Pre-Board results are not yet out, but helplines in the city are buzzing.
Anxious students are calling in to get help on how to plan their study better, manage time and overcome bad performance in the pre-Boards.
“We usually launch out pre-Board helpline in February but we have already begun getting calls from worried students” said Abdul Mabood, director of Snehi, an NGO that works for children and adolescents. Both Snehi and the CBSE start pre-Board helplines from February 1 every year.
“Many students who have not fared well in pre-Boards have been calling up. They have just 45 days left for the exams and are in panic,” said Mabood.
Counsellors advice students to face the situation upfront. “The first thing to do is acknowledge that you cannot wish the Boards away. Then students need to find out how they stand,” said Vithika Rahul, CBSE counsellor.
The best thing to do is take mock tests. “Students should sit for the mock tests for various reasons. They can practice taking the paper in three hours and time their answers. Moreover, they will get a feedback about where they are weak,” said Rahul.
Students have also expressed unhappiness about exam dates. “They have given us five days for English but three days for the rest of the subjects. I wish they had given us five days for Maths,” said Tanvi Girotra, a Class XII student of DPS, R.K. Puram. “I guess it is more difficult for Humanities students because they have Maths and Psychology back-to-back,” she added.
The best thing to do is utilise the extra time for easy papers, said Rahul. “The date sheet won’t change. So if there are 15 days for a particular paper, utilise some of that time to prepare a paper you are weak in.”
Writing down answers and timing responses are also critical. “Many students are unable to organise their thoughts in three hours and run out of time. So while revising papers, students should write down answers and check their speed,” she added.
“We have hyped the Board exams and blown them out of proportion. Students should realise it’s just another exam,” Mabood said.