The biggest terror in the life of most students is an examination, especially if it involves mathematics. Do toppers also loathe the idea of exams? What strategy do they have that makes them the ‘Sharmaji ka beta’?
Contrary to what you think, toppers also feel exam stress and anxiety. The expectations are always high from ‘Sharmaji ka beta’. Anything less than 90% is not good enough. Then what do they do differently?
Firstly, students frequently complain about having to memorize large volumes of information in a short period of time. Toppers utilize their time efficiently, break down the course into smaller fragments and finish one piece at a time. Consistency is the key here. They Google everything, ‘learn by doing’ and use visual tools to supplement the text.
Secondly, you would often notice that those ‘annoying’ top performers are usually the ones who ask teachers the most number of questions. This is because toppers focus on the ‘WHY’ in any problem. Why did we take that value? Why did we choose this particular step? Why was this rule used? Their curiosity won’t be satisfied unless they ‘understand’ the new concept.
Finally, toppers are who they are because you believe in them more than you believe in yourself. Toppers don’t do different things, they do things differently. Have a little faith in your abilities and strategize with a positive mind. Don’t study until you get it right, study until you’re sure that you will never get it wrong.
Needless to say, I don’t agree with the current examination system that relies mainly on evaluating the memory of a child. As Albert Einstein once told the world, ‘You can’t judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree’. I pray that we can move towards better evaluating systems. To assess the true knowledge of children, maybe they could do ‘original and creative’ projects and essays on topics that interest them.
I would often superficially crib about exams with my friends just to ‘fit in’. But hey, aren’t we all guilty of trying to be a part of the herd? The reality is much different though. I really liked taking a test!
It’s all a matter of perspective. Exams are efficient deadlines. You can either look at exams as stressful or as a platform for you to excel. Toppers, choose the latter.