After months of preparations, thousands of students are finally ready to appear for the first board examination on Saturday. The excitement, the last-minute-rush and anxiety level among the students is at its peak.
But doctors warn that in order to score well in the examinations, students should not push themselves towards unrealistic goals.
Counsellors and health experts in the city say students should stay calm and confident before they get in the examination hall. Many students experience a nervous break-down during the board exams."Students should just have a thorough revision of whatever they have studied earlier. It is best to revise and have an overview of what they have gone through. They should take it like any other day and not stress themselves," said Dr Achal Bhagat, senior consultant, psychiatry, Indraprastha Apollo hospital.
It is advisable to share the thoughts and tensions building up in one’s mind, a night before the examination. Students should listen to music, or go out for a walk or watch TV to relax their mind. Exercising the body will also help get the mind exercised.
“They should always keep in mind that success is only about performing well in life and there are many more opportunities waiting for them. If at any time, anxiety persists, one should open their heart out to their family or friends,” said Dr Bhagat.
No matter how stressful the preparation phase may be, it is important that students give adequate rest to their body before the exam. The body needs at least 6-8 hours of sleep to recharge itself. It is advisable to go to bed on time and spend early hours of the morning for revision.
Also, if a student spends time studying the whole night, chances are that they will fall asleep in the exam hall and then their months of preparation will be of no use.
“Have a reasonable amount of breakfast. One should drink around 6-8 glasses of water to avoid any weaknesses in the body. Go for deep breathing exercises in the morning if you feel weak,” said Dr S Sudersanan, senior consultant, psychiatrist, BLK Super-Speciality hospital.
Once the paper is over, students should forget about it and concentrate on preparing for the next examination.
“Student should come out of the hall and forget about the examination. They should not try to analyze their performance at all. The best thing to do is to have confidence in yourself,” added Dr Sudersanan.