The right balance

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The right balance

Come March and students start burning the midnight oil. The season of exams began with the ICSE and ISC exams, that started sometime back. Soon, the CBSE 10th and 12th exams and the SSLC and PUC examinations will follow. While students are doing last minute revisions, school authorities and counsellors are trying to keep them relaxed.

Ashwathi Prabhu, a student of Sacred Heart Girls High School (ICSE), says that she has been tensed about the examinations. “I was a bit tense when I went through the question paper for the first time. But it was easy to answer. I have been revising the chapters and my school has helped me prepare well,” she says. She doesn’t study late in the night and says, “I go to bed by 10 pm and wake up early. I believe that more than number of hours you put into studying, it is all about the amount you concentrate.” 

Says Arjun, a science student from Narayana PU College who will be writing the PUC exams, “My college has helped us prepare well for the exams with the timely tests and pre-board exams. I’ve also checked out YouTube videos related to the study materials which have helped a lot. But there is confusion about the format since the State syllabus is similar to CBSE now. Also, since these exams will decide my future, I do get tensed at times.” He likes to relax with his friends during times of stress. “I understand that it is essential for one to have enough mental and physical strength to give their best shot at something,” he says.

Exam stress can cause a lot of damage and Kunal Singhania, a commerce student of DPS South (CBSE), knows that it is important to strike a balance. “The pressure of these exams can be taxing. I love sports like football, cricket and billiards. I even love watching cricket and with the World Cup on, I watch the matches whenever I can.” He makes it a point to take breaks in between. “This relaxes and freshens me up,” says Kunal.

School authorities have also been trying to ease the pressure on students. H Nalini Lawrence, the vice-principal of Clarence High School, says that the school has been taking extra measures to help students prepare. “We give them proper guidelines about the syllabus, revision schedules and tackling question banks. The proficiency in writing comes with all this.” She says that the school staff makes it a point to ease students out. “We meet the students before and after the exam to make them feel comfortable,” she adds.

Sabitha Rani, principal of CMR National Public School, says that the school identifies students who need extra help. “We let them come for extra classes and interact with teachers on a one-on-one basis. We try to deal with the problem areas, be it emotional or academic. We see to it that they get through and help them build their self-esteem,” she says. Sabitha adds that the school also has a counsellor who keeps track of students who need extra attention.

Counselling professionals like Tasneem Nakhoda, a psychotherapist, say that parents play an important role in helping the child stay calm and focussed during the examinations. “Peers and even schools pressurise students a lot. It is essential that parents realise that mental and physical well-being is essential. We sometimes get cases where children just blank out due to the pressure. Occasional breaks, reasonable deadlines and talking to them help to a great extent,” she wraps up.

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