Why rest is important for a student.

The power of rest

Have you ever seen the grinder-mixer at work in the kitchen? When it roars into action, the blade moves at a rotational speed of eighteen to twenty-three thousand revolutions per minute (rpm). After moving at that speed, the machine has to be switched off within a minute. Touch the machine when it is off. You will find that it is hot.

The machine has to cool properly in order to be ready for use again.

Depending on the speed and duration for which a machine is run, there is an appropriate rest period during which the motor cools. Any effort to run the machine beyond capacity would lead to the motor being automatically switched off, or to burn out. Our body and brain are similar to the machines we utilise.

A day in the life of a student

You start your day with activity, you eat your breakfast, you hurry to school, you sit in class, run out to play during recess and at the day’s end, you run home. Since it is so important to revise and practise at least one or two subjects a day, you do that. In the evening, your friends call you to play and you are off. Add to this, some online gaming and Whatsapp time.

Your body-mind machine has been busy and active for almost twelve to fourteen hours. It needs time to rest.

When we are overworked, we too should switch off. Instead, our bodies try to adapt. Not in a good way. Let’s see what happens when we don’t rest enough:

Confusion

Young people will find themselves getting angry, forgetting where they kept things, forget what they were meant to complete. Nothing will seem right. You feel like snacking on sweets although you just ate your lunch. You are thirsty but confuse it with hunger and start demanding more food. You feel confused because you aren’t really hungry. You know something doesn’t feel right, but aren’t sure what it is.

Unable to sleep though tired

You are tired but sleep won’t come. Also, you have too much work to do. Insufficient sleep causes a chemical called cortisol to increase. Cortisol increases our breathing capacity and we feel up and ready to run. But there is nothing to run from or to run for. This is because the brain misunderstood the requirement. Instead of staying quiet and letting you sleep, the brain has been told that you have to move fast. Actually, what you wanted was to sleep well and wake early to finish your backlog.

Reduced athletic performance

Let’s say you are on the sports team. Obviously, the load on you is higher. Homework and classes will continue. Maybe you have a backlog of classwork to complete. All this adds to your waking hours and before you know it, shows up in how you play.

Have you heard of Serena Williams, the tennis champ? She spends a large part of her day exercising and in practice sessions. She goes to sleep at 7 pm and makes sure to get undisturbed, high quality rest. Most athletes sleep anywhere between 7 to 8 hours with short quick naps in the course of the day.

What should you as a student do?

One weekend, do an experiment. Check how much time you need before you wake up feeling rested. Small children usually need 10 to 12 hours and as they grow, it seems to reduce. However, once teenage approaches, the sleep requirement increases. That’s because the brain and body are working overtime to help a growth surge to occur. We are not supposed to disrupt this effort.

What to do?

Check yourself

This means stopping for a moment and doing a personal check. Are your eyes tired? Does your mouth feel dry? Are you hungry? Where exactly are you uncomfortable? Take a little water, is that your need? Eat a little, does it make you feel better? Though this skill is usually taught to babies, in the rush of day to day life, it gets missed out. Why, even grownups mistake thirst for hunger. We get used to doing things at a certain time and try to run on automatic. When things get busy, like school fairs and competitions or major exams, the self-check is forgotten. And a glitch sets in.

Rest a bit

Feeling frazzled? Aren’t sure what’s wrong? Go to bed, take ten deep breaths. With each inward breath, make your stomach balloon up and with each exhalation, let it rest again. If you fall asleep while doing this, maybe you need it. Keep an alarm for 15 minutes so you are able to get up and finish what you had to.

If you do not fall asleep but are feeling better, maybe you just needed to breathe a little more. In fact, though breathing is an autonomous function, sometimes we just don’t breathe that well. Our brain doesn’t get the required amount of oxygen.

Stop ‘trying’ to rest

The exam is tomorrow and you cannot afford to lie down. You just don’t have time. It is okay, you know you can rest after a short spurt like this. Get up and do twenty jumping jacks. It will force you to get more oxygen into your system and help you to be more alert with your work.

Just as athletes have a rigorous practice followed by good rest habit, as students with high practise and rest needs, set up your own sleep system.

 

Chandrayaan 2 – what can we learn from it?

So much information, so many emotions, people sat glued to their televisions in utter suspense…..eager to learn some news. And… oh no, a collective cry of disappointment. Many people were sad.

The country had lost its reputation in the list of superpowers.

The country had failed.

Do you agree? First let’s see what the hue and cry is about.

What and why

What was the mission about? Why was it important?

The first Indian mission to the moon, Chandrayaan 1 had provided evidence of water molecules on the moon. Chandrayaan 2 was to further study the extent of water distribution on the moon. The process was expected to increase our understanding of space and allow for more collaboration with other nations. In short, this was an exploratory mission designed to learn and instigate further missions.

A space mission involves more than a decade of groundwork, understanding the conditions through which the vehicle must operate,  simulations and finally, take-off. Sounds a bit like school work, doesn’t it? As students, you have the initial groundwork of understanding the subject. Knowing and managing the distractions that will certainly come in the way. Regular practise sessions and finally, the test.

Collaboration

Did you know that the orbiter wasn’t all Indian? The lander was originally supposed to be from Russia, but they backed out and finally, India went ahead with the design of Vikram Lander. Two instruments were from NASA. 

In a project of this size and complexity, expertise and resources are sought from across the world. Do you know why? Because no one person can claim to have all the knowledge. It’s as simple as that. 

Similarly, when you have a project to complete or face a subject that just won’t go into your head, collaborate. When concepts are fuzzy and you are losing the will to practise, collaborate. Usually collaboration works by finding someone who has understood and is good at teaching.

Resources are everywhere, don’t limit yourself to your friends and the few other people you know. It is possible that the person who doesn’t talk to you, ever, can actually teach you.

Keep trying

There have been many missions to the moon. A hundred and nine.

Only sixty-one have been successful. Only forty-six of the missions were meant to land on the moon and return samples of rock to earth. Twenty-one did.

The idea of success varies. At first, the question was, can we land a man on the moon? Yes! And that was success. For one country, the purpose was just to achieve flyby. Once the first question was answered, the question changed. With that, what constituted success changed.

What is success?

Success then is about identifying the question only you want to answer, nobody else.

As you grow older, let your mind travel. And don’t forget the basics, understand well, practise to perfection.

What does this tell us? There is a group that refuses to sit back and say, ‘Oh, they did it already. There is nothing left to be done.’ Instead it asks, ‘What can I do?’

They keep asking, exploring, seeking, finding answers, dropping some, fixing on others.

The scientists at ISRO are the best in the country. Why would a group of scientists put their effort into sending an orbiter to the moon? Failure can appear at any moment. There are far easier, less risky options available.

Do they do it to please someone at home? Because they will get a bigger car or house? Or are they motivated by being a part of an exercise that goes beyond themselves?

What is success for a student?

When you, as a student get tired of the study and regular practice or limit free time to learn for an immediate test, do you think of what you are doing and why?

Why should you streamline your day so that you can enjoy both work and play?

We often ask children what they would like to do when they grow up. Become an artist? Mathematician, maybe? Haven’t really thought so far ahead? Oh, then try medicine, or engineering. And the young person doesn’t like those options either.

Sometimes, the answer doesn’t lie there.

Would you like to ask instead, what question do I want to answer? And let your mind wander. The questions may arise from the world around us, from within a circle of people you know. Clouds, trees, birds, computer games, machines at home, anywhere. You might land up with many questions from different sources and decide, oh, that one is what really interests me.

So…..was Chandrayaan 2 a failure? What did we learn from it?

Let’s talk about what’s not working. The lander reached the ground at a higher than desirable speed. There may be some damage. It was tasked with directing and relaying the findings of the Pragyan rover, and it may not be able to play its part. The area it occupies offers harsh temperatures and a rocky terrain.

Let’s see what’s working. The orbiter is relaying high resolution images back to earth. Can it answer the question about water? Maybe it can. Maybe the evidence will be inconclusive.

Time will tell

So how can anyone label the mission a failure or success?

We must realise that the view of the world is limited. Celebrating only success takes away from all that we can learn from the journey.

This question will come up in your mind, am I successful? Maybe you cleared a tough exam but are unsure of the future, maybe you got accepted at a prestigious institute. The answer is  – time will tell. A lot depends on your adaptability to a challenging, unknown environment.

 

– Contributed by aspiring author, Shobna S. Iyer

Parents & Students React to Marks on Board Exam 2019

At last! The CBSE results for Class X and XII are out and a sigh of relief escapes the lips of parents, teachers, and students.

A total of 31,14,831 candidates had registered for both 10th and 12th CBSE Board Exam out of which 12,87,359 had appeared for CBSE XII Board Exam and 18,27,472 candidates for the Class X Board Exam.

On a whole, CBSE X results have shown a marked improvement of 4.4% over the last year, with the overall pass percentage being 91%. On the all India level, 13 students of CBSE class X have scored 499/500. Trivandrum hosted the highest pass percentage of 99.85% followed by Chennai with 99%.

Parents POV

Parents were surprised when the exam results for Class XII came out early on May 2, 2019, and claim to have spent sleepless nights for 3 days since then, as you can see in this video. Their long wait was over when the class X results were declared on May 6th at 2:15 pm by the CBSE.

Parents felt that children with potential can easily be recognized early as performers usually scored more than 80% in the school exams, thereby demonstrating their caliber. Such students should be motivated to strive harder and parent should goad them gently in a positive manner without applying too much pressure on them.

As for CBSE XII, 83.4% of the candidates who appeared for the exam cleared it successfully. Toppers gave full credit to the parents and teachers for supporting them fully and motivating them throughout their journey to the top.

The Secret of Success for Students

Almost all toppers attributed their success to meticulous planning, diligent hard work, and continuous practice. Working out practice papers from various online practice websites and portals helped them in the long run.

As Chennai topper Karthik Balaji puts it, “During the run-up to the exams, I was preparing for a few entrance examinations as well and this helped me keep in touch with all the subjects thoroughly. Before tackling any lesson, I made sure I was strong in the basic concepts required.” He also said that “If you pay attention in class, most of the work is done.”

Class X topper Gautham Raghuvanshi from Uttar Pradesh stated emphatically that “avoiding distractions from social media and gaming was the key to success”. His magic mantra was “Hard work, continuous practice, and talent“.

Success in CBSE exam comes with regular practice, dedication and hard work. It requires more perseverance and perspiration than intellect or intelligence. This has been constantly proved by the top performers who have excelled in these exams with consistent practice.

As the saying goes, “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”. Students must work with determination and practice regularly to scale the summit of success in CBSE X and XII exams.

Hurdles Faced

The CBSE Class XII Physics and Accountancy paper had been reportedly difficult and lengthy and some parents had taken it up with the Board. Despite this, many students who worked hard got amazing grades in both subjects.

While we talk of the success stories, we should also take a look at the other side of the coin. Poor performers in Math and Science subjects are often filtered out in Class IX and asked to repeat the class or leave the school in order to ensure that the school gets a centum pass percentage.

According to Mr. Vasudevan, Principal of Prince Matriculation school, Chennai, these marching orders are given as “weak students find it very difficult to perform in Class IX if they do not score well in Class IX in important subjects.”  

So, in order to avoid such unpleasant situations, parents and teachers must start training students on core subjects like Maths and Science from class 6 onward with regular tests, practice questions, revisions, etc.

Utilize Performance Enhancing Sites

Online practice sites are one of the best ways to identify and improve weak areas and test your knowledge. The earlier these are recognized, the better.

Here at LetsPractise, we offer lesson worksheets, revision papers, past question papers and modular tests to help students to gauge and strengthen their academic skills. One advantage of using our practice portal is that we have a huge reservoir of study material and questions collected from various sources and a  variety of subjects, including Maths, Science, History, and Languages.

We have a great many practice papers that are all available to the students at any time which enables them to practice the tests at their leisure. Students can work according to the convenience and pace that suits them.

We also provide the students with the opportunity to judge their skills on random tests which possess many questions that are not found in their books. Students can also fortify their weak areas using the concept and revision worksheets shared on these portals. Listen to the advice of parents, students, and teachers of this Board Exam and prepare students to perform well when their time comes. Contact us right away.

Exam Results for CBSE Board Exam 2019

The Board Exam of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is over. Now people are eagerly (or fearfully) awaiting the results, depending on how they performed.

It is time to see how much marks were earned for the labor.

Class XII Results

The wait is over for students who took the Board Exam for 12th standard. The results for the Class XII CBSE Board Exam were announced on Thursday, 2nd May 2019. This was within just 28 days of the exam.

If you were caught by surprise at this news, you aren’t the only one. Instead of notifying people a few days in advance, the Board only announced the release just an hour before it actually happened.

Click on this link to access the 2019 Class XII results on the official CBSE site:

http://cbseresults.nic.in/class12/class12th19.htm

Candidates who appeared for the exam need to fill out the form on the site and enter the following details:

  • Roll number
  • School number
  • Centre number
  • Admit card ID

There are four boxes. Type in the information in the respective box and click ‘submit’. Your result should be displayed on the screen.

One reason results for 12th standard students have been announced quicker than those for the 10th standard is because of college applications and necessity to submit the 12th marks for admission into the university. 

Class X Results

Next up is the results for Class X students. The results of the 2019 CBSE Board Exam are yet to be released as of writing. However, according to speculation and reports, the results for Class X will be announced on Sunday, May 5th, 2019.

Keep checking the official CBSE results page on a regular basis and stay tuned for updates!

You can access the site here:

http://cbseresults.nic.in/cbseresults_cms/Public/Home.aspx

CBSE has not yet officially announced the exact date of the result, so it may take a while longer. According to official information from CBSE, the results for Class X will be revealed about 2 or 3 days from the Class XII results.

Steps for checking results for Class X are the same as those for Class XII.

Aftermath of the Board Exam

The results are already out for Class XII and it looks like the Class X results will be released soon.

We hope your child has passed with flying colors. Congratulations to all the graduates. The overall pass percentage in 2018 was 86.07%.

On the other hand, there are those who did not pass or do as well as they hoped. One note to people reading this, especially parents, do not scold them. This will only make them feel bad and get even more disheartened. Failure is a stepping stone to success. Offer words of encouragement Hopefully, your child will learn from their mistakes and do better on the Class XII Board Exam.

The dust has settled. Now, it is time we focus on the students that are going to take the Board this school year or the next.

LetsPractise is dedicated to helping your child focus and learn better during the crucial Board Exam time. Check out our plans. We have a multitude of practice papers on a variety of subjects to help prepare for the Board Exam. They are sure to boost your knowledge and get you ready for this important moment in your life.

That was everything you need to know about the CBSE Board Exam 2019 results. Contact the LetsPractise team if you have any more questions or clarifications.

CBSE Board Exam 2019 – Everything You Need to Know

Everything to Know About the CBSE Board Exam 2019

The CBSE Board Exams for Class X and XII are set to begin for the year 2019. Here’s everything you need to know to make sure you are ready.

Start Dates

The Class X Exams begin on February 21st and end on March 29th. The Class XII Exams begin on February 15th and end on April 3rd. These Exam dates can be viewed directly at the CBSE website at http://cbse.nic.in/ (the new website link is http://cbse.nic.in/newsite/index.html).

For the complete Class X dates sheet, click here.

For the full Class XII dates list, click here.

The Board Exam schedule for 2019 was released by the CBSE along with a circular at least 2 weeks ahead of the exam on December 23rd, 2018 to enable students to prepare sufficiently for the papers. This year, in 2019, the CBSE has taken special care while setting the Board Exam schedule to ensure that these exams do not clash with any of the competitive exams like JEE for Class XII.

Students by the Numbers

More than 30 lakh students are appearing for the CBSE Board Exams in  2019. According to the CBSE, in 2019, Over 18 lakh students are appearing for the Class X Board Exam while over 12 lakh students are taking the All India Senior School Certification Examination (AISSCE), commonly known as the Class XII Board Exam.

The CBSE has issued a motivational letter to the students encouraging them to find the hidden meaning in their lives, by using academics to unearth their hidden potential to scale the summit of success. Every student appearing for the Board must read the Letter to Students from CBSE comparing school life to a computer. It is sure to inspire any student who is about to take the Board Exam.

Subject Selection

The CBSE offers many vocational subjects for students of Class X and XII to choose from. In 2019, there are 15 such subjects offered for Class X and 40 for Class XII. Totally, in 2019, there are 240 subjects offered by the CBE. Of this, the Class X and XII students have opted for 30,000 combinations!

Timings

The CBSE Board Exam timings for 2019 are from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM. The answer sheets will be handed out at 10 AM and the students will receive their question papers by 10:15 AM. All students must be compulsorily present in the exam hall by 9:45 AM. Don’t be late!

Special Instructions

The CBSE has issued special rules and instructions for the students appearing for the Board Exam in 2019:

  • Students will only be allowed to take the CBSE Board Exam 2019 if they are in full school uniform.
  • Each student appearing for the Board Exam must carry his or her parents’ signatures on the card. Apart from the student and School Principal’s signatures, there is a separate column provided for the parent’s signature on the card. Any admit card without all these signatures or the stamp is considered invalid.
  • No student will be allowed inside the Exam Hall after 10 AM.
  • All students must carry their own stationery items such as like pen, pencil, eraser, sharpener, scale, compass, etc. These items must be carried in a clear and transparent pouch only.
  • No mobile phones, smart watches, or external printed material will be allowed within the Exam Hall.

Keep all these rules in mind and be prepared before Exam Day hits to avoid last minute confusion.

Dealing With Board Exam Fear

The CBSE is taking lots of efforts to help students manage the stress and fear of the Board Exam through various steps.

  • CBSE is offering Pre-Exam Psychological counselling from 1st February to 4th April.
  • An Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) has been introduced by the CBSE in 2019 to provide useful pre-recorded information on tackling the Board Exams better. The toll-free number is 1800-118-004. Students or parents can call this number for tips on exam preparation, time management, stress reduction, etc. FAQs are answered and live tele-counselling is also available on this number.
  • For the first time ever, the CBSE has uploaded an informative audio-visual presentation entitled “Knowing Children Better” on its website. this presentation enumerates the real-time experiences of children in coping with exams and the strategies they adopt to handle them better. Some video topics include ‘Aggression’, ‘Depression’, ‘Exam Anxiety’, and ‘Internet Addiction Disorder’.
  • Apart from this, Q&A sessions answered by CBSE will be featured on all prominent national newspapers from the 1st of February.
  • Online counselling is available by contacting counselling.cecbse@gmail.com

You can also read our post on 5 Ways to Overcome Fear of the Board Exam. Have no fear!

Results

CBSE has announced that the results for the CBSE Board Exam 2019 will be released in the first week of June 2019.

Get Ready for the Board Exam With LetsPractise

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That was everything you need to know about the Contact the LetsPractise team if you have any more questions or clarifications.

With such substantial support from parents, teachers and the CBSE Board, all that students must do is to practice, prepare, and perform well in the CBSE Board Exam 2019 . All the best!