This blog post is dedicated to all those students who would appear for Board exams this year. It’s a letter to motivate them and break the shackles of fear mostly created by their acquaintance. I have shared my secrets with my niece through Letter.
When I first saw you I was a newlywed bride and you were a baby girl trying to be on your feet. Time flies and now you are a grown-up girl ready to take the world in your stride.
Appearing for your board exams in just weeks time or so. This exam is the first stepping stone of your career. But the intent of saying this is not to scare you or pressurize you further. I know, you would be getting to hear lot of “gyans” everyday from parents, kith and kins and even neighbours.
This aunt would not piss you off with redundant lectures or tips that you probably would be hearing since the beginning of this year.
The exam is an assessment and not the final verdict on your knowledge and ability that you possess. Grades never define the soft skills that is more required to excel in this cut-throat world.The list of those who never been to college is long but still became thought leaders in their niche.It’s not to discourage you to pursue higher studies but to help you stay cool.
Shed your fear and face it like a warrior. The warrior never thinks of winning or losing the battle all he does is fight with all his strength.Be happy this war will not have any bloodshed all you loose is few marks and grades here and there.
Parents and people around you try to create a “Do or Die” atmosphere while appearing for it. If you don’t score well you are doomed or if you top the list your career gets the required boost. The results have an impact but then life opportunity doesn’t ceases there.
But I would share with you few practices that helped me to come out with flying colours. You may find it “old wine in new bottle” but it would work for sure.
Here’s my Mantra for exams:
* Setting Right Mindset – Remember the only thing that is within our control is our diligence. Remember the famous Shlokha of Srimad Bhagvad Gita :
कर्मण्ये वाधिका रस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन।
मा कर्म फल हेतु र्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्व कर्मणि॥
Karmanye vadhika raste, Ma phaleshu kadachana
Ma karma phala he tur bhuh, ma te sangotsva karmanye
Meaning, only karma or deeds are in your hands, not the result. So give your head and heart when you study. The moment one starts anticipating about the results the anxiety kicks in only to weaken your efforts.
My father always used to say one thing during my growing-up days, “Participate and give your best shot, participation spirit is more important than winning”.
Till date this quote has stayed with me. When you only concentrate on giving your best efforts you are free from the clutches of anxiety and results have to be in flying colours for sure. Don’t anticipate on your result, concentrate on your efforts, rest everything will fall in place.
* Taking care of yourself – Yes, health is of utmost importance. You can give your best only when you are fit both physically and mentally. Good sleep, taking healthy meals should not be neglected for sure. Self-care is of utmost important during exams.
* Stop Mugging and start learning – Last minute study helps only if you have understood and not blindly mugged it up. Concepts clarity will help you answer even a complicated or difficult question. Take help from teachers, seniors, friends who can help you understand the concept. Learning concept helps not rote .
* Late Night Study never helps – Well, I preferred late-night studies as I found it to be peaceful and staying awake was never an issue for me. But I would not encourage you for burning midnight oil, morning study always helps if at all you don’t feel sleepy. And avoid it just before exams for sure, as tired and sluggish brain hardly works properly.
* Revise chapters you are weak at – At times most of the questions comes from chapters you are not comfortable with. Not a good idea if you completely exclude it.
* Don’t think much on the paper that went bad study for next one – After giving exams you know whether it went good or bad. If it’s bad stop brooding over it as you cannot reverse it so start preparing for the next.
This is just the beginning of your career, a good start definitely helps but if it’s not the way you thought then chill out as you would get plenty of them in future.
* If you fall sick
Don’t study take rest so that you can write your exams properly not feeling fatigued. As such last-minute study hardly helps. Try going through model papers . Another way is to just go through the highlights of every chapter.
“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.”– Marvin Phillips
Brace yourself with all our warm wishes and give your best shot. If you feel low at any point of time then read the inspirational quotes that would inspire you to bounce back.
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