Why do bright students falter in senior classes? How should they cope?

Usually students tend to do well in studies till Class 10. However, after Class 11 they have specialised subjects to cope with and then, with the pressure of Class 12 Boards, the going gets tough for them

education Updated: Feb 20, 2017 16:45 IST
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The pressure of studies increase in Class 11 as students have specialisations to focus on. Taking time to understand all concepts and maintaining a regular study schedule will help you. Ask your teachers and family to help too.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

There are many students who perform well in junior school but cannot cope with the pressure of studies when they go to higher classes. After that it’s a downhill ride for them.

My advice to them is, that if they have been doing well till senior school, then they have definitely mastered the basics required to achieve good scores. Performance of many students generally dips in Class 11 and this is due to various reasons. One of them is that students have to concentrate on specialised academic work and work only on certain subjects that they have chosen. Secondly, with the Class 10 Boards not made compulsory till 2018 and with a year to go for Class 12 Boards, most students tend to take life a little easy during the interim period.

If poor performance in studies puts you through enormous mental stress. It may be a good idea to have a detailed discussion regarding what is causing this stress with the people you trust such as your teachers or parents. Often talking about stress is the first step towards tackling it.

Even if you are able to study only for short intervals right now, do not lose hope. Whenever you have the time go back to your studies. Make charts, notes, keep memorising the difficult parts. Do not forget to maintain a routine of healthy eating, regular sleep and physical exercise.

There is no hard and fast rule about the perfect time to study. See what timings work best for you and when your concentration levels are high. Tackle new material when you are fresh. Do your revision later.

The author is a senior psychiatrist and incharge, Institute of Life Skills & Mental Health Promotion, Moolchand Medcity, New Delhi.

First Published: Feb 20, 2017 12:08 IST