Usually students are fully wired upon the day before an exam. But I have always bucked the trend. When others are burning the midnight oil you will find me chilling out at a cinema hall or an ice cream parlor.
I don’t believe in last minute cramming for it makes me forget all that I have managed to learn with great difficulty until then.
So whether I have finished the portions or not, I close my books with a big bang and chalk out stress-busting programs for the day. This ensures that I have a clear mind on the day of the exam. I also manage to get a good night’s sleep the night before the exam.
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I have found that the great majority of students do the exact opposite of what I do. Butterflies will begin fluttering in the stomach as one thinks of what the next day will bring. There will be feverish attempts to remember if one has left out anything and a last minute scramble to take in everything at a glance.
Suddenly there is a sinking feeling that one has forgotten to study that important essay or crucial formula. Panic sets in and the mood becomes downbeat as one comes to the somber conclusion that one is going to create a record by getting the lowest marks in
I ran into my mother’s room and found my mother lying on the floor. She was unconscious. Immediately I called the doctor who had attended to her and asked him what I should do. He told me to pour some sugar solution down her throat and call for an ambulance. I did as he said but instead of calling for an ambulance I called my neighbor on the phone and asked them if they could take us to the hospital immediately.
My neighbor’s son came over and we managed to put my mother in his car. Then we sped to the hospital. My mother was put on a drip at once. After a while she recovered consciousness. The doctor said it was a good thing that I had not waited for the ambulance as she could have gone into a coma. It is one day I would like to forget for I still remember the panic and fear I felt when I realized that I could lose my mother who meant the world to me.
A DAY BEFORE THE EXAMINATION
Examinations are the most dreadful activity in the life of a student. He always shrinks back from the examination. He looks pale, sunken, having a long face especially in the month of March because it is the month of annual examination and the result of his whole year depend on them.
The students look worried and anxious as the examinations draw near. The day before the examination is horrible for them. They are busy on revising the main points. They do not feel hunger. They take no interest in recreational items. They try to cram some important questions. The more they read, the more they forgot. They feel nervous and confused. They burn the midnight oil for preparing themselves for the examination. Even after learning a lot, they feel quite blank.
They seek divine help and pray to God to help them pass the examination. Every student whether he is bright or dull, fears from the examination. They leave seeing movies, watching T.V. They do not have sound sleep on the night before the examination. In fact, fear of the examination hangs so heavy on their mind that they do not have even a wink of sleep throughout the night.
They are puzzled. Those students who adopt unfair means in the examination are busy in preparing short slips with answers on them. They take these slips into the examination hall and use them whenever they get an opportunity. Anyhow most of the students feel that their memory is failing. Their young faces look tired as a result of worries and overstudies.