How to Study English- Tips & Tricks

  • Anagha Vallikat
    Anagha Vallikat

"Not marble nor the gilded monuments
Of princes shall outlive this powerful rhyme,
But you shall shine more bright in these contents....."

This is an excerpt from Sonnet 55 by William Shakespeare and is a part of the CBSE class 10 English Syllabus. It is a beautiful sonnet that talks about the passage of time and how written works can outlive time. There are a lot of meaningful pieces included in the CBSE syllabus. Frog and the Nightingale, Rime of The Ancient Mariner, A Letter to God, to name a few.  While these may look a little difficult the first time you read it, these are classic works that are pregnant with meaning. You will be able to understand the crux of it once you go through English notes, resources and study materials. Let us take a look at how to study English the easy way.

How to Study English- Tips & Tricks

Gone are the days where you could overlook studying English. It is an important subject and cannot be sidelined. To prepare well for English exams, you need to read a lot, practice and prepare. Here are a few tips if you want to ace your English exam.

1.Practice

Conceptual understanding is a must when it comes to English. You need to understand what the poems are trying to say, the essence of it and the figures of the same. More often than not, students think that they can wing it and this is the first mistake. There are numerous English notes and study materials available online. Go through these and familiarize yourself with all the important concepts and topics. This way, you will be able to answer all the questions that the examiner might frame from a certain lesson.

2.Glossary
The most overlooked portion of the textbook is the glossary section and most of the times, there are questions that come straight out of this section. Make sure to go through this portion before the English exam. Going through online resources and study materials will give you a better understanding of the same.

3.Read one chapter a day

The importance of reading cannot be stressed enough. You cannot score well in  an English exam without reading. In addition to helping with the comprehension section, reading one chapter a day will help you with answering the two mark questions easily.

4. Prepare short notes

Create short notes and flashcards containing important information so that it is easier for you to revise during the exams. You can also take the help of online English notes that are available. Like Roland Barthes said, once the author is done writing, then it is up to the reader. The poet might have thought of their lover while writing and we might be thinking of a flower while reading it and one cannot say that that's wrong. While it is pivotal to understand the crux of the written work. it is okay to have your own take and you can include that while writing answers.

5. Previous Year Question Papers

Skimming through previous question papers will give you a better idea about the exam pattern and the kind of questions that you can expect. This is sure to help you score better in the English exam. You can find a lot of mock tests and question papers online.

From books to question papers, everything is now available within a click. You should take maximum advantage of the same and juice out everything you can from study materials available online.

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