The board examinations results have recently been declared. After the initial anxiety that exists just before the declaration of results, the reality of the results can be difficult to handle for some. Where on one hand, for some students, the results bring a sense of satisfaction, achievement, and pride; for others the same results can bring dissatisfaction, disillusionment, unhappiness, rejection and dejection.
What causes this disparity in the experience of what one has achieved includes the expectations we have of ourselves, the expectations we feel significant others have of us, as well as what achievement means in the context of our cultural and societal milieu. Thus, a change in the way students (and those around them) view results, their necessity, their impact and importance needs to be brought about so that students can cope better with results.
One of the first steps is to demystify the significance of exams and how students perform in them. Students learn from adults about how important an exam is.
Therefore, a change in the attitude of adults is an integral part of making sure that the pressure on students is reduced.
For parents, teachers, adults and students alike, it is required that Board exams are viewed for what they are actually meant to do. It is important to remember that each exam is a skill-building exercise that helps students enhance their abilities to take decisions, evaluate options, make judgments, and solve problems. Yes, marks are required but their significance should not be over-emphasised.
For all students, it is imperative to keep in mind that in today’s world there are various opportunities available in terms of courses. Remember, our times are those of specialisation and any individual who is a specialist in his or her profession would do well regardless of what the chosen profession. Thus, it is important to focus on what skills and abilities one possesses and to determine what the best option to pursue would be, in terms of career options.
Furthermore, with the increase in the number of universities in India and options abroad, the dilemma that students were facing a decade ago has reduced substantially. This is a hearty development that all students should keep in mind.
Finally, as a student one needs to always remember and derive satisfaction from the fact that one has put in the maximum effort one could possibly have to attain the best possible result. We all have our abilities, skill and knowledge levels and the results we achieve would be in line with these.
The author is a psychiatrist and chief of the department of mental health and behavioral sciences at Max Healthcare