How to Prepare for an Exam in 10 Days

Updated on September 14, 2016
Small efforts are enough if applied technically...
Small efforts are enough if applied technically...

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!

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      charudatta pawar 7 days ago

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

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      Arka 11 days ago

      77% only

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      len 12 days ago

      27% I'm doomed

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      Gaya 3 2 weeks 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 weeks ago

      i got 95 % .....

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      atufa zainab 2 weeks ago

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

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      HSK 3 weeks ago

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

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      Yash 3 weeks ago

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

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      tanishka 3 weeks ago

      let me try

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      gargi trivedi 3 weeks ago

      thank you so much.....

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      Reuben 4 weeks ago

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

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      ATHAR 4 weeks ago

      i am worried about day of exam

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      Juhi dubey 4 weeks ago

      Not that confident on my preparation. A bit worried

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      vaishnavi h s 4 weeks ago

      how to prepare for board exam within 20 days??

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      Mukesh Ambani 4 weeks 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 5 weeks ago

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

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      ipsita parida 5 weeks ago

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

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      Yogesh 5 weeks ago

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

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      yash gupta 5 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 6 weeks ago

      Excellent! usefull post..

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      Khawahish 6 weeks ago

      I scored 95 percent

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      Lipu sahoo 6 weeks 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 7 weeks ago

      I scored 100%

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      Aditya 7 weeks 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 months ago

      Nice article ........

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

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      Brij Bhushan 2 months ago

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

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      sahana 2 months ago

      it was really helpful and motivating

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      This is ..priya 2 months ago

      Your article is very helpful...

      Its build good enthusiasm in me

      So thank you

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      Aqsa 2 months ago

      Thank you for your articles

      It's very useful me

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      Tafadzwa Gwashu 2 months ago

      i love your article! thank you

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      Min Thu Aung 2 months ago

      I scored 13%

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      Hii.. this is tamanna 3 months 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 3 months 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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      Hen 4 months ago

      First I got 68% and now I've got 82% thanks sir

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      Fat 4 months ago

      Bro I got 68 % and my exam are starting i hope I'll acheive thanks for helping me

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      ritika tyagi 4 months ago

      thankxxx.... for this advice sir it actually helped me...... thanks a lot...First i got 80% and after reading this article i got 95% out of 100..

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      Zayn mahir 4 months ago

      Hi sir I may have not prepared yet for my exams but ur article encouraged me and it got me boosted. Insha Allah I will score At least 55%...

      Thank you so much sir

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      Nirmal Kumar. 4 months ago

      I am the one who lost everything I had, because of playing games in mobile and using internet. Help me to find a solution that how can regain my attitude or tell me I have develop a new attitude.

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      Shravani 4 months ago

      I scored 100 percent ☺

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      SOWMYASRI 4 months ago

      will it work sir?

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      mahima shukla 4 months ago

      thanks so much

      i will try

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      Dashavant 4 months ago

      Thanks it's helped me a lot..

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      Tanu 4 months ago

      How to cover 20 chapters in 10 days

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      Debapriyo Maity 5 months ago

      thank you! It boosted my confidence

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      Divya 5 months ago

      How to pass maths exam in 10 days . If we have 9 chapter ... class 10th

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      5 months ago

      Thank you so much it helped me a lot

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      Prathamesh Hegde 5 months ago

      Helps a lot

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      priyanka 5 months ago

      thanks for this motivation

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      atifur rahman 6 months ago

      thanks !!!!

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      Muskan bansal 6 months ago

      how ro prepare for exam within 8 days

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      Shamveel 6 months ago

      How to prepare for exam in 10days if I study I can't remember

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      Mohit kumar 6 months ago

      Please help!! How to prepare for exams in 10days

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      Shraddha Tripathi 7 months ago

      Hey i scored 100%

      I m preparing myself for mp police exam.. That is on 30th August...i randomly searched on Google that what to do before 10 days of competition exams... So i got ur article

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      Sayali 8 months ago

      Thank you soo much for these guidelines Sir....My All India PGCET is on 6th aug...I was quite nervous as I have not completed my portion yet...But Now I believe I can....This is really going to help me...Thank you

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      Soumyajit Adhikary 8 months ago

      I think these will all be helpful...... Thanks.

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      malsha 8 months ago

      i am really inspired with your words sir.. thank you very much .very useful and make me very easy to get ...

      Thank you so much sir...

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      PARTISHA GUPTA 8 months ago

      sir i am quite weak in maths and science and this time board is there please help me and guide me to fulfil my and my parents dream of scoring 90+ in all subjects and raise my family's name.Help me

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      Shamsheer 9 months ago

      This is exactly me i want to learn all subject

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      Harish ojha 9 months ago

      Thank you so much.......I have 10 days for stusy....I think I will improve my exam well....thank you again for suggestion

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      Mfikoe kitso 9 months ago

      Thank you for giving me hope,because many people think am a stupid but i will prove them wrong.

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      Deepti J 9 months ago

      I'm v much confused at this point. My law Exams r nearing and totally 10 subjects at a stretch I need to clear thts my target. But everytime I think of clearing tht really doesn't happen. Pls guide me how to conquer these exams with a gud score. Thank you.

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      Djimeli Joël 9 months ago

      Thanks For your advices. Now i have confidence in my self.

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      Devani Kriti Pravinbhai 10 months ago

      It is best suggestion.

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      Manisa bandra 10 months ago

      Thank u name is manisha bandra and this is my final year of exam of my graduation and my next month is exam and I was not confident but after learning this tips ...made me confident and I will hard work on my studies....

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      emily 10 months ago

      thank you

      so much for that

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      mishty 11 months ago

      i m tensed............what to do??????????????

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      bakya sri 11 months ago

      super............. this tips very help for me thank you

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      sanju 11 months ago

      i scored 100%in your quiz

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      Clarin 11 months ago

      Its very useful...

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      Sumitra subedi 11 months ago

      I'll try

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      just me 12 months ago

      useless . boring to read . hope u people make it short and interesting at-least by using some pics . i strongly say that THESE DOESN'T SUIT THE NEW GENERATION. and also , who the hell will read such a lot wasting there time to study when there is only 10 days more for the exams . so hope u guys make up your mistakes . - KIND REQUEST .

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      Rufina 12 months ago

      thanx for ur advice i think it cleared my mind

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      Ali Bahi 12 months ago

      Sir your tips really help me to get a hope because I have to score 400+ marks in 9th class by preparing 8 subjects in 10 days

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      varsha 12 months ago

      superb you came to the point

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      kuldeep kumar 12 months ago

      i am nervous about my 10 class final exam

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      m. rakesh 12 months ago

      this made me to achieve my success . In this type guide line should be know before the exams

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      vat 12 months ago

      Plzz help me as my last exm is after 15 days n i have not prepared much n i want to score approx 60%

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      k f 12 months ago

      Let this article be gud to me.......

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      black reaper 12 months ago

      i got 72 percent , i have 18 days can someone help me

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      Kavi 12 months ago

      I will try sure thank you advice.

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      Ayesha 13 months ago

      thank you so very much it did ignite positivity in me . and got me back on my track... really thanks alot ... and i really hope this helps..WELL U NEVER KNOW THE RESULTS WILL TELL THAT .. thanks again WISH ME LUCK!!!

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      jnanesh 13 months ago

      I am so sad my anual exam is in just 5 days what can I do now??

      Plz help me to just pass in exams

      Plzz any one

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      samarth 13 months ago

      your our god sir thank u!!!!

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      Sandeepthi 13 months ago

      You are giving good information

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      Namrata 13 months ago 12th science bords exams are there in 10 days and was so depressed and hopeless but u make my hope come back!!

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      siva 13 months ago

      sir i have only 12 days for exam how to i prepare for the exam

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      Riya 13 months ago

      I wish I need good marks

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      Kasturi Mishra 13 months ago

      Thank you so much for this helpful article ....Before some days I was thinking that I will fail in my exams but after taking the quiz and reading the article I am totally confident that I will score good marks ......Again thank you so much...

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      kiya k 13 months ago

      it helps me & very easily i get on track.....tqsm

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      riya 13 months ago

      hello sir, i am in doubt that i usually score full marks in maths but this in class 10 while having pre- boards i find the paper difficult and i know i m going very less marks but how to prepare for boards i want full marks not even i marks less... please sir help me.......

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      Sussanah 13 months ago

      it is very useful to me thanks..