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Dealing with Exam Stress: a News 9 Interview

Recently, MD & CEO of Seshan’s Academy Infinity Pvt. Ltd., Swarnalatha Iyer was invited to be a panelist on NEWS 9 for a discussion on exam- related stress. The panel discussion was telecast live on the English News Channel. Apart from Swarnalatha, who participated as a consultant psychologist and counselor, the panel included child counselors, teachers, students and working professionals. The discussion focussed on multiple aspects of exam and related stress- adressing students and their parents- and attempted to provide workable solutions to both children and parents on how to reduce and deal with stress.

According to Swarnalatha, the approach which society has towards exams is one of fear. People tend to look at examinations as a “monster.” However, examinations are simply a mechanism of feedback to the student, which helps him/ her understand and evaluate where he/ she stands in terms of academics. With this perspective in hand, and by employing effective study skills, children will be able to enjoy their academics and fare well.

The discussion on NEWS 9 also addressed parents and teachers, and how they can form effective support structures for the student. Swarnalatha also spoke about what it is that parents must do in order to be stress-free themselves and nurture their children to face examinations with a stress-free mind.

The live telecast allowed general public to call in with their queries, and panelists addressed callers’ issues.

Here’s a small excerpt from the telecast:

(click the above link to see video)

For any questions, information or support in this subject, you can write in to and Swarnalatha can help you.

You can also write in to us, or call on +91- 8884968398 for inquiries on study skills workshops, child guidance and counseling, parental counseling and career guidance.


SAI P.L. and our work featured in Prajavani

Seshan’s Academy Infinity was featured in Prajavani’s supplement Metro, dated 18th August 2014.

The write-up by Ms. Anitha E titled Vikasanada Maarga (meaning, path to development) spoke in brief about the need and importance for Personality Development Programmes and why being “employable” is a function of more than just scoring good marks. The closing paragraph of the article cites some of the programmes conducted by SAI Pvt. Ltd. The article also quotes MD & CEo Swarnalatha Iyer, and features pictures from one of her Personality Development programmes.

Click here to read the complete article in Prajavani:

Featured hereunder is the English translation of the article, which we have created for the benefit of our readers.


The Path to Development

– Anitha E

It is found that sometimes academically strong students fall behind in establishing themselves professionally. At the same time, the so-called average students succeed to great heights professionally.

Most of us are aware how to dress appropriate to occasions. However, when it comes to the professional environment, many people are unaware of how to present themselves at an interview or a seminar or business meeting.

This has led many students and employees to seek training in personality development, resulting in more than 50 centers mushrooming in the city off late. Many who have received such training went on to become entrepreneurs.

A basic personality course would cover topics such as interview skills, email etiquette, communication skills, telephone etiquette, body language, interpersonal relationship and so on.

Interview skills

When attending an interview there has to be adequate preparation in terms of one’s dressing, body language, mannerisms and how to handle questions. It is important to avoid loud dressing so that the interviewer is not distracted.

It is true that the first impression is the best impression. Experts say that the way you present yourself at an interview has a lasting impression on the interviewer.

It is important for employees today to develop their communication skills, presentation skills and interpersonal skills in order to be good team workers.

Email etiquette

Freshers are taught the do’s and don’ts of writing official emails.

Telephone etiquette

Lack of proper telephone etiquette can lead to losses for both the individual and the organization. Nowadays, interviews are also conducted via telephone making it even more important to know how to present oneself on call.

Interpersonal skills

At the workplace it is imperative to know how to interact with peers, subordinates and seniors, and how to work in and build teams. It is also necessary to be gender and culture sensitive.

In addition to this, cross-culture sensitization becomes imperative for employees going overseas.

A basic personality development workshop is usually followed up with an Assertiveness Training Programme. This deals with aspects such as how to get work done from others, how to say “no” effectively and so on. Other training programmes conducted are: workshop on time management, workshop on stress management, and finding work-life balance.  Contact: 8884968398



Current Increase in DemandColleges impart only technical education needed for employment. They do not impart critical life skills. In order to be employable today, one needs to have good interpersonal skills. In order to meet these demands, private organistions conduct training programmes over the weekend for their fresh recruits. I regularly conduct workshops for organizations across the city. I also conduct employability training for college students.– Swarnalatha IyerMD, Seshan’s Academy Infinity


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