Some people hate it. Others can keep doing it for hours. Mathematics is very different from the other subjects in the curriculum, and requires regular written practice. Class 10 Mathematics form the base of higher education, and is crucial for further studies in the Science background. With smart preparation and an effective timetable, the dreaded Mathematics paper can be handled with ease. Here are a few tips for the same:
The following was the paper pattern of Mathematics last year:
Section A: 4 questions: 1 mark each
Section B: 6 questions: 2 marks each
Section C: 10 questions: 3 marks each
Section D: 11 questions: 4 marks each
Don’t read Mathematics: The mistake most people, who fare poorly in Maths, do is trying to study mathematics like any other subject. Mathematics requires a large amount of practice, and an exposure to different kinds of problems. Practicing is the key.
Understand the topics from NCERT books first: There are a lot of reference books in the market. However, for understanding concepts and going through the examples, NCERT is your best bet. Also, go to other reference books only after you have completed solving NCERT thoroughly, including all topics and sub-topics, along with the solved examples.
Solve previous year papers: Solving previous question papers as well as the CBSE sample papers helps maintain the required speed of solving lengthy questions, as well as helps understand the kind of questions that are asked every year. Also, questions from the NCERT Textbook come in the actual examination every year.
Make a note of all the important formulae: Mathematics contains a lot of formulae that is very difficult to memorize in one go. Keep a reference sheet for use when solving the questions. With regular practice, you will be able to recall most formulae by your own.
Identify topics based on question type: Chapters like Arithmetic Progression usually contain small questions, whereas chapters like Height and Distance usually contain 3-4 mark questions. Identify the 4-mark questions that can be asked from NCERT and previous year questions, and plan your studies accordingly.
Go through proofs in the NCERT solved examples: Geometry is a very important topic in class X mathematics, and contains a number of proofs and theorems. Go through them thoroughly, and practice solving them step-by-step without using the textbook.
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