Waiting for exam results can be a nerve-wracking experience for students and parents. As the countdown has begun for the announcement of the Assam HSLC exam results, Pranati Sinha catches up with Guwahati-based mental health experts to find out what parents and children can do to deal with this anxiety better
Remember a dialogue from The Theory of Everything where actor Eddie Redmayne, who played legendary theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, tells an audience: There should be no boundaries to human endeavour. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.
Indeed. While there’s life, there is hope. It’s our attitude which makes all the difference in our life. With the clocking ticking towards the announcement of much-awaited Class 10 or High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination on May 15th, 2019 by the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA), it’s absolutely normal for students and also their parents of being stressed and anxiety coursing through the veins.
However, experts advise students and parents to remain positive. With suicide rates going up among students, Guwahati mental health experts said that scoring high might help one to get into a prestigious school or college but they never guarantee you success in life.
RELAX & BREATHE
“During result time, it’s natural to have anxiety but when the anxiety makes you immobilise it becomes a matter of concern. Stay away from negative thoughts. What one can do to reduce stress level during this crucial time is to practice breathing exercises which really helps in relieving stress,” Dr Dipesh Bhagawati, psychiatrist at the Dispur Hospitals told TIME8.
Dr Bhagawati further said that negative thoughts play a key role in inviting depression and anxiety during the time of results. The students during the result time think about what course they should take for their higher studies and build a wall of anxiety around them. “This should not happen and planning things way beforehand will not solve the issue and time should be given to play its part,” he said.
He also asked the parents to support their children. “Parents play the pivotal role during result time as they are the backbone of their children. If they are stressed out, it automatically affects the child. Parents should never pass negative remarks on the marks scored by their children and most importantly, parents should never compare their child’s percentage with others as this leads to stress among children and affects the mental health,” he advised.
LEARN FROM MISTAKES
The city mental health experts also suggest students not to obsess over the exam results as it will not allow you to redo what has been attempted and change the score. High expectations and pressure from family, teachers or peer can be too much to bear and can take a toll on overall health.
“Learn from the mistakes you might have made. It is important to continue with your daily activities like catching up with friends, watching shows or taking a vacation. The examination will come and go. It is not a yardstick of success. Every person is different. Marks do matter, but parents shouldn’t force their children to score 80 or 90 per cent in their exams. Students have their own favourite subjects and they will excel in those subjects,” Dr Ashok Kumar, psychiatrist, Critical Care Hospital and Research Institute, Lokhra.
He added, “Post results, the students should be allowed to choose the subject of their likes. Parents shouldn’t force their choices on their children, instead, they should sit with them to discuss and move forward with the decision of their children.”
Assam HSLC Results
The Class 10 examinations concluded on March 6th, 2019 in which a total of 3,42,702 students appeared for HSLC examination and 9,441 for Assam High Madrassa examination at 857 examination centres across the State.
The SEBA will declare the results at 9 am on May 15th, 2019 on their official website: results.sebaonline.org, resultsassam.nic.in, assamresult.in and also through their mobile app – SEBA Results 2019.
The students can download their mark sheets which will carry their division as well as subject wise marks.
Also, the candidates who want their answer sheets re-evaluated can apply through SEBA’s online portal – https://www.sebaonline.org/ and go on the link “RE-CHECKING OR PHOTOCOPY WITH RE-CHECKING OF ANSWER SCRIPTS.”
The online portal will be activated from May 17th, 2019 and will be working till May 31st, 2019.