Renu Singh, Principal of Amity International School, Noida, speaks to Careers360 on what needs to be done to de-stress students burdened with boards and entrance exams…
Q. What can be done to make students free of peer and parental pressure?
A. This should be an ongoing process in which students are trained to put in their best efforts without thinking of the results. Students have to be made aware of their own individual strengths as compared to their peers. Parents too need to be counselled and made aware of the capabilities of their wards. They must be made aware of the perils of parental pressure.
Q. What does your school do in this regard?
A. Our school works tirelessly towards the issue of de-stressing the students. They have regular counselling sessions with teachers to make them understand the need to plan out their work on a regular basis. They are taught a number of relaxation exercises, deep breathing, importance of taking breaks in the middle of long sessions of study.
Q. What are the symptoms of behavioural changes in those students who are stressed out? How do you help such students?
A. Students who are stressed out often begin to absent themselves from school. They lag behind in work completion and as a result often resort to spending a lot of time copying out work from their peer group. Fearing that they may not be able to perform well in the exams, they try to absent themselves from exams as well. They often harbour fear and anxiety and share the same when spoken to.
The first level of help is provided by the class teacher who keeps talking and providing positive reinforcement to the child. The subject teachers also provide hand holding and extra support wherever possible. The school counsellors are always available to guide the students and provide ways and means to reduce stress. I along with the wing heads interact regularly to get a first-hand information and guide the students suitably giving them tips to reduce the stress.
Q. Board exams always put much pressure on students. What is your advice to ease this?
A. Board examinations are to be taken with ease and comfort. The school ensures that the students are well prepared in the preceding months and there is no cause for stress or anxiety. The parents are also counselled and oriented to provide a supportive environment at home.
Q. Any advice for the 10th and 12th standard students to face their boards?
A. One must create a regular study pattern right at the beginning of the session. Then they must create a habit of writing out answers and learning them. Practicing some form of meditation will certainly help. Another helpful way would be to take intervals between study sessions. They must eat healthy food, including a lot of fruits and fluids, and ensure that they get 7-8 hours of sleep.
Students have to be made aware of their own individual strengths as compared to their peers. Parents too need to be counselled and made aware of the capabilities of their wards
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