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‘More than long hours of studying, what matters is understanding concepts clearly’: Apeejay Greater Noida CBSE class 10 toppers

Kunwar Kunnal Singh, who topped Apeejay International Greater Noida, aims to score full marks in all subjects in CBSE term II

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Apeejay International Greater Noida student Kunwar Kunnal Singh, who scored 95.5 per cent in CBSE term I exam, said, “First, there was a sense of relief to finally know how I fared in the exam. When I got to know that I had topped my school, the first thing I did was to inform my mother. We celebrated a bit, of course, but I am still grounded because there is another term to focus on now.”

The school topper has begun full-fledged preparation for term II now. “I aim to attain full marks in all the subjects.”

Like Kunwar, his batchmate Shreya Garg, who came second in her school with 94 per cent, is gearing up to do even better in term II. “The marks I got in term I was more than expected. My parents and I were very happy. My goal is to achieve 95 per cent in term II.”

Stressing the importance of regular revision, the young achiever mentioned, “Two months before the exam, I started revising. I revised each chapter about two-three times. I read NCERT thoroughly and solved many sample papers to become familiar with the exam pattern. I also referred to other books, especially for mathematics. Roughly, I would study for about three-four hours every day, which was enough for me.”

Is spending long hours studying the key to success? Kunwar does not believe so. “More than the number of hours you spend, what is important is to retain the focus level and study sincerely. Practising is one thing but understanding concepts clearly plays an important role,” he said.

Siddharth Rastogi, who came third with a score of 93.5 per cent, was in school when the results were declared. “The results were announced by our teachers. I was very happy to know my marks. My classmates, who also did well, were equally happy. I told my parents later and we all went out to celebrate.”

“I am putting my 100 per cent to do well in term II. I am aiming for 98-99 per cent. First, the concepts should be very clear and NCERT helped a great deal in that. One should solve as many question papers as possible. Of course, the teachers are there to clear all doubts.”

The students also thanked their schoolteachers for assisting them in every way possible. “My teachers have always been supportive. Even now, we can contact them anytime in case we have a doubt. Initially, there were some difficulties in adapting to the new exam pattern. But the teachers were quick enough to grasp the situation, help us understand it, and mould us accordingly,” Kunwar said.  

Shreya added, “The schoolteachers also made us solve objective questions which helped me a lot. The lessons in class were very detailed, which further gave us a good grip on the subjects.”

“My teachers helped clear my concepts really well. They solved all my doubts,” Siddharth further said.

“As Vince Lombardi said, ‘Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.’”

-Dr Sarita Pande, Principal, Apeejay International School, Greater Noida

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Senior Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.

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