How to prepare well for your exams?

By Captain Unni Krishnan,

When exams are around the corner, most students slip into studies and start cramming before the day of the exam. Some find it uneasy to follow a time table, some cannot concentrate, some have difficulties in remembering and others feel less confident. To help you cope with all your anxieties. Here are few useful tips that will help you to prepare well for your exams and be confident.

  • Make a revision timetable - Prepare a revision timetable. Try not to be too accurate and plan every minute of the day. This can be stifling and become boring quickly. Instead, make a list of subjects to be revised for that day, and how much time they need.

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  • Do lots of past exam papers - You need to be familiar with what the structure of exam will be, and what sort of questions will be asked. Time your solving of papers.
  • Take breaks – But not too many. One fifteen minute break for every hour of revision is fine, though if you’re younger and using this guide for other exams you’ll probably want shorter breaks more often – ten minute breaks for every half hour.
  • Drink enough water – But put it away from your notes in case you spill it! Refill it at breaks, and don’t drink too much or you’ll need the loo too often.
  • Eat well (Healthy food) – There are foods that boost brainpower – like peanuts, strawberries, banana, milk, dry fruits and fish. Avoid fast food – like pizzas and burgers and pastries that contain trans fats – a big ‘no’ to the brain and memory function.
  • Make time for exercise – It could be swimming or playing basketball or even yoga – coupled with mediation- has been proved to improve concentration.
  • Prioritize your subjects and their various topics to know which ones need the most work.
  • Get proper sleep, because then everything you revised will stay in your mind. Try not to stay up too long.
  • Have a daily routine -   For the basics of every day (this is easier if you have school, but during your leave follow this example-  ’Get up at 7:30, breakfast 7:45, lunch at 1:00, dinner at 6:00, bed at 9:00.’ It will get your body into a good routine for revising and stop you getting tired.
  • Study in a well organized, brightly lit room. Try changing your place of study – like the terrace, balcony, and the like instead of getting locked up only in your room.
  • Own schedule and not group schedule - It’s OK to do collective/group work to help each other, but do not do what they do, if you have English as a priority, and they have Math, do your English.
  • Get help from elders or your seniors who have done the same board exams before.
  • Be positive and confident about your exams.
  • Always be cheerful and learn to enjoy your study time. You don’t have a choice – you have to write your exams – might as well learn to enjoy study time.
  • Don’t be over confident, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
  • Create your own flash cards/ reference notes and refer them everyday. Five minutes with flashcards every day over a long period will be better than six hours cramming of science without breaks or rewards. You could also sum up what you have studied on post it stickers and glue them on your notice boards. When you revise again you just go through only that.
  • Set achievable and small targets- helps motivate you. Never target huge portions – when you don’t finish it, it will make you feel miserable.
  • Record things on to a phone or MP3 and listen to it overnight. That way, you will remember better. Record things you aren’t sure about.
  • Remember to be modest - if you brag about doing a lot of work and end up failing, it will be quite embarrassing.
  • Study everyday!

After Exam tips – Very crucial

  • Don’t create a panic. The work is done now wait for the result.
  • Don’t compare answers with those of other students – this can create negative feelings
  • Don’t rush to your textbooks to check your answers – there is no point at this stage
  • Focus on the next exam and how you might improve your exam technique
  • Have a quick look at your revision plan. See if you need to adjust it?
  • Think positive!

About the Author:

Captain Unni Krishnan is a Founder and Director of LearnHive; he is also the Founder and Managing Trustee of Primus Public School, Bangalore. Prior to that he was the Founder and Trustee of Indus International School. At Primus, he has been instrumental in implementation of new teaching pedagogies. He has seamlessly integrated the International and Indian syllabi to help prepare students for higher studies both in India and Overseas. Capt. is a ‘Sword of Honor’ from the prestigious Officers Training Academy of the Indian Army.

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About Unni Krishnan

Captain Unni Krishnan is a Founder and Director of LearnHive; he is also the Founder and Managing Trustee of Primus Public School, Bangalore. Prior to that he was the Founder and Trustee of Indus International School. At Primus, he has been instrumental in implementation of new teaching pedagogies. He has seamlessly integrated the International and Indian syllabi to help prepare students for higher studies both in India and Overseas. Capt. is a 'Sword of Honor' from the prestigious Officers Training Academy of the Indian Army. Learnhive ( is an online learning community of students (K through 12), parents, tutors and educational content creators. Our goal is to enrich the curriculum based learning experience of the students and to make learning more fun and effective.

55 comments on “How to prepare well for your exams?

  1. Sanaya on said:

    This is really helpful and I agree to all the points said. I got to know now to where I was going wrong. Thank you team learnhive for changing exam time from dread to joy. I could have done a lot better if I would have gone through this earlier.

  2. Bhavishya on said:

    Now i got to know where i was was wrong

  3. Nur Mahammad Miah on said:

    It will be very helpful for my child who reads in class iv under indian ICSE board.

  4. mamata bandhapadhai on said:

    it helps me a lot .. thanks for your information..

  5. hiddensid on said:

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  6. Please help in concentating in my studies. In our school all students r scoring good marks. My problem is i cannot read. If i study then next day i will forget wat ii had studied. Please madam or sir help me. I want to make my mom feel proud

  7. Shubhasree on said:

    Super idea. .
    Thank you for this

    It help me a lot for exams…

    Now I am good in studies

  8. thanks very much

  9. Aahna on said:

    Thanx Learnhive

  10. Divya Garg on said:

    Thanks for the tips

  11. Shubhangi on said:

    I read these tips and understand it . Then I apply it in my life and it enhance my quality. I studied as per the tips and because of that my concentration also get improved and marks too!!!!!

    • Shwetanshu Sarwey on said:

      I should give you some tips about studies:
      1. You should not waste your time
      2. you should concentrate on only one topic in a time
      3. You should practice different-different equation by yourself
      and last tip:
      Don’t sleep anywhere

  12. Dipanshi on said:

    Thank u so much for being such a good guiding teacher of us. Tips really worked in my life last year i was not satisfied with my marks but after getting tips for exams i secured good position in my class so it really works in my life. I must appriciate that u r helping growing generation by giving positive guidlines. Again thank u so much

  13. Rakshitha on said:

    Very nice and useful tips. Thank you very much :)

  14. Souvik Bandyopadhyay on said:

    This was very useful THANK YOU !
    I am a student of class 10 ICSE with these guidence I am going to be well preapeared…..

  15. sagar on said:

    this is cool

  16. richeal monteiro on said:

    Very nice tips

  17. My daughter is now 6th grade at Bangalore and if we move to Mumbai ,will the 3rd language problem to study for her.Currently her 3rd language is Kannada and in Mumbai she has to learn Marathi.Will it be any problem to study a new language in 7th std.Let me know any options if we move to Mumbai

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      In CBSE and ICSE schools , Third language is compulsory in Grade 5 to 8 and generally the local language is the option schools offer. However since this is only a school matter, they can accommodate request for continuing the same third language as what the student has been studying on a self study basis or offer the option to take the third language that the school offers at a lower level so that the student is not stressed. The other option is to choose an IGCSE school which will not have a third language requirement.

  18. Sana naveen on said:

    I have passed in my exams thanku sir or mam for this suggestions ur creativity are a strength for us

  19. it was a really great tip. I love sitting ang learning stuffs from learnhive. My school and learnhive is great

  20. Super site really worked

  21. sreevijay on said:

    thanks a lot u helped for my board exam by giving tips

  22. Jaheer Hussain on said:

    This has helped my son a lot and improved my son’s confidence so thanks for the help

  23. NILESH MISHRA on said:

    Thank you for your advice and surely it will help me in my examination
    I will optimize these opinion and prepare well for exams.

  24. tanishqa on said:

    Thank you maam alot it really hepled

  25. thanks for the tips ! its gonna help me a lot

    • Arshi Gandhi on said:

      Thank you so much for giving such a valuable suggestions. Now we can do much better by following these tips to make our future bright n quality education.

  26. sharanya on said:

    thank u sir it is very usefull to me…….. give better suggestion about the exams for 10std students to face the board exams

  27. ESTHER .J on said:

    thank you so much it was very helpfull .

  28. mohit on said:

    i found mu way to prepare for examination

  29. Saibal Pai on said:

    Thanks for your best suggestions. It will help me a lot in studying!!!!!!

  30. Tarj shah on said:

    Thank u so much… I m pretty sure this is gonna help

  31. anjali nair on said:

    Thank-you for improving my confidence in me ………….after reading the rule and regulations described very well and I am fully sure that each one will achieve their goal with good marks and better performance in examination . best of luck to all my colleagues.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Anjali,
      Glad to know that the guidelines have improved your confidence. Wishing you all the best in your exams.
      Capt Unni

  32. Akansha on said:

    Very useful tips..thankyou mam..

  33. VISHWA MUKHTYAR on said:

    Thank you mam. It’s really helpful :)

  34. Muskan poddar on said:

    Thank you ma’am….. It is very beneficial info…..

  35. jeet gandhi on said:

    Thank you ma’am it has been beneficial for me

  36. Aditi kandhari on said:

    thanks ma’am for this nice suggestions i would surely try tu follow them

  37. Mohit pal on said:

    Thank you so much for giving me confident.I’ll try my best.
    Thnkx for timetable.

  38. chinmayee on said:

    Thanks for ur suggestions. I will try my best to follow yours rules and regulations. t

  39. ur suggestions are good i tried to follow but i am a late riser what should i do?? i can stay awake til 2am but cannot get up before 8…. what am i to do?

  40. Nandhiga on said:

    Is studying with too many books around a good thing?

  41. soundariya on said:

    thank u so much .I didn’t know about these rules before or I would have done better.

  42. ankitha kamath on said:

    thanks a lot

  43. thanks; it really helped me a lot

  44. ASWINI S BINU on said:

    Thanks for these wonderful guidlines.

  45. sampybaksa on said:


  46. A warm greets to the team of learnhive.
    I thank learnhive. It encourages more to improve in our studies and therefore it avoids making tension in exam.
    Your creativity r a strength for us.
    And though we trust u allot.
    And thnkx for giving a chance.

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