Dear students, don't stress about exams and marks
We know that you're giving exams or preparing for exams. You're thinking a lot about marks, studying hard in the hope that you score well. Your marks are important to you right now. And it can feel like your marks are all that matter.
Maybe your teachers are telling you that good marks are a guarantee to a good life. Maybe your parents are also saying the same thing. We get it. We know that marks matter to you. In the current education system, they do matter.
But this letter is a quick reminder of the things that matter. And of all the things that marks don't measure.
Marks are a means to an end, not an end in itself. They are a short term goal. Good marks can take you to a good college. But you will still have to study. And a good college will get you a good job. But you will still have to work hard. Nobody will ask for your school marksheet later in life.
If you score badly on a test today, it's okay to feel bad. But there will come a time when you'll be able to look back and laugh about it.
Your marks do not determine how smart you are. They do not determine how kind you are. They do not determine how much fun you will have or all the brilliant things you will do in life.
And while you are studying for your exams, remember to enjoy the journey. Ask questions about what you're studying. Watch a documentary about Hitler and find a video of a Shakespeare play being performed on stage. Remember to not just learn for an exam, but to learn for life.
Read Aakash's poem about marks. He performed it at Openday, a day where we celebrated learning:
The first thing that every child is told,
Is that marks are as precious as gold
So keep studying day and night,
And refrain yourself from playing soccer and flying kite
The child feels himself to be in hot water
As difficult phrases and complicated sums are a continuous bother
And the rest of the subjects seems to be a tremendous horror
Maths, a subject filled with equations and sum,
Makes my body completely numb
Huge sums, slight error
Reduces marks to a great measure
Then comes History and Geography together
Which acts as a marks suppressor,
And adds humungous pressure
Then comes Science which splits
Into biology, chemistry and physics.
We get to know about the concepts of heat and light
And how cells work by the help of electrode and electrolyte
But nothing goes into the head
We feel tired and go to sleep in the bed
But when we get rid of the pressure of marks and study for knowledge
There is a rise in our overall percentage
We go through improvement, and concepts become clear
Effortlessly our marks become better year after year