Log off during exams!

Addictive pastime

Hence, when exams approach, it becomes a next-to-impossible task for the students to keep themselves away from these sites. Even if they want to stay away from Facebook and Twitter, they can’t help but log on to these sites to update their status.

Metrolife asks students in the City on how they stay away from social networking sites during the exams.  When Apurva Hegde, a third year biotechnology student of MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT), was preparing for her GRE exam, she didn’t want disturbance of any sorts. “I used to spend one or two hours on Facebook everyday.

So as the exam was nearing, I decided to stay away from the networking sites. But I didn’t want to miss out on any of the notifications at the same time.So I told my friend to change my password,” she says. “She used to check my messages and kept me informed of all the updates,” she adds.

And Apurva’s hard work paid off as she scored an enviable score of 1480 out of 1600! “I had paid a lot for the GRE and didn’t want to waste my money or effort,” she sums up.
Tejas Narayanappa, a third year computer science student of Sir M Vishweshwaraiah Institute Of Technology (MVIT), has done the same as his exams are going on.  

“For the past two years, I had been trying to stay away from the social networking sites but it never happened. So this time, I am planning to give my password and email ID to my friend. She will manage all my accounts till exams get over. I had done it earlier and was able to cover a lot of portions during that time.”

Students also say that sometimes, they go online thinking of taking a break for five minutes.But they end being on social networking sites for an hour instead. In such a case, Revati, a BA student of Mount Carmel College, feels one should find another means of recreation.

“The only way out is to find another way to entertain yourself. Even watching TV is a more controlled way of taking a break than going online. One can also listen to music or go out for a walk,” she notes. According to her, group studies also help. “When my exams were on, I had friends who would study with me.”

For Chandra Kumar, a second year student of industrial engineering in MSRIT, switching off his laptop works the best.

“That way, I can just cut out on the Internet for a long time,” he feels.

“But at times, I do end up logging back,” he is quick to add.

Be it switching off the computer or changing the password, looks like the most important thing one needs to stay away from sites during exams is a strong willpower.

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