A few weeks back, one of our readers who blogs at Abstract Thoughts and Eccentricities was kind enough to leave a few tips regarding how to improve one’s Hindi essays for the ICSE Class 10 Board Exams. She left a comment here and gave us permission to reproduce the same in a separate post. We are glad to finally be sharing her views with all of our readers so that they may benefit from her guidelines, as well!
Here’s what she has to say…
“This is just some advice from a Hindi student, though I am not in class 10.
What I’ve noticed is that most students think marks get cut in the essay portion of the Hindi paper. Actually, essays and letters are very scoring. Most students lose out on marks due to mistakes in grammar, tense and gender while writing sentences. Hindi teachers do like simple sentences, with a few good vocabulary words here and there. To improve your essays, these are a few tips I followed throughout middle school and still follow now. I hope it helps. 🙂
1. It’s a relatable feeling to be able to express yourself fully in English, but then when you write in Hindi, you find yourself at a loss for words. To cure this problem, buying a Hindi ‘Shabdkosh’ or dictionary can solve the problem. Ideally, you should look up ten words a day, and just understand the meaning. There’s no need of mugging up the entire book, just understand the meaning or write it down. Keep a record of all the new words you use, and apply them in your assignments or practice papers. Get someone experienced to check them, and point out any incorrect application.
2. Practice spelling regularly (even if it’s only a little bit). It may seem pointless and irritating, but honestly, it makes a world of difference when you write. You’ll find a lot less silly mistakes in your paper 🙂
3. Read the solved papers of ICSE (last ten years). It will give you an idea of what the examiners expect from you, and whenever you practice, you can apply the techniques used!
4. Go back to the basics. If you have your old middle school or class 5 books, keep practicing the grammar. Students have a tendency to mug up grammar rules before the exam and then forget them. If you revise one standard per week or fortnight, it’s not an awful lot of work, and you can iron out your basic concepts again thoroughly. Practice genders and tenses specifically, these tend to be the most puzzling in written work. Even synonyms and antonyms are highly important, along with idioms and proverbs. Grammar has more relation to essay writing than you might think!
When I first joined my school in 4th grade, I didn’t know any Hindi (I used to live abroad.) I had help from the school, but these tips helped me quite a lot and though I am not a Hindi genius, I score pretty well in Hindi (although there is always room for improvement). I managed to get better without a tuition, because my Hindi teacher always told me to follow these tips.
I hope they help you, and all the best for any test you have to give!”
Do try out these tips in your upcoming exams, whether they be the mid-terms or Class 10 pre-boards. Let us know how the above tips help you while writing your essays! If you have any feedback or questions, leave them in the Comments section below.