February 26, 2009 12:15:40 am
A schools initiative from The Express Group
Quest is a project conducted by The Indian Express in schools in and around Delhi. It covers more than 50 schools in Delhi and NCR.
Quest aims at raising awareness and building opinions. For the next few weeks,as our readers concentrate on their examination,the Quest team will always be there to help. Students,teachers and parents can send in their queries about exams,stress or other subjects. We will answer them in this weekly column.
Questions can be e-mailed to email@example.com. Selected questions will be answered by our counsellors in the Quest page column.
With examination season round the corner,Quest gets exam counsellors from the Central Board of Secondary Examinations to answer a few last-minute queries put forward by students,parents and teachers
With a week to go before the beginning of the CBSE Board examinations,a few questions still linger for students,parents and counsellors to ponder over. From handling last-minute panic to deliberating on What next?,Quest brings to you answers to questions sent in by our readers. The queries have been answered by CBSE helpline counsellors Vithika Rahul and Anita Sharma.
Parents often complain that children do not eat during exams. Children say they dont feel like eating,but thereafter are unable to study. What should parents do?
Neeru Dhamija,TGT English,
New State Academy Senior Secondary School,Pitampura
Parents should concentrate on what the child is eating and not on how much. Healthy food is what we advise parents and children to have. Students often eat a lot of junk food at this stage because it is easily eaten. Intake of coffee and soft drinks also increases. That is to be avoided. Encourage intake of fruits. Light,frequent small meals are advisable.
Students are unable to concentrate and memorise the syllabus. They tend to forget topics easily and have lot of apprehensions. They also get confused whether to study the entire syllabus or only important topics. What should they do to prepare well?
Neeru Dhamija,TGT English New State Academy Senior Secondary School,Pitampura
At present there is not enough time for a child to revise the entire syllabus. The syllabus is there on the website and the child would have taken a number of practice papers by now. They should not try to start prepare something they have not previously done. Instead,they should concentrate on solving papers and on select areas where their weaknesse lies. They should also answer questions from practice papers that are available on the CBSE website. Setting time limits and organising their answers is also important at this stage.
Would our child be comfortable in a new school? What should be the comfort level provided to a child in case he/she gets panicky?
Amita Singhal,PGT English,St Marks Senior Secondary School,Meera Bagh
Adaptability of each child and parent is relative. All schools organise orientation programmes for new joinees to familiarise them with the school,but it ultimately depends on how well the child adapts. It takes time for anyone to adjust to a new place.
Why is it that the really intelligent students get less marks than the average ones? Is luck a factor?
Veena Wahi,Vice-Principal,St Marks Senior Secondary School,Meera Bagh
Getting high marks is dependent on motivation,hard work,intelligence and the writing abilities of a child. Overconfidence can damage your chances because very intelligent children sometimes do not concentrate. An average student often puts in a lot more hard work to achieve good results. Also,if parents pressurise a child,they might suffer from a mental block due to tension.
If a child fails to deliver according to the expectations of their parents,what do we do? do good scores really define a good student?
Veena Wahi,Vice Principal,St Marks Senior Secondary School,Meera Bagh
Children and parents both have to have to have a realistic outlook. Career choice is important in life,not marks. If a child has not scored well,parents need to ask him what he wants to do in life. You need to accept the child. Parents and children both need to be flexible and keep their options open. Explore other careers/subject choices. Whether you study science,commerce or humanities does not determine success in later life. Also,there is no guarantee that a child who has scored high marks will be able to cope with the same subject at a higher level. If you try for medical science and do not get through,you can always try for a paramedical course,or get enrolled in a simpler course and try again next year. Not getting the subject of your choice is not the end. The childs self-esteem should not be damaged due to marks.
Will questions be very tricky? Who frames the question
Veena Wahi,Vice Principal,St Marks Senior Secondary School,Meera Bagh
Every question is prepared according to the CBSE guidelines that are clearly given online. Information regarding the same is available on the CBSE website. If the child is panicking,they should see what the changes are. The papers are made by subject experts and will be within the prescribed syllabus.
What should be the daily routine for a student before the board exams? What can be an ideal timetable to prepare for the boards?
Poornima Yadav,TGT-History,Delhi Public School,Sushant Lok
Follow any routine you are comfortable with according to your preparations with a fresh mind. No time restrictions should be imposed. Regular breaks can be allowed depending on the childs potential and readiness to grasp the subject. While studying,concentration levels should be high.
If you can get up early in the morning and feel fresh,then you must sleep early,get up early and study. If,on the other hand,you can study till late in the night but cannot get up early to study,you must sleep late after studying and get up later in the morning.
How do we deal with high stress levels in students? Could you suggest exercises that will help relieve stress?
Rachna Takshak,TGT-English. Delhi Public School,Sushant Lok
They can spend some time on the following exercises to relieve stress from the body:
* Go for deep breathing exercises for five minutes in the morning.
* Try Bhramri Pranayam (Close your ears with your thumbs,place two fingers to cover your eyes and two fingers on the nose,two fingers on the upper lip and two on the chin and say Om). This helps in increasing concentration and enhancing memory skills.
* If you are under a lot of stress and feel breathless,place a polythene bag over your mouth and fill it like a balloon so that the carbon dioxide in the body is released. Do this two to three times in one go. This helps in increasing the levels of oxygen in the brain.
Students often complain of oversleeping or sleep deprivation while studying. What should we do to keep them awake to study?
Abha Mehta,TGT English,Delhi Public School,Sushant Lok
Consume light food with less oil. Avoid tea or coffee. Drink lots of green vegetable soups. Dinner should be light,and preferably include milk. Exercise and practise yoga. Stare at a candle flame in a dark room till the time you get watery-eyed. This helps to keep awake for a longer time and increase concentration levels.
Students often go blank on seeing the Question Paper. Even though they know the answers,they are unable to perceive how to begin and might start crying. How should teachers help such students?
Prabhjot Butalia,Senior Section in-charge. G.D.Goenka Public School,Vasant Kunj
The CBSE provides an extra time of 15 minutes for students to read the question paper. If a child is panicking,the teacher should give him or her some water and ask them to splash some water on his or her face. Deep breathing also helps a child calm down. The teacher could also remove the question paper for a minute to help the child relax. Once he/she is calmer,ask the child to read the paper carefully and answer the question that he/she knows first. There is no need to answer the paper in the exact order of parts. Children recover their composure once they have answered one or two questions correctly,so ask them to solve the parts that they know best first. The child should remember to clearly write and underline the question number,and if you dont know the answer to a question,leave some space to answer it later.
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