February 28, 2013, 12:00 am
Competition is an inseparable part of one’s life. The approach of Board examinations means the beginning of fear in the mind of a student and high level of performance anxiety.
During this time of the year when the board examinations are approaching, the students need to have a well-planned strategy, which includes the useful activities and excludes the ones that are not top priority. One should start writing down and solve sample papers within stipulated time limit in order to avoid making mistakes and retain the subject matter. This will also make one confident.
To perform well in any activity, you must take small breaks and relax in ways you enjoy. Studying at a continuous stretch might lead to lack of interest and drowsiness. You should strike a balance between study and leisure.
As prescribed by the Board, textbooks published by NCERT/ CBSE are sufficient in order to have understanding of concepts covered under different sub-topics, in a different manner. If needed, one may like to refer to some other standard textbooks. However, it is not advisable to refer to new textbooks at last point of time. These textbooks include sufficient number of practice problems and supplementary materials are also available on the CBSE website www.cbse.nic.in.
It has been widely felt that our existing educational environment needs to be further strengthened to deliver values enshrined in our Constitution. The curricula cutting across all subjects need to articulate values in explicit terms and the assessment schemes, at the same time, must reciprocate by assigning a weighting to value based items.
The Framework on `Education for Values in Schools’ brought out by the NCERT focuses on the environments in which the learners grow, live and also on future work environments by highlighting the interplay of different cultures. It intends to prepare students for living in a multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-religious country and to appreciate and respect diversity. Continuing with its efforts in the area of value education and in light of above framework, the Board has decided to follow an interdisciplinary approach in value education where values are intermingled with the content of all the major subjects in classes IX to XII . The Board has also decided to assess students for 5 percent weighting in the major subjects (English, Hindi, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Accountancy, History, Geography, Business Studies, Entrepreneurship and Economics) in classes XI and XII through questions which will be integrated with the content of the subject and analysed on the basis of the values it reflects.
Candidates, who are not regular but has privately pursued the prescribed course of study under the provisions of the examination byelaws, is also allowed to undertake and/or appear in the All India/Delhi Senior School Certificate Examination or All India/Delhi Secondary School Examination of the Board. A candidate who has failed to qualify at the All India/ Delhi Secondary School Examination / Senior School Certificate Examination of the Board will be eligible to reappear at the subsequent examination as a private candidate in the syllabi and text books as prescribed for the examination of the year in which he will reappear. Similarly teachers serving in educational institutions affiliated to the Board; and women candidates who are bonafide residents of the National Capital Territory of Delhi are also eligible to appear as private candidates.
It cannot be denied that examinations do exert as unusual strain upon the minds of the students who lose all their enthusiasm for life at the approach of an examination. However there is no short cut to success. If the above practices are followed essentially for at least a month prior to the exams, there is no doubt of accomplishment.