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Give your child a break, do not compare answers

It is time. All learning and practice will now be put to the test. As students appear for their first CBSE board examination on Thursday, the tension is palpable.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2012 02:38 IST
Shashwati Das

It is time. All learning and practice will now be put to the test. As students appear for their first CBSE board examination on Thursday, the tension is palpable. But it is now for parents to take stock of post-exam situation and encourage the child to sail through the remaining exams.

Do not compare
It is a common practice for both parents and students to sit and dissect the exam after it is over. To make the exercise a little more tense, the yardstick of comparison is a class topper.

"When a student comes home after the exam, there is a natural curiosity about how he/she fared. But it is advisable for parents to let the child unwind at their own pace. If the child wants to discuss the paper, be a good listener. If they don't want to, encourage them to stay focused for the next paper," said Jyoti Bose, principal, Springdales School (Dhaula Kuan).

Let your child recuperate
Taking a Board exam is not a cakewalk. It is a culmination of months of hard work, expectations and gruelling hours of study summed up across three hours per subject. Once the exam is over, make sure your child gets adequate sleep to get over the exhaustion.

"Let your child study as per their own capacity now. You can learn nothing at the gate of the exam centre. If it is a demanding subject, help them. Make sure they get adequate rest because you can't learn anything if you're tired," added Bose.

Regulate your child's diet pattern
Every child loves a good meal after a stressful exam. While it is good to add colour to their diet, an excess of anything is not advisable. At the same time, ensure that they sleep on time and sit upright while studying.

"Have light but wholesome meals consisting of green leafy vegetables, fruits and whole cereals. Keep your meals small and keep eating at intervals of two to three hours," said Dr. Anoop Misra, director of department of diabetes and metabolic diseases, Fortis Hospitals.