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Say Bye to exam anxiety

Students almost always have some level of exam anxiety and feel that they are not prepared to face the exams. Let’s find out some easy shortcuts to be more confident.

No matter how hard you have studied for your exams, feeling anxious is completely normal. However, if you want to feel absolutely confident on the day of your exam, your preparation should be rock solid. But how do we do that? The answer is MURDER - It’s an acronym, you can easily remember for fighting / killing / eradicating exam anxiety.

M – Mood (Positive Frame of Mind): Magically, brain never completely erases whatever you intake through your senses. Hence Always start your studying/revision with positive thoughts like : I know my studies, I remember what I heard in class, I might not like this subject but I am good at it. I can write my exams well, I have studied so I am prepared etc.

U – Understand: Don’t prefer the shortcut of Rote learning, rather try to understand the the topics. You can do so by talking to yourself about what the chapter is all about. Understand the logic and principles behind theorems and in subjects like physics and algebra. Make Flash cards or Memory shortcut cards for your ready reckoning of each chapter. You can use them for quick revision a day prior to exam.

R – Read your text books. It is very important to be familiar with content in your textbooks. Once you understand the concepts, read only highlighted or important parts of chapters in the textbook.

D – Digest what you read. Don't just mug up what you are studying. Try to understand your notes and that ways you will remember it for a long time. Read your notes out loud and in slow pace, as researchers have found that it is a more effective way to remember information that silently reading it.

E – Expand. Do not rely only on school or coaching notes. Start making your own question papers, solve them and also make your own notes. If possible go beyond just school textbooks to learn your subjects. You can borrow books from friends, seniors or library to expand your understanding.

R – Revise. Revision is as important as learning. Your hard work might get wasted due to lack of revision. When you revise, all that you have learned and understood goes deep down in your brain and gets thoroughly registered.

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5 mindset upgrades that India needs for the sake of its teens

We as Indian's are blessed with a rich heritage of culture and traditions but sometimes that makes us victim's of our fixed mindset. Here are 5 fixed mindsets that we need to upgrade now...
Khubi Amin AhmedTeentalkindia Content Writer

Walking through the by lanes of teenage is not any short of walking through a battleground. There are dangers lurking around at every nook and corner of puberty and teenage. Plus, most of the teenage issues are made more difficult than they actually are by one common culprit – a fixed mindset.

Especially in a country like India, we are constantly weighed down by the patriarchal fixed mindsets that our society just refuses to let go. Some of these mindsets are so deep rooted into our society and sometimes even in our family that they jeopardise our future.   

Let’s take a look at 5 fixed mindsets that India needs to dump now...

  1. Mindset: Marks = Intelligence

In India we have this fixed mindset where we believe that the marks scored are a measurement of a student’s intelligence. Truth is that the current Indian education system is largely driven by rote learning ie: memorizing technique based on repetition.

However, a student’s true aptitude depends on the kind of intelligence they have. To know more about which kind of intelligent you are, read this story.

  1. Mindset: Sharmaji ka beta is the competition 

Another fixed mindset that our country is a victim of is – we constantly compare our teens to that overachiever a.k.a Sharmaji ka beta we all seem to have in our life.

Read more on this fixed mindset, in our story on Sharmaji ka beta.

  1. Mindset: Doctors and Engineers are the only credible career options

There is this obsession in our society about kids who become doctors and engineers. In most, if not all (let’s not generalise) Indian homes; the merit of a child is judged based on their capability to become either of the above.

If a student has career aspirations that are not conventional, the child is discouraged and outcast. 3 idiots the movie; dealt with this fixed mindset beautifully; read our story on 3 Idiots here.

  1. Mindset: We are like this only, so we can't change

Another fixed mindset that we Indians are a victim of is that we are so stuck to our traditions that we are not willing to change for the betterment of our own.

Not moving ahead with time and sticking to a conservative approach to life further widens the generation gap and that does no good to anyone. This is where we can use the growth mindset and learn to evolve with time while also staying rooted.

To accommodate parental expectation a student should not have to make his/her personal goals suffer.

According to our in-house Counsellor, Kshitija Sawant, “It is important for us to question the existing practices intermittently and to evaluate how effective they actually are. We also need to remember that many practices were never meant to benefit everyone living in the society. So, if being traditional helps you to grow, that’s fine, but if being traditional is getting in the way of your growth, then it’s time to change.”
  1. Mindset: Either you are born intelligent or you're average or dumb!

Another Indian mindset that needs to change is the labels that we love to tag people with. A student is either average, or intelligent or just dumb –

And this is decided based on an education system that only tests our memory!

A student’s performance in academics is not a measure of his/her intelligence. Not only are we all intelligent in different ways; but we are also  capable of doing our best.

A lot of social, emotional and mental health factors can influence our intelligence and performance. So we must learn to steer clear of labels. According to our in-house Counsellor, Kshitija Sawant, “It is ridiculous to make comparisons between people having different kinds of intelligence and assume that just because one person is good at academics, he/she is smart, while even if the other one is outstanding at sports, he/she is average or dumb. Making such comparisons is unfair, since each and every person serves a different purpose in society.

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