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Posted on Monday, July 13, 2009

Sudhanshu Sinhal, Director, R&D, O P Sinhal Classes

SudhanshuSharda: Dear Sir, please do let me know what can I do for the black outs we have before exams
SudhanshuSinhal: Many students do feel this due to various reasons. The trick is to "Think of what you know" and NOT what you "dont know". Also go in to each exam with the confidence that you have studied hard all year and will be able to remember all that you have studied. Perhaps equally importantly, do NOT think of the paper in detail and about how many marks you are going to get. This should prevent the nervousness which causes blackouts.
 
Arnab: Sir what to do if we don't know the correct answer for one question but some part of the answer we know.
SudhanshuSinhal: Hi Arnab, that's an important question as the situation is faced by most students often. The exact strategy will differ from exam to exam, but broadly what one can do for such a question is to solve it backwards: i.e. think about the steps you took to arrive at the answer and then read the part of the question that you are getting stuck at. In the case of a Multiple Choice Question exam, eliminate as many options and pick the best one of the remaining.
 
Vicky: Tell me sir is it right way to start from answering questions which we are confident and then answer other questions
SudhanshuSinhal: That may be a good as it works to increase the confidence of many students. But one should not get too worried about the questions which seem to be difficult. During any paper, it’s imperative that you feel confident and do NOT let any negative thoughts come to mind. Apart from this, do utilise your reading time well and make a good choice of questions you are going to answer. If you get stuck on a particular question, leave space and come back to it later.
 
Sharda: Dear Sir, thank you, is it true that we must solve the last 5 yrs question papers because most questions come from the last 5 years
SudhanshuSinhal: Hi Sharda. Your approach may be right but the motivation behind it may be wrong. We place a lot of emphasis on these questions; in fact every Sinhals book has the Last 5 Years Questions updated with shortest solutions. Solving the last 5 years questions will give you a good feel of the "Board style" of questions but to expect the same questions to be repeated in your exam is setting yourself up for disappointment. Instead solve them after you have studied as a way to see if you have understood (and covered) all aspects of a subject from the "board point of view".
Vicky: Sir normally when I get question paper , I start with answering big mark questions and then I come to the 1 mark questions, is this right practice
SudhanshuSinhal: Hi Vicky, you seem to be quite concerned about your selection of questions during the paper. Once you see the paper, spend 2-3 minutes to figure out in which order you will go about solving questions. Keep this simple to prevent you from wasting time going back and forth between different questions. After seeing the paper, if you feel you can in fact warm up starting with some simple questions and then move to the harder ones.
 
Aditya: How does one enhance his/her memory skills before the exam as I tend to forget 50% of what I have learnt in the night...how does one counter this stress
SudhanshuSinhal: Unfortunately Aditya, there is no shortcut to miraculously remember everything one has learnt in one night. What you can do though, is make 2 lists: one consisting of all the points that you know very well, and the points that you frequently forget. In the night, and on the day of the exam, simply go over the points which you are likely to forget. This will give you a more structured approach to remember specific information.
 
Sharda: Sir can you give some guidance on time management for subjective questions
SudhanshuSinhal: Sharda, if you are a Sinhals student you will be taught this in detail during the Sinhals CONTACT PROGRAMME; the essence of these sessions is to tell you that after a year of "Understanding for Concepts" you must "Write for Marks". This is very important as many students write more than is required. This must be avoided because during the exam the thinking should be "what is the minimum I must write to get full in this question?” If you can keep this in mind, you will seldom have a time problem with subjective questions.

Alex: One of my friends said that he underlines main points when he rights big answers so that it gets noticed?? Do you think this would help me fetch better marks for my answers?
SudhanshuSinhal: Hi Alex, sure this a strategy which works in any Board Exam. As discussed with Sharda above, in the Sinhals CONTACT PROGRAMME, we teach Sinhals students to think like the examiner, because at the end of the day, he/she is the one who will award you the marks. Examiners have to go through a huge pile of papers to correct, so they will undoubtedly like a paper where they don’t have to search for the main points. Thus, maintain a good presentation and do not forget the little things like writing the units, labeling all diagrams, etc. Write neatly and confidently! A neat presentation, will tempt your examiner to give you more marks!
 
Vineet: Sir what kind of coaching course is apt. Should one choose vacation course and regular course. Which one in your view is more helpful?
SudhanshuSinhal: Hi Vineet, since a long time now, we have been running VCR courses, i.e. Vacation Cum Regular courses. These are vastly superior in quality as there is a good utilisation of your free time in the vacation. This gives VCR students an edge over students who either join a regular course, or do not join a coaching classes at all. Coaching classes are always looking to get the most productivity out of you, in fact many years back, Sinhal Classes started Std.12 coaching when students were in 11th. This has been widely followed by all coaching classes now.

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