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Learning to excel in examinations

Learning to excel in examinations  

STUDENTS OF the XI and XII standard in the city schools can now look forward to improving their scores in the board, State and national level competitive examinations for professional courses like engineering and medicine.

Avon Institute of Modern Sciences (AIMS) has organised a free week-long workshop beginning today for science stream students. About 350 schools will send 20 students each to the programme.

It will benefit students of both the State Board and the CBSE pattern. Experts in mathematics and other science subjects will address the students in the day-long workshop.

Participants at each workshop will take a 30-minute multiple answer objective test, the `Student Power test' in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. Three winners will be chose and cash awards presented at the end of the day. Schools, which emerge winners, will be awarded trophies at the end of the workshop.

Every day 700 students are expected to participate. About 3, 500 students are expected to benefit from this programme, says Gita Prabhu, managing director, AIMS.

The organisation has also planned an exclusive seminar for the heads and correspondents of city schools in November. Ms. Prabhu says, "Students fail to grasp the basic concepts and lose marks. We will give them professional counselling and the necessary inputs that will enable them to score better." A sound knowledge of the concepts will help the students think and apply them better. "Competitive exams concentrate on concepts. Students fail to score well because most of the questions in board exams are textbook-based. In our workshop we will ask students to solve problems that apply the concepts," she said.

In the day-long workshop experts begin with a general orientation while in the afternoon session, they will give subject-specific orientation.

The organisation plans to extend the services to students in all schools.

P.V. Navaneethakrishnan, former director of entrance exams and admission, Anna University, said in 2002, while 2,967 students scored centum in mathematics in board exams, only three scored full marks in the subject in the TNPCEE. This year only one student scored full marks.

"All students aim for engineering or medicine. Every student's requirement is different," he said. He hoped that the workshop would help the students improve their scores.

Between October 15 and 21, a two-hour counselling session has also been organised for the parents of the students appearing for the State board exams.

On October 22, parents of CBSE students can attend the programme. Both programmes are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The workshop is being held in the German Hall at T. Nagar.

By Sujatha R

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