Pressure around board exams seems very natural at this time of the year. In a survey across India, about 6,431 school going students from Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Chandigarh and others cities were asked 16 questions to gain an understanding of the prevalent study habits and attitudes towards exams from schoolchildren.
Dr Samir Parikh, Director, Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare said, “There is significant stress and anxiety that students experience during exam season. To help these pressures for students, as well as their families, we run a 24/7 helpline by a team of mental health experts including psychiatrists and psychologists.”
It is not possible for students to escape the hurdle of examinations, no matter how much ever they might wish to do so. However, a lot depends upon their perception and attitude towards these exams, and the studying skills and strategies employed by them for the same.
Dr Parikh added, “And one of the most common hurdles reported by students is typically pertaining to the management of their time during the exam season.”
He further said, “We have also been receiving calls from parents of students to discuss ways of supporting their children during this high stress period. We have been receiving hundreds of calls throughout the day and night from across the country and overseas as well.”
The survey explored the management of time by school students on self-studying as well as going for tuitions throughout the week. As many as 58% of the students reported spending between 1 to 3 hours on self-study each day after school, with 23% of them spending 3 to 5 hours, 16% of them reportedly spending less than an hour, with some negligible percentage spending more than 5 hours on self-study each day after school.
Synopsis of the study:
- 66% students reported getting more homework and assignments than they can handle.
- 68% students reported spend less than an hour on outdoor activity each day, with 31% students spending between 1 to 3 hours outdoors and less than 1% students spending more than 3 hours on outdoor activity each day.
- 34% students spend between 1 to 3 hours on virtual/digital platforms each day, with 27% students spending 3 to 5 hours, and 26% students spend less than 1 hour on virtual/digital platforms each day.
- 11% students spend 5 to 7 hours of their time on various digital or virtual platforms daily.
- Only 2% students spend more than 7 hours on the various digital or virtual platforms daily.
- 53% students get between 5 to 7 hours of sleep on an average, with 26% students getting an average of more than 7 hours of sleep.
- 18% students get between 3 to 5 hours of sleep on an average.
- 86% students sleep for less than 6 hours before the day of the examinations.
- 82% students are not able to make to time to socialise with their friends or family during the time of their examinations.
- 55% students denied seeking out the help of their parents, teachers, tutors or classmates when they do not understand something.