Advising Youths On Their Issues – 3

This time students have interacted with some more pragmatic queries with regard to revision, evaluation, viva, entrance test, role of parents and prerequisites of success. Let’s delve. 

(11) How to revise the syllabus before 10 days of examinations?

Days before the final exams are very crucial. You need to be physically and mentally strong enough to cope with the overall situation.

Well, with your modes of preparations we expect that by now you must have completed the studies and that it is a time of a thorough revision. If not, by chance, some of the portions still remaining, complete within a few days so that you can have at least four to five days for thorough revision of all the subjects, in particular Physics, Chemistry and Math. Here we go with the helpful tips:

  • Be strong enough to face the exams, increase your confidence level.
  • Prepare a quick reference list and paste it in your study room.
  • Prepare charts and slides of important portions.
  • Re read your notes and highlight important part.
  • Condensed your notes to a single page.
  • Instead of memorizing, just write down the answers / sums / equations / derivations on the paper. It strengthens your memory power and increases writing speed as well.
  • Review each topic.
  • Take small breaks after the completion of each topic.
  • Eat healthy
  • Sleep well
  • Refrain from panicking, everything is going to be in your control.

(12) Is checking of the 12th English paper, harder or easier? 

Don’t bother about these things. Concentrate on your preparation. If you do well in the exams, results are going to be equally good, that’s for sure.

However, for excelling in the English paper you need to focus on the following sections:

  1. Comprehensions / unseen passages – Read carefully and thoroughly.
  2. Writing section –  Express your thoughts clearly. Make use of rich vocabulary, this section analyzes your writing skills.
  3. Literature –  Write comprehensive and to the point answers. Read questions carefully before answering. Maintain decency while writing, leave necessary space and draw margins.

(13) What are most general questions usually asked during the viva of physics class 12th final practical?

In the practical examination along with experiments you have to face viva voce (oral examination) from the internal / external examiner. It is just to know your depth of knowledge and understanding of the subject. Based on your performance you will be credited with the deserving score. The possible questions are as under. Please remember these questions going to be in continuation to your response to the examiner’s queries:

  • Why the Sonometer box contain holes?
  • What are the differences between free vibrations and forced vibrations?
  • Why are the resistance used in a resistance box is like 1,2,2,5,10,20,20,50,100,200,200,500,1000,2000,5000 etc?
  • Why wire is double folded in resistance box?
  • What is Ohm’s law?
  • State the principle of a potentiometer?
  • How can we increase the sensitivity of a potentiometer?
  • Define figure of merit of a galvanometer? Which has more resistance, a galvanometer or a millimeter?
  • What is the difference between an ordinary diode and an LED?
  • What is inductor?
  • What is capacitor?
  • Define principle axis of a convex lens?
  • What happens to the focal length of a concave mirror if it is immersed in water?
  • Define spherical aberration and draw diagram to show it in case of a concave mirror?
  • What is parallax? How is it removed?
  • Define dispersion of light, give its cause?
  • Show dispersion of white light into seven colors?
  • Define lateral displacements and give the factor on which it depends?
  • Define critical angle and deduce the relation between refractive index and critical angle?
  • Explain U-V graph in case of image formation in a convex lens?
  • What are the differences between primary and secondary cell?
  • Why can’t we use a dry cell for starting a car?
  • How does rheostat act as a variable resistor, potential divider?
  • What is a non inductive coil?
  • Why is the emf of auxiliary battery greater than the emf to be measured?

In view of the similar question-pattern you can have an idea of rest of the chapters. The key to your better performance is a fair understanding of the subject. Follow these guidelines for a good preparation:

  • The frequently asked questions during viva are mostly related to methodology and principle.
  • Read thoroughly the complete theory behind the experiment.
  • Revise your practical notes.
  • Graphs are important part of Physics practical exams, try to a have there good understanding.
  • Experiments have been developed to prove the principles, try to remember the main principle behind performing any particular experiment.
  • Visualize the diagram of the experiment and draw it roughly.
  • Be confident at the time of experiment and write down important steps before starting the practical examination.
  • In case of any doubt, consult your teacher.

(14) How to prepare for physics AIPMT- 2016, I am good in 12th Physics but weak in 11th’s? 

When you are good in 12th physics then how can be weak in 11? So first of all come out of that mental barrier, you are strong enough to excel. Believe in yourself. Stay focused. Concentrate on the following:

The sections generally covered in AIPMT- Physics are:

  • Kinematics
  • Physical World and Measurement
  • Work, Energy &  Power
  • Laws of Motions
  • Oscillation Waves
  • Thermodynamics
  • Electrostatic and Current Electricity
  • Magnetic Effects of Current & Magnetism and finally
  • Electromagnetism

….so, plan an organized study. The following tips may be helpful:

  • Focus on self-studies.
  • If needed you can opt for a study partner.
  • Maintain a strict time table.
  • Study thoroughly your 11th physics notes.
  • Specify which part is appearing little time consuming, focus on it, take advice from your teachers / students.
  • Try to solve theoretical questions on Modern Physics, as they are without calculations.
  • Most of the questions in Thermodynamics &  Heat are based on P-Y Graphs, so prepare accordingly.
  • In case of lengthy calculations try to solve the problems through approximation.
  • If find time, please go through the following online test once, you may continue, if it is useful:

(15) Do parents play a key role in ruining the education of their children, by emphasizing on earning marks during education and money after education rather than focusing on learning?

I don’t think so.  Parents are the adorable and selfless beings who always think good about their children. Actually for emphasizing the importance of education, parents do advise children in their own style and dialect. The only benchmark to know the impact of their advise and your depth of learning is the exam results. Higher the marks, higher the degree of their satisfaction, therefore they emphasize on this aspect. An admonition to score good marks is just for you to sharpen your focus on learning.

Then after education what? They want you to stand up on your own and the only criterion to judge this is to know the way you earn. If you start earning, parents think that you have grown up in real sense and ready to shoulder the responsibilities. So, children have to look at the parent’s advise with a positive frame of mind. An obedient son / daughter is one who truly understands the spirit behind the words of his / her parent.

(16) What are the prerequisites of success for a student?

The prerequisites of success are quite simple but they demand your gentle care and initiatives which are very tough to adhere to. They are:

  1. Be an open minded, realistic and ready to accept the shortcomings and incorporate new things.
  2. Never be jealous of anyone no matter what. Try to be pure at heart and involve yourself in healthy competitions. 
  3. Don’t treat any success as the final one; every single achievement should be a moral boost for you to reach to the highest peak of success. 
  4. Don’t treat your colleagues as rival, help them achieve their goals. Your helping nature in turn enlightens you with the dynamics of success. 
  5. Be a man of God, don’t be egoistic. Abstain from all sorts of negative traits.
  6. Manage your time; all your activities should be well defined. Maintain a healthy habit of keeping time for every engagement. Be on time to classes. Specify study timings. Be a regular visitor of the library. Assign time for light entertaining games, and of course time to spend with friends. 
  7. Set priorities, make your own list of priorities, at what period of the year what is supposed to be done and achieved. 
  8. Create goals, both long and short term. Set your own target of achieving excellent results in the tests / semester / final exams. Decide a topic / definite portion of a particular subject for an in depth understanding within a specified time. Make a list of the skills to be developed. 
  9. Maintain discipline, don’t skip classes. Study with double seriousness. Be polite and humble in your approach towards studies and answering the queries. 
  10. Cultivate obsession, yes there should be a kind of madness in you to go an extra mile and reach to the top. Try to be obsessed about acquiring knowledge, excelling in understanding, helping out the needy and thinking out of the box. 

(17) I didn’t tie the answer sheet properly, what to do? 

I think this sort of feelings do occur, in particular when a paper is written in a hurried manner and the time got over even before reviewing the answer sheet.

The properly tied sheets always remain intact don’t worry. Better if you write the number of sheets used in the examination in the space provided on the front cover of the answer book. If the additional papers loosen by chance, they will be tied again by the examiner before they get submitted to the concerned authority.

However it is desirable that you should get ready for exams with a thorough preparation and keep ready the “exams kit” containing hall ticket, pen, pencil, eraser, calculator etc. A mental preparation about things to be done before, during and after the examinations is also solicited. A good student is one who concentrates on all the aspects of exams.


© Muhammad Abdullah Javed – March 2016.

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