Boards may motivate you, bore you, tense you, you may have already had enough of it. The board exam years of SSC or HSC can be pretty same in terms of the responses from your acquaintances and the emotions evoked in you.
You are introduced as this is my son so and so…..and he is in boards and …….. it starts- Oh you are in boards, study well haan; Aur padhai kaisi chal rahi hai? Which classes have you joined? You must forget everything for one year but studies. Sounds familiar???
How do you react? Maybe at first, you feel nice to get the attention, and then maybe you start to expect it. And maybe by the mid-term of your SSC or HSC, you get bugged, irritated, annoyed, and had enough. Some may react to it by answering back; others may actually start to feel the pressure.
Whatever your reaction these situations these years are important years and along with preparing for the tough studies you need to be able to deal with the added mental pressure. As we all know the pressure for an SSC/HSC exam is many fold than a regular exam, so should be your preparation study as well as otherwise.
The factors playing on your mind could be as follows:
- Maybe you keep juggling between school, tuition, extra classes, special coaching, etc. and feel that you don’t have any time to really sit down and study.
- The parents keep nagging, actually reminding you to do your best, and you really start to feel the pressure to perform.
- Similar comments from Teachers & relatives asking you to prove yourself. Friends who though are sailing in the same boat pass on their tension to you.
- Stories regarding college admissions and entrance exams – my sister’s friend lost her admission to a given college by 1 percent or worse 0.5 percent.
- Friends, parents, and others keep talking about new courses and careers and you keep thinking about your future
Tips to keep in mind while going through the experience of being in SSC/HSC
v Learn to manage your time. Take up classes, special coaching, etc. considering how much physical exertion you can handle.
v Try to cut on the travel time for various important classes that you may need to take.
v Attend any special class or workshop on how to prepare for your exams and any workshop on how to do well in exams will tell you the importance of understanding the concept and then revision, so revise, revise, and revise. It will help you learn better and be confident.
v Think positive! It is a very mundane mantra to give, but this is how you can tackle the extra SSC/HSC pressure being exerted on you from all directions.
v Keep your talking channels open, especially with parents coz they may be equally tense about you being in SSC/HSC. Your telling them how much you have done and how you plan to cover the portion may bring down their anxiety and thus their constant nagging oops…. Reminding.
v Learn to relax – Physically and mentally. Relaxation exercise, yoga, meditation, etc. help relax and also build your concentration.
v Get a life! Do more than just study. Whether others do it or not you treat your Board exams as exams that require you to be motivated, to give your best, and not the end of the world.
One small thing to remember, this experience is like how life is an important exam, obstacles and problems are real but some only out of others’ concerns, your future course depends on it but not so much on the percentage but how you deal with the entire episode. So learn your lesson, give your best, and do well; not just in exams but life.
Frequently Asked Questions for After X
Q1: What are the different streams or course options available after completing the 10th grade?
A1: After the 10th grade, students can choose from various streams, including Science, Commerce, Arts, and Vocational courses.
Q2: How do I decide which stream to choose after the 10th grade?
A2: The choice of stream should align with your interests, strengths, and career goals. Consider speaking with a career counselor for guidance.
Q3: What are the benefits of choosing the Science stream after the 10th grade?
A3: The Science stream opens up opportunities in fields like engineering, medicine, and research. It is ideal for those interested in science and technology.
Q4: What are the career prospects in the Commerce stream after the 10th grade?
A4: The Commerce stream leads to careers in finance, accounting, business management, and economics, making it suitable for students interested in these areas.
Q5: What are the advantages of opting for the Arts stream after the 10th grade?
A5: The Arts stream offers pathways to careers in humanities, social sciences, literature, and creative fields like writing, fine arts, and performing arts.
Q6: Can I switch streams if I change my mind after the 10th grade?
A6: It is possible to switch streams, but it may require additional preparation and adjustments to meet the new stream’s requirements.
Q7: Are there vocational courses available after the 10th grade?
A7: Yes, there are vocational courses that provide specialized skills and training in areas like IT, healthcare, hospitality, and more.
Q8: What is the importance of career counseling after the 10th grade?
A8: Career counseling can help you make informed decisions about your educational and career path based on your interests, aptitudes, and goals.
Q9: Are there competitive exams I need to prepare for after the 10th grade?
A9: Depending on your chosen field, you may need to prepare for entrance exams like JEE, NEET, CLAT, or others for admission to specific courses.
Q10: What are the options for pursuing higher education after the 10th grade?
A10: Options include enrolling in 11th and 12th grades, pursuing diploma courses, vocational training, or opting for specialized programs, depending on your interests and goals.
Q11: Can I explore career-oriented courses or certifications after the 10th grade?
A11: Yes, you can explore short-term courses and certifications that enhance your skills and knowledge in specific areas of interest.
Q12: How important are extracurricular activities in shaping my future after the 10th grade?
A12: Extracurricular activities can help develop essential skills, demonstrate your interests, and improve your overall profile when pursuing higher education or careers.
Q13: What role do parents and guardians play in helping students make decisions after the 10th grade?
A13: Parents and guardians can provide support, guidance, and resources to help students make informed decisions while considering their interests and aspirations.
Q14: How do I stay updated on the latest educational and career trends after the 10th grade?
A14: You can stay updated through educational websites, career fairs, workshops, and by seeking advice from teachers, counselors, and professionals in your chosen field.
Q15: Is it essential to have a long-term career plan after the 10th grade?
A15: While a long-term plan is beneficial, it’s okay to start with short-term goals and make adjustments along the way as you gain more clarity about your career path.
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