Meritnation|Feb 25th, 2012 03:38pm
It is that time of the year again, with examinations looming round the corner. It is natural that those appearing for secondary school examinations for the first time are apprehensive about them. However, it need not be the case. The important thing to remember while approaching examinations is to concentrate on the process rather than results. If the process is correct and followed with diligence, results would take care of themselves. This includes covering the necessary topics point-wise, understanding the concepts and ideas that form the foundation of each chapter, having a regular study schedule and periodically assessing the progress one has made. As with any other discipline, doing is often the best form of learning in social science. Writing helps to grasp concepts like no other activity. Thus, taking mock tests and focussing on writing skills is necessary.
The Social Sciences paper consists of four sections of equal weightage. These are as follows:
History- 20 Marks
Geography- 20 Marks
Economics- 20 Marks
Civics- 20 Marks
Structure of paper:
Maps and social science-
Maps are an important component of social science. Therefore, a student is advised to familiarise oneself with the location of places of historical significance. In geography, maps are often used to highlight patterns and distribution, a visual representation of data. Correlating distribution with location is an important method of understanding the concepts of geography. Thus, even though map questions by themselves constitute only a small section of the paper, learning through maps helps one to remember key concepts.
Approach to the examination-
It is important to approach the paper with a calm and relaxed mind. A little bit of stress would be usual as it drives a student to work hard. However, one must not let that distract the mind from the task at hand. The focus should be on one question at a time.
One of the myths associated with social sciences is that lengthy answers fetch more marks. It is advised to adhere to the word limits that are associated with each type of question. This can be achieved by writing the answers concisely and expressing them point-wise. It helps in evaluating the paper with a degree of objectivity and allows the examiner to gauge the depth of a student’s knowledge.
Also, one should first attempt the questions that one is familiar with, to save time. The remaining questions can be tackled later.
MCQs and map questions present good scoring opportunities as they are based upon factual information. Therefore, they must not be left unattempted. Do spare time for revision at the end of the paper as well.
To sum up, it would help to play to your strengths. While answering, stick to what has been asked without diverging from the core subject of the question. Stay relaxed and put your best foot forward. The results would undoubtedly be positive.
All the very best!