Some people might be ahead, some a little behind, but it’s fine as long as we keep running.
In a country like India, where competition is fierce, and expectations are high, not running is not among the option!
All of us have either written, prepared for, or thought of writing at least one competitive exam, and we all know it’s not easy at all!
Common Challenges faced by Students while preparation!
- Spoiled for choice
There are a plethora of options; more exams to choose from than ice cream flavours at Baskin Robbins. The catch is to go for something you are good at, or what you might really want to pursue. You need to understand your strengths, take into account your interests, make a decision for the road ahead, and then choose the exam accordingly. An indecisive person might be inclined to take up various exams, and not be able to perform well in any case. Leading to fear and anxiety for a lifetime!
- Lack of proper guidance
Everybody has some advice about what you might want to do in life. Everybody in our society is interested in voicing their opinions. In this noise, you need to find a voice of reason, and look for informed, reasonable, and justified guidance. Talking to a professional counselor is advised!
- Excessive pressure
Every parent wants their child to outperform everybody else, and be the best in the field. But at what cost? Not everybody is cut out for the competitive world. And with the cut-throat competition we have, the burden on the students is highly inordinate. Everyone performs at their own pace and meets their own achievable goals. Excessive pressure can only have adverse effects on the mental state of students and can cause burn outs.
- Lack of discipline
As the saying goes ‘Your level of success is determined by your level of discipline and perseverance”. A disciplined routine on what to study and when to study goes a long way in helping one succeed. Success doesn’t come with the help of a magic wand. Dedicated timetables and well-sorted guidance on which subject needs to be covered first and how to help in dwindling the pressure later.
- Lack of self-confidence
“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” If one does not believe enough in himself, there are a lot of feats he can fall short of achieving. The first step towards achieving a goal is to believe that you can do it. A little boost in confidence can go a long way. Not just the student, but the people around him need to be supportive too.
- Loss of motivation
Even if one starts with ironclad surety, it is very easy to lose the drive as the preparation stretches on. Things can get monotonous, and if one has to face failures, it becomes even tougher to wade through them and be motivated again. Sometimes preparing for a competitive exam can take a long time and the studies can easily become tedious and uninteresting. In such cases, you should never forget why you started. What really comes to help at such times is an adequate support system.
All things said, competitive exams are not an easy river to wade, but once you are through, you do not regret the journey.
It’s always better to make an informed decision, and not a hasty one, and to never lose sight of the goal. BasicFirst offers a platform for all your career decisions!