They wrote the examinations in a relaxed frame of mind
ERODE: Students who have come out with flying colours in the Class Ten examinations, both from Matriculation as well as Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) stream, say systematic and strategic preparation helped them score good marks.
Take for example G. Aarthi of Kalaimagal Kalvi Nilayam Girls' Hr. Sec. School, Erode, who has secured the State first rank in Matriculation examinations with 1074/1100. The girl, a black belt in karate and a chess aficionado, says the martial art helped her score good marks.
"While practising karate, I improved concentration ability which helped me study well. And, playing chess only complemented it," she said.
So much seems to be her concentration power, for the girl says she began preparation only three months prior to examinations.
District second rank holder A. S. Hema of Adarsh school, Anthiyur, also appears to be different.
The girl says she approached the examinations in a relaxed frame of mind and was not tensed a bit.
She, however, adds that she showed punctiliousness in one-mark questions, diagrams and maps.
"They are areas where one can score good marks, and if not taken seriously, may bring down marks," she said.
And it shows in her marks: she has a centum in maths and 298 in science.
The girl aims to enter BITS-Pilani to be an engineer.
Third rank holder Prreethika Devi K. too says she was more relaxed than tensed.
"Tension hinders performance, and I for once was not tensed at all," she observed.
She says before beginning to write answers she would sit with eyes closed for 10 minutes to relax.
Ms. Devi sees herself as an aeronautical engineer in the future.
She shares the spot with Sneha Jain. Both the girls have scored 1060 marks.
Ms. Jain says her strategy was to approach subjects with interest.
"I approached the lessons with a sense of interest. I told myself that I must know them well," she says. The girl, who aspires to be a chartered accountant, says she studied only when she wanted to and did not force herself to books.
The performers from SSLC were no different. T. Aruna, who secured first rank with 485, says she and her friend M. Gomathi, who has got 482 for the third rank, studied together.
"We complemented each other by clarifying doubts, writing tests together and raising questions between us," say the girls.
And, the girls drew inspiration from A. Ramya, their senior by a year and last year's State topper.
While Aruna aspires to be a doctor, Gomathi wants to pursue computer science engineering.