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I ll tell you the 3 secrets of Top ICSE Scorers

1. They Do Not have Blind faith on Text Books and Study Guides.
2. They Love every Subject. If they don t, they enjoy studying it.
3. Repeated help is sort from their Teachers, both School and Offline Tuition s.

*exam tips
1. Keep your answers left justified. Don t leave an inch of space next to the the
left margin and then begin writing your answers.
2. Write in points as much as you can, except in English papers. Don t write a who
le paragraph explaining something that either does not need explaining, or that
has not even been asked.
3. Read the question very carefully. Re-read the question. Ask yourself what the
question is asking. If you know the answer, then write it. If you re confused, tr
y your best to make sense of what the question may be asking. If you can t, then u
se your brains and make a smart guess.
4. Don t leave any question. Don t skip any question. Don t leave the space blank. Exa
miners are always looking for technical terms or points where they may be able t
o give you marks. They aren t always there to eat your heads off! Even if you don t
know the correct answer, make a guess. There is no negative marking so you have
nothing to lose.
5. Check your answer sheet. Check it twice. If you have the time, check it thric
e. While checking, don t look at your answers and try to answer the questions agai
n in your mind. Tally your answer script answers with those you just thought of
and see whether they are the same or not. If not, make up your mind as to which
one is the correct answer.
6. Don t rush. You will have plenty of time to finish the paper. Don t be in such a
hurry that you overlook any sub-question or forget to write a step. You will los
e marks and we don t want that! Be calm and focused.
7. Don t panic. You can t always know everything (though, that s not at all impossible
). You may find that there is a question whose answer you don t know. At times lik
e those, don t panic or be afraid. Think wisely and remain calm.
8. Use a black ball pen if you can. They are the best. They don t leak and they ra
rely leave an impression on the back of the paper. The black ink will be more pl
easing to the examiner s eye. We want the examiner to be in a good mood while chec
king our paper. ;)
9. Make sure your words are properly spaced out. Don t squeeze in ten words in the
same line! Your paper should look neat and clean and for that, your sentences s
houldn t be all bunched together.
10. Leave at least 2 to 3 lines before and after each question or sub-question.
This is a precautionary measure so that if, later on, you feel you want to add s
omething to your answer, you can easily do so, without making a mess of your ans
wer script.
11. Number your questions correctly! Number them only and exactly as per the num
bering given on the question paper. Don t write Q1(a) instead of Q1(i).
12. Before you number your questions correctly, you must first remember to actua
lly number them! The examiner won t check your answer if the question number hasn t
been mentioned. Or if the incorrect question number is written, you will most pr

forget ab out the constant pestering of your friend Y with questions. to be confident and to think positive. Always draw a margin on the right side of the paper for your math examinatio n. If you cannot study for more than 4 hours a day. You need some time to relax. and then you will have ample time to fool around. then don t try and overdose your plan by trying to fit in ever y lessons of the subject. Don t aim to finish all lessons of any particular subjec t somehow or the other. who. Carry on with your awesome work of f ooling around. Don t study for hours at a stretch.5 hours for the other. and till now you have been fooling around th inking to get hold of such top 10 tips and get a 90% by following them. and forget about how friend Z. 13. maps. And remember to show the rough work for a question on the same p age as your answer for that question.5 hour for one subject and 2. Like. 3) Go Through Previous Years Papers: After you have planned out a time table. There s no harm in staying on the safe side. But if you are reading this just a day before your exams. 2 hours each or 1. That s the minimum we can expect from you. no matter how insignificant you m ay think it is. Always show your rough work in this margin. take out the subject you are supposed t . index number. if you had been fooling around thinking that you have enough time for your p reparation. then this is the time to stop. then break down tha t 4 hours into 2 subjects per day i. If you have less time. as it is better to revise when you are feeling relaxe d than to exhaust yourself studying all day! But don t go overboard in relaxing. For exampl e. List in it all the subjects along with the days and amount of time per day. you must always use a pencil! Label your diagrams ev en if you have not been asked to. and only 8 of them would be pos sible to study properly. If you have 10 chapters. graph papers. and if possible.more tips 1) You know yourself better: So. Lab el the diagrams clearly and with legible handwriting. So. you may want to label your diagrams in uppercase letters. Prepare a time table to be followed till your exams. then do that. 14. 2) Plan your study: Proper Time Management and Planned study in such crucial stage is important. *. on any sup plementary sheets that you will have to attach to your answer script. Work on the points we have mentioned below for these few days till your exams ge t over. Forget about how much syllabus your friend X has completed. Divide your time to fit in some relaxation. or whatever you feel like would be enough. Tough su bjects can be given more time and easier ones less. date. if you have 10 subjects in all. as none does that better than you. If your handwriting isn t th at good. Always write your full name. like you has still not started his studies yet. then in 5 days you will be g oing through each subject once. etc.e. Forget about all these unnecessary stress because it is really important to beli eve in yourself. M aintain a balance. While drawing diagrams. then no need to waste your time reading this dear.obably lose marks. 15. and you divide the time as described above. you can give to some subjects i n it. You have just few more days left for the exams.

close the book again. open your text books or cop y. To improve yourself and to extract maximum benefit from these sample papers. the time within which you are allowed to complete the paper) in your hand. as much as you can. This process will help you to revise and remember important key points of the le sson well. 6) Mind Mapping: Try and mind map the chart which you just created. but be sure to underline the imp ortant points you find in those topics. you will hardly retain anything. When you are unable to remember an important part of your question (after trying much). cram ming the night before your exams is proven to be ineffective. but believe me it definitely works. Practice diagrams. and marking out the important keywords and points in it. After reading throu gh the topics once. [Note: While going through the whole syllabus in co rrect order is important. derivations. Then try and w rite down the answers to your questions on a paper without referring to a book. Study less. where you face more often while doing anything. and programs by writing it down from your memory . Cram ming is one of your friends who ditches you in the exam hall. Then try to solve this paper in the time limi . Note thes e topics down on a paper. 7) Avoid Cramming: Cramming isn t a good idea at all. dra w out a char consisting of these important points or brief notes. 9) Solve Sample Papers: This is important in order to access your level of preparation. and ask yourself questions relating to the lesson you just studied to see if you have remembered what you just studied.] 4) Mark Important Points: After having noted down the frequently asked topics. but understand what you study. Look at a portion of the char t and try and rebuild it in your memory by closing your eyes. because you re takin g in so much information at once that it s impossible to memorize it at all. This will also serve as a quick revision guide for you just before the day of final examination. like some definitions. and have the required time (i. close your book.o study today as per the time table and go through the previous year s question pa pers (at least for the last five years) of that subject in order to analyze the portions of the subjects from where questions are most frequently set. But. Believe me it can do wonders in improving your memory and power of retaining important points. then open the book and go through it once. In fa ct. this proves beneficial only when you stick to few basic things. and wri te it down again on your own. and read through these topics at least once. and stick it o n the wall. 8) Practice by Writing: This is a really effective method. whenever you see that wall. Try the alternatives for cramming which are mentioned in points 2 onwards till point 6.e. you cannot neglect the fact that you don t have much tim e as of now to do that. choose a suitable time for you rself. After giving the allotted time to a subject i n a day. 5) Revision Charts: This might seem strange. keywords etc. Additionally. This will be really helpful in order to plan out your preparation for the subject.

t given at the head of the paper taking 15 minutes extra for reading the paper. ? Forget about cheating in the exams. You can find some sample papers for Computer Applications (Class 10) here: ICSE Computer Application Sample Paper and for Computer Science (Class 12) here: ISC Computer Science Sample Paper Never let these papers demoralize you if you find questions which you can t answer . ? Keep away from all undue personal stress. Additional points to be taken care of: ? Health is important. be positive. The amount of time you give for planning a nd preparing your means of cheating are more than enough to actually prepare tha t lesson if you follow the above tips properly. move swiftly to focusing on the next one. The important chapters in Physics which can help you obtain good marks in the ex amination are: Force. Try n ot to put stress on both your stomach AND your mind. ask the concerned teachers. but would definitely suggest you to stick to your school/private teacher s guidance till the end. 10) Stick to the guidance of the Teacher: While we would not suggest attending tuition at this time. As soon as one exam is over. avoid doing its postmortem by discussing the answers with your friends. Once their syllabus is completed they don t care about their teachers guidance. Avoid junk foods or any other su ch food which may keep you unfit. Doing this won t increase your marks. so don t neglect foods and don t compromise with your sleep [ we are referring to the normal required sleep]. but can demoraliz e you if what you wrote was incorrect. Work. They will gla dly help. which in turn will affect the rest of you r exams. This is what is found missing in students nowadays. This is a mistake. Whenever you come across a topic hard to grasp. If there were topics which you were not prepared in. You should eat only as much as required. Keep away from phone calls and socia l networking sites. and mobilize your energies to do the best jo b possible every day by trying your best to do justice with the plan you created for your exam preparation. stay calm. then go back and follow s tep 3 onwards. Dwelling on an exam that you have completed wastes energy and time. Be in contact with him/her on every issues of the subject you come across either via phone or e-mail or by going to his/her house if that is possible. ? After you are done with an exam. and will dri ve you crazy. Energy and Power Light Sound Heat Electricity and Magnetism . ? Remember.

Give extra efforts during practical classes. It will not only help you score hig h in the allocated 30 marks practical section but will also help you clear theor etical questions. Solve all the miscellaneous questions of past year papers and sample papers to e xcel in the examination. Prepare a time table and keep at least one hour for revision. practic e drawing neat diagrams as they will help you understand and score marks. mathematics tips Tips for Preparation: You can lose marks if you miss any of the steps while writing your mathematics p aper.Modern Physics Tips for Preparation: Make a list of derivations. the questions asked are based on numerical. Practice solving sample papers and past year papers to identify the exam trends and most importantly your weak areas. never ignore numerical problems. hence. BIO TIPS Since biology is an amalgam of diagrams and binomial nomenclature. Once you are done with the syllabus. Most of the time s. try solving questions from sample papers an d past year papers in the given time frame. While preparing for chemistry. hence it requ ires multiple readings along with thorough understanding. formulae and experiments and revise the same as and when required. Remember. . There are certain formulas which have certain rules that you need to follow. CHEMISTRY TIPS Tips for Preparation: Try solving sample papers at least once in a week. Hen ce revise these formulas again and again to outcome any problem during the exami nation. Make a list o f the topics or unanswered questions and discuss the same with your teacher or a peer. if you are a master in numerical problems. Also include pictorial or graph ical illustrations while answering the questions. If you don t understand how the formula works and the principle behind it. A regular revision can help you score good marks in Chemistry. it can be a tough affair for you to apply them while answering the questions. Try and grasp the concepts that are being taught in the classroom. be sure of getting good marks in the examination. Be crisp and try writing your answers in points. Some formulas are very general but need thorough understanding on how to apply t hem. It will not only help you in time management but would also give you an idea of the type of questions that ca n be asked in the examination. Since most of the questions asked in biology consist of diagrams. So remember to write down all the steps without actually missing anything.

Create your own mnemonic or ask your teachers to help you crea te some. they are breathing down your neck and telling you to study all the ti me and relaxing can seem difficult. Ask teachers the time you need to spend on each topic an d concept and then plan a time table in such a way that you are able to finish y our preparation months before the exam. Yes.ICSE Class 10 General Tips Use Mnemonics. So. when you write you are creating a mental image for f uture use. thus making the task of remembering easier. you must remain positive and upbeat . Multiplication. Addition and Subtraction) is very popula r maths mnemonic. Plan a Schedule and Follow it: The most crucial part of your ICSE Class X prepar ation is your schedule. Th ey will help you deal with the stress and help you build up a positive attitude. Division. If at any point you feel the stress taking control over your life. Exponents. They will form images that will be difficult to erase. Don t Take Stress: Let your parents be the carrier of stress for your ICSE Board E xams. Also take into account the ICSE marking scheme while preparing your time table Write and Practice: Mugging up seems easy but once you forget one line you are l ikely to forget the entire content. please visit your school counselor. However. Learn meditation and deep breaths techniques to relax. Mind Maps and Flash Cards: Create mind maps along with flash card s and paste them in your room or study table. You have to write and learn before you reach the point of revision. BEDMAS (Bracket s. .