Guide to prepare for Class 8 Maths

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Learning math is an interesting journey. Learning math does not limit to remembering algorithms, doing complex problems, remembering proofs but understanding how math works and how it can apply to real life. Class 8 is the last stage of the upper primary in the CBSE board. It will be a connecting link to Class 9 where students will learn more formal mathematics.   

In Class 8 students will need to focus on learning basic math for Class 9. Studying for Class 8 is easy with NCERT textbook Class 8 Maths and RS Aggarwal Solutions Class 8 PDF. In Class 8 students will need to learn a total of 16 chapters. Every chapter introduces the advanced concepts of math. Students will not need to learn these new advanced concepts thoroughly. With great affection for the subject, learning math should be fun. In this article, we will discuss how to prepare for math concerning exams.  

Syllabus for Class 8 based on NCERT textbook  

In Class 8, students are going to study through 16 chapters. These chapters will serve different purposes. Chapters like Rational numbers, Squares, and square – roots, cubes, and cube roots introduce new concepts in the number system. Concepts about algebraic expressions are explained in chapters Linear equation in one variable, Understanding quadrilaterals, Algebraic expressions and identities, and Factorization. Applications of geometry-related concepts are stated in chapters such as Practical geometry, Visualization of shapes, and Mensuration. Data handling and Introduction to graphs describe statistical concepts. Comparing quantities, Exponents and Powers, Direct and inverse proportions and Playing with numbers, these chapters throw light on the concept of comparing and processing numbers. In this way, the NCERT textbook for Class 8 has distributed its whole syllabus. Every chapter has its aim to make students understand the concepts. If students understand the aim behind the chapter and study accordingly, then it is going to be very easy to prepare for Class 8 math.  

Exam Pattern  

After knowing the syllabus, it is important to understand the pattern of the exam. CBSE paper pattern focuses on the critical and analytical thinking of the students. For math, there will be a written exam and an internal assessment. The written exam will be a total of 80 marks. Internal assessment will be of 20 marks. Internal assessment will include assignment competition, classwork, and small tests. The written test will be completely based on the NCERT textbook. See the mark’s weightage for each chapter and prepare accordingly. The written exam is going to be more difficult than the internal assessment. Preparing for a written exam will also prepare you for the internal assessment test.  

How to prepare for the exam?  

The syllabus of math subjects cannot be completed a week before the exam. To get a good score in exams students need to study consistently. Follow the below tips daily to get a high score in the exam –   

  • Stick to the NCERT textbook for Class 8 math. Many students drift off from the textbook and start learning from other books to understand syllabus topics. It is important to understand that the exam paper is based on NCERT textbooks and though other books will have the same content as NCERT textbooks, other books will not develop the necessary critical and analytical thinking that is required for the CBSE exam.  
  • Start writing important formulas in one notebook. In this notebook, students should write only concepts in short answer form and a list of formulas. These concepts students must revise at least once a week.  
  • After understanding concepts from the textbook, glance through the solved examples in the textbook. These solved examples show how questions should be solved and which steps are required to write an answer to find the solution. It also helps in understanding the application of the concept.  
  • Practice questions after understanding the concept. Questions must be of different difficulty levels. With the difficulty level of easy to hard questions, students can grasp the concept well.  
  • Each chapter needs a different type of preparation according to your strengths and weaknesses. Plan your study based on which chapter will be easy for you and which chapter will be hard according to you. Give less time to easy chapters and more time to hard chapters.  
  • Data handling chapters like graphs and exponents need little time to understand the concepts but with practice also students make mistakes on paper whereas construction is the easiest chapter which needs more time to understand but once students have understood it, it comes the easiest question in the exam which generally gets full marks. Hence, recognize which chapters can get full marks easily in the exam and if they need a little more time to work on then invest that time on those chapters.   
  • See the previous year’s papers. See what type of questions are asked. Try to solve them in time. Get them checked by your teacher or self-analyze your answers. It will indicate the level of preparation done by you. Also, solve more sample papers. Solving sample papers will make you realize what mistakes are happening constantly. Note these mistakes and improve.  
  • Algebraic expressions related topics require practice. As many questions students can solve are better. These chapters are basics for algebraic expressions concepts that will come in Class 9 and Class 10. The linear equations chapter is easy to understand but the quadratic equations chapter will need the right use of memorization and analytical skills.   
  • Make great use of NCERT solutions. NCERT textbook questions are important as most of the questions from the exam either directly come from the NCERT textbook or are based on the NCERT textbook. NCERT solutions are designed to be the supplement for NCERT textbooks for studying. NCERT solutions will be a great help in answer writing for example.  

Conclusion  

Students need to approach Class 8 math as a fun and learning experience. Class 8 math will develop an interest in the math subject that is important for future studies. Try to keep calm during exams so that there will not be any mistakes and with the right preparation it is easy to score good marks. 

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