Term 2 CBSE Class 12 Board Examinations are all scheduled to start from April 26th. With just a few days to start the CBSE Term 2 exams, candidates should know tips and tricks to get good grades.
Commerce as a major offers a multitude of brilliant career options, but the subjects pose a typical challenge for students. Students should study the core subjects systematically and consistently throughout the year to familiarize themselves with the subject matter related to the arguments and the curriculum. Here are some tips for succeeding in the basics of commerce.
1. Prepare the chapters according to the weighting:
Focus more on chapters such as treasury, company accounts and partnership, as they make up almost 60% of the entire program. Practicing a variety of sums from these chapters will help you maintain your percentage.
2. Choose the right books outside of NCERT:
Question types in NCERT are limited after a period. Referring to Double Entry Book Keeping by CS Grewal or Accountancy for Class 12 by DK Goel will expand your experience with variety. Practicing sample articles from these books will definitely help you prepare better.
3. Take note of the formats:
Be sure to note the correct formats of balance sheets, ledgers, track balance, etc. and to mention the narrations and formulas applied for the same. Practicing them with precision will help with time management while maintaining accuracy.
4. Be quick but alert:
Do your calculations regularly, in a calm but alert manner. Feel free to show your working notes wherever you want. These have markings and you need to make them easy to understand and neat.
5. Conceptual understanding:
Accounts are one of the basic subjects of trading, which becomes fun to learn once you understand the concepts. Understanding the concepts will help you understand complex issues with much ease.
1. Note-taking by chapter:
Macroeconomics has many applied formulas and microeconomics involves complex concepts. Maintaining notes by chapter helps to effectively retain the topic in the form of terms, definitions, formulas, etc. in one place. This is also useful later during last minute review.
2. Read NCERT carefully:
Most of the CBSE exam questions are mainly based on NCERT books. A good understanding of the subject and reading of the NCERT is advised.
3. Carefully Labeled Graphs and Diagrams:
Practice drawing carefully labeled diagrams with narrations where necessary. Curves and figures must be drawn with precision.
4. Solve paper examples:
Try to match the previous year’s questions to transcend overall preparation and confidence. The key to good preparation is to solve a wide variety of questions from different years to familiarize yourself with the chapters and the exam pattern.
5. Improve your analytical skills:
Economics has many applied questions that require basic logical reasoning to answer. Understand the reasons for the relationship between variables – such as total product and marginal product, total fixed cost and average fixed cost, etc.
1. Read the NCERT as you would read the Bible:
Since business studies is one of the theoretical subjects, it is extremely imperative to read all the concepts carefully. Follow a note-taking pattern for each chapter at the beginning. This will give you an overview of the general topic of the relevant chapter.
2. Understand key terminologies:
You will have a lot to read and it might be daunting at first, but diligent reading will help you understand the basic essence of all the chapters. You don’t need to remember every detail of every chapter at once.
3. Practice your digital:
Understanding how certain formulas were derived and practicing the numbers in chapters such as capital structure can be quite interesting.
4. Cite practical examples:
Explaining marketing concepts by citing a practical example helps the examiner understand your clarity of thought on various concepts and always makes your answer sheet more presentable.
5. Keep nothing for the 11th hour:
Make sure you have gone through all the chapters efficiently according to the given weighting. Don’t save any new chapters for the last minute. Do not learn any new subject a day or a few hours before the exam.
1. Keep a copy of the formula:
List all formulas by chapter in a separate journal for ease and better review
2. Practice makes perfect:
Practice the chapters throughout the year to be more fluent in solving all types of questions. Start with moderate NCERT questions and eventually progress to questions with a higher level of difficulty.
3. Follow a step-by-step approach:
Pay attention to the main steps that helped you solve a question. Mentioning the steps that led you to your answer will give you full marks and also give the reviewer insight into the functions or methods you applied.
4. Pay more attention to the most difficult:
You tend to dread the chapters you find the most difficult and keep pushing it towards the end. Still, you should start with the difficult chapters to have enough time to get absolutely conceptually thorough. Mark difficult questions and spot silly mistakes for more practice later.
5. Time management via sample papers:
Being focused yet precise in the time window given in the exam is an imperative aspect to consider. Practice paper samples while setting a timer. This will help you increase your pace while being precise with responses.
6. Adequate understanding of basic concepts:
If you have opted for Core Maths, you need to understand the derivations of the different formulas used to solve a sum for better retention.
Board exams mark an important milestone in your academic life. Therefore, it is imperative that you put in all your effort while pursuing the trade for Class 12!
Written by Dr. Silpi Sahoo, President, SAI International Education Group.