Come February-March, and the anxiety levels go sky-high! With board exams round the corner students, parents and teachers are likely to get restless. Board exams not only test the knowledge levels of students but are also increasingly proving to be tests of their mental grit—or their ability to withstand stress resulting from extreme situations. Students are expected to deliver results that match-up to the standards set by their parents, teachers, schools, relatives, peers etc. In the days preceding board exams, students are also likely to be in the receiving-end of unsolicited tips from all corners on the importance of board exams in their careers and the finality of Board exams in their lives etc. The woes of the students do not end here! Rather than being ‘just’ another set of exams that aim to test the knowledge levels of students on a country-wide basis, these board exams almost turn into a battleground for survival. The ‘fitter ones’ with higher marks strike it big (or so it is thought!) while the others merely continue to suffer in their existences.
With stakes so high, can it be reasonably expected of students to stay calm and also perform well? Here are a few tips for all the students out there on how to keep your head ‘cucumber-cool’ and face those board exams confidently to score good marks.
To start with, it is important for students to understand that while preparing for board exams, a little bit of anxiety is important as it gives the much desired kick to help perform better. However, a protracted nervous state is not desirable as it will do more harm than good to the students. To help students keep their nerves under control, students are advised to master the art of selective attention i.e. filtering out all irrelevant and insignificant stimuli—be it people or things—from their lives and focusing only on preparing for their upcoming Board Exams. Students should only focus on performing to the best of their abilities in the board exams and refrain from falling into the trap of trying to live up to expectations.
To further keep the stress levels under control and to get going with the process of preparation, students should ideally start by preparing a study schedule for themselves. A well planned study schedule helps students to organize their study for the board exams. An organized study schedule coupled with a regular study routine and a calm mind are essential pre-requisites to performing well in the board exams, or for that matter any kind of exams whatsoever.
Once a student passes through this crucial stage of ‘getting started’, the next important step is to set their study targets. Study targets help students review what is to be achieved and within what time frame. To reap the maximum benefit from this activity student should set realistic and achievable targets that will help in effective and speedy completion of syllabi. In case a student is left with very little time before board exams, instead of setting targets he/she should aim to prioritize from the topics that still need to be covered.
While studying for board exams students should completely concentrate on achieving their targets and refrain from wasting time in unproductive activities. Repeated revision sessions, telephone conversations with books in hand that go on almost endlessly, online chatting, excessive breaks etc. are all activities that should be avoided. While preparing for board exams, students usually consider combined study sessions vital and an interesting way to approach studies. Undoubtedly combined study sessions can be an extremely productive activity for doubt clearing, discussing concepts etc., however, in situations when time is scarce and preparation is nowhere near completion, one should resort to individual study sessions only.
Yet another important step is that of committing the important points to memory or memorizing. Students should follow it up with a revision exercise. To achieve good marks in the board exams students should not miss out on the revision activity. While preparing for the board exams, revision is the final and the most essential part of the entire exercise. A good, meaningful revision activity helps to reinforce learning.
So, the next time you prepare for your board exams, keep these essential points in mind to keep your stress levels under control and watch yourself as you gear up to taste success!
Ashutosh Sharma writes articles for students of NCERT CBSE, ICSE, Maharashtra Board and Karnataka Board to help them score well in exams. To know more about board exams and to get CBSE board papers, CBSE books online, CBSE study material, CBSE sample papers, CBSE model papers and CBSE guess papers visit http://www.meritnation.com
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