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It begins: Best of luck to all

As board exams start from Saturday, students are ready to give their best shot, reports Anuradha Mukherjee.
Hindustan Times | By Anuradha Mukherjee, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2008 03:10 AM IST

The day has finally arrived. Board examinations start from Saturday with the Chemistry paper for Class XII. Class X students start from Monday with their social science paper. On Saturday, some optional papers for Class X will also take place.

For many students across the city, this is an anxious time. But many are confident that they are prepared to give the exams their best shot.

Utsav Jha, a Class XII student at Sachdeva Public School in Rohini, is also preparing for his chemistry paper. Utsav is busy with some last minute preparations, but he is far from worked up. “I am not yet satisfied with my preparation, I have to cover some more topics. I will study for as late as possible, but not beyond 11 pm otherwise I may not feel fresh for the exam in the morning,” he said.

Utsav says none his friends are stressed about the exam. “He is mature enough to study himself. We are not pressuring him, everything is very normal at home,” said Kanchan Jha, Utsav’s mother. She says his preparations and some curd mixed with sugar in the morning before he goes to write his paper should do the trick. “Curd and sugar is considered auspicious,” she added.

Psychologist Samir Parikh agrees with this approach. “At the end of the day, your attitude and approach to the exam matters. Focus on performance and you will get the result,” said Parikh. He also advises students to start taking off the pressure in the hours preceding the examination.

In fact, he says it may help to chat with friends before the examination, as it can help many cut the anxiety. But he also warns against discussing studies at the last moment because apart from inducing anxiety, it can also leave you feeling confused.

So when you step in the examination hall, just take a few moments to cool your mind and focus on the question paper in hand. If you are feeling anxious, try and divert your mind for the moment. Remind yourself that it is normal to feel some anxiety and just concentrate on answering the paper.

Time yourself and always remember to put the correct serial number. “Utilise the reading time well in acquainting yourself with the question paper. And if you cannot remember something, just try to remember the time when your teacher taught in class,” said Bharati Sharma, principal Amity (Saket). Just move on to the next question and return to attempt the earlier question if you get time.

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