The students who are preparing for board exams and various entrance exams this year are facing uncertainty without even an indication of what the new dates will be. Majority of students study with the exam dates in mind. They increase their tempo as the date approaches. Nowadays, students do not have an idea of when the exams will be held. Under such a situation they must maintain some important strategies to cope with the uncertainty.
· Students should not remain out of touch with any subject for more than two to three days. The books have to be browsed through at least a few minutes in a day. The doubts and difficult portions should be cleared simultaneously too with the help of teachers.
· Maintain a routine. Make yourself wake up at a particular time, get ready, dedicate a convenient space for studies, and set a timetable including breaks in-between for entertainment.
· Make sure that there is no distraction from family members during your study time.
· List out all possible careers of your interest and start the process of short-listing based on your capabilities. Take expert counselling wherever necessary.
· Keep Plan B ready for your future studies or career. Utilise this extra time to find alternatives to your dream career.
By handling this stressful situation, one becomes stronger, more disciplined, and more versatile in handling difficult situations in the future.
Role of teachers in helping students:
1. Keep in touch with students through emails or messages to remind them that you are there for all necessary support.
2. Make them understand that every schedule in day-to-day life has been altered and it is normal in the current situation.
3. Repeat some of the lessons if demanded. Especially for those students who are unable to concentrate on the online classes and are missing the classrooms.
4. Use hopeful and optimistic language which will help students look forward to coming back to the campuses.
5. Help them create a WhatsApp chat group and exchange phone numbers so that they can still maintain contact with their classmates.
6. Provide them with true information on the current pandemic situation and educate them on how to ignore the large amount of misinformation being spread.
7. In campuses, there are places where students meet and talk about their non-academic lives like sports, upcoming concerts, recently discovered shows, and so on. Hence, create a discussion group for them where they can share happenings and developments in their lives.
8. Let the students know that you are there for them if they need help to reach out and encourage them on a regular basis.
9. Get feedback from students and keep a tab on the kind of additional support they need.
10. Most importantly, plan for online meetings with the parents to know more about the student’s mental and physical wellbeing.