A. A. Michael Raj
At a recently held workshop in Erode, participants learnt how best to face the "ogre" examinations.
How do you mentally prepare yourself to write an examination? Participants at the recently held Newspaper in Education workshop at A. E. T. Matric H.S.S, Erode were eager to find the answer to this question. And the resource person S. Sambandan, a specialist in student psychology and motivation, gave them the answer to this. Participants were from Std IX and XI from 30 schools in the Erode region. Some of them had come from as far away as Sathyamangalam and Dharapuram. "Studying should not be a problem. Consider it a challenge and an opportunity. All you need is self-confidence and conviction. You must believe that you have tremendous potential," said Sambandan.
While planning the study schedule, students should choose a goal, visualise success, prioritise, recharge their mental energy regularly, and take time to review their performance in order to plan ahead.
Fear of examinations was usually the lack of self-confidence. Thinking vividly about success, and `replaying' the scene often in one's mind, was a sure way to become more confident and overcome those examination blues.
It was important to keep in mind that fear, anger and jealousy are emotions that are associated with breathing. Learning to relax by controlling breathing, will have a calming effect. To "recharge the mental batteries", Sambandan taught an auto suggestion technique. He asked the students to stretch out their hands, palms facing outward, and recite, "I am a confident person! I am an energetic person! I am an achiever! I can, I will! I am a winner!"
"A mind that is not under tension is essential for recall," he said, and observed that a poor memory was often the result of worry, anxiety, over-excitement, over-exertion, and trying to do too many things at the same time. Relax, calm your mind and control your breathing and this will remedy the situation.
Three students who were the "Best in interaction" received copies of The Hindu Speaks on Scientific Facts. They were Surya Prakash, Shree Vidyaraya Matric H.S.S., Gobichettipalayam; Prasanna, Palaniammal MHSS, Erode; and S. Vignesh Kumar, Saraswathi Vidya Nikethan H. S., Erode.
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