Still depressed you couldn't do well in your board exams this year? The maths paper, we heard was tough (very tough), and the one for physics was no better either. If you look at it closely, your performance in both these exams had one thing in common: There were factors which were out of your control.
What now? The key is in not to wallow in self-pity, and look forward to what lies ahead. Here's how to make the most of the opportunities that come your way from now.
* First things first. Write all your worries on a piece of paper. It will give you a chance to put everything in the right perspective and look at your fears in a new light.
* Don't be afraid of talking about everything to people who are close to you. Discuss your concerns with your family, friends or counsellors.
* One of the biggest mistakes you could do is to be negative about yourself. It will do you no good. Channelise all your energies to have a positive frame of mind.
* Just because you didn't do well in one paper shouldn't stop you from practicing question papers for exams that lie ahead. Keep at it and don't change that habit.
* If you have time, request your teacher to make similar papers for you to practice.
* Remember, there is no better substitute to sleeping well. Every night, make sure you get at least 6-8 hours of sleep. Meditating regularly too is a good thing.
* Practice breathing exercises and relax and tighten all your body parts one by one.
* Eat good nutritious food.
* Revise with points or flashcards.
* Don't panic during exam. Solve questions you know first and give your best to the remaining part of the paper.
Martin Luther King, Jr had once said, "We must accept finite disappointment ,but never lose infinite hope."
(The writer is the school counsellor of The Indian School)