Here’s a piece of advice to help your kids for the upcoming exams: “Watching a movie before the day of your maths exam can help you relax, de-stress and enable you to score better.”
And this advice is not coming from a teenager, but from the head of the mathematics department at St. Thomas College-Dehradun – Saumyajit Ganguly.
During his day-long workshop at the Steel-city Jamshedpur, Saumyajit talked to the teachers about his experiences and provided tips to help students do better. He spoke about an array of topics – setting question papers, building students’ competencies & improving their performance.
Maths is a subject that has always been a stress point for students and parents alike. It is both loved and feared by everyone.
Why do most students consider maths to be one of the most difficult subjects?
Ganguly seemed to touch upon a critical side by saying,
“Students are made to feel that way. Usually parents pass on the phobia.”
“We do stress a lot on maths. We react a lot on maths. I don’t think parents come and ask their wards if they have completed their History or Hindi homework. It is always about maths homework, maths scores and so on. We kind of pass on the phobia and children grow up with that”
Ganguly, who is also a member of the ISC syllabus committee of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), shared his strategy for not stressing students near exam time,
“As a teacher, I never entertain students a day before their maths exam. Because if you keep doing maths you get unnecessarily stressed, something that can affect your paper. So it’s better to relax and watch a movie”
We have seen multiple news about kids undergoing extreme stress related to studies and examination. In some extreme cases, we have seen children even resorting to suicide to avoid failure and society shaming.