JEE is the most competitive examination in India. Every JEE aspirant is generally under a tremendous amount of stress. So, it is natural for them to expect people in their lives; parents and teachers, to be supportive in this career-shaping yet stressful phase of their lives. Children usually have a very fragile state of mind during this period. As a parent, it might be tough on you too. You might be worried sick about your ward’s preparations and might want to help.
Here are a few tips on how to comfort your child and at the same time, make them JEE ready.
- Your child’s interests matter
The first thing you are expected to do as a parent is to find out if your child wants to pursue engineering. Gone are the days where every child aspired to be a doctor or engineer. Never force your ward to pursue engineering if he/she doesn’t seem interested. Talk to them, understand their interests and try to figure out how you can help them realise their dreams. But if they really are interested, talk, guide and support them.
- Be supportive
Parents are the only anchors children can bank upon. Extend support to your children and be compassionate in this tough time. This could be anything from helping them balance between their school and coaching classes to being their emotional support. Sending your child to a coaching class miles away becomes tedious. They end up wasting time commuting. Weigh the pros and cons of both online and offline coaching to make a well-informed decision.
- Brace yourself
Every year lakhs of people appear for JEE Mains. Less than 2% of the students get admissions to IITs. Naturally, this means that there are a majority of students who do not make it. If God forbid, your child does not clear the tests, it is not the end of the world. It certainly is disappointing for you but it is necessary for you as a parent to react in a way that does not make your child feel like he/she is a disappointment. This means you have to be prepared to face both the sides of the coin irrespective of their outcomes.
- Monitor your child’s performance
Monitoring is necessary to keep a track of progress but obsessively monitoring will only make things worse. Keep a tab on their study schedules, test performances. A little bit of fun is necessary but make sure your child does not get carried away with it. Ensure they stick to their study timetables. Enrolling your ward for a reputed and credible coaching is a wise decision and so is getting him/her some online help for his/her exams.
Cracking IIT JEE is tough and it becomes that much harder when it has to be done alone. Be there for your child through the tough phases by providing him/her all the help they need. Do your homework and enforce a well-informed decision which might help your child in the long run.