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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        Bhavya 

        3 weeks 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 

        4 weeks ago

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

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        sd.nazneen 

        4 weeks ago

        thank you so much.that quiz really motivated me

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        Bhargab hazarika 

        5 weeks ago

        I scored 100

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        Ambesh jaiswal 

        8 weeks ago

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

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        Iqbal Raza 

        2 months ago

        I'm gonna following your instructions

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        INSHALLAH LINUS 

        3 months ago

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

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        Divya Reddy 

        3 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 

        3 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 

        3 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 

        3 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 

        4 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 

        4 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 

        5 months ago

        Thx i will try my best to score well

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        Alphamax7700 

        6 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 

        7 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 

        7 months ago

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

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        aparna 

        7 months ago

        hope it will work

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        Meera 

        7 months 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 

        7 months 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 

        8 months ago

        i got 50%. I'm doomed

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        Deepika 

        8 months 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 

        8 months 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 

        8 months 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 

        8 months 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 

        8 months 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 

        8 months ago

        thank you your article is helping

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        memory muzavazi 

        8 months ago

        interesting to know hey

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        Nuzhat 

        8 months ago

        10 days left

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        Us doll 

        8 months ago

        I got 45 %

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        prajwal gupta 

        9 months ago

        thanks for motivating us

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        Ishmael 

        9 months ago

        I got 86.

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        Rohit 

        10 months ago

        i got 22%

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        charudatta pawar 

        10 months ago

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

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        Arka 

        10 months ago

        77% only

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        len 

        10 months ago

        27% I'm doomed

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        Gaya 3 

        10 months 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 

        10 months ago

        i got 95 % .....

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        atufa zainab 

        10 months ago

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

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        HSK 

        11 months ago

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

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        Yash 

        11 months ago

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

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        tanishka 

        11 months ago

        let me try

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        gargi trivedi 

        11 months ago

        thank you so much.....

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        Reuben 

        11 months ago

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

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        ATHAR 

        11 months ago

        i am worried about day of exam

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        Juhi dubey 

        11 months ago

        Not that confident on my preparation. A bit worried

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        vaishnavi h s 

        11 months ago

        how to prepare for board exam within 20 days??

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        Mukesh Ambani 

        11 months 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 

        11 months ago

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

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        bannu 

        11 months ago

        nice

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        ipsita parida 

        11 months ago

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

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        Yogesh 

        11 months ago

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

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        yash gupta 

        11 months 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 

        11 months 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 

        11 months 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 

        11 months ago

        Excellent! usefull post..

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        Khawahish 

        11 months ago

        I scored 95 percent

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        Lipu sahoo 

        11 months 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 

        11 months ago

        I scored 100%

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        Aditya 

        12 months ago

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

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        balu 

        12 months ago

        Nice article ........

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

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        Brij Bhushan 

        12 months ago

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

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        sahana 

        12 months ago

        it was really helpful and motivating

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        This is ..priya 

        12 months ago

        Your article is very helpful...

        Its build good enthusiasm in me

        So thank you

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        Aqsa 

        13 months ago

        Thank you for your articles

        It's very useful me

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        Tafadzwa Gwashu 

        13 months ago

        i love your article! thank you

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        Min Thu Aung 

        13 months ago

        I scored 13%

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        Hii.. this is tamanna 

        13 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 

        14 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 

        14 months ago

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

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        Fat 

        14 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 

        14 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 

        14 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. 

        14 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 

        14 months ago

        I scored 100 percent ☺

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        SOWMYASRI 

        14 months ago

        will it work sir?

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        mahima shukla 

        14 months ago

        thanks so much

        i will try

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        Dashavant 

        14 months ago

        Thanks it's helped me a lot..

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        Tanu 

        14 months ago

        How to cover 20 chapters in 10 days

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        SURANJAN DAS 

        15 months ago

        PLEASE DISCUSS MORE THINGS

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        Debapriyo Maity 

        15 months ago

        thank you! It boosted my confidence

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        Divya 

        15 months ago

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

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        15 months ago

        Thank you so much it helped me a lot

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        Prathamesh Hegde 

        16 months ago

        Helps a lot

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        priyanka 

        16 months ago

        thanks for this motivation

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        atifur rahman 

        16 months ago

        thanks !!!!

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        Muskan bansal 

        16 months ago

        how ro prepare for exam within 8 days

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        Shamveel 

        17 months ago

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

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        Mohit kumar 

        17 months ago

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

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        Shraddha Tripathi 

        17 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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        ABHAY 

        17 months ago

        THANKS

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        Sayali 

        18 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 

        18 months ago

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

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        malsha 

        18 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 

        18 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 

        19 months ago

        This is exactly me i want to learn all subject

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        Harish ojha 

        19 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 

        20 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 

        20 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 

        20 months ago

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

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