Importance Of Revision And Note-taking For Class 10 Exams

Since we are approaching the much-dreaded exam season, students’ thoughts must have automatically turned to revision of the syllabus of the bygone year. What is revision? Why is revision so important? As defined by the Collins dictionary, ‘Revision,’ refers to reading something again. This means that you must have read as well as understood the whole syllabus at least once before starting to revise.

Why is Revision so Important?

Revision notes are important on several levels. First of all, it enables you to memorize topics, facts, figures, and processes that you may have gone through a while back. It is going to be very helpful for remembering your content when you are writing and preparing your personalized notes. These are the notes you will be reading as you revise. The bonus advantage here is the fact that often and again the terms and sentence structure used in your textbooks is fairly uncomfortable for young learners. But if you are making your notes yourself, then you are writing the same thing in your own words. This is to ensure that you won’t finally write wrong answers in your examination.

Next, If you are able to do it well, it is going to help boost up your confidence level and decrease exam anxiety because you are being well equipped for the examination. This habit is of immense help in the long run. This routine of preparing your own notes that you will be developing in Class 10 itself will accelerate your ease with studies in the higher classes like 11 and 12 because then it will be expected from you that you have to prepare your own notes. Up to Class 10, most schools spoon-feed their students and suddenly, they expect you to do it yourself. Therefore, if you have already managed to develop this habit from now, later on, you are just going to be doing it even better as you are now.

Best Revision tactics

  • You have to start by arranging the study material. It’s best to separate your intended study area from your relaxing zone. Avoid all your gadgets and entertainment and have them out of sight whenever you sit down to study.
  • Chalk out a plan for your revision, organize all of your subjects as well as the topics covered in the upcoming exams. Plan out your studies and goals in a realistic manner. Allow yourself ample time for proper revision and enough breaks to relax your brain. Your revision plan must be mouldable enough for allowing some things that take longer time than anticipated.
  • Reread subjects and concepts, which you feel tense about early on in your plan for revision. This can help you to calm down your anxiety levels because you will have comparatively greater time for dealing with these. You do not necessarily have to take up the difficult topics first. Revising well-known subjects actually boosts your level of confidence. But make sure to not store away the difficult points till the last moment.

Making Notes Properly

Active revision is several times more fruitful than passive. Therefore make notes while you are revising. Write down summaries of your notes. These are going to act as extremely useful tools for improving your memory power. Review all your notes along with their summaries on a regular basis. You can even read out loud. Try to test yourself and self evaluate the areas that you cover.

Solve previous year’s question papers. Get yourself used to the kinds and styles of the questions being asked. Practice by answering these questions that have been asked previously.

Take care of Yourself

Revision has to be hard work. Ensure that you are getting proper and adequate sleep while taking time off for hanging out with friends for recreation. Don’t forget to exercise regularly. Rest, relax and make sure that you are staying fit and healthy. You don’t have to revise till late at night or early morning. You probably feel you are being dedicated, as well as hard-working but don’t overdo it to avoid counter-productivity. You are going to perform a lot better after having a good sleep.

Dealing with Anxiety Before Exams

Getting anxious about the upcoming exams is absolutely natural. Everyone has suffered from it at one point or another to a certain extent. Anxiety relating to examinations arises from the fear of not knowing. What are the questions being asked? Can I answer them properly? Did I do enough work to score good marks? Can I pass with flying colours and good grades? What if I flunk the exams?

Please leave all such negative thoughts because these are nothing but thoughts. Concentrate only on the present time. Chalk out a solid plan for revision. Start with revising early. Work along with the timetable systematically. This will help you to understand how much you have already learnt.

Answer previous year’s questions methodically and logically to boost your confidence. Areas that you thought are very difficult will automatically fall into their place as you continue to give yourself time while you try to understand them.

While you sail through the revision plan you will feel that your anxiety is lessening because you can control yourself. You are in charge of the situation instead of the situation being in charge of you. Your confidence is bound to grow if you can be diligent enough to follow the plan. In fact, it will even make you enthusiastic about the forthcoming tests