Narendra Modi often takes up different issues to talk about on his radio broadcast ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on AIR. Last evening, his topic of choice was motivating students for their upcoming board and other examinations.
He started off by saying how kids must be stressed but would also want to stay in-tune with the match (it was India VS South Africa after all); perhaps asking their siblings to keep them updated with the score. Or they may think it is Holi after a few days but realise they can’t enjoy the festival too due to exams. But Modi also comforted them by saying he understands their situation as it can be daunting with all that exam stress and to top it all, parents putting restrictions such as don’t talk on the phone, shut the computer, etc. All year round kids have to listen to these things especially if they are in tenth or twelfth and have to give board exams. But here’s how Modi advises to cope with exam stress:
- Don’t think exams are the be-all and end-all of your life. They are not the test of your life. You should definitely aim to score well and give your best but not be extremely stressed about exams.
- Parents shouldn’t compare their child with others in the society such as the neighbours, relatives, etc. as this puts added pressure on the child which can leave a negative impact.
- A child’s biggest competition should be with oneself. He should aim to be better than before and reach new heights of success than competing with others in the class or his friends. This will also be more satisfying.
- Have self-confidence in yourself which will take you places. Look back and reflect on how well you did the last time despite hurdles such as falling sick or some family event and believe in yourself that you can definitely do much better.
- Live in the present, do not think too much of the future or the past during exam time. Focus on what is in front of you and you will win.
- Exams are not meant to demonstrate your superiority over others but to test your own ability and capability. Remember this always and you will find your hidden strengths.
- Many children take unnecessary stress or get extremely nervous before exams. Don’t let this happen. Revise your portion, study well to beat this and remember you know the answers and have confidence in your hard work. You will be successful and pass with flying colours.
- Answer questions that are simple first and leave the hard ones for later.
- Do not analyse your paper too much after the exams, focus on giving the best in the next one. Modi urges parents also to stop asking kids ‘how did you exam go?’ instead tell them to forget about it and study for the next exam.
- Always remember, life is full of ups and downs and sometimes, even undesirable results help you become stronger.
- Modi also urged boys to take inspiration from girls who not only help in domestic work and also study and perform well in exams. If they can do it, so can you so do not leave everything else and only study but have a good balance.
- Another suggestion that the PM has for Indian schools is to have a week-long exam festival wherein there are activities to lower exam stress such as cartoon drawing competition, essay writing, poetry, debates, etc. on exams.
- Lastly, all students attempting exams should enjoy this period, not stress about them too much and celebrate the occasion instead of getting afraid. You will be successful not just in exams but also in life. He wishes all the best to all students.