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Exams are not a benchmark of your success: PM Modi

Here are PM Narandra Modi’s tips on dealing with exam anxiety in 10 steps...

With the exam season upon us, most of the students in India these days are busy preparing, studying and revising.

And while the students are busy sweating it out; (just in time for the upcoming exams) our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has addressed the Indian students (at his 1st Mann ki Baat radio programme of the year) and said what all of us needed to hear.

Here are the top 10 takeaway points from the Prime Minister's address (in a jist)...

  1. Exams should be a time of pleasure, not pressure. Do not think about exams as pressure; they should be celebrated like festivals.


  1. Exams shouldn’t be a matter of life and death.


  1. We sometimes do not see exams in the right perspective; exams are not a benchmark of your success in life.


  1. Instead of chasing after marks, you should strive to gain knowledge and expand your horizon. Marks will follow if your mission and ambition are in sync.


  1. Smile more and score more. It is important that you are happy.


  1. Sometimes, the weight of expectations he said is more than the weight of a schoolbag. These problems come from expectations. It is acceptance that makes things easy.


  1. Things parents should focus on – accept your children the way they are, mentor them and give them time.


  1. Things that are important during exams – taking proper rest, getting sufficient sleep and physical activity. Take small breaks and return to books feeling fresh. Try deep breathing, it is very relaxing, he said.


  1. He said; “To cheat is to be cheap.” Lack of self-confidence forces people to take shortcuts like cheating during exams.


  1. Sachin Tendulkar could achieve what he did because he competed with himself, not others. Your competition should be with yourself.


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5 ways to deal with procrastination

Need to get things done, skip procrastinating and see your to-do-list complete.
Nishtha JunejaTeentalkindia Content Writer

We’ve all been there! We have loads of stuff to finish but we are busy daydreaming or staring blankly at the wall in front of us. Those five minutes become thirty minutes, it then becomes two hours and it does not take much time for it to become the entire day.

Here are five things you can do to avoid falling into the trap of procrastination.

1. Do the thing you are dreading first thing in the morning

It is a proven that energy levels are highest early in the morning. Making the task you’ve been postponing as your priority and finishing it will give you ample time to tackle the remaining tasks. For example: study the subject you hate first thing in the morning.

2. Divide and finish an overwhelming task
If you have a major project to finish, and you’re totally freaking out over it, try this simple technique. Divide the entire project into segments. Deal with one segment at one time. Once you’ve finished with a segment, treat yourself with a bar of chocolate or listen to a song that you like. Once you’re fresh again, focus on the next segment.

3. Review your task list over lunch
Half the day is over by lunch time. When you’ve filled your belly, sit and evaluate all the tasks that have been done and all that are remaining. If you did not achieve much in the first half, worry not, make yourself hot chocolate, pick a task and try to finish it. Like they say, something is better than nothing!

4. The 10-minute challenge
Give yourself ten minutes to complete a task at hand. The human mind works well when it is challenged. The feeling of finishing the task will over overshadow the dread you were feeling before starting it. After ten minutes, you will feel proud of yourself for attempting the task, and feel satisfied that you completed it. Repeat this technique often.

5. Play music or eat while doing the task
Simple things like listening to your favourite list while solving Mathematics problems or eating Lays while reading English can help you get your focus back on the task at hand.

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