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The CBSE class 10 board exams began on February 15, 2024, and will end on March 13, 2024. The Class 12 board exams also commenced on February 15, 2024, and will end on April 2, 2024. The examination will be held in 1 session in the morning from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. For exams with shorter durations, the exam will end at 12:30 pm. Students will be given the question paper 15 minutes in advance to read it before commencing the exam. Candidates are advised to arrive at the examination centre at least 30-45 minutes in advance to avoid any delays.

Board exams play a vital role in shaping the future career of any student as the grades which a student is able to secure in the Board Exams essentially shape the future prospects for the student. The prime aspect of scoring high during exams revolves around sound practice and low levels of anxiety. This is the master art of keeping calm to overcome fear and score much higher in exams. Time management, proper scheduling and knowledge of syllabus is a time tested key to success. Apart from keeping you calm, exercising also increases the rate of blood flow around your body, and to the brain as well. This can really help you to think more clearly, and to learn better. Advises Sneha appearing for her 12th to her juniors, "Enjoy them, yes it sounds weird as 10th boards are always branded as scary exams since childhood but literally you will enjoy them, they are much easier than the pre boards you give and you will breeze through them if prepared well". Don’t overdo it, studying for hours without a break will tire you and ruin concentration. Take frequent short breaks while you are working. While working hard, revising and doing exams it is important to have some fun, reward yourself for achieving what you set out to do. Motivation will be high if you have something to look forward to.

Dwarka City talked to a few academicians on what students should do to avoid exam stress.

The trying season of board examination is round the corner and as the dreaded days are drawing nearer, we also experience the stress and anxiety on the rise. Parents as well as students encounter worried days leading to anxious moments. My advice is for the parents first, recognize the early signs of stress and respond to it with positivity and optimism. Do not surrender to societal pressures; rather provide a comfortable environment to your child. Be a part of time management and chart the schedule in such a manner that there is adequate time for recreation and rejuvenation. And to the students I would strongly recommend making a time table and study routine. Identify your strengths and weaknesses and formulate the plan accordingly. Adequate sleep, ‘me time’, a healthy diet and above all belief in yourself will work wonders. Space your studying wherein least distracting factors are there and do not hesitate to share your feelings with your parents. Additionally, approach your teachers for any of the academic doubts that may be looming over. Best wishes to all!

Dr. Jaspreeet Kaur, Vice Principal, Bal Bhavan International School

As you prepare to appear for the upcoming board exams, I send best wishes your
way for the finest possible performance. With an optimistic temperament, stay confident and focus on your goals. Give it your best and success shall be yours. An exam is not only a test of one’s academic knowledge, but also a test of your calmness, stability and perseverance. Make every effort to stick to a fixed study schedule, fulfill the objectives and avoid procrastination. Solving mock papers will also improve conceptual comprehension as well as speed and accuracy. The last thing you need is to become stressed out as a result of your studies. When studying for board exams, the most vital necessity is a clear mind. Just keep believing in yourself and you will surely achieve each of your goals. Good luck for your upcoming board exams!
Ms. Meneka I. Singh, Head of School
St. Thomas’ School

As our diligent examinees eagerly prepare to take Class X and XII Board Examinations, I would express my profound admiration for their unwavering commitment and tireless efforts throughout the entire year. I am delighted to impart upon them a handful of invaluable suggestions, ensuring that they shall not be besieged by any eleventh-hour doubts. 1.Stay Optimistic: Remember that your potential is limitless, and the board exams are a stepping stone to greatness. 2.Make the Most : Put your best foot forward in board exams after having learnt essential lessons in Pre-boards. 3.Stay Focussed: Keep the phones out of your reach and stay committed to your revisions and re-revisions. 4.Eat Healthy.: Eating nutritious foods is crucial for mighty exam preparation. When your body is well-nourished, your brain can focus and retain information longer. 5.Use Right Study Space: Use a study table while studying. It improves your posture and reduces discomfort for long hours of studying. Avoid piling up books of all subjects on the table. Keep the books, registers, assignments, and notes of only the concerned subject that is being revised. Remember to keep your desk space organised and clutter free. 6. Stay Disciplined &Maintain a Routine: Disciplined approach helps us go a long way. Have meals, proper sleep, eliminate distractions, do light exercises during short study breaks .This will certainly keep you sans stress and energised. Stay confident, shine bright, and let your brilliance radiate your future. Success awaits your determined efforts. Wishes Galore!

Monika Mehan, Principal, M.L. Khanna DAV Public School

“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt Exam Stress is like a shadow that follows students when exams are near. We feel it, we fear it, but we can also beat it! It’s that feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease we get when we think about exams. It makes our palms sweaty, our hearts race, and our minds go blank. We’ve all been there, right? But why do we feel this way? Feeling depressed, gloomy, or anxious: Being overwhelmed by one’s feelings is a natural reaction to stress. Exam stress can cause anxiety and sadness that will, ultimately, just interfere with the student’s exam prep. We need to be vigilant enough to not reach the banks of stress, let it be any. Remember, exams are not monsters. They are just stepping stones to our dreams. Let’s face them with courage, not fear. Let’s turn stress into success! One way is to plan and prepare. Make a study schedule, stick to it, and revise regularly. This will make us feel more confident and less stressed. Take breaks: Break up your study sessions into smaller, more manageable chunks. It is important to take breaks during your study sessions to give your mind a chance to rest and recharge. Go for a walk, listen to music, or do something else, you enjoy to help you relax. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity.” Exams don’t define your worth or intelligence. Take a breath and do your best. Reach out for support: If you are struggling to cope with exam stress, it is important to seek support from friends, family, or a mentor. Lastly, let’s not forget to take care of our health. Eat good food, get enough sleep, and do some exercise. A healthy body leads to a healthy mind, and a healthy mind can conquer any stress.

Sheetal Prabhakar , TGT English, Paramount International School

A healthy state of body and mind holds a greater significance than looking only at the performance inthe written exam. To manage exam stress,  establish a balanced routine with dedicated study breaks. Prioritize tasks, focusing on high-priority topics first. Break down your study material into smaller, more manageable sections. Practice active learning through summarizing and teaching concepts to reinforce understanding. Adequate sleep is crucial for cognitive function, so ensure you maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Incorporate relaxation techniques like deep breathing or meditation to alleviate stress. Stay physically active to boost overall well-being. Set realistic goals and celebrate small achievements to stay motivated. Seek support from friends, family, or counselors, and don't hesitate to ask for help when needed. Remember, it's okay to take breaks and prioritize self-care during the exam period Heemal Handoo · Principal, Hansraj Model School “Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do.” In today’s fast-paced and demanding world, stress has become a prevalent concern affecting students. As board exams loom closer, it's natural for stress levels to rise. However, it's crucial for students to manage this pressure effectively. Start by organizing study schedules, prioritizing subjects, and taking regular breaks to prevent burnout. Effective time management is essential for reducing stress and increasing confidence. Break down the study material into manageable chunks and create a study schedule with specific deadlines and milestones. Teachers and parents should encourage open communication, listen to their concerns and provide reassurance that they approach exams with confidence and determination. Teach them to view mistakes and setbacks as opportunities for learning and growth, rather than obstacles to success. Maintain a healthy lifestyle with proper sleep, nutrition, and exercise. Don't hesitate to seek support from teachers and parents, if you're struggling with any concepts. Clearing doubts can alleviate anxiety. Remember, exams are just one part of your journey, and your worth isn't solely determined by them. Stay focused, stay calm, and believe in your abilities. You've got this! Let’s empower students to embrace challenges with confidence and resilience, knowing that their efforts will lead to success in their board exams and beyond.

Anju Bhardwaj, N.K.Bagrodia Public School

On the onset of the coming board exams, I wish you the best of luck. May your hard work and sincere efforts bear the desired fruits. Exam stress is very evident that has been affecting students of all ages directly or indirectly. It is quite obvious to feel anxious or stressed during an exam, as exams are often seen as an acid test of one’s acumen and abilities. However, when stress is high, it surely has negative effects on a student’s performance and overall mental well-being. The causes of exam stress, its symptoms, and ways to manage and overcome it are pretty well known. Reasons of Stress Pressure to perform: Students experience the pressure from their parents or their teachers to do well on exams. This pressure such as a desire to succeed or a desire to get into a particular esteemed Institution. Panic of failure: Many students worry about failing an exam, which can lead to stress and anxiety. This fear is acute for students who struggle with a specific subject or who have had difficulty in performing in exams. Focus on Preparation: Students who are not prepared for an exam feel stressed out. This can be due to a lack of understanding of the content, a lack of self-study and concentration. Time management: Examinations have time constraints, which can be stressful for students who are not used to working under pressure.

Symptoms of Exam Stress are following:

• Difficulty in sleeping • Frequent Headaches • Persistent Stomach aches

• Lack of energy • Nervousness or anxiety • Depression or negativity

• Irritability or mood swings • Difficulty in concentrating • Suicidal tendency It is normal to feel anxious due to exam, it is important to find ways to manage this stress so it does not interfere with your performance. By preparing in advance, managing time, taking small breaks, eating well and reaching out for guidance so that you can overcome exam stress and become an exam warrior. All the best.

Vineeta Bagga, Senior Coordinator, Sri VIS

"Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations." In just a few days, students are expected to take the CBSE Board Examinations. Each one will succeed in spite of diverse life circumstances. So, this exam won't be the only thing that determines students' fate. Their earnest endeavours will soon be rewarded. All they have to do is give it their all and remain concentrated. Have faith in self. Retain an optimistic outlook. Together with parents, we, the teachers, are always there to support and stand by students in any circumstance.

Manjima Gautam, Senior Academic Coordinator, 
Delhi International School, Sector 23

 As a dedicated learner, I understand the pressure faced by students as exams loom closer. My advice to students is to embrace a balanced approach, by dividing the study time wisely and also ensuring to make room for relaxation. Set achievable goals and prioritise your well-being by getting enough sleep and eating healthy. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help whether it be parents or teachers. Practice mindfulness techniques to stay focused and calm. Above all, maintain a positive mindset and believe in your abilities. Exams are not just about testing your knowledge, but also your ability to manage stress and perform under pressure. With dedication, resilience and healthy perspective, tackle the board exams confidently. Best of luck!

Jasmin Arora, Maxfort School Dwarka

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