Why students get low marks in Matric and Intermediate Exams

July 29th, 2021

One of the most anxious periods in a students life is during the exam season especially during board exams for Matric (class 9 and 10) and Intermediate (class 11 and 12) students. With the exams getting more competitive than ever and opportunities for higher education not growing at an appropriate pace students are putting their sweat and tears into their education on a daily basis. However, for most individuals this anxiety doesn’t subside even after the exams. In fact it will linger on for months until local boards release the results for the exam and students realize what their effort has amounted to. While many rejoice after seeing they scored well in the exams, a huge proportion of students are in complete shock about how their marks are much lower than they expected. Here at Edkasa we aim to provide students a complete guide into how they can score well in the BISE board exams 2021 and if you’re looking to prepare for your compulsory subjects, both intermediate and matric students will find the Edkasa exam prep app to be extremely helpful for their preparation. You download the app using this link.

Here are a couple of reasons why students will fail to score well in the exams and how you can avoid making these mistakes:

1. Knowing the syllabus is not enough

A practice very common among matric and FSc students is to go over the course multiple times while using rote learning to simply memorize the chapter. This may seem like a good approach given that local boards give preference to detailed answers but falls short in technical subjects such as Physics and Maths where conceptual knowledge and its application is required. We recommend our readers to go over the course once and then shift to solving the past papers as we are more likely to retain information through knowledge.

2. Poor utilization of time during preparation

Many students automatically associate time put into their studies or preparation directly correlates to how much marks they will get. This logic is true to some extent but only if the time they’re putting in involves focused studying. Students spend a huge amount of time ‘studying’ but using smartphones at the same time which hinders productivity. Having a book/notes in front of you and passively going through them for hours becomes a waste of time after one point, instead first figure out which concepts you find problematic, try to break them down to understand them before moving onto topics you feel confident about. Ironically this also brings us to another problem explained in the next point.

3. Being overconfident about your progress

Some students also fall under the misconception that they are well prepared for their exams when thi may not be the case at all. They may feel confident because they understand what’s written in the book but often at times this understanding is not enough as examiners may test the student from an alternative point of view that relates to the concept in the syllabus. There are times when students perform well in the pre-board exams and feel it is not necessary to review concepts for the actual exams, they are usually surprised to see the significant difference between their mock and final exams.

July 29th, 2021