Practice exercises in textbooks
I would advice the students to go through the content given in the text books throughly as the examiners will be evaluating the students on the content in the answers.
During the first 15 minutes in the exam hall, students are not given answer sheets and are expected to just go through the question paper. They should use this opportunity to select and organise the questions in the order they want to attempt them. They can also analyse the questions and understand the manner in which they are expected to answer them. They should focus on applying right concepts and applications for every answer.
Students are also advised to avoid hurrying during the exam and be calm as exams are not wars or fights.
They just have to put their knowledge on paper and get evaluated for it. They should not feel dejected if they are not able to give word-to-word explanation of anything as they examiner just wants to know if the student has the knowledge of the topic. They should just reason out the answers properly.
If a student practices exercises, they will be able to attempt all the questions. They don’t have to bother about referring to question banks or workbooks. As they students are continuously evaluated and a lot of chapters have been taught with activities, there is no chance a student might forget any answers.
Girija Gopinath, teacher at Holy Family High School
Sleep for six hours a day
A lot of students come to me during this time complaining about forgetting answers. This happens due to lack of sleep as students stay awake and study all night. They get stressed during exams as they don’t study from the beginning of the academic year. As nothing can be done at this point of time, I would advise them to relax and make sure that they sleep for at least five to six hours. Stress does increase our performance, but if a student does not sleep properly and keeps studying all night, his performance may go down instead.
Even the schools should not put pressure on the students at this point of time. The parents should just evaluate their kid’s work and not put pressure on them to top the class or score well. They should just be there to support them and ask them to try their best and work hard.
Proper diet is also essential as many students get dehydrated. They should also carry waters and chocolates along with them as this will maintain glucose supply in the body.
Dr Chandra Chud Vanapalli, psychiatrist at Care Hospital