Two in three students believe exams are not a true test of knowledge and more than four in five say marks do not define their true potential. Yet board exams continue to find place among mega stressors like death and taxes in India. Mind-wrecking pressure and anxiety stalk students for months leading up to exams, with overtly concerned parents and well-wishers asking you not stress, add to the pressure.
Nearly 90% students said parents interfered with studies. 86% said parents put too much pressure to do well, said a survey of more than 4,100 students from a dozen cities — Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur, Amritsar, Haridwar, Mathura, Karnal, Rohtak and Meerut. The study by Fortis Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, shared exclusively with HT, said less than half of the students surveyed said they did not do as well as they expected despite putting in a lot of work.
TO ACE MATHS, KEEP SOLVING QUESTIONS
Devendra Singh, mathematics teacher at the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, said, “Students should keep practising on a regular basis. For mathematics, students need to spend approximately two hours daily on their exercises. Each topic is important.”
“If any student is starting from the scratch, making a time table is a must include healthy diet. The most important thing is to stay away from mobiles and social networking sites while studying,” SIngh said.
In the run up to the board exams, parents’ anxiety is coming to the fore and they even seem to be more worried than their children, share councillors. Chemistry lecturer at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, Neenu Rajawanshi and a councillor, shared that how the parents first call her and only after getting satisfied, give phone to their kids to talk.
Dr Arvind Goyal, city-based AIPMT and NEET trainer, said, “This is a very crucial time and students need to go by their own convenient but tough time table for their benefit. Students should not forget about their diets and little breaks where they do not play games on phone or television but do some physical activity.”
He added, “We have come across many parents who come with an ambition to get their son/daughter to get a seat in AIIMS and nothing less than that. We make them understand that let the child put in the best effort; we are here to give the best guidance. It is all about the child’s hardwork.
PARENTS PLAY A KEY ROLE
Dr AF Pinto, chairman, Ryan International Group of Institutions, said, “It is obvious that during the examinations along with the students, parents also get stressed and troubled. But, parents have an important role to play in getting their children well prepared for the exams.”
“Parents should never pressurise their children unnecessarily during the exams and they need to give them time and provide a supportive, encouraging and motivating environment to study.”
“Sufficient rest and nourishing diet is a must during these days. This helps in remaining agile and energetic and improves grasping power. Also, I would strongly urge students to speak out their concerns and clear their doubts and get adequate feedback from teachers,” he added.
Signs of stress
Tiredness, restlessness, difficulty in relaxing, headache, stomach distress, including diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, muscle pain, body ache, rapid heartbeat, sleeplessness, sleeping too much, frequent infections, irritability, quick to anger, frustration, moodiness
Keep a timetable
Students should keep a timetable and stick to it. Avoid using mobile phones and stay away from social networking sites. During relaxation time, students should get themselves involved in physical activities.
Parents show anxiety, sometimes more than their children. They must know that their role is to support their wards and ensure an encouraging, supportive environment to study. Students must communicate their concerns with their teachers and parents.
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