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English: Important tips & tricks (SSC March 2019)

PUBLISH DATE 1st March 2019

Facing the S.S.C. Examination without stress

While writing the answer paper of any subject what is most important is the “time management” especially in case of English. Many students always complain that time is not enough, the paper is very lengthy and they cannot complete it in time.

- By Prof. Mrs. Manasi Ranjekar

So before going to the examination hall, you should plan properly, how much time you are going to spend on each "activity". Keep more time for the activities based on the various writing skills.


  • Try to answer questions in simple English of your own & beware of making the answers very long.
  • Grammar and vocabulary questions from the textbook should be solved as the preparation for the examination & the glossary and notes given in the textbook should be consulted for the meaning of words and phrases.
  • Both summary and note-making should be written to score full marks in them.
  • For dealing with the questions on the poetry section write down in your notebook the title of every poem, the list of the figures of speech in it, and one example of each.
  • Also, write one line giving information about the poet of the poem. This activity will be useful for the critical appreciation of the poem in the examination please write critical appreciation in point form and not like an essay.  Highlight the important points.

The most important part of the paper is the part based on “written communication”

  • Practice is needed to face all the “writing skill “activities.
  • The students need to follow the rules and regulations while dealing with these activities.
  • They should also look at the word limit whenever instructed.
  • Utmost attention should be given to the format and the layout of each writing skill.
  • For writing skills, marks are always reserved for grammatical. Correctness and presentation skill.
  1. Letter writing: - Formal letter is more preferable. This would include a letter for general civic problems, jobs applications letter etc. remember to write address, subject, reference, thanking you, enclosure etc. divide the letter into three parts. Don’t give full stop after writing the date.

In the first paragraph mention the sole purpose for writing the letter in 2-3 lines.

The second paragraph should be descriptive. Here one writes something regarding to the subject and the last paragraph should conclude the letter in a polite way.

2. Report writing: - give importance to proper headlines, place line and dateline. They carry separate marks. Divide the report into three paragraphs.

In the first one, describe what happened, where it happened, at what time it happen and who was there. Basically, first paragraph should answer all major “Wh” questions.

In the second paragraph, describe the major highlights of the event in brief sequentially.

In the third paragraph, conclude the report in one or two sentences.

3. Information transfer: - non-verbal to verbal is more preferable as it consume less time. Write it only in one paragraph covering half or more than half page. Don’t write too much. Keep it brief and simple.

4. Interview questions: - frame 10 questions give an introduction about the person who you are interviewing in one or two sentences. Keep the questions simple. You can always ask the following questions for any type of interview

  1.  What is your aim in life?
  2. What were the challenges faced by you?
  3. Who gave you inspiration?
  4. What was the turning point in your life?
  5. What are your future plans?
  6. What advice/message you will like to give to the young generation?

5.View counterview: - if you are not confident it is better to avoid this question. If you attempt it, you have to be precise enough while conveying your view/ counterview

6. Speech writing: -very similar to expand the idea. You can practice this at home. You can begin like this, “Honourable Principal”. Respected teachers and my friends, good morning to all. Today I am going to speak on -----------

And then divide the speech into paragraphs enrich the speech with some quotes, examples, case studies etc. You need to write in a creative way. There should be spoken quality of English in it as it is a speech, although you are writing it. Quality content is expected.

In case of dialogue, writing remember to use spoken English if possible, try some exclamatory words.

Some important tips: -

  1. Remember to highlight. Important points, quotes or anything new.
  2. Don’t skip anything.
  3. Thorough knowledge of the textbook is necessary
  4. The most important suggestion is not to change the sequence of the questions. While writing the answer paper. Whenever you feel that you should move on to the next question leave some space empty for the difficult questions and come back to it again. It irritates the examiner if you change the sequence.

Put your best foot forward, be successful in time management and write down what you know, confidently.

Nido Qubein says, “Efforts may fail, but you should not fail to make efforts”

All the Best.

The Writer Mrs. Manasi Ranjekar is The Vice Principal of Abasaheb Garware Junior College.

She has been a teacher of English since 1983. She was appointed as a member of The Board of Studies in 2003 and was involved in the preparation of the textbooks of 9th,10th,11th,12th (Egnlish & Marathi Medium) standard. She has worked as a resource person for various teacher training programs. She has given several lectures on the changed question paper pattern of English.



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