The simpler exam format, recent leniency of the boards in marketing students and sufficient help available are being cited as reasons for decrease in anxiety levels of students. The only group expressing worry is students who have not been regular at studies or are anxious by nature.
Teachers, who are most often the first shoulders to lean on for students, also said that the present batch is not as jittery during the exams as their seniors. However, the kids who study all through the year are not anxious. A counsellor from the helpline, Dr Nishikant Kotwal said “It is not that they are actually not set to face examinations. They only feel that way as peers discuss their own level of preparation and the different methods of studying. This makes them feel others are better prepared for the exams than they are”.
A Paediatrician and child psychologist Dr.Shubhda Khirwadhar, who counsels students on a helpline floated by Adolescent Health academy says “When distressed calls come, she explains to students not to waste much time on trying to understand new things, and instead spend more time revising what they have already studied. She believes there are more students from state board asking for help, rather than for CBSE, due to the changed evaluaion system which has eased burden on students.
A teacher of JN Tata Parsi Girl's High School Aruna Deshraj said “The exam pattern is simple and help is available from tuition classes. So, almost 90% of students are free of any anxiety. The concern most of them have is landing up in a good college”. “We have a lot of students coming in at the last moment as they are surrounded by a lot of fears. This year, though, the footballs have been fewer,” agreed an counsellor Dr.Shishri Palsapure.
“They do not understand that beyond a point it can hamper their performance, especially memory”, he said . Dr Shishri also included that most students have accepted stress as a part of exams and do not understand that beyond a point it can hamper their performance, especially memory.