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Hard work and teacher support vital in Std. X

Jaya Raizada, Pooja Vijay, Harish and Rohan Shah of Vidya Shilp Academy. -- Photo: K. Gopinathan

IN THE education graph of a school student, the peak obviously is that crucial year — Standard X. It is crucial for one simple reason — the board examination catapults him or her into the future depending upon how he or she has performed. Be it the SSLC, the ICSE or the CBSE, the preparations need to be focussed, systematic and methodical. Here four students of the Vidya Shilp Academy give insight into the efforts that go in right from the beginning of the academic year. The Academy has been in the forefront of introducing innovative methods of teaching. With the kind of teaching provided, these students were quizzed on whether it would be a cake-walk for them. Here is what they have to say:

Pooja Vijay: No, it is not a cake-walk.

Harsh Chajjer: You need sincere effort to get through.

Pooja: You have to work hard.

Harsh: It is one crucial exam which indicates how you have been studying over the ten years.

Pooja: Even if you are smart, you have to work hard to be successful in the exams. The portions are vast and it requires analytical reasoning, hence you need to study constantly.

Rohan Shah: Basically, one has to devote a lot of time and it is hard work.

Pooja: It is a combination of one's intelligence and hard work.

Harsh: Every exam, be it SSLC or ICSE, requires focussed attention.

Jaya Raizada: It requires systematic preparation.

Pooja: Each one will have his or her own system of preparing for the exams. The school helps us in this a lot.

Harsh: We got to prepare a timetable in the beginning of the year itself.

Rohan: The school helps us a lot in this direction. With the guidance of the teachers and our parents, we fix targets for ourselves. We know what we are studying for. The school has a unique feature where we need to mind-map ourselves and mentally prepare for the exams.

Pooja: We set targets as per our portions and we study accordingly. We make charts and study as per that.

Harsh: It is not a pressure if we study systematically.

Rohan: If there is any pressure, then I think the responsibility is on us. As the teachers have helped us quite a bit, the pressure is less.

Pooja: More than pressure, we have responsibility to the school.

Harsh: We are the first batch to be taking the board exams from here. We have to set an example.

Jaya: Students have set targets for themselves. The school has not set any benchmark, but the students themselves have set that.

Pooja: Teachers have not set the benchmark, but the students have. We have support from the school and our parents.

Harsh: Parents give the moral support and the teachers are the backbone.

Pooja: The school provides us with a lot of worksheets.

Jaya: The teachers have gone out of the way to help the students. They take a lot of interest and have special classes on Saturdays for us.

Harsh: If ICSE is the lock, the teachers have always helped us make the key for it.

Rohan: They have motivated us considerably.

Jaya: The school gives us time both to study and play.

Pooja: The activity class is at the end of the day and that de-stresses us. We take part in so many competitions and extra-curricular activities.

Rohan: Since we have activity at the end, it becomes easy for us to go home and study.

Pooja: The teachers help in personality development.

Harsh: They counsel us if there is any problem.

Rohan: Teachers understand all students.

Harsh: ICSE is internationally recognised and those studying ICSE have an advantage. It becomes easier to study abroad.

Rohan: More than that, the knowledge gained is considerable. A person who gets good marks in the ICSE and then goes to ISC will find it easier to get into IIT.

Jaya: The internal assessment system is another feature. We have 20 marks for that and there is an external examiner to avoid any bias.

Rohan: We need a compass and the compass here is the teacher.

Jaya: Despite the teacher input being good, some of us do go for tuitions. Pooja: We get that extra help in tuitions.

Harsh: We have AIMS (Academic Inputs and Motivational Support) wherein if a student has any problem with any subject, the teachers help him or her out during activity class.

Pooja: We are looking at ISE. A number of schools have 11th and 12th.

Harsh: Schooling for another two years helps. More than the freedom you get in the colleges, the knowledge gained in ISE is much more.

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