English subject might be ignored by many students as importance is given to other mainstream subjects. But, English is quite an important subject to study especially in the present scenario. It is not very difficult to study but, requires a complete strategy when preparing as it contains quite a few sections that need attention.
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1. Read your NCERT Textbooks thoroughly:
You must start with giving a thorough reading to your NCERT Textbooks especially when preparing for Literature section. NCERT Textbooks help in building a base for further learning. Read NCERT books regularly as CBSE board exam question papers are completely based on this book. It is important to read every poem and chapter at least once and answer all the questions given at the end of the chapter/poem. NCERT Solutions will also be of great help here as they contain answers to all questions according to CBSE Pattern.
Chapter 1 - The Best Christmas Present in the World
Chapter 2 - The Tsunami
Chapter 3 - Glimpses of the Past
Chapter 4 - Bepin Choudhury’s Lapse of Memory
Chapter 5 - The Summit Within
Chapter 6 - This is Jody’s Fawn
Chapter 7 - A Visit to Cambridge
Chapter 8 - A Short Monsoon Diary
Chapter 9 - The Great Stone Face-I
Chapter 10 - The Great Stone Face-II
Poem - The Ant and the Cricket
Poem - Geography Lesson
Poem - Macavity: The Mystery Cat
Poem - The Last Bargain
Poem - The School Boy
Poem - The Duck and the Kangaroo
Poem - When I Set Out For Lyonnesse
Poem - On the Grasshopper and Cricket
Chapter 1 - How the Camel Got his Hump
Chapter 2 - Children at work
Chapter 3 - The Selfish Giant
Chapter 4 - The Treasure Within
Chapter 5 - Princess September
Chapter 6 - The Fight
Chapter 7 - The Open Window
Chapter 8 - Jalebis
Chapter 9 - The comet I
Chapter 10 - The comet II
2. Practice a lot:
Every section in english be it Reading, writing, grammar or literature can be excelled only with a lot of practice. Practice by writing out every answer as writing will help you analyse your grammatical as well as spelling mistakes and help you improve on them. English cannot be studied in a day, practicing it through writing, reading, listening and speaking is the best way to gain mastery over the language.
3. Solve Previous Year Papers:
Previous Year question papers are a way of knowing the pattern of the final exam. By solving previous year papers, you will be able to figure out your weaknesses and strengths for various concepts. One must solve previous year papers/ sample papers to get familiar with the questioning pattern and to be able to know how to manage time.
The reading section contains one or two passages and a set of questions based on the passage. Students have to read the passage and answer the questions. So this section essentially checks the attentive reading skill of a student. Passages could be taken from the books, newspapers, journals or any other source and can be based on diverse topics. Hence, a voracious reader is at the benefiting end.
Command in English, as a subject, develops over a period of time. It is not a sudden process of memorisation. Hence, a habit of diverse reading can help students score better. When coping with the examination, time limitation becomes a student’s greatest adversary.
In order to strengthen the weak areas, students must keep in mind some tips and tricks:
Special attention should be paid to words that are similar in meaning.
An eye for detail is necessary in order to grasp the major points of the passage.
Every passage conveys a hidden message or theme. Try finding that out. This will help you derive meaning of the text easily.
The writing section mainly has two or three sub parts. This section aims to check the student’s creative faculty of mind, with a key attention to format and style. This section comprises notice writing, report writing and an essay. In order to master this section, students must keep in mind following points:
Pay attention to the format, that may carry marks
Write short sentences
Avoid writing in a passive voice
Revise for clarity
The very basic tip to learn grammar is to break a sentence into a few intricate parts and try to explain them to yourself. Grammar primarily consists of conventions and rules, which could be mastered solely by practice. Students must learn grammar with an understanding good enough to explain it to others. This way they will retain more. Hence, group studies are a good idea here.
Students must read literature with a notion that literature is a way of life. Hence, there is a lot of scope for debate, perceptions and disagreements. There is a lot of scope for creative engagement with the text. To score well, an in-depth knowledge of the text is mandatory. At the same time, students must read a text with an open mind, curiosity and questioning.
The questions in literature section have two or more sub parts. One of them being objective (reference to context) and another being a subjective question (opinion based).
To tackle the first part, students must have a thorough knowledge of their prescribed text. However, reference to context targets the sections of a textbook that are more important as compared to others. For example, a significant conversation between the important characters, a speech or a fight.
While answering subjective questions, students should explore their creative writing skills abundantly, at the same time, validating their answers by referring to the specific text.
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