It’s a Pleasure to Guide Young Minds

Published: 30th October 2014 06:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th October 2014 06:05 AM   |  A+A-

I am a final year BTech (civil) student and I find your articles very inspiring.

I am happy you like reading the articles. However, I will only consider my articles a success if you internalise the message I give you each week, and share it with your friends.

Please discuss, share and learn. That will make me really happy and will make us all better people.

Ma’am I am doing that. I discuss all the valuable points that I get from your articles. I too face the problem of laziness and am trying my best to get out of it. Hope you will share more and more topics to inspire us. Thank you for your reply.

I am not very good in studies. I have never scored more than 80%. I study in Class 10 in a CBSE school and exams are going on now. My aim is to score 100% in my final exam in March. I am weak in Maths and History. How can I improve? Can you help me?

It is good to aim for a cent per cent result, but it is not always possible to achieve it. We have to keep trying for the best! You have enough time before the final examination. Concentrate on the two subjects you feel you are weak in. In History study each chapter and make short notes, in points, on each topic. Then tackle the questions and again write down the important points. You can fill in the facts after you read the chapter twice. Do this regularly and you will do very well in History or Social science.

In Mathematics you may need some expert guidance from tutors or some friends who can help. What is very important is practice. Unless you keep solving as many sums as you can in each topic, you will not be able to tackle the paper with the speed and accuracy needed. Believe you can do it and you will excel.

I live in a village, it can hardly be called a town. I like to be modern, and go for cycling and jogging. But people in my area scold me when I do these things. Do I need to value their words?

The words of elders need to be heeded, but often they think differently from us.

Cycling or jogging is a form of exercise and not a sign of modernity. If your family has objections, sit down and discuss it with them and come to an amicable solution. If your parents agree with what you are doing, and people who are not important are talking, then you do not have to bother about their opinion.

The right thing can always be justified, but you must listen to family advice.

I prepare well for my examination but when I enter the exam hall and see the question paper I forget some of the things I studied, I don’t know why. Will you give me some tips?

You may just be suffering from examination fear. Many of us become nervous before the paper and this leads to our forgetting important things we have learnt quite well. To avoid this:

1. Make sure you sleep well the night before the paper... at least seven hours. Do not do last minute study and panic. Prepare in advance so you can sleep well. A fresh brain is an active brain!

2. Make a habit of writing down all important points while studying. Do not just read and memorise, write down also. You can use these points for revision later and it helps you form the habit of writing and thinking simultaneously.

3. Read the whole question paper once and then start with the questions you know. Time yourself correctly so that you do not rush at the end.

4. Last, but very important, is to practise solving sample papers in the allotted time given, in each subject. This puts you in the practice of working well in a fixed time.

Believe that you know, say your prayers and enter the hall. You will remember everything you learnt.

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