The very thought of scoring well in physics exams might frighten most students. With the added pressure of board exams, it becomes even more of a task to get a score that we are happy with. This doesn’t mean that it is impossible. It just means that there needs to be proper guidance and smart work and not just hard work. Let us see all the different tips to score a very good mark in class 12 physics paper:
- Completing syllabus.
First and foremost, complete your syllabus from the physics textbook. The NCERT textbook has enough material to be read and understood to strengthen your basics. This is the most important book for any subject when it comes to board examination. Make sure you read every single line and understand it well before you move on to any other reference book. Solve all questions and numerical problems from the textbook as well. These also have a tendency of repeating themselves in the paper. If you are stuck in any solution, you can use a reference book for the solved version. Vedantu physics class 12 NCERT solution is a great option for this.
- Analyse the paper pattern.
The syllabus is given very well by the board. Each unit is allotted a certain weightage, for example, the units on magnetism and electromagnetism carries almost 16 marks, making it an important as well as a scoring topic. First, complete all the important and easy topics, then move on to the easy but not so important topics. By studying in this pattern, you will become more confident in completing more chapters. Then, cover the difficult important topics with enough time for revision.
- Make notes
While studying physics, you will come across many formulae, definitions, values, and theories that are very important. There are many derivations as well which are to be learnt. These are scoring areas if you start preparing for them right from the beginning. Make lists for all these and also for any other points that may require quick recollection later on. During the last few days, these notes will be very useful.
- Practicing derivations and numerical problems.
A high part of physics is the derivations. These are like sure-shot questions that are great for scoring. Practice all the derivations, especially those that have been asked in the past 5 years. Also, practice the numerical problems multiple times. Even solve the solved examples. The same numerical questions may not repeat but similar questions can be expected. The greater number of times you practice these, the less time it takes in the examination.
- Practice previous years papers
It is a must for all students to have solved the previous year’s papers, at least the past 10-year papers. In doing so, the entire syllabus gets covered in the form of questions. Many of these also repeat in the exam, sometimes with the same numbers. One can solve them topic-wise while preparing for the subject and once the preparation is done, you need to attempt them as a paper. Sit with a time limit and complete it in one go, and later verify the answers to see where mistakes have been made. This will improve your speed, method of attempting and also bring confidence in the preparation.
- Focus on weaknesses
You need to change your strategy according to the topics and your strengths. If you are someone who is good at mathematics, you might find topics like electricity and magnetism easier. If you do not find these topics easy, try to allot more time to them. At the end of the day, practice is the only hack that can make your weaknesses into strengths. At the same time, make sure you do not ignore your strong areas. Allot adequate time to the theory chapters which are more scoring. They should not be left for the last minute. Keep those chapters that are not very important and are probably a bit difficult or unfamiliar for the end.
- Practice diagrams
Ray diagrams especially in optics, diagrams of magnetism are a few examples of sure-shot questions. You can expect at least one or two of these in the exam paper. Even if it is not specified that a diagram is warranted for the question, it is better to draw a neat, labelled accurate diagram to leave a better impression on the examiner. This will automatically elevate your score compared to the others.
- Pay attention to practical sessions
Physics is more practical than theory. No matter how much a textbook can teach us, the type of understanding received in a practical lab is different. Make sure you do not miss these classes and take them seriously. They also carry some marks, and this is usually very scoring provided you complete all the exercises and stay regular. Read the practical application of different concepts and try to analyse the reasons. There are many practical examples even in the NCERT textbook which should not be ignored. Try to use them while answering questions.
- Time management
This is key while preparing as well as while writing the paper. While preparing, have a fixed schedule or timetable where you allot time for each subject and also make a chapter-wise plan. While practicing previous year papers and mock papers, make sure you set time for each paper and attempt it as an exam. This will automatically prepare you to manage time. In the examination hall, if a question turns out to be more difficult than expected, move to the easier ones and attempt the difficult one towards the end.
- Stay confident and calm
No matter what, this is the most important point. It does not matter how much you have prepared if, at the time of examination, you lose confidence. Even if something seems more difficult, stay optimistic, take a deep breath and look at it after a while. When the mind is calm, it works better and more efficiently.
Board exams can be stressful, but with these tips and strategic attempts, you can easily manage to get a good score with a little bit of practice and consistency. So go on and ace those exams!