SEE cancellations and postponed exams have left students with more free time than they’re used to. Those putting in hours of studying are not happy with cancellations and the decision to evaluate on the basis of internal assessments.
The uncertainty the pandemic has inflicted, plus the abundance of free time, has left students discouraged and in need of ways to effectively manage this time. Students should remember they aren’t alone, and that with these simple tips they can make the most out of the situation. Below are some tips we’ve compiled to do just this.
Enroll in a bridge course
Decisions regarding internally assessed grading released mid-July increased student stress and anxiety. To take minds off results, students should consider joining online bridge courses. Tons of private institutions are offering free online bridge courses for SEE pass outs. Deeksha Institute is offering a free 21-day online bridge course for PU science students. Intel Institute is providing online books and model questions alongside live online classes. If students manage to do well in entrance exams, they can receive scholarships and high quality education.
Determine career goals
In the absence of school duties and assignment pressures, students should use this time to narrow in on their strengths and weaknesses and explore appropriate career options. Start by writing a long-term and short term career plan. Ask questions like “What is my long-term career goal?” and “What are short-term ways to reach this goal?” Defining these goals will help you pick courses and take the necessary steps towards a satisfying work life. Take any opportunities to develop professional skills and leverage the people in your network and learn from them.
Begin your college search
Use this time to learn about colleges and think about what you want out of your college experience. Discover your passion by having a conversation with yourself about what gets you excited and motivated. Take advice from your teachers or family members. Explore colleges that will help you attain long-term goals. Discuss potential financial hurdles with your parents. Many colleges are conducting virtual webinars you can attend to get an idea of their core values and course offerings.
Use this time to explore hobbies or skills you wouldn’t otherwise have time to explore. Find a hobby like painting, cooking, or mastering a foreign language. Pick up useful skills like public speaking or a musical instrument. Brush up your reading and writing skills along with life skills such as cooking, problem solving, saving money, and decision making to prepare for the real world.
Take care of yourself!
The unprecedented times have made us all emotionally and physically weary. Give yourself a break and allow time to relax, meditate, exercise, and focus on nutrition and sleep. Stay connected with teachers and classmates. Acknowledge the current state of things and take time to process the change without stressing unnecessarily.
At times like these, staying positive is crucial, especially for students who have so much to look forward to and achieve. Use this time to celebrate all you’ve accomplished so far and start planning for a better future!