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As soon as a student steps into the final years of schooling, the thought of the approaching board exams seems to be one of the most consuming entities in their lives. From their parents worrying about the results, the teachers grinding them to complete the study matter, and the students themselves finding themselves in a time crunch with their tuitions or coaching, and self-studying. To add to all of this is the student, who might often wonder what is actually going to hit them with this so dreaded ‘board exam’! They are often unable to fathom how to manage their time, their studies, and the combination of the parental, peer, school, societal pressures.
While examinations are an inevitable part of every student’s life, and as much as they might wish to escape it, they are an unavoidable challenge. It can be said that the board exams do tend to be hyped and dreaded more than is necessary, in spite of the recent modifications being sought for in the education system to make such an exam optional. However, how the students perceive and deal with these exams would dictate, to a large extent, their experience and their approach towards such challenges as a part of their lives.
Board Exams – Not Necessarily Synonymous with Stress
At the end of the day, the board exam is also just another exam. Merely a greater value being attached to the consequence does not necessarily need to affect the preparation required to complete the task at hand. Exam stress is actually a manifestation of the result of an interaction between various factors, which are more likely to be the outcome of our own perceptions and attitudes towards the exams and the significance we attach to the consequences associated with these exams.
Efforts to reduce the extra build-up mostly associated with board exams should be two-fold, aimed at improving studying skills, as well as learning to cope with external factors associated with the board exams times. In fact, this combination is inevitable for not just the board exams but can also be affecting school or college examinations, various competitive and entrance examinations, etc.
Tips to Handle Exam Stress
Is it possible? Yes, even the board exams do not necessarily need to be stressful for the students or the parents. And while most often students tend to be advised to ensure greater hours being dedicated to their studying, this can often become counter-productive as well. While it is essential for students to be empowered with the skills and strategies to inculcate effective studying practices, it is also necessary for them to be able to cope with not just the academic demands, but also with the social, institutional as well as personal demands related to their studies, especially for the stressors associated with the prospect of board exams. The following are some of the points which could be kept in mind by students during the boards:
This article has been written by Dr. Samir Parikh, Fortis Healthcare.
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