Allaying the fear factor

Allaying the fear factor

Board exams have always sent a chill down the spine of students. However, compared to earlier, nowadays, students are more practical, feeling much more relaxed and getting the support that they need. Students, who will be appearing for board exams this year, and professionals talked to Metrolife about the various fears.

Aishwarya Ravi, a tenth grader of CBSE from Sindhi High School, Hebbal says that her parents help her relax when she gets tensed.   

“I’m not very nervous as I realise that it’s just another exam. My parents tell me to take the exam in the right spirit and what every student needs is support from home,” says Aishwarya.

Aishwarya adds that many students take this exam too seriously because of the pressure they face.

Nayantara Ruth Jesudas, a tenth-grade student of Bishop Cotton Girls’ High School, who will be writing the ICSE exam this year, feels that she’s well-organised and
not very nervous about the exams.

“I talk to my grandmother if I get tensed as it helps me relax. I was more nervous when I was writing the model exams, but I feel much better now,” she says.

There are students like Kevin Mathews, a twelfth grader from Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, who will be writing the ISC exams. He fears that he will forget what he has been revising, despite all the hard work.

“Though I’ve had a stint with board exams in class 10, there are many who have been warning me that class 10 and 12 exams vary a lot. Also I’m worried that I’ve not prepared enough,” he says.

Kevin, like other students, turns to his mother when he takes a break from his study schedule. “I discuss with her about what to do after the exams and how to go about the exam. This relaxes me,” he adds.

Changes in syllabus and exam patterns are often trigger factors of tension. Janhavi Verma, a second-year PU student of Miranda Composite PU College, a member of Deeksha Network, says that since the new exam is following a different pattern compared to earlier, the students have nothing to refer to for revision. “We primarily depend on teachers for guidance and they have been very supportive. We were provided a blueprint of the exam but anything new brings a fair amount of nervousness,” she says.

Counsellors say that the stress levels are not as high as one assumes. Anuja M, a counsellor, who also works with Cluny Convent High School, Malleswaram says that the students are more relaxed than in the past. “When we meet the students, we not only share tips with them for the exams, but also make them realise that one’s well-being is very important through the preparation period and during the exams,” she says.

Helplines like Aashiyana Counselling Centre have received about seven calls in February and the numbers will increase, says Mohsina, who works with the counselling centre. She says, “It’s the home environment which gets the students tense.”

Other counsellors like Priya Mohanraj, a life coach and counsellor, feels that the number of choices and the decisions to be taken after these exams are the major factors that add to the exam stress. “It’s sad how marks are a status symbol for parents. Today’s students have tuitions in all subjects and that itself reflects the stress they are put through,” she shares. There are other helplines which prepare
students ahead of the exam season.

Rani Shetty from Makkala Sahaya Vani says that volunteers from the helpline go to various schools across the City and do awareness programmes. “We also have volunteers to address stress calls as and when required,” she wraps up.

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