Class 11 Mathematics has a vast syllabus and to be able to remember everything during the exam, smart revision is absolutely necessary. Students often find themselves in a puddle when it comes to revision. Several questions cross their minds. How should I begin my revision? How much time does each topic require? Should I go through every question of the NCERT textbook? What should be the correct revision strategy? How much time should I get for revision?
Mentioned below are a few strategies to help you utilize the revision time to your full potential.
- Where do you currently stand?
Before you can begin your revision, you must know exactly how much of the syllabus you are confident in. If there are certain topics that you may have not been able to complete till now then you must see how important are they for the exam? Being fully aware and in the know of your current situation will help you decide the correct pathway of your revision.
- Make a revision timetable
Now that you have surveyed what you need to do you must set up a good plan for revising each topic of Class 11 Maths. Ideally, you should have a full month dedicated just for revision. However, if you still have some important topics left out that are most likely to come in the exam and have high weightage, take out hourly sessions for them in between the usual revision. This way you do not miss out on revision and can also cover some of the left-out topics.
- Set up distraction-free location
Get yourself mentally prepared to study for the final exam. For this, you must set up your studies in a quiet corner in the house away from the television or any other distraction.
- Have everything ready to go
Do not waste any time dedicated to revision in finding lost stationary, looking for books, question papers, etc. before you begin your revision. Make bundles of subject-wise study materials and place them separately. This way you will not begin your revision by spending 10-15 minutes just setting things up. Have a sheet of important formulas and derivations as well to revise it regularly.
Calculate the number of days you have left for the main exam. Depending on that prioritize the topics and study materials that you should give more attention to. During revision, you do not have the time to go through every question of the NCERT textbook as the syllabus is vast and you would never be able to get through all of it. NCERT should be done before the revision time begins. Revision must be dedicated to solving question papers, giving mock tests, and redoing any questions that seemed difficult to you from the NCERT or any reference book that you have been practicing with.
During your preparation period, you should have marked all the important and seemingly difficult questions from the NCERT textbook and your preferred reference book. You can go over these questions and their solutions once or twice during the revision. So have the solutions from these books downloaded beforehand to avoid any inconvenience during revision. So if you prefer RD Sharma to study with, download RD Sharma Solutions for Class 11 with you before beginning the actual revision.
- Previous years’ question papers
During revision, you must work on perfecting all that you have learned the entire year. For this have at least the last five years’ question papers with you. You can get them online or buy books containing sample papers and previous years’ question papers. Solve them under timed conditions in a distraction-free environment. Check your performance thoroughly. Do this every alternate day till the exam. Evaluate your progress critically. You must see improvement in yourself with each question paper.
- Mock tests
Mock tests are another great way to get the required practice for the exam. You must have heard people telling you that maths is all about practice. But the practice should be done systematically. You might have practiced a lot of questions during preparation. But if you did not practice them with a timer as you would have a limited time during the exam, then this practice will be of little help to you. Practice should be such that it increases your speed and accuracy for the exam.
- Take appropriate amount of breaks
Studies have shown that shorter study sessions are more useful than long hours of studying without taking appropriate breaks in between. So if you study straight for 4-5 hours and do not take a break in between, chances are that you will lose focus in between and will not be able to make proper use of those 5 hours. Instead, try to study in 45-minute sessions with a 10-minute break in between. You can eat something in the break, do some stretches or just simply lie down and relax.
- Stay away from distractions
You will not be able to get the most out of your revision if you let distractions get to you. These distractions can be in the form of your friends, relatives, smartphones, etc. Class 11 Maths is extremely important for you so give it your due focus and do not let disturbances interfere with your studies.
- Say no to negativity
Class 11 Maths can be very demanding and students often feel intimidated by the vast amount of preparation that they need to do. Amidst this, negative thoughts and even friends who constantly scare you can be toxic for you. So stay away from such negativity. Switch off your phone and focus on your studies with a positive mind.
- Take good care of yourself
Yes, the syllabus of Class 11 is vast and you need to dedicate a lot of hours to your preparation. Remember to take good care of yourself during your studies as well. If you are not healthy you will not be able to focus on your studies in the long run. So get good hours of sleep and proper nutrition so that your mind and body can support you during these strenuous studying hours.
Your revision strategy can make or break your examination score. So give it all you got. Every student has a different learning style. Hence, see what works best for you and stick to it. These revision tips may help you in finding what suits you best and works for your revision schedule. Good luck!