March is a crucial month of the year; corporate executives are busy settling annual accounts while children are busy with last-minute exam preparations. Speak of extremes! The season of the dreaded exams is looming and there is a mammoth wave of tension shuttling between parents and their children from time to time.
Blessed are those kids who prepare well ahead of exams; but again, who hasn’t fallen prey to the monster called “procrastination”? I remember my mother’s warning ringing in my head every time I now advise my child to study in advance, keep up with the syllabus and revise on regular basis. Truth be told, all of us are pearls of the same string. Almost every child dedicatedly studies just before the exams and not throughout the year. They cram in everything just the night before instead of utilizing all those months! Now as the clock rapidly runs towards the exam hour, do you think your child can master concepts and retain them for the big finale?
I think children don’t mind studying when it’s fun and interesting. Think of teachers who make history interesting by acting out situations in the classroom and science projects that kids truly enjoy working on. Learning can also be made interesting with a musical twist.
Remember when our teachers advised to use mnemonics and other tricks to memorize material? Exactly! I recently came across the collaboration between A.R Rahman and Horlicks in their newest spin on facing exams fearlessly. To make exam time less stressful for all parties involved, Fearless Songs gives a melodious musical spin to the stressful exam season. And kids, when A.R Rahman tells you “Fikar mat karo..”, there is no reason to bog yourself down with added stress of coping with studies, peer pressure or even comparisons with your classmates, friends or cousins!
If you haven’t already seen this video, please do because it’s so much fun. A big salute to the music maestro for unraveling the horrifying confusion between present participle and past participle! This really hits the chord as kids find such kind of topics a little difficult to tackle. I think this video has helped me look at studies from a totally different angle and I am going to take cues from this and come up with something of my own to help my child cope with his problem areas in studies.
Horlicks, as a brand has extensively campaigned on several deep-rooted problems revolving around children and their battle; whether with exam pressure, peer competition resulting into suicide and many more psychological issues sprouting at a tender age. Some of their latest campaigns like Passion Paathshala and Bottle Of Love are eye-openers! The brand has successfully managed to churn out many campaigns, targeting alarming exam issues and helped parents empathize and deal with problems on a positive note.
I had my 11-year old watch the fun Fearless Songs video and was amazed how he was hooked onto to the rap music “H+PP..bolo HPP”! I think this idea is definitely going to ease the burden on kids trying out ways to retain what they learn in a fun way rather than just mugging up everything. Music embedded in studies is the future of making exams go from fearful to fearless!