These two things can be celebrated as the most important things in FSC and are nearly as important as preparing the smart syllabus. They do matter in science subjects too but not to an extent they do in Arts’ subjects.
First of all, you need to know the difference between good handwriting and a good presentation. If you have good handwriting but you are unable to present it well, mark my words, you have nearly wasted your beautiful handwriting.
But if you are lacking pleasant handwriting, you can still do great by improving your presentation. I have seen people having a stupendous presentation with average handwriting scoring 90+ in Urdu and English, call it my case. Well, not bragging about anything.
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How can we Improve our Handwriting?
A million dollars question indeed. Remember, you are supposed to have great handwriting from high school but if unfortunately, you don’t have one, you can try the following methods. But keep in mind that it is an extra task which will require extra time. Forget party.
For Urdu, you can try writing a “Takhti” with a ‘Qalam’. I don’t know what you call them in English. Pardon me, please.
Ask someone, who has good handwriting to write Urdu Alphabets or some random words on Takhti with a lead pencil and then you will write on these words with Qalam. Believe me, it does wonders. This technique works, trust me. With time you will learn how to handle and grasp the pen well.
You will gain control while writing. Write Takhti once every day. If you can’t manage a Takhti, Qalam Dawaat, then you can try a marker with thick Nib. The ones with which we write on whiteboards, but this is not that effective.
For English, you can have a four-lined register for improving your handwriting. Write slowly and fulfill the basic protocol of every alphabet i.e. like you need to learn on which lines do a particular alphabet lies. ‘Capital A’ lies on the upper three lines while small ‘a’ lies in the middle two lines. Take care of proper spacing, between the words, and between each alphabet. Prefer vertical handwriting instead of Italics. It will give your writing a neat look. Avoid connecting words.
Try writing a lot, as much as you can for both English and Urdu. When you are a beginner, write slowly. Focus on each and every word you are writing, but you will have to enhance your speed with time in order to attempt the finals.
You can copy someone, the one whose writing is simple, neat, and easy to follow. Take some pages of their writings and copy them. You will feel a change in your writing skills.
You can write with a pen, ballpoint, gel pen or anything that seems suitable for you. I used a dollar pen for Urdu and Crystal Ballpoint for English. Try all these three so you may find what is suitable for you.
About presentation, the first thing that you need to inculcate in your mind is that good handwriting doesn’t mean a good presentation. It is something else. It is how you present your bad/good writing. Some people present good writing badly.
Some people present average writing amazingly and even to an extent that the examiner ignores their bad writing.
What’s the key? Well, I’ll tell you. Keep in mind that the presentation has nearly no limits or boundaries. You will keep on improving unless you stop improving. Did you get that? If no, then let me explain it to you.
At no point, you can finally tell that your presentation is perfect now. You should improve and better as much as you can, as great as you can. Don’t stop at any time. Consume your leisure time working on your presentation.
How to improve presentation?
The most important point here is that you must have role models. You must have in your hand, the papers, tests, or samples of some great presentation. You may borrow some papers or tests from some of your topper senior who has had got extraordinary marks already.
You can also ask your fellow to hand over to you some samples, the fellow whose presentation is much celebrated and appreciated by teachers. I am also giving some great presentations of toppers here. But remember, by these samples, you will have an idea of what a great presentation actually looks like.
One thing is that, not every great presentation is the same. There will be some points in common and some points will be unique. You don’t have to follow every unique point of someone. Rather, you can follow the general points as are described below and make some unique points in your presentation as well. So, we got the first lesson: COPY!
The other key point is PRACTICE. This is the most important. Practice as much as you can. Write as many pages as you can. Write few pages every day. You won’t draw perfect margins on the first try. You won’t make perfect headings and paragraphs on the first try. Improve, try different things, see what seems cool. With every attempt, try to improve and you will see that you are getting better with every page you write. I will show you before and after of my presentation below.
Keep these following points in mind, with reference to general things regarding the presentation. Specific presentation skills for each subject will be told in the respective subject’s portion.
- PROPER MARGINS is the first point. So there are basically two to three kinds of margins. Margins on both sides, only on one side, that is the right side(for Urdu) and left side(for English), on both sides, as well as on the top(which I prefer looks great), or the last one is the margin on all sides. Your margin lines should be thick. So make them with a cut marker. Blue suits for margins. Learn to draw margins as quick as possible in order to save time. Draw margins on both sides in the beginning, then start writing and when you complete the paper, draw the line on the top as well. They should not be too wide or too short from sides. If you draw them too wide. It will give a notion that you are trying to just fill pages
- The other prominent thing in a paper is HEADINGS. There are headings (Short Questions, Long Questions, Essay writing, Application writing, etc.) and subheadings (heading of some specific long question or short questions). There should be an order in your paper like if you are writing the first heading with a blue marker, then all headings in your paper should be with a blue marker. You can even use a black marker for subheadings if it seems good on your paper. I tried it and it seemed great. Headings are mostly written in the middle with exceptions.
- After every section of the paper. Draw a small line in the middle of the page that will separate two questions or sections. Do this when you are done with the whole paper.
- Start every new section from the next page. If you have completed part 1 of short questions in the middle of a page, then start part 2 from the next page. I hope it makes sense.
- Another important key point I want to mention is highlighting important stuff in the paragraphs. Figures, names of places, or persons, other proper nouns, and all other points that you want the examiner to see. Suppose you are writing a short question. The question is ‘What was the age of Chips when he got married?’. You won’t just write 40 or 50 or whatever the figure it is in the book. You will write it in the form of a line but you will highlight the figure. It will give you two edges. First, the examiner will find two or three-lined answers, which they prefer and a one-word answer looks awkward. Second, he will just look at the highlighted word and give you two marks because you have saved his time and that is what they want. Highlight references, couplets, quotes, Quranic Ayaat in English and Urdu.
- Remember one thing here that your writing should not mix with and touch the margin lines. There should be a little space between your paragraph and margin lines. Not more than an mm maybe or just a negligible space. The idea is that your words should not touch margin lines.
- All lines of your writing should end and start at the same point on the page. Seems difficult to grasp. Let me explain. You are writing a page. It has three paragraphs. If you are keeping a space between your writing and margins then all the lines should end at the same point. No line should end or start, far or near the ending or starting places of other lines. One thing to focus is that the first line starts a little far from the margin. I do hope you know this point already. You will understand this point clearly after seeing the presentation samples given here.
- The size of the paragraph also matters. The optimum size of a paragraph is 6-8 lines. An exception can be there for any specific paragraph.
- Use of markers should also be wise. Use cut marker only if you can handle it well, otherwise; you will just create mess. Also, it takes a little more time to write with cut markers than with simple markers. Anyhow, many toppers use cut markers as well who know how to use it fast and neatly. Black marker is also allowed and the thing w.r.t. it being illegal is just a myth. With my presentation it looked great. I used it for highlighting stuff in paragraphs. However, I used blue for most of the part and for the main headings.
- You can also underline few things. Underlining headings and subheadings is a common practice and is appreciated always. Underline with the opposite marker. If your heading is blue, underline with black. I preferred double underlining the main headings and headings with opposite markers. You can either draw two lines under a word with just a simple marker or you can tear your cut marker and make divide its nib into two. Ask some expert to do this for you. If you can’t draw neat double lines with a split cut marker then prefer the first idea which I used as well. The second one will save your time anyways. Some people even underline stuff in between the lines but I don’t prefer it because you do it at the cost of the neatness of paper.
- Don’t skip lines. Well, you can skip lines after you have ended a question or a section but don’t skip lines in that section or question. Suppose you are writing an essay, you may skip line after quoting something, you may skip line after a couplet or between the two lines of a couplet. That sounds uncool honestly. It conveys the message that you just trying to make great pages count
- With this so much stuff to do about the presentation, there comes a question; Will I be able to finish my paper in time? Well, a valid one. In the paper, you need to be super sharp and fast. You should be prepared enough that you don’t stop and think and write again. There is no time for breaks or pauses. You will have to keep writing continuously. Learn to hold all the pens, markers within your fingers. Don’t put them in your lap and pick them up again. Practice switching between markers and pens. On average, a single page should take 6 minutes.
- Take care of things like colons, semicolons, etc as well in your presentation.
- Try to make your paper unique and distinguishing. The examiner should find no other way than bestowing you with flying grades. Go for extraordinary. There should be an order, a sequence, and a manner in your paper.