The session was all about understanding and managing exam stress that is affecting a majority of the tenth class students who will write their board exams in a week.
Since confidence is the time-tested and best weapon to fight this type of anxiety, a good number of tenth class students attended the session where they were given master tips that may help them get the better of their fears.
“Students usually develop panic as exams draw closer. Many of them lose sleep over the big question: “Will I pass in the exams? If yes, will I get good marks?” said T. S. Rao, counselling psychologist, striking an immediate cord with the audience.
The health problems that ensue following a string of perceived causes of worry apart, students accrue a bigger loss when they develop a negative attitude in the process, he said.
Doling out simple tips, he said proper sleep of at least six to seven hours to allow the mind to absorb all that you have studied in the daytime and get rejuvenated for the next day's gruelling session, is a must, he said.
“Change the subject every one hour and leave a brief gap before taking up the next subject. This is essential to avoid fatigue,” he underscored.
For students who complain of lack of concentration, he imparted a few imaginary techniques to address the issue.
“Don't let anxiety get the better of you. Anxiety due to lack of preparedness on your part may lead to psycho-somatic disorders that may cause loss of appetite, severe headache, head-drilling or feeling upset. Positive thinking (I am O.K.) and self-confidence (I will do well in exams) will go a long way in helping you defeat your weaknesses,” he maintained.
A few teachers drawn from various schools also attended the session. Addressing them, Dr. Rao said they must ensure special classroom sessions to ‘familiarise' the pupils with the ambiance of an examination centre. “Feeling nervous when they enter a new zone is quite natural. You must engage motivators and psychologists to prepare them adequately for the new surroundings,” he suggested.
“Try and reach the examination centre at least half an hour before the exam and let your mind get used to the place. Once you get the question paper, wait for a few minute and let your thought process set in motion and first attempt the questions to which you know the answers well,” he advised warning students against any discussion about the answers after the exam.
The NRI School principal Mani Ramana taught the students a few relaxation techniques and motivator K. Sankar Rao gave tips on how to control anxiety.
Geetanjali School Principal M. Srinivas Rao was also present. The session was organised by T. Satyanarayana Talent Academy.