Anxiety levels magnify in students giving their first board exam

By Anusha

Students anxious about their first board exam

The class 10 board examination is scheduled to start early next month leading students to a pool of worries. Students are not only concerned about completing their revisions of the syllabus but are also anxious about their first board examinations.

The experts suggest that the best way to handle stress is to remain calm. Deepshika Srivastava, principal of Rajhans Vidyalaya, Andheri said, "CBSE students must definitely keep their cool. Board exams constitute only 40% of the marks, so they should just ensure that they read the textbooks thoroughly."

Teachers have warned students against selective studying. Revathy Srinivasan, principal of Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane said, "Students must avoid selective study. They should not skip a part just because someone told them to or because it hasn't appeared in the past years' question papers. There is still some time to catch up with all that is left. Avoid procrastination just because you have study leave and with some self-discipline, one can deliver their best."

Last minute changes must also be avoided. Ashok Wadia, principal of Jai Hind College, Churchgate said, "The most important thing that students must remember is to stay away from traps. You have been preparing for several months, so if you try to change your pattern or shift your attention because someone advised you to do so, then you might waste all your efforts."

Students are advised to read the question paper thoroughly during examination. Srivastava said, "The most common mistake students make is that they are always in a hurry during the paper. One must thoroughly go through the question paper once it's given out. For this, it is important that students must learn time management while preparing for the exam."

The experts say that the students must take care of their health apart from academics. Dr Seema Hingorani, a psychiatrist said, "Due to the panic and stress, there are instances of students blanking out on the day of the exam or headaches. It is important for students to get adequate sleep and nutrition."

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