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Schools busy with last-minute preparations

With board exams round the corner, school teachers are on their toes to help students with last-minute preparations.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2012 01:08 IST
Divya Sethi

With board exams round the corner, school teachers are on their toes to help students with last-minute preparations.

Several city-based schools are holding remedial classes for small groups of students to give personalised attention and solve their doubts.

While the Central Board of Secondary Education exams for Class 10 and 12 are starting from March 1, the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) Class 10 exams begin from February 27. The ICSE Class 12 exams start from February 13.

Schools are leaving no stone unturned to help students cope with exam anxiety and stress.

Teachers e-mail sample papers to students regularly and discuss the answers the following day.

Aditi Misra, principal, Delhi Public School, Gurgaon, said, “We are focusing on remedial classes these days. There are only five students in each group and teachers discuss the important topics and solve their problems. Regular counselling and open talk sessions are also being held.”

Euro International School claims the syllabus was completed in the month of October and since then, revision cycles have been going on. Here too, teachers make use of technology and mail question papers to students.

Reena Sharma, director of the school, said, “Students can approach the teacher anytime during school hours. Further, we are focusing on giving maximum practice to students before D-Day. Since children are under tremendous pressure, counselling sessions help them relax.”

Amity International School in Sector 46, Gurgaon, too is concentrating on small groups and personalised attention to help students cope with the exam pressure.

While schools are doing their best to ensure students are well-prepared, doctors say children must get adequate sleep and have a proper nutritious diet.

They also feel this is a crucial time where teachers and parents could play a vital role and help students stay calm.

Dr Rachna K Singh, psychologist and lifestyle management expert at Artemis Health Institute, said, “Discipline, right diet, some leisure time and adequate sleep are the ingredients of success. Fiddling with any of these could hamper performance during examination.”

She further said, “Parents, teachers and students themselves need to understand that following a routine and enjoying all activities actually helps them concentrate better.”

Talking on the same lines, Dr Jyoti Kapoor, psychiatrist at Paras Hospitals, said, “A relaxed mind is more coherent and retains information faster and better.

Therefore, emphasis should be on keeping a relaxed environment at home. Parents should try to guide and not pressurise the child.”

She added, “Frequent questioning by parents escalates tension and causes anxiety which is not conducive to the learning process. A supportive attitude sends out a positive message that you trust your child.”