10 things our PM suggests us during exams
So exam season is going on, and a lot of students have been writing to us, stating that they are tensed and worried. We had released a video for how not to panic before exams and manage pre-board stress, which you can watch here: https://youtu.be/Lt_bIsbUSKk
We also came across the book written by our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi – Exam Warriors. The book deals with the same problem – how to de-stress before and during exams, and we are highlighting the suggestions that our PM gives us 🙂
So here are top 10 things suggested by our PM in the book:
1. Exams are like festivals - celebrate them!
Just like you wait for festivals like Holi, Diwali, Christmas, Eid all year round, you also wait for your exams, don’t you!? And just like you plan on celebrating the festivals with your family and friends, you are not alone in your exams as well! There are lacs of students across the country giving the same paper with you – going through same things as you do and feeling the same. Your family members are also with you all along! So you should choose to celebrate the ‘festival of exams’ with cheer and happiness!
2. Exams test your current preparation, not you. So CHILL!
Due to increasing competition and pressure today, it is normal to think that exams are the end of the world. But it is not so! An exam cannot define a person. There are many famous and influential people today who failed to clear one exam. In fact one of the most famous nuclear scientist and erstwhile Indian president Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam failed a test and couldn’t get entry into Indian defense, but it did not stop him. He grabbed other important opportunities in life. Do similar thing with your exams – prepare whole-heartedly, write them in the best way and then chill. Do not fear failure!
3. Laugh In, Laugh Out
Laugh your way into the exam hall, and out of it. Talk to friends, family, crack jokes. Even if you feel tensed, just laugh. There is a scientifically proved theory that smiling actually reduces stress. You may not recall an answer when you are stressed because knowledge takes a back seat and pressure drives you. So just relax!
4. Be a warrior, not a worrier
It is natural to be concerned during the exams, but worrying all the time is not going to help. You are not going to be awarded marks on the basis of how worried you are! Don’t get tensed, just write the exams bravely! 🙂
5. Knowledge is permanent - pursue it
Remember why the exams are there – so that you learn and gain knowledge. When you pursue knowledge, marks will automatically follow. If you study to gain knowledge, no question will seem tough! Focus on enhancing your knowledge than running behind marks.
6. Compete but with yourself
They key to success lies in excellence. And excellence can be achieved by expanding your own capacity until you reach your true potential. When you compete with others, one of the three things can happen – you will feel overconfident (if you are better), you might get frustrated (if you are worse) or you might not feel the need to improve (if you are equal). Only competing with yourself makes you better.
7. Play to shine (jo khele, vo khile)
Devoting some time to outdoor activities and games will boost your preparation. It helps you take in more oxygen, improving your blood circulation, loosening your muscles, improving mind-body coordination, increasing your stamina and enhances spirit of teamwork in you! Just make sure you don’t over-do it 🙂
8. Observe exam discipline
Organize yourself before the exam. Pack your essentials. Keep your hall ticket and ID card. Arrive early to the exam hall to avoid panic. Don’t be in a hurry to start writing answers – read instructions first. Check exam hall rules on what not carry.
9. To cheat is to be cheap
Cheating is wrong. No discussion. It is the biggest disservice you can do to your parents, teachers, society and above all, yourself. True success is one which is achieved through hard work, not by copying someone else’s work. Let human creativity prevail over cheating.
10. Yoga brings transformation, practise regularly
Yoga brings good health and happiness, and calms our mind. This is exactly what we need during exam season! Some of the balancing asanas even enhance confidence, memory and concentration. On your screen now you can see a list of asanas and pranayamas that are beneficial for the exam time.
- Nadi shoda pranayama
- Sheetali pranayama
For more information on how to perform these asanas, what are their benefits, you can visit the link for National Institute of Yoga. It is given in the description below.
You can search up these asanas on google and learn more about how to do them.
Apart from these, we suggest that you all definitely read the book – it’s well written in simple language and really helps us to calm and think beyond marks. It will act as a friend for all the students!
Stay tuned and happy learning!