Grade-12: A rollercoaster ride for you?
Today’s generation has already been given the label of “gen y-tech savvy” or “gen next the pioneers of tomorrow” but retrospectively when it comes to board exams, our little kids still don’t find a way out of the mind boggling fear of boards. Confronting the qualm of boards, solving model papers, rigorous study hours, peer and parental pressure to score well- it’s all still the same game as it was a way 10 years back. It is not only about the preparation period, but the real stone breaker bumps on the head when you are actually appearing for your first exam. Most of the children experience butterflies in their stomachs just before answering an exam. Some students even refer to exams as battlefield. But luckily, we have got here some brave young soldiers out of the umbrella for whom board exams are nothing more than ‘a small period of hardwork to prove your merit in the long run.’ These students do not really tend to fancy exams as a zombie, nor do they get exam phobic fits, the way most 12thers are victims of as soon as the board exam dates draw closer. So, let us hear it from an ex-class 12 student who managed to top the Kerela board in the academic year 2010-2011. She gives the game away by sharing with us what assisted her in keeping her cool during boards, how did she cop up with exam anxiety and emerged victorious. Her tips range from useful to quirky! Shuchi Panera admits, most of the academic year passed with both laughter and cribbing about teachers who were stingy with marks. I juggled between school and coaching and my workload almost doubled. Last two months were the worst, when I realized that still a lot of syllabus’s left to cover and it hit me like a punching bag. This was a do or die situation.” Adding she says, “I finally collected my wits and introspected that ‘B’ positive is not just my blood group but the only way to tackle boards. I broached first Math subtly which has always been my Achilles heel.” Taking about keeping her calm, she says, “Whenever I felt boggled down, I phoned friends, They were available even in the wee hours. You would be surprised to know how refreshing it can be to talk to people sailing in the same boat as you. However, I only talked to friends who belonged to same league as me. Intelligent students can be very intimidating, even their doubts smoothly sail over my boat!” Winding up on a happily perorating note. We wish Shuchi all the very best for her future and hope now our students would be a little more relaxed and are sure of rocking the boards.
“All the best is all our wish,