Exam pressure on students
By Parvathi Sreeraj and Sreenidhi Vijayaraghavan, Junior Reporters, Light House
The SA-1 examinations dawned upon many students of grades 9 and 10 like a scene from their worst nightmare. Many claim that their hard work has all gone in vain and thus feel down in the dumps. To this, the Light House team decided to throw light on our teachers’ point of view.
Popularly known to be the sweetest English teacher among her students, Ms. Shalini Menon advised that ‘consistency’ is the key to success. If you are a consistent student, who makes sure to learn on a daily basis, then success is right within you. When asked who would be an ideal student in her accord, she replied, “An ideal student is one who takes studies on a serious note. Taking Making lecture notes in the class would be especially beneficial. And most importantly, your aim should be to score an A grade, rather than to score a full hundred.”
Ms. Menon feels that marks are just numbers, and to all the students reading this said, “Relax if you weren’t able to score what you had expected.” You should not ponder much on the marks you secured, instead on the amount of efforts you put forth.
On enquiring of what she thought about the pressure experienced by students during examinations, biology teacher Mrs. Lila Koshy joked, “Where did you obtain the word ‘pressure’ from?” She feels that examinations will never be pressurizing if one had started preparations beforehand. She believes that students burden themselves by taking in a lot of extra material which is often unnecessary. She feels that for her subject, thorough reading and understanding of the textbook itself will help a student fly high.
On the contrary, our all in all, Ms. Deepika Singh, sports teacher of class 9 and 10 (girls) says that she understands the pressure that students face during the examination months. She expressed, “Just because it is a lot of pressure, we cannot really avoid the examinations, can we?” As a physical education teacher, she feels that we can overcome this pressure by maintaining good physical and mental health. Having nutritious food all year round, sleeping well, exercising and practicing yoga and meditation will keep your health in top shape.
Ms. Sreelekha Ajeesh, empathized with her students and understood that they do experience pressure during their examinations, but at the same time felt that such pressure could be reduced. In her words, “Students end up being pressurized only because they aren’t ready for what is to come.”
She said that by adopting an appropriate study plan, one can balance both schoolwork and extracurricular activities. To add on, she said, “Math may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we all have hidden talents in us. Rather than chasing marks, it is more important that you chase your dreams.” She remarked, “Maths isn’t the only key to success, perusing your passion will help you fly the highest.”
Our beloved physics teacher, Ms. Shycy Joseph, expressing her take on the topic said, “Pressure is a requirement for success.” She feels that even though students experience pressure, it is this pressure that moulds them. However, she urged that only an optimum amount of pressure is required and that any more would just do harm. She advised the students to chart out their schedule from day one, so that by following a clear-cut plan, students can reduce the excess pressure they experience and emerge successful in their examinations.
Drawing from these views, it’s clear that students experience some amount of pressure during their school life. However, it is also observed that we can overcome any stressful situation if we put our mind to it and can turn any distress into a productive ‘eustress’ (positive stress) that’ll help us perform better.
It is important to remember here that exams aren’t the end of everything and that life continues on. If our results weren’t up to our expectations this time, rather than brooding over the past, we should work harder in the future to improve ourselves. After all, though results are important, it’s the effort and the journey to get there that makes all the difference.