Over Confidence vs Low Confidence

It is important to maintain a balance between over and low confidence. Sometimes the gap between the two is quite thin, making it difficult to identify.

Let us try to understand the difference between Over and Low Confidence, on the basis of the observations of the students, parent and educators from all around the country.

Kindly go through a few scenarios given at the bottom which may depict the behavior of students, also implying their levels of confidence.

Over Confidence: After reading a topic, the confidence emerges to immediately attempt the questions about it, without practicing in writing. This is Over-confidence.

Low Confidence: When we are keen on writing and practicing an answer ‘n’ number of times, although we are able to recall it each time, this is low confidence.

We appreciate your methods of studying and highly recommend practicing by writing answers within the word and time limit and not just by practicing verbally. But also have the faith in yourself and practice for the right number of times to build your right confidence balance.

Over Confidence: When we feel, we can directly write the answers in the exam, by just listening to our teachers, and not doing self-study, this might be over confidence.

Low Confidence: When we are keen to revise the same content repeatedly, even when we are able to recall and quote it right regularly, this might be low confidence.

Listening to the content convinces us that we have grasped the topic, but recalling it on exam sheet might become difficult without revising ourselves. Hence, we highly recommend every student to convert those listening into recalling moments by doing proper self-study.

Over Confidence: When we have understood a topic well, but have never tried to speak or write it down ourselves, assuming that we would able to recall it easily during the examination, this might be over confidence.

Low Confidence: When we are repeatedly in hunt of people to share our understanding, despite knowing the fact that we have been able to recall and express the topic well, this might be low confidence.

One of the biggest reasons for high performance is recalling and expressing answers correctly on the answer sheet or while giving viva. Hence, we highly recommend every student to express their understanding and share their answers with others both verbally and in written until they feel they are on the right track.

Over Confidence: When we learn/cram the content directly (rote-learning) without even bothering to neither understand it nor try to connect the concept with real life situations, this might be over confidence.

Low Confidence: When we are too keen to know the logic behind a statement, we start thinking too deep losing our focus towards the objective and also allow negative thoughts to build in our mind, feeling like giving up. This might be low confidence.

We highly appreciate deep thinking but when we are not able to concentrate on the actual importance of the text, we must not stop over-thinking but start thinking in right direction. This is the time to be more creative and innovative. Hence, we suggest trying the concept of design thinking and not just deep thinking.

Over Confidence: When we have completed our syllabus, with ample time before the examinations begin, but do not revise regularly, this might be over confidence.

Low Confidence: When we avoid taking our meals on time or ignore our health due to examination fear or in the state of panic, this might be low confidence.

We suggest do not leave things for the last moment nor be out of touch with at least topics that are to be tested in the examination. Doing any of these things would hamper your performance. Hence, we recommend spending minimal time so that you never get out of touch of any subject, even after the completion of syllabus. This can be done by regularly practicing previous year papers, mock tests and solving different kinds of questions of the same topic as per published guidelines.

Over Confidence: When we do not bother to validate/revise our answers and keep assuming that we have written the right answers, this might be over confidence.

Low Confidence: When we become habitual to learn/cram only one answer given by the teacher, without putting effort to write answers in our own language, this might be low confidence.

Self-study is one of the best talents of a student, which everyone must enhance in his/her life. It not only makes us feel happy but can be a key element to solve any problem.

In simple words, we might say that ignoring the required practices depicts Over Confidence whereas excess of practice or overperforming a task indicates Low Confidence.

Maintaining the right balance among them has led to many success stories.

You can also be a success story. Just have faith in your abilities.


and always remember

“samajh aana, jaad karna, likhna ek bat h or exam guidelines k hasab se examsheet m likhna bilkul alag bat h, number lana, jadu nahe mahenat or kismet k kam ha, over confidence aur low confidence m balance k nam h”.