As the D-day comes closer...

Board Exams

As the D-day  comes closer...

Most of the tenth and plus two board examinations are scheduled to be held between March and April in the City. With less than a few months to go, students are busy revising, attending coaching classes and battling stress. After all, these exams are the turning points of their lives. Metrolife spoke to students from various streams on how they are preparing for the big day. 

Though they come from different boards, a majority of the tenth standard students are not only busy revising for their finals but also attending various coaching classes. “There is so much to balance. Once I finish school, I have to go for my tuitions. This takes a few more hours. I rarely have time to do anything else these days. But I was prepared for this and it’s for my own good. So I don’t mind,” says Praveen, a tenth standard ICSE student. 

Tanmay, another CBSE tenth standard student, says that the preparatory exams conducted before the finals are very helpful for revision. “I don’t see why people stress so much over it. I look at it like any another exam,” he admits.   

When it comes to plus two students, be it science, commerce or arts, no stream is easy for them. Youngsters under various boards (PUC, ISC and CBSE) say that no matter which stream they belong to, they have to put in equal number of hours for each subject and revise their portions much before their exams start.
  Sangeeta, a CBSE student, says that one should revise all the subjects at least twice before the exams start. “But that doesn’t mean you need to study everything back-to-back. I feel that one must take a good number of breaks as well,” she says.It is often perceived that compared to the State board exams, scoring in the ISC and CBSE exams is difficult. “But that’s all in one’s mind,” says Ramya, a CBSE student. “If you study everyday after school, it becomes less stressful as exams approach. As for the marks, I feel that if you work hard before the exams, it will show in the results,” she adds.

Meghna, a PUC science student, started revising seriously after her preliminary exams. While she finds practicals easy, theory is something she is focussing on right now. “I could never set a timetable and study accordingly. I do put in a good number of hours and learn whichever subject I am interested in at that moment. Since I am weak in maths, I spend more hours on it and practise it whenever I have time after which, I study it along with physics and biology,” she notes. 

To maintain mental stability, many students strongly vouch for physical activities. Dhananjay, a PUC student, says that he plays basketball for at least an hour a day. “The break helps me relax and allows what I have learnt to settle in. One also tends to overeat during exams. Keeping oneself fit can also help in beating stress,” he advises. Looks like the students in the City are fairly confident about the final exams. And one can see that they are leaving no stone unturned to tackle those question papers with ease.

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