler words, reading a text book or revising your notes isn’t enough when it comes to scoring well in your board exams. The amount of practice students get is going to be the defining factor since it gives you hands-on experience with the exam. We recommend that you solve past papers created by BISE rather than buying test sessions from academies that may be different from what comes in the exam. We compiled a few resources of previous board past papers:
While the content of your answer is going to be the primary determinant of how well you’re going to score, it’s not the only component that examiners expect. While it’s not formalized by BISE themselves there is a well established rumour that your writing and its illegibility will have an effect on how your answers are going to be perceived (and then marked). Examiner’s are expected to go through hundreds of papers a day which is why students should not expect their poor handwriting to be given any extra attention. Bad paper presentation and poorly structured responses might also be penalized which is why we recommend you label each answer and use appropriate headings to make sure your response is properly structured to ensure the examiner can check your paper easily.
The problem with cramming is that students that rely on it will often produce detailed answers that carry very little relevance to the answer which results in poor marks. It’s important for students across all disciplines (Matric, FSc, ICom, ICS and FA) to realize that board examiners require quantity as well as quality in order to give you good marks in a question. When having to choose between the two, remember to prioritise QUALITY. Ideally you should avoid putting yourself in a situation like this but it often occurs in long question based exams. In order to avoid such a situation, solve/go through past papers to build up writing speed while not sacrificing the ability of being illegible. FA students often solve questions papers only to improve writing speed.
Some students may feel overwhelmed by what they have to cover or have confusions in certain topics. In such a scenario it’s best to tag along with a well informed friend who can motivate you and work with you on clearing your concepts. We here at Edkasa understand the value of a study partner which is why we developed an app that caters to YOUR needs. The app that you can download here hosts thousands of videos for both matric and intermediate students, after watching these videos you can test yourself in the test sessions we have provided for you which include questions most likely to appear in the board exam.
As always we hope you achieve good marks and excel in your exams !