Book Reviews

How I Topped The Boards And You Can Too! – Book Review

  • Author: Gaurav Sood
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Rupa Publications India (20 January 2019)
  • Language: English

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If this book has found its way into your hands, chances are your boards are lurking on the horizon and you want to do well.
So how does one go about topping the boards—exams that can determine where your life’s headed, your college, your first job…maybe even your first crush?
Fortunately, the secret isn’t ‘study till you’re a sleep-deprived zombie’.
Unfortunately, it also isn’t ‘mum fed me steroids/ dad taught me how to cheat’.
The secret recipe? Connecting the dots. You don’t need to be a prodigy studying 25 hours a day to ace an exam—you just need to work smart. How I Topped the Boards and You Can Too! shares the methods that helped Gaurav top the board examinations, so you can best prepare for the most important exams of your life.

My Review

Exams are one hell of a nightmare for all of us. They get the better of us as the anxiety of results grips us even before giving the exam. And when it comes to the crucial Board Examinations, things just gain more weight. The gravity of the situation becomes overwhelming and we are confused and afraid as to what should be our next step. The author with his debut book comes to our rescue and I am happy to say that he succeeds in fulfilling his purpose behind writing it.

The book begins with the author sharing the journey of his life and how an average student went up to become the topper. He chronicles his journey pretty candidly and urges his readers and prospective board takers to be at ease at the thought of giving exams. The way he expresses the importance of board examinations is wonderful. I could feel its vitality and the role it actually plays in determining the course of our lives. There is no shortcut to success and so is proven true by the story of our author who presents simple and effective ways to master consistency in our preparation. Because whatever may be the odds, hard work and consistency always pay off well. The book begins with how to schedule your preparation and set the reminders so that nothing misses out. Throughout the book, you’ll find tidbits of motivation which seem to resonate with the flow of the book. I wouldn’t reveal the contents because they form the crux of this self-help book that would appear simple but covers all the aspects with ease and finesse. There are illustrations, anecdotes from the author’s life which one would find relatable. At places, he adopted the explanation through bullets approach which made the entire presentation easy to absorb. Also, the illustrations here and there are friendly and make it simpler for us to grasp the content and relate to it. And it is not just the days before the exams he talk about but also the D-day of the exam that occupies a part of the book. There is no beating around the bush or verbosity but simple tricks to meander your way through the maze of board exams. The author points out the problem and then provides the solution as well. In all, the book covers everything right from the strategizing to the execution and then sitting back to indulge yourself with the PlayStation.  The language is easy and the narrative is pretty much engaging.

If you are a student about to start preparing for board or for that matter any exam, give this book a shot. I have loved its organization and the way it establishes a connection with its readers. I just missed knowing about a few things to which the author refers to for creating a fun factor in the book. But in all, one would enjoy reading this book!



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