You have just started enjoying the essence of Eid, you’re having a good time with your Friends and Family when out of nowhere, it hits you; CAIE results are just around the corner. All your excitement and happiness melts away as if it was never even there to begin with, and the infinite thoughts of all the possible outcomes overwhelms you, leaving no room for any other emotion or thought, hence ruining a perfectly good day.
Result anxiety is a common and devastating feeling every student has to go through at multiple points in their academic life, though it sounds inevitable and is put forward as a feeling that you just have to withstand, but there are things that you can do to deal with this anxiety. Here is a list of things that will make you feel better and can help you deal with your Fears and Anxiety effectively:
Identify What’s Important:It’s essential to know the things that you should be stressed for and the things that shouldn’t bother you. This doesn’t in anyway means that you should not care about what your CAIE result will be, but stressing early or late is stressing wrong. It’s very important to realize that in life, the only important time is “now”, and you should only worry to make that better. Focus on the moment that you’re currently in and cherish it, make it your best, because that matters.
Identify Your Fear:Identify what scares you the most, is it Failing? Is it how it will impact your future career?
When you have identified it, ponder upon what is the worse that can happen and how you can handle it. Whether you can handle it or not is never a question, even if it is, the answer will always be Yes You can, because you have handled bad, and you will have to handle even worse in your future professional lives. You will turn your mistakes into your best learning moments and that’s how you’ll morph yourself into a successful leader of the future, that’s how you’ll excel in every moment of your life, not just by scoring better grades. Denis Waitley said:
"Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success."
Personal Reflection:Despite what the surrounding voices say, you know yourself better than anyone else. You know what you do best, you know where you need to improve, you are the only one who can accept your flaws and improve yourself. This works similarly when you’re stressing over your result, you know how hard you have worked, where you lacked and where you excelled, just come to terms with the fact that you have done the best you could, and if you didn’t, there’s a whole life ahead to learn from your mistakes and be the best version of yourself you can be.
In the hope that these few ideas will help you cope with the stress and anxiety that you’re feeling these day, it’s an everlasting prayer that you always muster the courage to pick yourselves up whenever you trip and fall, and run even faster and steadier than you did before.
This inspiration comes from the famous book “Shoe Dog”, written by Phil Knight (founder of Nike) that the only time you have to succeed is the last time you try.
Best of Luck!!!
By Zafar Ali Khan
Zafar Ali Khan "ZAK" is an O/A levels Computer Science Pakistani Educator, Entrepreneur, and former Programmer. He supports a free online education platform to impart O and A level resources. His resources include a website, lecture notes and videos, online discussion groups, an upcoming AI based virtual teaching assistant, Android and IOS apps.
ZAK also has the Presidential Role in an upcoming AI based Start-Up known as ByteCorp. He aims to revolutionize Industries using AI based products and solutions, while working on Modern Technologies to change the conventional way of developing Software Solutions.
ZAK is teaching a wide spectrum of learners, mainly focusing on Computer Science 0478, 2210 and 9608. ZAK has a stellar online following, which is evident from his 50,000+ online followers. These exist wherever CAIE CS is offered.
ZAK has taught and teaching in many auspicious and renowned institutes throughout Karachi for the past 22 years. They include Nixor, BSS, FPS, TCS/PAF Chapter, Highbrow, Alpha High & Credo etc. His teaching methods coupled with his most innovative digital resources helped students achieve outstanding grades including distinctions in CAIE. ZAK has 11 CAIE distinctions.
ZAK is an associate of The Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE), which is a Parastatal body, working under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources of Mauritius. As MIE is the body in-charge of developing the curriculum, textbook writing and evaluation, ZAK's writings are their official curricula for O/A level Computer Science. ZAK's yearly seminars and one-day marathon classes, namely Zakathon, are very famous among the learners.
Before opting for a full-time teaching profession, ZAK has had the privilege of being associated with renowned organizations. He has worked in a diversified array of large local and International corporations, both as a part of them and as a consultant. Organizations ranging from Pakistan Army Engineering Corps to the Galileo Emirates, Dubai and The Acutus NY, USA. Industries that ZAK has experienced with are engineering, pharmaceutical, digital video R&D and customer reservation system (CRS). His expertise as application developer, IT administrator, project manager and IT teacher in a wide variety of business applications has always helped him in innovating teaching styles and resources.
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