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5 Recreational activities to pump you up in the time of exams

Keep calm and beat the exam blues with these activities...

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” – if the said phrase perfectly sums up your life during exams, then you young guns must do everything possible to keep yourselves from dulling down.

The never ending classes, tests, exams can weigh you down, we get it. While there is no escaping the academic grind, there are ways to make the most of those well-deserved breaks amidst that hectic study schedule.

Here are 5 recreational activities that will pump you up to study harder and focus better...

(The best part is, you can easily accommodate these activities in your study schedule.)

Cycling

Even though that bus ride or a quick drive seems convenient, cycle your way to school and classes instead. Taking the time to cycle will help you channelize your energies and stay focused. Not to mention the health benefits of a physical activity in between those long sittings to study.

Maintain a plant

If you care about the green inhabitants of the planet then do it for the love of plants, if not then do it for yourself. When it comes to recreational activities, keeping a plant has umpteen benefits.

One, it keeps you grounded and connected to nature. Two, it makes you step out and look forward to something apart from your books. Having a plant teaches patience and perseverance.

Our in-house Psychologist Sheena Kalia advocates these recreational activities as brain-cell boosters; “When you constantly study without taking breaks, the brain stops registering meaningfully after a while. The retention or outcome may then not be as fruitful. This is when these brief breaks to reboot can dramatically improve your concentration thus helping you gather your thoughts and return refreshed to your books”

 

Play music while you eat

Music is said to have a therapeutic effect on us humans. Music can help you calm your stress levels. It is said to improve your attention span and memory too but most of all, it evokes positivity.

So next time you are taking a break from studying or sitting down for dinner, remember to tune in to your favorite music.  

Phone a friend

When you sit studying for hours together without speaking to anyone, it is very easy to slip into zombie mode. Talking a few minutes out to talk to a friend can help you stay motivated and release the stress.

Discussing your study schedule with a friend will not only keep you updated but will also help you meet personal deadlines.     

Save time for a sport in your backyard or go for a jog

It might seem like a waste of time but saving 15 minutes of your precious study time for a sport or a jog will help you in ways you can’t imagine.

You need a physical activity to keep yourself from rusting and feeling lethargic. A physical activity like a walk or a jog can boost your energy levels thus helping you to study better.

 

   

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Getting ahead and the Art of School Politics

Has school politics affected your academic performance at school? Read on as a teenager shares her experience of dealing with favouritism and mind games during her school days.

What do we think of when we hear the word 'politics'? Indian Parliament? Elections? Tricks? Ruthlessness? Well yes…for most of us. It was the same for me until I became a well-known teen of my school. Let me introduce you, teenagers, with a term you won’t actually know but will surely relate to - 'School Politics' (TAADDAA).

I would like to start with something we all have seen or noticed. Every teacher in your school has this one student or a group of students they really adore. And those students (undoubtedly) always get good grades in their adorer's subject. This, my friends is the first glimpse of school politics.

Worthy but not selected

This brings me to my next point : The Biased System. Sometimes in your school life, you get opportunities that you believe are yours but you're not given the window to catch them. It's true, it's common, and happens with everyone once in a while. Something, I faced too.

My school took part in a National MUN conference scheduled to happen in Delhi. For selections, a mock MUN was organized. I was selected as one of six best delegates. But, was I taken to Delhi? Sadly, no.

I was deeply disappointed. I had worked hard for it, and should have probably been selected to represent the school. Sadly, students close to the teacher got a chance to attend the conference. After this experience, I told myself to not feel low, and consoled myself to think of it as a small incident. Unfortunately, such events can affect a student’s drive to excel at school activities, including academics.  

The perfect prefects

Another aspect that needs attention is the appointment of school prefects: the Head Boy and the Head Girl. I don’t understand the reason for separating a few from the lot. Their core responsibility is to administer the other students. Often, the prefect body has certain privileges that the other students do not have such. They wear differently coloured uniforms and can punish students if they think their behavior is violating pre-defined school rules. They also, often, end up using the power to their advantage by favouring their friends.  Like I mentioned earlier, this leads to fights, rivalry, even suspension of certain students.

Is it good or bad?

While school inculcated several good qualities in me and helped me develop into a stronger individual, it also gave me an insight into the working of politics at play. In my observation, favouritism and school politics can demotivate and deter some worthy students who have the potential to excel. 

But, on the other hand, I question, if this experience is preparing us for real world politics. Hence, should we become part of the system or try and stay away from it. And, should we think of trying to change it all?

 

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