Examinations and assessments are an integral part of the learning process in a student’s life. While the stress and ensuing fear of the exam is inevitable, one should not undermine its damaging effects on learners. Anxiety often affects students deeply, making them counterproductive and needless to say, it is detrimental to their mental well-being. To address this issue, our school counsellor, Ms. Sukanya Das, conducted a session on 18th September 2020 for the high school students. The objective was to enable them with strategies in assessment preparation which will not only help them in the upcoming Term 1 examination but also in other academic examinations in their lives ahead.

A goal-oriented and highly realistic approach, which the students can seamlessly blend into their study habits, was chalked out for them. As the session progressed, the underlying cause of exam stress manifested itself in a lack of proper preparation. Further, this challenge can be diversified into improper planning, lack of clarity, lack of note-making practice, poor writing habits, procrastination, and many more. The geckos became aware of many such intricacies and significant details that a student should keep in mind while preparing. A step-by-step and wholesome exam preparation would include revising or revisiting classroom concepts on a daily basis to assimilate their learning much before the exams. The night before and the day of the exam is of utmost importance and thereby advice on healthy eating habits, refraining from online games and social media, etc. was shared. It was a constructive approach to eliminate all the chances of poor preparation and build-up a confident and optimistic learner who is ever-ready to take on the exams. The session ended in an open house discussion; while the students exchanged personal experiences, tips and tricks that had worked exam wonders, Ms. Sukanya dissipated any residual doubts by attending to individual exam-related queries.

The session is sure to have a far-reaching impact for it will surely encourage the students to ponder over their exam preparation patterns and change for the better.

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