Maharashtra HSC Board Exam 2021: Subject Wise Preparation Tips

  • Apr 26,2021

Maharashtra Board has delayed the HSC exams 2021 amid rising cases of COVID. HSC students can use this additional time to step up their preparation for HSC Exams. 

Please find below the subjectwise preparation tips for Maharashtra HSC Board Exam 2021 -

Preparation Tips For HSC Physics

1. Focus on Understanding the Concept

It is noteworthy that, physics usually don’t have questions that are directly related to concepts. The questions asked are twisted and interlinked from one concept to another. Hence, candidates should note that the books must contain all the basic concepts along with an ample amount of numerical problems to back you up with the concept. List down all the formulas from all the chapters to revise them quickly. Practice all the derivations which will also help you to cover theory too.

2. Study Both Theory and Numerical

The most common mistake students make while preparing for HSC Physics is that they completely either overlook numerical or the theory. But the key here is that both numerical and theory of a topic are interlinked to each other. And often, the HSC exam has observed questions that were numerical but required a theoretical concept to solve the problem. Here is when this strategy works. Keep practicing both theoretical and numerical methods simultaneously. This helps you have a better understanding of the topic and variations involved within.

3. Revision is important

Make a habit of making short notes from the very beginning of your HSC preparation because, during the last days before the exam, it is next to difficult to revise all the chapters from scratch. Revising from the short notes will help you prepare for the final days of the exam. Include revision slots in your timetable.

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Preparation Tips For HSC Chemistry

1. Read Textbooks

Read the HSC government textbook since all theory questions, MCQs, and numerical problems are based on the textbook. Follow the language of the textbook only to write 'definitions'. Practice diagrams with proper labeling from chapters like, 'solid state', 'electrochemistry', 'principles of isolation of elements. Revise structures of compounds in p-block elements, d-block elements.

2. Practice Past Question Papers

Practice past board papers and get them checked by a teacher. This will help you get a real feel of how HSC papers & help you to complete your paper on time. You can also get to know your strong & weak chapters.

3. Prepare Handwritten Short Notes

Make a list of formulae, chapter–wise, giving importance to symbols and SI units so that, it becomes easy to revise. For the organic chemistry section, study the proper way of writing IUPAC names of the compounds, drawing correct structures in chapters like Bio-molecules and Chemistry in everyday life.

4. Solve Online Mock Tests

Even if you aren't planning to appear for competitive exams such as JEE, NEET & MHT-CET, It is advisable to attempt a subjectwise MHT-CET online practice test for checking your level of preparation.

5. Understand Question Type

For short answer questions, write point-wise. Draw diagrams wherever required. For long answer questions, write point-wise. Numerical problems- write data, formulae, and substitute properly. Write the final answer with the correct unit.

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Preparation Tips For HSC Mathematics

1. Build a plan & work on it

Make a suitable study plan for the exam timetable. Try to execute this schedule accordingly. So, there you have it. Everyone has a slightly different approach to a looming exam, but when it comes to tackling maths, there’s no need to go into meltdown mode. By staying chill and being realistic about what you can achieve in those last moments, you can maximize your ability to perform well on the day.

2. Revise formulas with friends

Reading over your formulas may seem like a panic-stricken pre-exam activity, but having a good look through them the night before an exam can work as a refresher, solidifying what you know.

And, looking over some of the more obscure ones they haven’t asked about for a few years could come in handy.

General friends, you don’t get to pass on this one. Look through the formula sheet you’ll be given and make sure you recognize everything on there. If you don’t – that’s where to spend the precious last hour of study before dinner.

3. Give yourself a boost

Past papers should be very familiar terrain by now, but the night before is a great time to run through a few of the easier questions. The logic here is simple, nailing the right answer gives you a confidence boost.

Once you know you’ve got those in the bag, then you can address some of the stickier situations, those questions that you may not have got right when you first attempted that paper a couple of weeks ago.

Solving MHT-CET Online Test Series can help you to find your strong & weak chapters which you can improve & further raise your confidence. 

Hopefully, the last few weeks of prep have got you on the right track, but if you’re still struggling, then give yourself a refresher. A quick Atomi crash course video is the perfect little boost you might need to make that final cog in your brain click into place.

4. Focus on what you know rather than what you don't

Keep the confidence that you have prepared well, we all have our weak spots, accept yours and don't fret over concepts you fail to understand, but focus on what you know and get that done better.

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Preparation Tips For HSC Biology

1. Look for clues in the syllabus when note-taking

Whether you’ve already written your bio notes or you’re just about to start, this is supercritical in helping you cover all of the content.

So firstly, follow the syllabus dot points as the structure for your notes so you know you haven’t missed out on anything. A missed day of class here or there won’t be the end of the world if you sit up and pay attention to that syllabus when you write your notes out.

Secondly, pay attention to the level of thinking required in the syllabus. When there’s this much content, you don’t want to drain time or memory space with unnecessary information. If the syllabus says to identify something like 'identify the pH as a way of describing the acidity of a substance' then you just need to identify that point. You don’t need to be able to critically evaluate it or any of that higher-level analysis.

On the other hand, if you do see a high-level term like evaluate - e.g. 'evaluate the effectiveness of vaccination programs in preventing the spread and occurrence of once common diseases' - then you need to also be able to do things like identity, outline and discuss those vaccination programs as well.

Just a heads up that even if you get notes off the internet or borrowed them from your smartest friend, make sure you use those notes to write your own set so you can check they’re 100% complete, and writing your notes also really helps you remember the content.

2. Tap into creative study methods to keep the content alive

When it comes to all the content in Biology, it helps if you’re interested in what you’re studying. And you’re pretty lucky with Biology because it is super interesting and it’s not like you’re trying to pretend you’re passionate about some other subjects. Hit up different versions of the same information like reading different books, watching YouTube videos, David Attenborough documentaries, Nat Geo shows or even Catalyst throws out some biology-related bangers. 

Group study is also a solid option on top of your study. Biology is a pretty popular topic so you’re not going to be short on study buddies and it’s good to share ideas on how to remember different concepts, labels, and processes.

3. Biology study is more than memorization

One of the dangers of content-heavy subjects is that it’s pretty easy to get caught up in trying to memorize everything and not paying attention to any other kind of study… Yes, that’s a pretty good way to set you up for some very frustrating biology exams.

Instead, your biology study needs to be a little bit better-rounded: Learn your fundamental concepts. Have examples up your sleeve. The syllabus specifies a lot of the examples you’re going to need which just makes it all the more of a lifesaver.

Use a lot of diagrams, tables, and dot points in your notes because they’re a really good way of managing information and can even be used to answer questions in exams.

Instead of rote memorization, it’s more important to focus on understanding the different processes. Some really good examples of this are mitosis, meiosis, polypeptide synthesis, and the theories for the movement of substances in plants. Every one of these processes has heaps of steps, but as long as you’ve got the basic idea nailed you should find it easy to imagine what’s going on and answer questions on them.

A broader approach will mean you memorize a lot more of the content naturally but it also means you have a super solid foundation to rely on in any assessment or exam.

With competitive exams like JEE, NEET & MHT-CET, Students are giving less attention to HSC Exam. But the many students tend to forget that the basic concepts & syllabus remain the same so if you have prepared well for HSC Exam then that will eventually help preparation for the competitive exams. 

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