Toppers Speak

It was the beginning of a new journey for me when I joined The Brigade School in 11th grade. Due to the COVID-19 outburst occurring exactly when I joined the school, both 11th and 12th grade happened through online classes for me. While all the other schools were panicking about how to conduct classes, our school made arrangements for online classes and trained each teacher within the first two weeks.

The teachers found new ways of teaching us and made classes so much fun to attend. They didn’t compromise on any aspect just because it was online. They ensured that each child’s video was on at all times. They provided us with individual attention, constantly clearing our doubts and keeping us motivated to learn with engaging assignments. They made the environment feel like an actual classroom. Being so interactive and lively, the classes made me feel like a part of The Brigade School family.

I paid keen attention in class, answered questions asked, and meticulously followed the work plan prescribed by the school to keep up with the class. Our healthy competition in class encouraged me to bring out my best. For Accountancy, I soon learnt that time management was crucial, so I started practising more and more. The teacher’s notes and classwork were enough to grasp Business Studies well. I kept the exam pressure away by developing a regular and sincere study habit.”

Deekshita Eshwarla
Std 12
School Topper 97.2%
Accountancy Topper(97)
Business Studies Topper (100)

I am a person who cannot take last-minute mental stress and pressure. I came to know this at a very young age. Thus I knew that regularly studying at a scheduled time and focusing on all subjects equally every day would help me remain calm and confident.

I gave a lot of importance to the notes and worksheets supplied by our Physics teacher. I diligently solved them and clarified all my doubts from teachers at school. Practising numericals regularly from different reference books is another thing I did meticulously. For all subjects, I solved several sample question papers keeping the prescribed time in mind. For Maths, solving questions from assorted topics within a time limit helped me better my scores.

As exams grew closer, especially after the Preboards at school, I realised that if I needed to ace the boards, I had to minimise careless error. That is when I started working on my speed to have enough extra time during exams to revise well.

Standard 12 does involve a lot of hard work and long hours of study. This tends to burn people out at some point in time. Thus taking breaks and indulging in sports or hobbies helps to destress. In addition, the various co-curricular activities provided by the school kept me going and motivated. I realised that the only way to score the most in AISSCE is to develop a disciplined and regular study habit where one gets to focus on all subjects equally.”

Hrishita Patra
Std 12
Science Topper (96.6)
Physics Topper (98)
Chemistry Topper (99)

The school had groomed us in a way that helped us bring discipline in whatever we do. We learnt to work to achieve the best of our potential. I realised there was no need to fear exams if I was ready to put in hard work persistently. I aimed to get into a good college, so it was clear to me that I needed to do well in the boards. This ambition of mine kept me focused.

Mathematics has always been an area of keen interest for me. I spent considerable time solving problems from various reference books, worksheets provided by the school, and sample papers. It was never taxing for me. The school exam papers were quite challenging and kept me motivated to work even harder to score better each time.

We had very healthy competition among friends, and we helped each other with notes, assignments, and intriguing questions. Time management was another focus of mine. I worked on speed by solving a large number of questions within short periods. I clarified doubts and looked up ways to solve problems in a way that would save time. The coaching lessons I went for (especially for competitive exams/entrance exams) trained me to solve problems faster. Regular practise set to a time was how I learnt to score well for Mathematics.”

Dakshaa Visveswar Mavathur
Std 12
Chemistry Topper (99)
Maths Topper (99) with an overall percentage of 96.2

Life is much more than marks’ is the answer I got from my Zen-like doctor for my exam anxiety. This piece of wisdom brought a change in my attitude towards exams and marks. I always tried to understand what was taught in class and then revised the same as soon as I went home. This habit made remembering concepts easier. Gradually, I began to enjoy the process of learning and could do away with my anxiety.

I didn’t follow any organised plan but just went with the flow with short and specific goals that I completed within a timeframe. Our teachers were impeccable. Their enthusiasm and love for their subjects instilled in me a new appreciation for the same and kindled my desire to give my best.

As a newcomer in Standard 11, I was immediately made to feel at home even though we had online classes then. The teachers kept us focused in class by making the sessions interactive. In that way, they could quickly assess whether we were understanding the concepts, applying our knowledge well, and thinking for ourselves. Answering in class boosted my confidence and helped me perfect my understanding of complex concepts.

I am thankful to all my teachers and the conducive environment provided by the school for helping me do well in the boards.

Jaisnavi G
Std 12
Topper Biology (99)
Topper Psychology (100) with an overall percentage of 96.2

I would like to thank my school for providing us with the finest quality of education ever since I started my journey in Nursery (2007). I would also like to thank my teachers and parents for constantly supporting me and giving me adequate resources for my smooth preparation.

From the day I started preparing for my Class 10 exams, my teacher repeatedly told me how important it was to focus on English to boost our aggregate score in the board examinations and to communicate with confidence and ease. I kept this in mind during my Class 12 preparations as well. I studied English in between subjects like Maths and Chemistry to alleviate the stress and to keep in touch with the Literature text regularly. Doing this helped me clearly remember the textual details and value points for various answers.

Another important thing was to practise the assignments given by my teacher multiple times, as they had a wide variety of questions to help us understand the concepts better. This study habit helped me improve my writing skills and have more clarity about the type of questions asked in the exam and the answers expected.

Not going for any coaching classes or tuitions also gave me a lot of additional time to go through extra resources like reference books and multiple sample question papers. This spare time also helped me identify my weaknesses and plan out what I would study every day. I boosted my score by using YouTube as a study resource and not being distracted by social media otherwise. I would also create drawings and paintings regularly to keep my mind calm during my preparation.

I want to thank my teachers once again for helping us adapt to the online mode of learning and providing us with the best study material for our preparations.”

Srujana Rao
Std 12
Topper English (98) with an overall percentage of 96.2

I have always been passionate about English as a subject. Taking the science stream was never an excuse to put this subject in the backseat or take it lightly. On the contrary, it was something that I valued deeply, for which I set aside ample time. My marks in English also pushed up my aggregate score.

The COVID-19 pandemic definitely affected the quality of studies. However, using the study methods and tips taught by my English teacher in Class 10, I was not completely lost. These tips included making mind-maps and notes, writing practice, and working on my comprehension and grammar skills.

My 12th-grade English teacher went above and beyond to give us the best lessons with detailed and engaging presentations. It is very easy for our minds to wander while aimlessly staring at the screen. Yet, my teacher constantly encouraged us to participate in class discussions keeping us focused and interested.

I am fortunate that our school has always given English importance, from my kindergarten phonics teacher up to high school. In addition, our school library provided me with all the books to satisfy my reader’s heart.

Arushi Praksh
Std 12
English Topper (98) with an overall percentage of 95

Chemistry can be divided into three categories: Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry. I would write down all the important reactions in a separate book [mostly named reactions] which are helpful for conversion-based questions. I memorised the reactant, reagent, and the product formed. The most important parts of inorganic chemistry are the exceptions, and keeping a separate book to write down those was another thing I did.

Physical Chemistry is mostly about numericals, so being thorough with the formulae is what is wanted. Solving questions regularly so that even a quick revision is sufficient before an examination is another discipline I inculcated.

I never believed in studying for long hours and burning the midnight oil just before exams. I studied regularly for a definite time, usually solving worksheets and sample papers provided by our teachers. These exposed me to variety of questions that could be asked. I took my teacher’s advice to understand and learn the concepts in depth so that I could solve application-based questions with ease and confidence.

Sumukha Sudarshan
Std 12
Chemistry Topper (99) with an overall percentage of 94.8

We are witnessing trying times with hyperinflation, the Sri Lankan economic crisis, and other lingering effects of the global pandemic. Learning new theories about economies and how to improve them helped me make a little sense of the world and deepened my passion for economics. I soon found out that my passion for the subject was growing. I became quite determined to pursue higher studies in Economics. This goal meant that I had to score well in the boards.

I found that reading my notes and textbooks provided a sufficient understanding of the concepts. To remember facts and minute textual details, I began making graphic organisers for myself. The practice questions and notes given to us by our teacher Ms Rao, provided further clarity. Attempting sample question papers helped me become comfortable with the paper pattern and time management. Although it is essential to be dedicated and apply consistent effort, it is equally vital to stay healthy and take a break when you need one. This was my mantra

Amrita S
Std 12
Economics Topper (99) with an overall percentage of 94