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January is a month of anxiety as students appear for the decisive mid-terms, writes Anamika Chatterjee.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2007 11:45 IST

A singular aspect that makes the carefree college years not quite the Wonder Years, is most definitely the melancholy of examinations.

Come January, and it translates as a month of dread with the winter chill only aggravating the examination fever.

For Delhi University students it’s that time of the year when they have to clock extra-hours  for the mid-terms. So while we brace for the bitter harvest of the parting nip of winter the students sweat it out burning the midnight oil.

It’s a rude wake-up call after December, when students are seen making the most of their vacations. The celebration continues through Christmas and New Year. But what follows is a period of anxiety as students appear for the decisive mid-terms.

Fighting the exam phobia: 
Studying till wee hours at night can be a stressful exercise. Complains Prerna Sharma, a student of BA programme, “The December vacations are usually spent in revelry. Most students go out of station. When we come back, the pressure is immense as the exams are knocking at our front doors. It is rather difficult to concentrate on studies and that leads to exam phobia.”

Laws of preparation

 

Breaking the ice: Do not study at a stretch. Take proper breaks in between.

Noteworthy: Make a brief note of the things that you study.  Going through them will help in quick revision.

Lasting effect: Do not study anything new just before the exam.

 

Samyukta Sawhney, a student of journalism in Kamla Nehru college agrees. “These exams are very crucial. Most students appear without actually preparing well for them,” she says.

Setting the right tone:
On the brighter side, these tests set the tone for the final examinations that take place in April. Says Prashant Chatterjee, a Mathematics lecturer in St Stephen’s college, “These exams are important because they help students prepare for the finals. It motivates them to study which is helpful in the long run.” Adds, Kritika Banerjee, a student of Sri Venkateswara college, “Exam phobia is a very subjective phenomenon. Since I am studying literature, I believe that if students attend classes regularly, they won’t have to stress out studying in the last minute.”


Taking a chance:
The mid-term examination is also a test for teachers who are under pressure to finish their syllabus on time.

 Argues Swati Pal, head of the English department, Janki Devi Memorial college, “Even teachers are expected to wrap up the syllabus within a certain time frame. But the mid-term examinations are beneficial for the students. The marks secured also include the average of the papers that students write throughout an academic session alongwith the attendance. So, if the overall performance has been good, there is no cause for concern.”

Folks, just give it your best shot and leave your worries behind.