Class 9th is one of the most difficult classes and students face a lot of problems when they are new to it. This is mainly because of the enhanced difficulty level, increased syllabus, changed curriculum, and a more lengthy exam pattern. The fact that the transition from Class 8 to Class 9 is a drastic one also adds to the worries of the students. Since students need to appear for Board exams in Class 10, they must focus on Class 9. It forms the base of what is to be taught in Class 10.
Students should make sure that they don’t panic seeing the vast amendments in their study pattern when they shift from Class 8 to Class 9. They must make a proper schedule and ask their seniors or teachers for help if they face any problem at any point in time.
Science is a subject that undergoes the most changes as it was earlier just treated like one subject but from Class 9 onwards, it is divided into Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, and the teaching pattern and the exam curriculum changes accordingly. This major shift often confuses the students and makes them question how to address Science and change their study pattern to accommodate the three subjects that Science has been now divided into.
Here are some tips that will help you strategize your studying schedule and help you score high in Class 9 Science.
- Time Management – It is not only the classification of subjects that scares students, it is also the fact that now the mere theory is replaced by more practical implications of concepts and the utopic questions are now numerical and reasoning questions. This needs to be carefully tackled by tactful time management. Students must divide their time allotted to Science into three parts. Treating the three subjects as a whole would only land you in a mess. The students must further divide their time into theory and numerical problems according to the subjects. As Physics is more reasoning and numerical centric, it is advisable to allot more time to them and less to theory. Similarly, for Biology the theory part is more extensive and there is barely any numerical, so you can allow a larger fraction of your time to the theory. Chemistry is mostly about theory with a few numerical, so allocate your time accordingly.
- Make proper notes – You are bound to have some problems while making notes. However, you must distribute all the headings and their respective sub-topics, and summarise all the important concepts so that you can revise them before exams. Science, in particular, has a very vast syllabus and you must regularly revisit your notes and make modifications according to the progress in your studies. This is extremely important as you won’t be able to revise from the NCERT textbook.
Also, you must be able to categorize the topics and formulate them in a way that is understandable and has a quick reading. You must also sort out all the formulae, the definitions, the theorems, and the derivations and write them under a separate header so that you can revise them right before the exams.
- Follow the NCERT book – When you come into Class 9, there will be a lot of people advising you to study from various reference books. It is all right if you go to these books for a better understanding of a particular concept or to practice certain questions but make sure there is nothing out of the syllabus there. You also have to ensure that you don’t pick something that isn’t there in your NCERT textbook and you end up writing it in the exams. This leads to a direct reduction in marks. You might start preparing for competitive exams in Class 9 and you might be attending some coaching classes too, but make sure that you first cover everything from the NCERT textbook thoroughly. You must attempt all the examples and CBSE Class 9 Science questions. You should attempt the NCERT Exemplar questions as well, this is because as it is affiliated to CBSE, it follows the same curriculum and the probability of these questions appearing in exams is very high.
- Practice regularly – In middle school, we are often in a habit to study only before the exams, this definitely won’t work in high school. You must make a healthy routine where you regularly study and after your syllabus is over you must revise and revisit the concepts that you find difficult. Also, as numerical problems in Science are something fairly new to you, it would be wise if you start practicing them right from the day you learn the concepts and formulae regarding that particular topic. Also, you should write the equations and processes given in the NCERT textbook and memorize them as they can be used as key concepts or examples while writing the exams.
- Write well in Exams – The score of your Class 9 Science highly depends on how well you study and how you write the exams. For a good score, it is not only important that you cover the whole syllabus, but you must practice a variety of questions as well to get the hang of various concepts taught to you in class. Also, ensure that you write in a well-defined manner and your handwriting must be neat. Draw all the diagrams with a pencil and underline all the keywords in your answer sheet. It is necessary that you read the question paper nicely and then form your answers accordingly. There might be chances where the questions might trick you so read them carefully and then answer.
A good understanding of Class 9 Science and further a good score is important because Class 9 lays the foundation of your Class 10 when you will appear for boards.
If you do well in Class 9 Science exams it only highlights the fact that you have a great hold of Science and are likely to perform well in the Class 10 Science exam.