CLASS 8 MATHS: HOW TO TOP IN MATHS EXAM
Class 8 Maths has one of the most interesting topics to study and also it sets the base for your class 10 Maths. If you are studying very attentively in your class 8, the chances that you will be able to go through your class 10 Maths almost easily are very high. Maths is considered a very important subject in almost all career fields. It also acts as eligibility criteria for your upcoming competitive exams like JEE and NEET. Maths is all about basics and in order to clear them for your future classes, you need to study like a topper so as to remember everything for a long time period. Not only this will help you in setting the foundation of your class 10 maths, but it will also help you to boost your percentage in your class 8. Here are some topper-like preparation tips to help you with your class 8 maths.
Clear the myths
Toppers don’t study all day, instead, they have an effective timetable to make time for other subjects also. You have to start by making a timetable for yourself which not only includes studying a single subject for studying all day but also time for your family and breaks in regular intervals. Stick that timetable in front of your study table and follow it with complete resolution. Don’t stress out yourself in order to complete your syllabus early. Instead, give each and every chapter the required time and have a stronghold on them. There will be many new concepts in your class 8 maths. So, in order to understand them completely, you need to allot extra days for the chapters in your timetable. Examiners most probably would ask questions related to the chapters of the most in order to make the base of the student strong.
Understand concepts with NCERT
NCERT explains every concept with basic examples in a very well-detailed and simple language. Before going on with the questions on that particular concept, you have to first understand the concept thoroughly by going through all the examples at least twice. Start with the questions and if you get any doubt in between, immediately ask for help to not let doubts pile up at the end. The concept will be fresh in your mind and in order to understand your doubts easily, you have to be quick and unhesitating to ask for them from your teacher or tutor.
All the questions given at the back of every chapter of your NCERT are very important from the exam point of view. You need to do those questions at least twice or thrice in order to engrave them in your mind. Keep solved answers to these questions along with you by downloading them from the internet or simply taking the help of reference books like exemplar. This will help you to try to understand the question by yourself with brainstorming.
Practice a lot
Maths is the subject which demands practice from you more than the other subjects of your class 8. After you have understood NCERT completely, do all the questions given in it. Practice it as many times as you wish so that if a particular question comes in your exam directly, you would be able to solve it easily. Practice is a very important aspect in order to measure your level of understanding of new concepts. Also, you have to be very regular with this practice thing so that your mind approaches every question with the same level and confidence for solving it down.
Focus more on the new and challenging topics while practicing so that you can attempt the questions easily in your paper that is based on them. Read the questions thoroughly while you’re practicing. If you don’t understand the question completely, don’t waste time tempting that particular question as in that time, you can do other questions productively.
Don’t solve the questions in your mind and think that you have completed them. solve every question with your hand by writing it on your practice register. Answer every question like you are attempting it in the exam by writing every step and formula neatly.
Understand the pattern
After you have completed NCERT and all the questions in it, you have to download the previous year’s question papers in order to understand the pattern of the exam and which question can come in which category. Attempt these previous year’s papers like your exam and manage your time according to that. Keep your NCERT, formula sheet and practice registers away from your study table, and don’t take help from them as to why you are doing that question paper. You have to be very patient while solving every question in order to make your thinking clear. Attempt your paper very neatly and draw margins on each side of your answer sheet.
Don’t try to study with a friend who always tries to avoid maths. They will continuously distract and discourage you from studying and you will not be able to score good marks in your final examination.
Don’t skip any question which you think is very simple and you can attempt in your exam easily. Do every single question and after every question, draw a line with the help of pencil and scale. start every new question with a new page to maintain the neatness of your answer sheet.
After completing your previous year’s question paper, ask your teacher or tutor to check them for you. If you have any mistakes, correct them and clear all the doubts. For example, if you have attempted 5 previous year’s question papers and in every paper, you have 5 mistakes. Then there will be a total of 25 questions that you have mistaken and corrected afterward. So, if any of those 25 questions come into your exam, you will be able to now solve them perfectly. Always remember that understanding the concept is more important than scoring in your exam.