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Take regular breaks between study sessions

delhi Updated: Feb 05, 2013 01:11 IST

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The students are feeling the stress - there's always the pressure of doing well, meeting your own as well as your parents' expectations and getting into your dream college. All this can really stress you out.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as lack of concentration, loss of appetite, headache, restlessness, lack of confidence, then help is at hand.

NGO Snehi is helping students deal with their pre-exam anxiety and suggesting solutions to ensure they perform well. Don't let anything upset you. Calm down and send your queries to us. Pyschological experts from Snehi will guide you through this phase. Here are some student queries answered by Snehi in the past week:

Student: My parents told me we will shift to Gujarat after my class 12 exams. Since then, I haven't felt like studying at all. How will I survive without friends in a new place? I'm a good student and have always secured more than 93%. What should I do?

Snehi: Adjusting to a new place without friends may be difficult. But after class 12, most of your friends will go to different colleges. It is not necessary that you'll be together even if you remain in Delhi. At present, your focus should be on your preparation. Don't think about this issue. If you score well and get admission in a good college in Delhi, you can stay back.

Student: I am a student of Class 10. In the past few days, whenever I sit to study, I feel like watching TV or talking to friends. My parents have threatened me that if I don't get at least 95%, they won't let me study further. They say if I don't get admission in a good south Delhi school like my cousin, they will lose face in front of family and friends. I feel like leaving this house. Please tell me what to do.

Snehi: Unfortunately, your parents have made your exam result an issue of prestige and it must be painful for you. It would do you good to try to ignore this and focus on studying. If you work hard, you can achieve your goal and make them proud as well.

Student: Whatever I study, I forget the next day. I don't know how I will cover my syllabus. All my friends have finished the syllabus and are now revising. This only escalates my tension. How can I study so I can finish my syllabus and revise too?

Snehi: Your source of tension is your friends' preparation and not your own. Since you can't be sure about their preparation, why worry about it? It is possible that they know you panic and stop studying and are using it to their advantage. Stop worrying about who has finished how much syllabus. You should only be concerned about your own preparation. Make a time-table. Take a 10-15-minute break after every 45-50 minutes of studying. Do some physical exercise or yoga daily. You have enough time to prepare.

Student: I am in class 12 and feel very sleepy nowadays. I want to study more, but there is no time. I don't get time to even relax. I have my JEE coaching class, assignments and I also have to prepare for the boards. How do I manage my time? If I don't do well in the boards, I will not get into IIT despite clearing the JEE.

Snehi: Your schedule is very hectic. As your mind is always occupied with studies, you don't feel fresh. You need to change your routine and add breaks in between studying. If possible, consult your coaching in-charge and request them for a break till you finish the board exams. This will help you focus only on preparing for the boards and give you enough time to revise as well. Focusing on two things at this time is not a good idea. It may affect your performance in both exams.