Anxiety levels high as students prepare for their first board exam

Monday, 17 February 2014 - 6:00am IST | Agency: DNA

With the class 10 board examination scheduled to the begin early next month, not only are students worried about completing their revision of the syllabus but also about the pressure that comes with sitting their first board examination.

However, experts suggest that it is best to stay calm to ensure you can deliver all that you have prepared until now. "CBSE students must definitely keep their cool. Board exams constitute only 40% of the marks, so they should just ensure that they read the textbooks thoroughly," said Deepshika Srivastava, principal of Rajhans Vidyalaya, Andheri.

Teachers also warn against selective studying. "Students must avoid selective study. They should not skip a part just because someone told them to or because it hasn't appeared in the past years' question papers. There is still some time to catch up with all that is left. Avoid procrastination just because you have study leave and with some self-discipline, one can deliver their best," said Revathy Srinivasan, principal of Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane.

Avoiding last minute changes is also important. "The most important thing that students must remember is to stay away from traps. You have been preparing for several months, so if you try to change your pattern or shift your attention because someone advised you to do so, then you might waste all your efforts," said Ashok Wadia, principal of Jai Hind College, Churchgate.

On the day of the examination, students need to make sure they read the question paper thoroughly. "The most common mistake students make is that they are always in a hurry during the paper. One must thoroughly go through the question paper once it's given out. For this, it is important that students must learn time management while preparing for the exam," said Srivastava.

Apart from academics, students must also concentrate on their health, say experts. "Due to the panic and stress, there are instances of students blanking out on the day of the exam or headaches. It is important for students to get adequate sleep and nutrition," said psychiatrist Dr Seema Hingorani.

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