With the board exams approaching fast, counsellors in schools are increasingly being approached by students and parents with queries ranging from how to complete the syllabus to managing stress.
The UT Education Department has designated 14 counsellors for the students of government schools who are receiving five to six calls everyday. Most of the private schools have their own counsellors. Apart from these, CBSE has a designated helpline for counselling the students. Fortis Hospital, too, has a helpline offering guidance to students.
For students, the counsellors say time investment and focus are the key to success. And the parents, the counsellors add, should ensure that their children do not get stressed.
The majority of calls received by the counsellors are on how to start off the syllabus afresh. The counsellors’ prescription: one subject should be given few days and the child should then move on to the next one. The counsellors emphasise the importance of side by side preparing notes of what one has studied.
A lecturer of maths at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, Davinder Singh, who is one of the 14 designated counsellors, maintains that repeated practice will help the students grasp better. “Even those kids who have done well during the year get nervous during these months and don’t know how to begin with it. So it is better that they pick up one chapter and practise repeatedly so that they remember that this has been done by them,” he says.
According to Singh, a timetable is very necessary. “Students should make a timetable and study according to that. This is no time to panic and staying calm is very important,” he adds.
With the parents calling up more than the kids, the counsellors ask them not to raise their expectations.
“The aspirations of parents are very high. The only thing parents need to do is to just tell the child to give his best and not to make him nervous to get more marks. This way the student will not perform well,” says Soniya, a lecturer of economics at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Modern Housing Complex.
She adds that before moving on to the next para, students should write one line from the previous para on a separate sheet of paper so that they remember what they had studied. “When you write each point from all the paras on a separate sheet of paper before going on to the next chapter, you can memorise the entire chapter from that. This is what I suggest to all the students,” adds Soniya.
Another counsellor, Dr Sangeeta Chhabra, asserts that parents should make their kids feel comfortable during these months. “Parents should focus on making kids feel good. If they make them feel nervous, children will develop negative thoughts. A feeling of faith and confidence is highly necessary. The key to success is to give your best,” she says.