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‘Keeping calm' vital for success in board exam

Sruthisagar Yamunan

“Parents have role in helping their wards maintain cool”

PUDUCHERRY: With just about 48 hours left for the start of the Class XII Board examinations, most students have begun their last round of revisions to ensure that their memory retains all that they have learnt in the last one year. But, experts warn against overload and advice keeping calm in the crucial hours leading to the exam.

One of the common mistakes that students commit in the last minute is to try and cover those chapters, which they had missed studying in earlier months. S. Vaishnavi, former principal of a government higher secondary school here, says that such an attempt would only “spoil their memory” and create panic.

“When you overload your head with too many things in the last minute, you would forget things during the exam. Try to get stronger with the chapters that you already know and do not attempt anything new,” says Ms. Vaishnavi.

This year is particularly tough for students with several distractions during the examinations, including the Cricket World Cup. Teachers say that watching TV during such a critical period would affect the concentration severely. “I tell my students that when you watch TV for half-an-hour, you would feel the effect on your concentration for more than half a day. It is for a reason that they call it the idiot box,” says S. Lakshmi, mathematics teacher at a government-aided school here.

She also points out that parents have a crucial role in helping their wards maintain cool during the arduous month. “Make sure you don't fight in front of the child and avoid needless arguments. Even small issues can aggravate things as children are already under severe pressure.”

Staying composed inside the examination hall is also important to ensure results. Elango Colbert, teacher at Annai Sivagami Government Girls Higher Secondary School, says that reading the questions well and understanding what was being asked is essential for good performance.

“Sometimes, there could be slight variation between the questions in the back of the book and the question paper. Students should utilise the time given at the start of the exam to read the questions carefully,” he says.

Getting adequate sleep is also important to avoid getting mentally tired. N. Sumathi, headmistress of a government higher secondary school in Karaikal, says that sleep helps to energise the mind after a tiring exam. “I always ask my students to sleep for an hour when they go home after an exam. This would help them switch off from the previous test and focus when they wake up,” she says.

Carrying the hall ticket to every exam and staying away from indulging in malpractices would also help in keeping calm.

“The moment you depend on malpractices for scoring marks, you will panic and lose precious time. If the paper is tough, write what you know and try making up in the next exam rather than looking at other papers,” says Ms. Vaishnavi.

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