How to Prepare for an Exam in 10 Days

Updated on September 14, 2016
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Regardless of how often you take exams, they are often very frustrating. Remember, thinking of failure will often lead to failure. You need to change your attitude first.

Test preparation includes a number of things that lead up to you sitting in for the actual exam. Here are some tips on what you can do to ensure success on your next test.

Good luck!

Gather Your Materials

Most students don't really think about what their limits are. When we don't know what to do, it's useless to think about how to prepare.

First and foremost, you should be gathering your course outline and materials. Make sure that you have all the required books and your notes in front of you. If you don't have great notes, ask a peer if they're willing to help you out by lending you theirs. Before you can succeed, you at least need to have the opportunity to do so and in order for that to happen you'll need resources. The more you have your weapons prepared, the higher your chances are of winning the battle.

Believe in Yourself

If you hesitate to say "I can win," you're only hindering yourself from winning. It doesn't cost you anything to say and believe that, so go ahead—make sure that at the core of your beliefs, you know you'll win. It's important that before you actually prepare for the exams themselves, you believe you'll be able to get through them. The stronger your determination, the stronger your final results will be.

Don't think about your previous failures. If your determination is strong, anything is possible. Don't think about words like can't, fail, and impossible. Say out loud, "this is possible!" Believe in yourself.

Allocate Your Time Wisely

I was a former med student, so you can imagine what my course load was like. It was the lengthiest and toughest among all the degree and graduate programs. Regardless of your concentration or program, you'll get through it. I did.

Make sure you give yourself 7-10 days and if you properly study and are focused, you'll be able to successfully get through the test. Have faith in God and trust in your abilities. When you have a plate full of rice, you take it in by the spoonful. Not all at once. The same concept applies to your exam studies. Divide the workload among those 10 days equally and commit to the load you've assigned yourself on each given day. This helps to break your huge course into small, digestible pieces. Now, it is easier to get through.

Focus on the Important Material Only

While studying, you'll definitely come across many irrelevant facts and pieces of information that will likely not be tested. While going the extra mile is great in life and in one's career, it's not necessary in these 10 days of studying. I've always been a student who was just fair in academics. In other words, I preferred to focus on things outside of the books but this attitude must be avoided.

Make sure that you focus only on what's going to be tested. You have to be very specific and to-the-point. Many of the problems we incur in our educational career arise because we create them ourselves. Focus only on what is important and relevant, and forget the rest.

Prioritize Your Schedule

It's a crucial time and you'll need to prioritize your time. Fun may have to be delayed for now.

Set your phone on silent mode and stop the usual wasteful texting. Don't waste time watching your usual movies and TV shows, and only listen to songs if they help you study. Parties are fun, but they'll need to wait until your exams are over—you have far more important things to achieve in this period. Promise your friends that they'll see you more after this 10-day study period. This time is crucial in all aspects. Don't waste it on activities that can hurt your grades.

Lastly, don't forget to breathe! The oxygen will help calm you and is de-stressing.

Can I Study Everything in Just 10 Days?

No, it's not possible. Your desire to do so might be just your nervous system firing off. You're pumped and hyper, and your entire body increases its metabolism almost tenfold. If this is the situation, it is nearly impossible to carry on with your whole course of subjects. You must control your present situation to study, because once your nervous system suspects overactivity, it increases the secretion of neurotransmitters that makes you ready for fight and flight. This may seem like a good thing, but the tradeoff is that there may be a degeneration of memory and creativity. That could lead to the moment of real destruction—imagine sitting in the test hall and not remembering anything, despite just reading about it the night before.

It's all about your attitude, and you'll need to pace yourself and try to remain calm. Cool-minded average students score higher than really tense, above average students. You have a choice here, believe me! You can do it. Just relax.

Good luck!

General Instructions for Preparation

  1. Take care of your personal health and hygiene.
  2. Sleep well and rest up. Remember, "Rest is best for the test!"
  3. Study periodically, and consider the exam period as a "natural event" of life.
  4. Be social. Sometimes, a comforting friend helps more than any book.
  5. If you have too much leisurely time on your hands and are depressed, remember that you have other things to focus on.

If your score is in between 70-90%, don't get too happy now. You still want to strive for improvement.

If it's below 70%, then you must concentrate more on the points mentioned in this article.

Those students scoring more than 90% in this quiz should contact me ASAP, because I want to learn from you!

Calculate Your Percentage of Attitude in Exams Here!

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      Shrutika dhamale 

      3 months ago

      My ssc board exam is starting from 4 march my target is 80 % how can is study faster with full concentration

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      arjunomkaravula 

      3 months ago

      i want pian do not start perparing ple help

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      pranav 

      3 months ago

      Wow i just scored 0%

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      king 

      3 months ago

      i got 99 percent

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      Divya 

      3 months ago

      Funny

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      sreedhar 

      3 months ago

      i got 96 %

      im kinda happy it self

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      Sakshi Pandya 

      3 months ago

      Really scared for board exams and need to be motivated

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      ruzzy 

      4 months ago

      i scored 81 yayyy!!!!!

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      Samuel 

      5 months ago

      I just scored 77%

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      Amit 

      7 months ago

      I have selected the true statement ,but i only scored 9℅

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      Arun shukla 

      10 months ago

      Woo that's was awesome

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      Arpitha K 

      12 months ago

      just 68%

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      Sujata Sarkar 

      13 months ago

      I got 63%

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      tatiana 

      13 months ago

      got a 0% WOW

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      Tanuja Behera 

      13 months ago

      I got 77% in this quiz

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      divyanjali mudili 

      14 months ago

      this is really very helpful gave me some confidence for my exams

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      Emperor 

      14 months ago

      81 percent

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      Mahima 

      15 months ago

      I am just afraid of my board exams

      This gave me little confidence

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      Sk. Nagulshareef 

      15 months ago

      I have no doubts

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      Boss Lady 

      15 months ago

      Thanks this helped a lot.

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      Navya shree 

      15 months ago

      I am study in 10th standard l will not prepare for social exam please help me l don't understand social chapters please help me

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      Apoorva 

      15 months ago

      I got just 4% in the quiz

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      Amrita Parida 

      15 months ago

      I got 22% in your Quiz. Is it bad, in anyway?

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      akash 

      15 months ago

      Please share your WhatsApp number so I can consult regularly

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      Rithi 

      15 months ago

      I scored 90%

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      yuvraj 

      15 months ago

      i got 95 percent in your quis

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      Nitika 

      15 months ago

      I like ur suggestions

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      Anu 

      16 months ago

      Hw can i get marks above 460 ??in inter 1st year .but iam forgetting wt am studying . Hw do i remem

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      Shambhavi 

      16 months ago

      Yes i scored 100%

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      Anju 

      16 months ago

      Starting of the season my father teach me math nd science but in October he died i lives in small village there is no teacher my exams is very near nd i don't have any preparation plz tell m how can i study that i achieve my goal

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      Anju 

      16 months ago

      Starting of the season my father teach me math nd science but in October he died i lives in small village there is no teacher my exams is very near nd i don't have any preparation plz tell m how can i study that i achieve my goal

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      Bhavya 

      17 months ago

      Now l am away from my school and books l am student of 10 class.as my grand father died l came to village.now l useing mobile phone for studying.is there any other option to study?please help me?

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      Giriraj 

      17 months ago

      I hope it would helpful to me .I will again comment after performance in exam

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      sd.nazneen 

      17 months ago

      thank you so much.that quiz really motivated me

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      Bhargab hazarika 

      17 months ago

      I scored 100

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      Ambesh jaiswal 

      18 months ago

      I am fail in supplimentry science exam class 10 how I pass in this year help me

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      Iqbal Raza 

      18 months ago

      I'm gonna following your instructions

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      INSHALLAH LINUS 

      19 months ago

      j will try my best AS YOU HAVE INSTRUCTED ME GOD BLESS YOU

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      Divya Reddy 

      19 months ago

      Thank you very much. this has been helped me a lot. really good and to be appreciated.I can say just heartful thanks for this instructions.

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      Firdous 

      19 months ago

      Sir today on 10th of oct i read your unreachable most ipresable sugestion and i will try my best i have 18 days left for my examination of 10th. And i will see the fruit of your suggestion... As i will comment back after my exams. Thankx.

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      Primrose 

      20 months ago

      Thank u for ur article it has really helped me n l now believe in my self that l can write my exams

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      Stella 

      20 months ago

      I got 77%....

      What????

      My exams start on the 18th of October and end on 7th October @ 5pm

      Official end for my class is on the 9th October!!!!

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      Sanya 

      20 months ago

      Thank you somuch for this article!

      Despite only being a student of 8th grade, I have always been extremely tense in my exam preparation. Althought this year I majorly procrastinated studying and at a point of time realized that only 10 days were left for my exam. I, of course, seeked help from the internet YET AGAIN and was luck enough to find this article. I got a surprising 96.44%! I am SO very grateful to you for writing this article. Thanks again.

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      Pooja dinkar 

      21 months ago

      My exams is coming after 10 days i want to prepare myself, this instructions is very helpful for me. So, thankyou for instructions

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      Goutam 

      21 months ago

      Thx i will try my best to score well

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      Alphamax7700 

      23 months ago

      I got 86% on your quiz.. but i doubt if i can pass my exam, given there were only 12 days left and there were over 3000 pages of material to understand..

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      Anny 

      23 months ago

      I have one problem my exam is coming very near only 9 days how I will prepare for my exam

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      Lhamu 

      24 months ago

      Thanks a lot.. for providing such a great suggestion.

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      aparna 

      24 months ago

      hope it will work

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      Meera 

      2 years ago

      Thanks a lot sir I study in grade 7 ..... just needed some motivation an you have provided me that .

      When I first tried I got 81%

      And the second time 95%

      Thanks a lot

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      Nanami 

      2 years ago

      Useful

      Thanks alit

      I am A pu student

      In 2018 sslc exam I got

      89%

      I need to try better is wht I learnt

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      Nadia Dolan 

      2 years ago

      i got 50%. I'm doomed

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      Deepika 

      2 years ago

      I am a re-attempter for Cpt now it's my 2nd attempt I am doing it with bcom actually my basement for math is very weak so math seems difficult to me can I have some suggestions for clearing this attempt

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      Rishabh Verma 

      2 years ago

      i have just have a score of passing let see what will happened next in the future

      thanks for this motivational speech at last1!!!!!!!

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      Priya 

      2 years ago

      I got 8 points in +1 im trying to get 10 points in betterment how can i avoid tv

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      Ramya 

      2 years ago

      Im not able to study... N my exams are near..... How to avoid mobile phone during study hours... Im addicted a lottt to Mobile.... How to get rid of this?

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      Rutendo Masombo 

      2 years ago

      It was of great help to me because I am now towards writing my exams.Thank you very much

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      maedy 

      2 years ago

      thank you your article is helping

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      memory muzavazi 

      2 years ago

      interesting to know hey

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      Nuzhat 

      2 years ago

      10 days left

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      Us doll 

      2 years ago

      I got 45 %

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      prajwal gupta 

      2 years ago

      thanks for motivating us

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      Ishmael 

      2 years ago

      I got 86.

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      Rohit 

      2 years ago

      i got 22%

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      charudatta pawar 

      2 years ago

      i got only 91.23% in the exam i m too sad

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      Arka 

      2 years ago

      77% only

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      len 

      2 years ago

      27% I'm doomed

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      Gaya 3 

      2 years ago

      I'm 10th now I'll try my best to get 10/10 in public (I'm ssc AP)

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      prachi joshi 

      2 years ago

      i got 95 % .....

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      atufa zainab 

      2 years ago

      i get 22% in ur quiz lets see what will happen

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      HSK 

      2 years ago

      I have scored 100! "Your determination when your failure is your attitude towards success"

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      Yash 

      2 years ago

      I got 90 percent in quiz...yes I can do it!

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      tanishka 

      2 years ago

      let me try

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      gargi trivedi 

      2 years ago

      thank you so much.....

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      Reuben 

      2 years ago

      Don't know what the hell is going to happen in my exams

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      ATHAR 

      2 years ago

      i am worried about day of exam

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      Juhi dubey 

      2 years ago

      Not that confident on my preparation. A bit worried

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      vaishnavi h s 

      2 years ago

      how to prepare for board exam within 20 days??

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      Mukesh Ambani 

      2 years ago

      I have 20 days left for board exams and have a very bad study habit. I keep getting distracted of my mobile and laptop since all my notes are in a few websites. I open a new tab and watch youtube when my parents are not around. C an someone help me

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      Venkatesh nayak 

      2 years ago

      How to prepare for an exam in only 15 days? Please give me helpfull tips

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      bannu 

      2 years ago

      nice

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      ipsita parida 

      2 years ago

      how to prepare for sst in 12 days for very week students.

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      Yogesh 

      2 years ago

      How I prepare for my exam in 16 days in 7 subjects

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      yash gupta 

      2 years ago

      thank u sir/mam, now i am confident on my self, and i have determined to score more than 90% . I scored 98% in your test that was also a confidence booster

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      sohail khan 

      2 years ago

      it is very helpful to me because when my exams are on my head then i usually get nervous and cannot study at all

      but now i will be calm and cool minded

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      Tony 

      2 years ago

      Thanks Sir/mam

      Your post did boost my inner consciousness and made me know that I'm capable of getting above 90.

      Thanks really valuable

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      Snj 

      2 years ago

      Excellent! usefull post..

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      Khawahish 

      2 years ago

      I scored 95 percent

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      Lipu sahoo 

      2 years ago

      Thank you sir for your valuable post, but I need a help to you. I want to increase my knowledge about philosophy, and also be a topper in philosophy department in my college. So what should I do??

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      Jaddu manu 

      2 years ago

      I scored 100%

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      Aditya 

      2 years ago

      Only 1 month left i haven't studied anything...I think i'm gonna fail my HS exam.

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      balu 

      2 years ago

      Nice article ........

      I think I should try my level best........,

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      Brij Bhushan 

      2 years ago

      Wonderful Article. This Article information is very beneficial for me. Thanks for sharing.

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      sahana 

      2 years ago

      it was really helpful and motivating

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      This is ..priya 

      2 years ago

      Your article is very helpful...

      Its build good enthusiasm in me

      So thank you

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      Aqsa 

      2 years ago

      Thank you for your articles

      It's very useful me

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      Tafadzwa Gwashu 

      2 years ago

      i love your article! thank you

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      Min Thu Aung 

      2 years ago

      I scored 13%

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      Hii.. this is tamanna 

      2 years ago

      This article of yours is a very good one but I still need tips of what to do when we haven't started the preparations and when we start also we can not concentrate.

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      Tage kano 

      2 years ago

      Sir I haven't started my studies can't really concentrate and the Day left is about only 1 week what should i Do?

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