Examinations aim at preparing students for life by teaching them dedication, time management and much more.
But one can’t prepare for life in a month or at tuition classes. The basic skills of having the right attitude are taught at home and this must start early. Manika Sharma, Principal (junior wing), The Sri Ram School advises students to change their approach and attitude towards exams early.
When is the right time to start preparing for Board exams?
I think the wake-up call should not happen a month or a few months before exams. Learning is an ongoing process that starts as early as when you are in preparatory school. We must, therefore, change our approach and attitude, not depending and waiting for the last few months to study like a majority of students do. The approach should be of holistic learning.
How do you think parents and students should stay away from stress?
Stress hampers productivity. To stay away from it, the best way is to be well-prepared.Parents particularly should support their wards and assist them to be exam-ready and not put unnecessary pressure. They should monitor the student and be strict when it comes to balancing time between work and play.
Do you believe in the concept of treating children as friends?
I do, but you must be a parent first and then a friend. Children respect boundaries. Parenting is more than providing for their needs and being a support system. Parents must know when and where to draw the line.They must know how much is too much.
How much is too much? Please elaborate.
Parents tend to give too much freedom to their kids, thinking they are modern. They buy them whatever they ask for and give them much more money than they actually need. While growing up, they need to be explained good vs bad, they need to understand the difference between need and luxury. These are qualities that take a person a long way.
For parents who are too busy, the guilt of their absence must not take over. Children need time and company more than money. As parents, we must engage them into learning habits like reading.
Do you think reading is dying as a habit?
Reading as a habit must not die. Sadly, students today don’t want to read, even for leisure, and that’s an unhealthy trend. Parents must give them a book instead of an iPad or a Playstation. Parents must decide on the screen-time for the children. In schools, we have tried to initiate students to regular reading through book clubs, but a bigger change will come when there is strict motivation from the end of the parents. They should not be too dependent on the TV or the computers. They must start a “gift a book” campaign to revive reading among kids.
But isn’t the change bound to happen with growing dependence on screen?
Yes, it is. But, as parents, we must ensure that they don’t grow up to be screen-buffs. They must be able to enjoy both. You can see and learn a lot from TV, internet and other media. But, the essence of a book is that you learn a lot more than just this. A student builds vocabulary, develops concentration, learns to imagine, etc. There is so much more that a book can give.