CBSE Class 10 Science: Strategies to Perform Better

Score high in Science Class 10 CBSE Board Examinations

<red> February 16th, 2024 <red>

Appearing for board exams for the first time has made students stressed about how to start preparing, especially for Class 10 Mathematics and Science. As the board exams kick off, the increase in queries related to Science underscores the perceived complexity of the subject.

The introduction of competency-based education requires the right strategies with a healthy mindset to develop a strong grasp of the subject. The tips and tricks with the right strategy below can help students in revising the CBSE Class 10 Science syllabus for board exams.

The Class 10 Science 2023-24 Syllabus comprises not only theoretical topics but also practical practice questions. It is best to understand the syllabus for deleted and added topics, analyze the exam pattern and mark weightage, and note down the important topics with the help of PYPs and books for reference. Then prioritize accordingly to create a CBSE 10 exam routine.

Understand the Science Class 10 Syllabus 

Going through the latest CBSE Class 10 Syllabus for Science or any subject should be the first step on every lap of revision. It will provide a detailed list of chapters and topics, with their weightage for every unit in the board examination.

  • Unit 1: Chemical Substances - Nature and Behavior

The unit comprises 25 marks in the final exams. The unit includes ‘Chemical Equations and Reactions’, ‘Acids, Bases and Salts’, ‘Metals and Nonmetals’, and ‘Carbon and its compounds’.

  • Unit 2: World of Living

The unit comprises 25 marks in the final exams. The unit includes ‘Life Processes’, ‘Control and Coordination in Animals and Plants’, ‘Reproduction’, and ‘Heredity and Evolution’. 

  • Unit 3: Natural Phenomena

The unit comprises 12 marks in the final exams. The unit includes ‘Reflection of light’, ‘Refraction; Laws of refraction ', ' Refractive index’, ‘Human Eye’, and ‘Dispersion’. 

  • Unit 4: Effects of Current

The unit comprises 13 marks in the final exams. The unit includes ‘Electric Current’, ‘Electricity’, and ‘Magnetic Effects of Current’.

  • Unit 5: Natural Resources

The unit comprises 05 marks in the final exams. The unit includes questions from ‘Our Environment’.

Analyze the Exam Pattern

This step includes creating a paper format with the help of the syllabus, focusing on the typology and style of questions. This can help improve time management skills before and during the board exams. The students will know exactly how to attempt all the questions in the best possible time.

Take a look at the Class 10 Science Time Management Table according to the latest 2023-24 Sample Paper.

Educart Class 10 Science Blueprint for 2023-24 Sample Paper

This question paper consists of 39 questions in 5 sections. All questions are compulsory. However, an internal choice is provided in some questions. A student is expected to attempt only one of these questions.

  • Section A consists of 20 objective-type questions carrying 1 mark each.
  • Section B consists of 6 Very Short questions carrying 02 marks each. Answers to these questions should be in the range of 30 to 50 words.
  • Section C consists of 7 Short Answer type questions carrying 03 marks each. Answers to these questions should be in the range of 50 to 80 words.
  • Section D consists of 3 Long Answer type questions carrying 05 marks each. Answers to these questions should be in the range of 80 to 120 words.
  • Section E consists of 3 source-based/case-based units of assessment of 04 marks each with sub-parts.

The final CBSE Class 10 Science question will include 50% competency-based questions and the pattern can be understood better from the points mentioned above.

Create a CBSE Board Exam Timetable

The external theoretical examination comprises 80 marks and the rest 20 marks are added from the practical examination. After understanding the syllabus and the exam pattern, students can make a list as per the marks' precedence and their understanding. 

A Student’s Time Table for Class 10 Board Exams

Source: Reddit

The CBSE 10th timetable for study must be realistic and include revision time as well. Students must allocate sufficient time for every topic and include necessary breaks in between to let the mind rest.  Understand the learning style and if needed allow more time to the topics that students find more challenging. 

Clear The Concept Fundamentals

Strengthening Class 10 Science fundamentals will not only help in acing the board exams but will serve as the base for higher studies. Understanding the concepts will improve the problem-solving skills thus it will help in solving numerical in the final examinations. 

Revision Maps in Class 10 Sample Question Paper

Try to grasp the principles, equations, theories, reactions, and natural phenomena with the help of notes and revision maps. It will help in understanding the important concepts, especially during the revision time. Prepare a list of all the chapter-wise important formulas and equations included in the class 10 curriculum to solve the numeral problems easily.

Practice Regularly

Just understanding the theory isn’t sufficient for acing the Class 10 Science board examination. Students must practice in-text, examples, and exercise questions from the NCERT textbook and the preferred reference books regularly. 

Educart Class 10 Science Time Management Table 2023-24

After clearing the chapter fundamentals, dedicate sufficient time to attempt the theoretical problems and numerical problems related to the chapter. Regular practice will help in analyzing how well the students have grasped the concept and will help in improving time management skills. The practice timetable can be created based on the exam pattern to ensure the complete attempt of the examination paper. 

Clear Doubts Timely

Facing doubts during examination preparation is what every student faces but not clearing the doubts timely can affect the performance in the final exams. Students can get help from teachers, YouTube, reference books, and their friends to clear their doubts. 

Taking help can also introduce students to the short tricks or can introduce them to the easy way for concept clarity. Students can also acquire important knowledge during doubt clarity. It is advised to not proceed further before the previous doubt is cleared.

Choose the Right Study Material

The market is filled with subject books for the board exam preparations and students are recommended several books regularly. Spending unnecessary money on every recommended book is stupidity and students won’t be able to complete studying from all the books.

Every student’s learning style and pace is different so choose the books that seem right as per the individual’s preference. To attempt the Class 10 board examinations, preparing from NCERT and the Class 10 sample paper is sufficient. 

Strategy During Examinations

Try to keep calm while attempting the examination paper. 

  • During the extra 15 minutes before the exam starts, read the entire question paper. Keep aside the challenging questions for the next reading. 
  • Choose the questions that students are completely sure of in case of the internal choice questions. 
  • Don’t spend more than the required time on a single question. Attempt the other questions. Once the complete paper is attempted, check out the questions missed or left to be solved later. Read those questions with a calm mind and try to solve them systematically. 
  • Follow the necessary steps in case of attempting the numerical. Attempt the paper as per the section included in the paper. 
  • Keep an extra 15-20 for the revision after attempting the complete paper.

The preparation before the examination of the CBSE Class 10 board examination must be quantitatively and qualitatively balanced. Prepare a strategy and start the exam preparation accordingly.  Try memorization techniques and if possible, study groups can help in preparing for the exam better. Keep a positive mindset before, during, and after the board examinations.

All the Best!

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