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Scored Low in Your Board Exams? It’s Not the End of the World

Posted on Jan 24, 2018

What Happens If You Don’t Perform Well in Exams?

Students appearing for their Board exams go through undue stress because they fear underperformance. They worry that they will let their school, teachers, and parents down by getting low grades. We have known of several cases of panic attacks, depression, and stress among students in 12th standard. They are constantly plagued with a question in my mind: “What if I don’t perform well in the Boards?”

While it is important to do well in your Boards, it is by no means the end of the world. One exam cannot decide who you are and what you can be. If you have the aptitude to pick up skills, you can be find yourself a rewarding career in lucrative fields. You can choose to become an entrepreneur, or join your family business. Once you have a proven record of good working skills for a significant period of time, your board exam results will be a thing of the past.

If you choose to pursue higher studies abroad, you may face some roadblocks in explaining your poor performance in the Boards. But that can also be compensated with a good GMAT, GRE or SAT score (exceptionally good!), work experience for a couple of years, and extra-curricular activities that showcase you as an energetic, intelligent, and hardworking student.

Here’s Why Your Poor Board Exam Scores Will Not Destroy Your Career
I would recommend every student appearing for their Boards this year read and reflect on these 5 important points.

1.Your marks don’t define who you are.

While it is true that a good score in your 12th grade will help you breeze into the college or career of your choice, you still have to prove yourself as a competent student or employee. Finally, it boils down to your own ability to learn and grow. Your marks don’t define you. They are merely indicators of your potential.

2.Sometimes you are just not that lucky.

Let’s not forget that luck plays a factor in your Board preparation. You may be indisposed to give it your very best on the exam day. This is normal, and can happen to all of us. The key is that you get, dust yourself, and move on. Lingering over past performances will get you nowhere.

“While it is important to do well in your Boards, it is by no means the end of the world. One exam cannot decide who you are and what you can be.”

3.Keep calm. Meditate regularly.
Anxiety is one of the biggest reasons for under performance. If you are feeling worried, over-stressed, or nervous, it is time to back-off. Spend some time meditating every day. Reflect on good, happy thoughts. Take a break from your studies to enjoy a movie, or play your favorite sport.

4.Don’t allow others to define you.
Stay away from negative thoughts. Don’t let your parents, friends, neighbors, or unknown strangers dictate who you are. It is important to avoid people who push their opinion on you. It’s your life, and you are the only one responsible for what you do.

5.Down the road, you’ll realize that it was no big deal.
As you progress, your career will shape the way you want it to. With the right initiative, attitude, and effort, you can find the path to your dream career. You can find satisfaction in other fields as well. At the end, it all narrows down to who you are as a person, and what you choose to be.

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