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Thursday , February 21 , 2013
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Online buddies bust board exam stress
- From algebra to anxiety, website counsels aspirants for free

If you love to watch The Buddy Project on Channel V and want a mentor like Anirudh Junglee Jaitley in your life, switch off the television and log on to your laptop.

Four young professionals, three from Jharkhand, who started an academic website in 2011, have now launched free online counselling for Class X and XII CBSE board exam aspirants.

CBSE Class X boards are from March 1-15, while XII tests, which also begin from March 1, continue till April 17.

So, if a Class XII student can’t get the hang of, say calculus or Periodic Table or even time management, he can just log in, become an online buddy and key in his specific problem.

Net-savvy students looking for credible mentors online can rest assured.

Koderma’s Sandeep Barnwal studied in IIT-Delhi, Dhanbad’s Prabhat Sinha and Ashutosh Barnwal are from Indore’s Prestige College and IIMT-Ghaziabad. Uttar Pradesh boy Raj Kishore, the portal’s technical head, studied computer science at Jaypee College, Noida. All four had well-paying jobs that they quit to start the buddy website in 2011.

So far, it offered comprehensive information on texts, reference books, scholarships, careers and so on. From this year, it has started counselling students directly. Around 15,000 members — parents, teachers and students — get their quota of academic information from this portal.

But the new service — online counselling — was the need of the hour, said Ashutosh.

There’s more. The website offers CBSE helpline numbers 1800118002, 011-22509257/58/59, 011-22509256 on all working weekdays between 9.30am and 7pm.

Ashutosh added that the link Education on the website addresses key issues for Classes X and XII students. “From algebra to anxiety, we cover it all,” said Ashutosh. “We have shared expert information by speaking to a gamut of school principals and psychologists.”

ICSE and ISC board aspirants are also given a hearing.

“How do I prepare for my upcoming ICSE papers? Please give an account of reference books?” asked one.

Another student wanted to know how many hours one should study in the final lap before board exams. Yet another wanted tips to aid memory.

IITian Sandeep, who says he loves to put students at ease, terms anxiety as a killer. “The more you love what you study instead of being anxious, the more you succeed. Believe me, it’s the only practical way that works,” he said.

And yes, take those power breaks.

“We’ve told examinees to study for two hours at a time, take breaks and start again. And well-balanced meals and exercise regularly,” added Prabhat.

Flex your mind and muscles, junk junk food and don’t chew your nails. And yes, instead of a zillion Facebook friends, go for study buddies.