Board exams 2015: 5 golden rules for staying motivated

  • HT Education Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 06, 2015 13:33 IST

Staying motivated is one of the most important requirements for students appearing in board exams. Your performance in the exams depends in a big way on how motivated you are and how you maintain it throughout the exam period. Here are some tips to keep you motivated:

1. Don’t look back, stay focused on upcoming papers

As the exams have begun, most of you must have already taken a few papers. Some of you must have done well while many others may have performed poorly. However, this is not the time to look back or contemplate on previous papers as you will lose focus in that case. You must concentrate on the upcoming papers right now and leave the rest on the examiners.

2. Practice for the exams in writing

You are going to appear in a written examination so marks will be given only on the basis of what has been written in the paper and not on the basis of how much you know. Preparing for the exams by doing writing practice helps you in improving your speed and handwriting. This will help you finish the paper in time and revise it before submission, thus reducing the possibility of silly mistakes.

3. Pay special attention to multi-disciplinary questions

A new concept of multi-disciplinary questions has been introduced from this year. “Take help of your school teachers and private tutors much in advance on how to prepare for this to avoid last minute stress,” said Delhi-based psychologist and counsellor Geetanjali Kumar.

4. Don’t postpone preparations

Even though there are long gaps between the papers this year, don’t waste your time and avoid last minute rush before the exams. “Sitting to prepare on the night before the exams will hurt your chances of scoring well. So, devote more time for this,” says Saroj Sharma, school counsellor of Hillwoods Academy in New Delhi’s Preet Vihar.

5. Don’t compare your preparedness with others on exam day

Some of you have the habit of comparing your preparedness with that of your friends on the day of the exams. “However, such discussions have demotivating effect, as you may feel that your friends are better prepared,” says Saroj Sharma.

These tips will help you stay motivated and perform to the best of your potential. “Get ready for the future, scoring good marks in board exams is not the only end,” says Kumar.

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