How to Write an Ideal Answer that will Fetch you More Marks in Exams?

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We understand that for students as well as the parents, exam time is the most strenuous time of the year. You put in a lot of efforts and time to prepare yourself as much as possible for this particular time. You not only prepare your syllabus but also keep on testing your preparedness by attempting the sample question papers and previous years’ exam papers to comprehensively put to test your knowledge of the subject. You keep a consistent track of what all is left to study and what all needs to be revised. In this race to score the top marks in exams, two things matter the most

– How well versed you are with the course material

– How well you write your exams

While making yourself well-versed with the curriculum taught at school depends on your own preparations and dedicated efforts, we can definitely help you out with a few tips on how you can write well in your exams.

So, here we would like to share with you a few tips that will help you write better answers to fetch more marks in exams:

Content: The phrase “The more, the merrier” does not apply everywhere and exams are a good example of that. Keep your answers to the point. Refrain from writing in a flowery language and keep the answer focused on what has been asked in the question. There’s no point writing stories just to increase the length of your answer. Trust us, it’s not going to do any good. Keep the things simple. Though this doesn’t mean that you should simplify everything. Some technical topics do require technical language and that’s how those topics must be attempted in exams. But unnecessarily complicated words can and should be avoided.

Handwriting: All those long hours of studying really hard boil down to one thing, i.e. how you produce that on your answer sheet. Even if you have written exactly what was asked in the question but because of your bad or unreadable handwriting the examiner is unable to comprehend it, your efforts will go to waste. Hence, see to it that you write clearly and in an easy to understand manner.

Presentation: If your answer sheet looks shabby or untidy, the examiner would lose interest in reading what you have written. Most examiners check hundreds of answer sheets each day and don’t spend more than a few seconds per answer. It is up to you to draw their attention to those points that will fetch you more marks. Neatly underline headings and keywords, give a space of one line after every point, leave a double margin, leave at least one line after every answer and number your answers properly and clearly so that the examiner knows which question the answer corresponds to.

Paragraphing: This is another technique to maintain neatness in your answer sheet and to make your writing easy to read. See to it that you paragraph your writing properly. Start a new paragraph with every new thought and stick to not more than 120-160 words per paragraph. If your answer can be broken into points, do that.

Diagrams and Graphs: The importance of diagrams and graphs cannot be emphasized enough, especially in subjects like Science, Geography, Mathematics, and Economics. Make a diagram or graph wherever possible and label them neatly. You must practice important diagrams and graphs beforehand so that you can produce them in your answer sheet neatly.

Attempting the Question Paper: The way you attempt the questions also make a difference. Read the whole question paper at least twice and start with an answer that you know well. Going chronologically is not a compulsion but follow some pattern. It is advisable to start with the most objective type questions first and then move on to the long answers that are more subjective. A strong start would boost your confidence and give you enough time for the questions you know well. Do not leave any question unanswered. Even if you don’t know the exact answer, write the most relevant thing you know about that topic. Once you are done writing your paper, do not forget to recheck all your answers.

Timing: Decide the amount of time you would like to spend on each answer. If you decide to attempt the long answers first, timing is even more important. Don’t spend too much time on a single question, especially if you cannot answer it. Leave some space for it, move on to another question, and come back to it later. Plan the length of your answers according to the maximum marks allotted to that question.

Talk to Your Teacher: This is one of the most important tips that you should hold on to. Do talk to your subject teacher at school before appearing for the exam. All our teachers at the K.R. Mangalam School have many years of teaching experience to their credit and can share with you some really valuable insights into the examiner’s mind and how to frame your answers so as to draw maximum marks. They will help you tune your answers to the needs of that particular exam.  

And then, in the end, as you all know, there can be no substitute for hard work if you are aiming to score high in exams. If you work hard, success is certainly yours! So stop looking for any shortcuts, and keep on working hard and smart on your journey to success.

At K.R. Mangalam School, we make conscious efforts to train and prepare our students for the final exams well in advance so that they are well-equipped with all the essentials by the time the exams arrive. Emphasis on good handwriting is always laid upon and students are encouraged to maintain neatness in all their school work and assignments. Our teachers keep on sharing with students the important strategies on what kind of answers are most liked by the examiners and how to make the most of the time allotted during an exam.

The pedagogy at the K.R. Mangalam School is implemented in such in a way that it promotes learning and innovation and discourages cramming and mugging up. We emphasize on understanding the concepts rather than mugging them up. This is why students at KRMS have been consistently showcasing some great achievements every single year. The performance has not only remained limited to high scores in academics but also in extracurricular activities as well. We believe the holistic development of students should be the true essence of education, and this is exactly what we, at the K.R. Mangalam School, aim at.

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