Mathematics: Last-Minute Tips


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Here are a few last-minute tips for writing your Mathematics paper:

* Make sure you fill up the necessary details on any graph papers. Also mention the question number and the section it belongs to.

* For clarity, outline/highlight your answer in a box, ex. if your answer is x=2 , draw a box around it so that it is easier for the examiner to locate your answer.

* Do not skip steps. Write down each and every step even if you feel it is very easy.

* If you have applied a specific technique in arriving at your answer, mention the name of the method, ex. if you have applied componendo and dividendo, then write down ‘by componendo and dividendo’ next to the step in parenthesis.

* Draw clear and neat diagrams and label them. Also, ex. if AB indicates the height of the tower, then mention separately, ‘AB=height of tower’, etc.

* Read the question thoroughly. Do not be in a hurry and see what the question is asking and attempt it accordingly.

* Check your paper twice and if you have the time, check it thrice. Make sure you don’t make any silly mistakes in calculation. To make it easier to recheck your answers, make sure your rough work is done on the same page as the answer and that it is clearly written and legible for you to recheck the calculation.

* Do not jumble up the steps. If you feel your answer seems jumbled up, leave a line after each step to make it look neat and clear.

* Leave a page if you don’t know the answer and come back to the question later. Do not waste time on a question that you are unsure of and which you need time to think upon.

* Check your paper and make sure you have answered each question and sub-question. If a question has two parts mentioned in the same line, make sure that you read the question till the very end and attempt all parts. If you have left a question to attempt later, make sure you go back and complete it.

Hope these tips help you while writing your exam paper! Keep visiting for more such tips!πŸ™‚

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15 thoughts on “Mathematics: Last-Minute Tips

  1. Husaina says:

    I am very unconfident about questions in geometry based on proofs, i have tried many of them on my own but all time i required help of my guide and i am not able to solve it independently and all muddles up in my mind. What to do? I’m really tensed. If question comes on prooving esp. in tangents and circles, how will i face it? I want to score atleast 95 in maths

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Husaina,

      Don’t worry that much. Last year, before my exams, even I was tensed about Mathematics but I managed to score a 99 in my Board Examination. Practice solving the relevant questions from the previous years’ papers. Solve them once or twice till you understand the method and logic behind it. By practising, you will come across tricks used to solve the questions. Keep these tricks in mind. Also, proving theorems related to circles are rarely asked in exams. If you are not confident about the question during your exam, you can always leave it as an option. However, you must be thorough in all other topics. Hope this helped. I am sure you will easily be able to score a 95 in your exam. Once again, don’t worry and stay strong! Good luck!πŸ™‚

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  2. Amanda says:

    Proofs are not there in our syllabus, esp. If you go through the last 10 years questions, there are no proofs asked at all, Besides the geometry questions asked are simple and not very tough to solve. The paper will have only 2 or 3 difficult problems, the rest will not be easy.πŸ˜€

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  3. Anshuman says:

    Best solution is that the one who’s not sure abt geometry must then be thorough with banking graphs n constructions…then he can easily skip geo parts

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  4. Vinay Agarwal says:

    I am worried please help me….I forgot and used bluegel pen to fill in the entries in the answer bookler but now I just realized that I was supposed to only use black ball point pen….what do I do? What will happen? Will they check my paper or not? Please reply please im tensed and worried now

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Vinay,

      If I were you, I would not worry. However, I am merely a student and can in no way say what actions this may cause. The tips that I suggest in my posts are merely to remind you that “precaution is better than cure.” What has been done cannot be changed but I assure you, there are negligible chances that your paper will not be checked.

      Hope this helped. Have faith and thanks for visiting.πŸ™‚

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  5. Dhruv says:

    hello I’m appearing in boards this year
    My problem is that I’m not able to complete my maths paper on time in my two pre boards I have appeared but I knew the solution of every question so please give me some tips so that next time I can complete my whole paper on time
    please help me

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Dhruv,

      As I have reiterated again and again
      (for example, here: https://icsehelpline101.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/tip-of-the-day-4/)
      to all readers who have questions similar to yours, practice is what will get you ahead in math. Keep practicing those questions, solve examples from your textbook, solve previous years’ test papers or model test papers and time yourself while solving the same… Pretty soon, you’ll be able to manage your time well and will be able to solve the paper within the time limit, with some minutes left for revising your answers.

      Also, the fifteen minutes at the beginning of the exam are crucial. Use those fifteen minutes to decide which questions you will be attempting and which ones you will leave as an option. Prioritize them and decide the order in which you will attempt them, starting with the question whose answer/outline who have clear in your head and which you are confident that you’ll be able to crack easily.

      Practice in this manner while solving papers at home. Before solving papers, make sure you practice solving individual questions so that your concepts are clear. If, like you say, you know the solution to the question but are merely facing a problem completing the paper, then directly start solving past papers or model test papers. Solve at least ten and rest assured, you will get a hang of the pattern and will be able to finish the question paper easily within the time limit.πŸ™‚

      Hope this helped! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

      Keep visiting.πŸ™‚

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  6. Dhruv says:

    two circles with radii r1 & r2 touch each other externally let r be the radius of circle which touches these two circles as well as a common tangent to the two circles. prove that 1/root r = 1/ root r1 + 1/ root r2

    plzzz its urgent!!!

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