Tips to study Biology for boards (CBSE and Maharashtra board)


Boards can be hard to deal with and if you've chosen Biology it's going to be harder than usual. You know learning all those long words. To deal with the diagram and we all are in search of a strategy every time we sit to study.

To build up a strategy takes time and a lot of thinking, which I guess you won't be in the state of mind to do that because you know, pressure gets you. So today, here I'm with a plan that at least you can try to implement while studying for your biology board exam.

Tips to study biology for boards:

This post is not only for CBSE board but as well as for Maharashtra board. Here I'll give you my personal tricks which I used to study biology.

Here are few tips that can help you in your biology examination:

1. Know your paper pattern

It is very important first to know your exam pattern as it will be helpful for you to not think about what section should you attempt first and where can you score more marks. The paper pattern for CBSE board and Maharashtra board is different and we will look at both of them. 

CBSE board:

For CBSE board the paper pattern is in this form:

Section Answer type Question detail Total marks
Section A
Very short answers
5 questions of 1 mark each
5
Section B
Short answers 1
7 questions of 2 marks each
14
Section C
Short answers 2
12 questions of 3 marks each
36
Section D
Long answers
3 questions of 5 marks each
15

As you can see in the above table, section C has the highest marks which covers 3 marks questions. You should be prepared with 3 marker questions first followed by 2 marker and then 1 marker. I would suggest that you leave the 5 marker questions for the end.

From my personal opinion I would always leave the 5 marker for the end cause they are long to learn and also a little tough to understand, so I leave it for the end. I just go through the answers like in a story form and just remember the keywords which are mentioned in the answer.

Maharashtra board:

For Maharashtra board it was a little different in the beginning because the paper pattern was different. Now the paper pattern is much easier than previous years. 

Section Answer type Question detail Total marks
Section A
MCQ and very short answers
10 MCQ's and 8 very short answers of 1 mark each
18
Section B
Short answers 1
12 questions, write any 8 for 2 marks each
16
Section C
Short answers 2
12 questions, write any 8 for 3 marks each
24
Section D
Long answers
5 questions, write any 3 for 4 marks each
12

As you can see they have increased marks in objective questions which is a win-win situation for you.

I would give the same strategy to study for as I have mentioned above for CBSE board. Always leaving the long answers for the end not only gives you time to study the important ones in which you can actually score good but also it saves a lot of time.

Even if you just read the questions and you must already be familiar with the concept you can easily write the answers in your own words.

2. Understand the concept:


Biology is a subject which includes a lot of theory, long words, diagrams and sometimes all these mixed up you can't figure out a thing, the reason why you need to first understand the concept and then move towards your questions. 

Imagine, just learning the answers and then when you face that question your exam you go blank because you can't remember a thing and then you spend time thinking, if you can't, you skip that question move forward and come back to it at the end. By the time you remember, times up !

Understanding that particular concept first and then going onto the questions would be easy because you already know what is in that particular topic and you can easily guess the answer and if you're right you just have to read it once and it keeps going on in your mind in step wise manner. 

The reason why it is so important to understand the concept. Apart from just remembering you can save a lot of time in the exam and if you don't remember each and every word from that answer, by the help of certain keywords mentioned in the answer you can frame your own sentences. 

3. Do not leave any stone unturned:

By this I mean do not leave any topic as all are important even thought the chapter doesn't carry much marks because you never what might be asked in your exams.

When you come across questions which are choice based, they sometimes tend to be of the same topic or the same chapter or unit. Skipping it and as I told above not understanding the concept will do nothing but just give you no marks in return. 

4. Diagrams and terminologies:


Diagrams can be boring if you are not that good with art, but you know there is a saying that "Practice makes a man perfect". I guess you got what I'm trying to tell here. Just practice diagrams every day. 

Let me give you a method of how you can do that. For instance, you are starting with a new chapter, the first thing you will do is lookout for any diagrams or terms that are hard to pronounce or the spelling is a bit confusing. 

When you start with the chapter, mark these things up and after you are done with today's work maybe just of understanding the concept or reading the text, you just draw the diagram once or twice and write the terms 5 times in a row. Keep doing this everyday until you are done with that chapter and are ready to move to another chapter. 

By this you practice the diagrams and those long terms daily which will then be in your mind and when you exams are approaching you just practice all the diagrams once or twice all together and 1 day before exam you can go through the diagrams which you have practised.

5. Go for high weightage chapters first:

Starting to study in from the beginning of the year, then you need to start covering up the chapters which have high weightage. Again for CBSE and Maharashtra board the marks distribution is different, but don't worry I'll take you through both of them. 

It is important to cover the chapters which have high weightage of marks because they are hard to understand and that makes it hard to study.

CBSE board:

For CBSE board the marks distribution is by units and not by chapter like how it for Maharashtra board. 

Unit Title Marks
1
Reproduction in Organism
17
Sexual Reproduction in Flowering Plant
Reproductive Health
Reproduction
Human Reproduction
2
Genetics and Evolution
18
Molecular Basis of Inheritance
Principles of Inheritance and Variation
Evolution
3
Human Health and Diseases
14
Biology and Human Welfare
Strategies for Enhancement in Food Production
Microbes in Human Welfare
4
Biotechnology and its Application
10
Biotechnology – Principles and Processes
Biotechnology and Its Applications
5
Organisms and Populations
14
Ecology and Environment
Environmental Issues
Biodiversity and Its Conservation
Ecosystem

Maharashtra board:

For Maharashtra board, the marks distribution is according to each chapter. 

Sr No. Chapter Total marks
1
Genetic Basis of Inheritance
5
2
Gene: Its Nature, Expression and Regulation
4
3
Biotechnology: Process and Application
3
4
Enhancement in Food Production
3
5
Microbes in Human Welfare
2
6
Photosynthesis
5
7
Respiration
5
8
Reproduction in Plants
5
9
Organisms and Environment 1
3
10
Origin and Evolution of Life
3
11
Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance
3
12
Genetic Engineering and Genomics
2
13
Human Health and Diseases
2
14
Animal Husbandry
2
15
Circulation
6
16
Excretion and Osmoregulation
4
17
Control and Coordination
5
18
Human Reproduction
5
19
Organisms and Environment 2
3

6. Don't keep the hard ones for the end moment:

Sometimes you use your brains too much and you think that if you study the easy chapters first because they are easy to understand and easy to learn and then you would have ample of time for your hard chapters, but in reality that never happens. 

You delay and then you study the easy ones and now you have no time to study for the hard ones which you thought you would do few before your exams. The reason why you need to start studying hard ones and the high weightage ones at the start followed by the easy ones. 

7. Solve last years papers:


Solving last years papers will not only make you think adequately but it will also give you an idea of what type of questions can be asked, what takes much time, in how much time you can complete the paper or you take to write one answer. 

It gives you an idea of how you need to work and what section you should attempt first. You are obviously going to be new to this concept and be a little insecure regarding boards. This is the perfect method where you will at least have an idea of solving your paper. 

8. Make notes:


If you're that kind of person who just reads the summary before going to exams and not revise the question and answers then you must make notes of that particular chapter. 

What you can do is, make notes that fit in one page or two that you can just glance at before exams. If you can't fit it in one try to fit in it two pages but don't exceed two pages then it will be boring for you to read. Keep the note as short as you can. 

Post a Comment

0 Comments