Dealing with exam stress
primary symptom of pre-exam stress was 'avoidance'
Karachi, Apr 28: Stress levels are on the
rise as Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Part I and II examinations
commenced from Tuesday while O and A Levels exams are also round the
corner. Pre-exam stress and stress during examinations is common
amongst students in early teens and in most cases, prevails until their
late teens. However, the causes, symptoms and the ways students deal
with it differ from case to case.
Qandeel Hasan, a student of
HSC Part II, Pre-Medical at Government Degree Girls College,
Gulshan-e-Iqbal explained that lengthy courses and confusion about what
paper pattern the board would follow were causes of constant pre-exam
stress for her. Describing how she was coping, Hasan said, "I can't do
much about the paper pattern, but I managed the lengthy courses by
simply understanding the material rather than rote learning."
Similarly, Mahgul Khan, a student of HSC Part I at Rana Liaquat Ali
Khan College of Home Economics told that she preferred understanding
the content to learning each and every word of it, adding "What
stresses me out the most is that people who check our answer sheets
always expect answers written in a certain way, which worsens the
Khan also recalled that last year one of her college
colleagues had faced such severe pre-exam anxiety that she had to drop
out of college on doctor's advice; and has still not resumed her
studies. According to a psychiatrist Dr Uzma Ambreen based in Karachi,
the primary symptom of pre-exam stress was 'avoidance'. "Before exams
start, a lot of students tend to avoid studies as they want to delay
the associated anxiety. They feel like sleeping more, and their
concentration level lowers. This is avoidance at the subconscious or
unconscious level," Dr Ambreen described.
She said that symptoms
such as sleeplessness, weepiness, tremors, palpitations, shortness of
breath, nausea, vomiting and diet loss could be observed among students
during exams. Dr Ambreen believed quite often the parents were
responsible for stress related problems in their children. Excessive
pushing, comparing them with others' children, and pressurising them on
the basis of previous exam results was also a cause of stress among
students during exams and to avoid this stress, parents must encourage
them, said Dr Ambreen. "Yet there is little acceptance of average
grades and average kids in our society," she added. To deal with exam
stress, Dr Ambreen urged students to "plan well ahead, make timetables,
get organised, ask beforehand for help, tackle difficult subjects first
and study in groups if self-studying seems hard." However, Ambreen
Emad, a homemaker and the mother of two, was of the opinion that
children could not be left to relax in the most important years of
their education. She said, "If parents keep accepting their children's
will, when they procrastinate studying, it will cause panic at the last
moment. Therefore, it is essential that parents put their foot down at
the right time." She added, "It is only for their better future that we
tactfully encourage them to work hard, though we should also realise
our children's capacities." -By Haya Fatima Iqbal (Daily times)
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Students demand admit forms even after HSC exams commence
Karachi: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) was
thronged on Tuesday by dozens of prospective intermediate exam
candidates who are yet to receive their admit cards despite that fact
that the Board has already conducted the first paper for the Higher
Secondary School (HSC) annual examinations-2010.
however, turned down the demands of the students and their guardians,
after which the people who had gathered at the BIEK office chanted
slogans against the Board management.
"We had already given
students a chance to submit their examination forms and many students
had collected admit cards from the BIEK counters even after the
official last date. It looks like some people have made tardiness a
habit," BIEK Deputy Secretary Muhammad Imran Chusti told journalists.
examination schedule was announced several months ago, and after
considering some students' problems, the Board had given them another
chances to submit their examination forms," BIEK Chairman Anwar Ahmed
Zia said. "It is, however, completely unreasonable to appear at the
Board Office and demand admit cards after examinations have begun
across the province."
The students and their guardians,
meanwhile, tried to explain they had not submitted examination forms on
time. Many blamed their colleges for the mishap. The candidates also
said that they would lose an educational year if they were not allowed
to appear in the exams this time around.
Meanwhile, the open use of mobile phones was witnessed during a visit of various examination centres on Tuesday.
on photo copy machines near exam centreS: The Home Secretary in
exercise of powers under Sec 144, Cr PC has imposed a complete ban on
operation of photo copy machines around examination centres and had
banned the gathering of unwanted personnel/persons in and around the
This order shall come into force with
immediate effect and shall remain operative/enforced till completion of
examination and shall be applicable to all examination centres of the
HSC Annual Examination throughout Karachi District.
violation of this order shall attract penalty under Sec 188 PPC, while
all the Station House Officers (SHOs) are directed/authorised to take
cognisance notice against the violation in accordance with applicable
laws. The news
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