Students In India usually face problems while handling English Subject, especially in class 10 and 12 for board exams. English subject does not get counted in merit marks almost everywhere across India, thus this makes students ignore this subject and take it lightly and concentrate on other main subjects. But if one follows systematic approach , it is easy to prepare for English Subject and score good marks.
Here are some tips , and if followed, will be of utmost help to students.
1. Attempt Sample Papers for Class 10 English & Previous Year Papers
Get and Solve as many sample papers, previous year papers, model papers, mock test papers. This way you will gauge your level of preparation and will get practice in grammar and writing sections.Understanding the type of questions being asked in board papers will make you ready for finale.
2. Start Preparing Early
Don’t keep English for last. It has been observed that students mostly tend to prepare for English examination shortly before the exam date! But this is most unwanted strategy. Even if little time , may be 30 mins are devoted everyday for this subject, it will do wonders for sure.
3. Try to Converse in English
One has command over any language he or she speaks most of the time. That is why it has been observed that US and UK students are more proficient in English because they use this language most of the time.So if you are shy, you need to get rid of it and start conversing in english with your friends, family members ( if possible) , in school and every place where you get the chance.You may commit errors and make stupid mistakes. But learn from your mistakes and improve daily!
4.Give Additional Attention to Grammar
Grammar is the most essential part of english and students ignore it because they tend to find it tough to deal with. But again it is wrong strategy. Grammar is the basic fundamental of English language and without mastering it , one can never reign over English. So instead of ignoring it, just tackle it and work on your weaknesses. Consult your teacher for any doubts and weakness, check out online free sources , videos, websites, mobile apps, and try to understand and grasp things thoroughly. Usually it is not required but in worst case scenario you may join any 1-2 months coaching classes for English Grammar.
5. Work On Writing Skills and Improve Writing Speed and Quality
Writing is another important part in Class 10 English Exam Paper. So start early working on this part too. Understand the format of various sub sections that are being asked in exams like ( Notice Writing, Formal Letters, Informal Letters, Advertisements , dialogue writing etc etc..) and once you get the knack everyday write for around 10 minutes on any category. Try to write in precise format , to the point and under word limit. Don’t forget to be legible thus in case you have handwriting issues better make appropriate corrections.
6. Improve your Reading Skills
Unseen passages / Reading Comprehensions are also a part of Class 10 English Paper, so one must inculcate the habit of reading and quickly understanding anything. To begin with initially one can start reading the editorial pages of newspaper( just 1 article) with utmost focus and try to understand everything. Later on in sample papers and previous year papers , one will find unseen passages and questions related to the passage. Try to attempt those and see how well you can do in those. Also one can browse online and check for unseen passages and try to solve those also.
7. Be Precise & To The Point While Answering
Some times, students get overwhelmed and write more than required while answering question papers. This leads to situation when students run short on time, and as a result, are not able to completely attend all the questions. Be to the point , specific and answer with only required important points. There are many papers with marking scheme, try to evaluate those and see what is expected of you while answering questions.
In the end please understand that English is very important language and will remain with you even after 10th. You need to master it early so that you can never face any issues with it , going forward.