If you are in your second year, you’d probably know by now how to pass Delhi University semester examinations with a respectable percentage. For those of you who are thinking – ‘Duh! Study well, score well!’ – you’ll be disappointed to know that getting good marks in university exams is not that easy. Going through your books thoroughly will, no doubt help you avoid getting an ER (Essential Repeat) and even help you score 60% marks, but to take your aggregate to 80s or 90s, you will require more than just books. So here are few pointers which will hopefully help you increase your percentage a bit.
1) Past year question papers
DU has a history of repeating a particular type of questions every year. It follows a trend and more often than not, it asks similar questions. So getting an idea by going through past year questions really helps. After all why to study those topics which have less chances of appearing in your question paper, right?
How you write your answers makes a lot of difference to the examiner. You might know everything but if you happen to present it clumsily, the teacher who is correcting it might not even consider reading it and give a 4 where you could have scored 8. So make sure you have a pen which makes your hand writing clear and easily readable. Try to put your answer in points rather than paragraphs and underline the key words. Use different colored pens if you really want to leave no stones unturned. Also drawing margins makes it look better.
3) Read your question paper well before you start
There are always choices where you will be required to attempt one of the two or more questions. You don’t want to attempt a question which is not required. To be on the safe side, tick the questions you want to answer right at the beginning.
4) Don’t leave a question unanswered
Even if you don’t know the answer, don’t leave the space blank. Attempt it for what it’s worth. Maybe the question is wrong or out of syllabus, if you attempt it you will get marks for that.
5) Write generously but keep track of time
Divide your time among questions in such a way that you have time for revision. It sounds far-fetched but it works better than you can imagine.
Take my word for it, even if you didn’t study your portion properly following these would get you a better score than you deserve.
DU Beat wishes all readers good luck for their semester exams!