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Take it easy: Boards are like any other exam

Comparisons with other students, parental expectations and peer pressure are major concerns for students attempting these exams. It is important that parents create a comfort zone and generate a 'we-are-with-you' feeling among children, especially during exams.

education Updated: Jan 14, 2015 14:07 IST
Aanchal Bedi
Aanchal Bedi
Hindustan Times
Karan Kalra,Indian School,Ayush Mallik

Radhika Khanna (name changed), a Class 12 student, is under pressure. Her neighbour, Ankita, scored 94 %in the Class 12 Boards a year ago and Khanna’s parents expect her to perform a lot better. She isn’t the only one in such a situation. With the boards more then one month away, many students find themselves weighed down by expectations.

As Dr Jitendra Nagpal, a senior psychiatrist at Moolchand Medcity pointed out, comparisons with other students, parental expectations and peer pressure are major concerns for students attempting their Board exams.

“These concerns bog ­students down, leading to severe ­examination stress which can be defined as a feeling of ­anxiety over one’s performance, the results and reaction of parents and friends,” he said.

A Class 10 student admitted to having a tough time dealing with parental pressure. “If parents don’t force their expectations on the students, they can make their own goals and achieve them. When I have made my target of the day on a certain amount of syllabus that I will cover, my parents shouldn’t force me to study more.”

Sangeeta Banerjee, a parent, admitted that “With college admissions becoming difficult there is an increased parental pressure on children.”

Much harm can be caused by expectations, said Geetanjali Kumar, a parenting coach. “Parental expectations driven by their social standing can ­hamper a student’s ­performance. It is imperative to create a comfort zone and generate a ­‘we-are-with-you’ feeling among ­children, especially during exams,” Kumar said.

As to how is he dealing with parental pressure, Ayush Mallik from the Indian School said, “If you expect the Prime Minister to save the country during crisis or a cook to make food as per one’s liking, then what’s wrong with parents and teachers expecting us to perform well in exams? Expectations should be taken as challenges. But you should not let others’ expectations decide what you do for the rest of your life. For this, you need to know what you expect from yourself and work accordingly.”

Karan Kalra of the Indian School said, “I want to become an actor but my parents expect me to join the family business after finishing my studies. Seeing my unflinching dedication, they accepted it and gave me five years to turn my dream into a reality.”

Crack the tough ones!

Focus on five most important chapters ­
first - fundamentals, admission, shares, ratios and cash flow statements
Solve as many papers as you can
Never overwrite in paper

Focus on value-based questions
Attempt all sections in an orderly manner, one section at a time.
Be thorough with the NCERT textbook

Study all the formulae conversions thoroughly
Practice 10 full length Board papers and get all queries answered
Memorise important structures

Clarify the concepts
Memorise and understand definitions of various economic terms

Bifurcate topics from sample papers, manage time and prepare chapter wise
Practice as much as you can
Make sure you revise the whole paper after writing it

Follow NCERT textbook only
Prepare in this order- optics, dual nature of matter and radiation, atom & nuclei, semiconductor devices, principles of ­communication and EM waves, electrostatics, ­current electricity, ­magnetic effect of current & magnetism etc

First Published: Dec 31, 2014 12:34 IST