St. Mary’s School ICSE organized a talk on ‘Dealing with Board Pressure’ for the parents and students of class X by renowned psychiatrist Dr. Harish Shetty. He plays a pivotal role in moulding young minds and improving the mental health and wellbeing of adults. He is an active socialist who expresses his view points by writing various blogs on Mental Health.
Dr. Shetty emphasized about the mental balance of children during the final three weeks of preparation for their board exams. Highlighting the role of the parents, especially the mother as she burns the midnight oil with the child. The thinking process and a daily schedule were the two things that he focused on. He promoted the BBP method i.e. Book to the Brain and Brain to the Pen. He stated that students either tend to overdo a subject that they enjoy or neglect the subject or leave it for the last minute.
Strategies for parents and students
- Never compare their children to other classmates.
- Embrace the student once he returns rather than questioning him about the paper.
- Do your best and don’t think about the marks.
- While appearing for the board exams it is essential for students to go with a relaxed frame of mind and wish fellow students.
- Greet the supervisor with a smile.
- Divorce gadgets and give it to your mother.
- If your mind goes blank during the exam STOP, take a deep breath and resume writing.
- Write what you know best first so that the brain valves function better.
- Give each paper your best shot.
- Students, don’t plan your vacations during the exams
- Don’t sacrifice your sleep for studies. Students need to get Minimum 7 hours of sleep.
- Parents maintain your cool and accept your child wholeheartedly.
- Avoid junk and eat healthy – fruits, nuts.
- Don’t be a helicopter parent.
- Don’t indulge in religious, intellectual and emotional ambience while your child is studying.
Keep your child fruitfully engaged in activities to avoid them falling prey to unhealthy habits. And ALWAYS remember that the board exams are not the end of the world. The talk ended with an interactive question-answer session.
Fr. Dr. Francis Swamy, S.J.