Tips to Prepare for Exams


A student spends almost a year to complete each grade going to school or college to learn concepts and theories in different subjects. Students’ learning, all the effort and hard work of the total year is measured in terms of their performance in final exams.

In order to perform well and get desired result, the things students need to remember are:

1. Plan enough time to prepare for exam

Allot and manage the time carefully in the preparation for the examinations. We often hear ‘study till last minute of the exam to start’. While some students study intensively over a short period of time just before examination. This is not an advisable approach to prepare for exam and will not give desired result. To manage your time prepare a timetable for your study. Note down the number of exams you are supposed to write and the days on which you have to study. Then plan your study time accordingly. For some subjects you may need to allot more study time than others. Only you know how much time you need to complete each subject so you are the best judge. Keep these things in mind in planning your study time that you feel comfortable with.

Remember, correct planning is bringing future into present to get desired result.

2. Allot proper space for your study

See that you have enough space to keep your text books and notes as well. Enough light and comfortable Chair to sit is important. Keep the things out from your study space that may cause distraction to your study. This helps you to focus and spend more time on your study. Do not allow any distractions distract you, and make sure you feel comfortable at study apace with proper environment.

3. Practice previous test papers

While preparing for the exams, another effective way is to practice previous exam papers. This will make you get accustomed to the format of question paper and helps to understand the time taking for each part of the questions asked. So that one can get an idea of approximate allocation of time for each section of the question paper before appearing the exam.

4. Take help of parents and siblings

You can take the help of your Parents, brothers and sisters in your exam time. Once you finish certain chapters you can tell them to ask questions from those chapters. Explain the answers to them. That will help you how far you are clear in those topics and also to highlight any areas if you need more work.

This will also make sure you will not be disturbed at your study time. You may get some good suggestions too.

5. Plan for group study

You can plan for group study comprising 2-3 friends. You may have questions that they have the answers to and vice versa. Be careful this get together is to help each other. Discussion should not be diverted from topics of your subjects. As long as you make sure you stay focused on the topic for a definite amount of time, this can be one of the most effective ways to learn.

It may help you understand the information in a different way, and it might even deepen your understanding.

6. Have regular breaks in study time

Take regular breaks in order to relax, de-stress your head that can make your study more efficiently. Dividing your study time into multiple sessions not only helps your brain retain information more effectively but it can improve your concentration while you are studying.Studies have proved that taking regular breaks helps for long-term retention of information or knowledge.

You may need a break when you are studying about an hour or you notice your mind is wandering frequently or switching from one subject to another.

Each break can be about 10 minutes and stick to it.

7. Study time

Our forefathers have reiterated that when you get up and study early in the morning, you will understand the concepts better and they will be imprinted in your mind.

It is generally not advisable to study too late into the night.

During the early morning hours, the weather is pleasant, there is complete silence,

Never stay up all night before or during exams. Remember, you should have good sleep of eight hours at night. And, Psychologists say 1 hour before midnight is equal to 2 hours sleep after midnight.

In fact, everyone is different. If you have developed a study routine that works for you in the morning, noon or evening, go ahead.

8. Diet plan

A study found that students experiencing stress during exams may have an increased craving for high fat and high sugar snacks.

There is a saying about food, “you are what you eat”.

Have smaller and frequent meals. Consider 5-6 smaller meals rather than 3 heavy meals.

Have healthy and wholesome breakfast.

Drink enough water.Ideally not less than 2 liters per day is recommended to keep the body well hydrated.

High protein foods like meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, pulses, nuts, sprouts, fruits and leafy vegetables are recommended. They also provide vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, healthy carbohydrates and even water. They act as brain food for memory.

Avoid spicy food.

9. Review

Every night before going to sleep, look
at the plan that you made in the morning and review what you have done. This
will help you understand if you are lagging behind your plan.

10. Plan your exam day

Planning your exam day is to make sure you get everything ready well in advance.

You have to get a good sleep the night before the exam. Have a good breakfast.

Never do last minute cramming. Stop studying at least 2 hours before exam. Stop worrying and Start practicing. It works.

Don’t chat much with friends before exam.

Sit at your place few minutes before exam starts.

Without any anxiety, meditate for few minutes until the question paper is given.


Have self confidence.

As Arthur Ashe said “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key for self-confidence is preparation.”



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