Exam Preparation Tips for 10th Grade (ICSE) Students [Including: 30-Day Study Plan]

Are you an ICSE student and looking for exam preparation tips after your datesheet has just been released? We’ve got your back.

A lot of you must be anxious and restless. We know how difficult the exam season can get. Let’s prepare a plan of action, a 30-day study plan for your upcoming examinations, which will definitely help you score better.

But, before we do anything else, it’s important to learn how to stick to and maintain a routine in your everyday life, especially when it’s a study routine. 

Let’s look at some ways in which we can maintain a healthy learning routine for ourselves and stick to it:

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How To Stick To A Study Routine

A lot of us feel we’re glued to our phones lately and not really studying when we should have. With the examination season not scaring us anymore due to them being conducted online, it’s no surprise that our brains might feel foggish and slow.. So, why not do something for yourself, like maintaining a study routine? Just to help yourself read, write, learn and grasp better?

  1. Chart everything out: What is it that you want to achieve? When do you feel the most confident? When do you love yourself? Yes, that is where you want to go back. Write those moments down when you were the proudest of yourself. For example, ‘I was proud of myself when I scored the highest marks in my campus last year’ or ‘I was happy when I improved by 20% on my mid-term results’.

  2. Set KPIs: Treat every success point as an MoS. An MoS is a Measure of Success or somewhere you want to reach. To achieve that peak, you need to follow some steps. Here, these will be KPIs or Key Performance Indicators.

    An example of these two things can be: 

    MoS: I want to study better this year.
    KPI 1: I will wake up every morning at 5 and do some reading.
    KPI 2: I will sleep at 10 PM every day to maintain a fresh mind and body.

  3. Choose your favourite tracking app: For us at work, it is Basecamp. But for me personally, it is Google Calendar. For every KPI or every little step to your goal, schedule events on Google Calendar. 

    For example, an event of ‘Solve 5 practice questions’ at 5 AM every morning, that rings 6 days a week, leaving Sundays. This will help you track your progress by scheduling  tasks for yourself.

    Key Performance Indicators are therefore, things which will lead you to achieve your MoS. Following this step, we will write KPIs for ourselves in our diaries.

    For example, an event of ‘Solve 5 practice questions’ at 5 AM every morning, that rings 6 days a week, leaving Sundays. This will help you track your progress by scheduling  tasks for yourself.

  4. Choose sleep over everything: Especially during the Pandemic, people across the globe have faced episodes of insomnia or depression that have led to insufficient sleep and irregular study patterns for examinations. Studies have revealed the damaging effects of a poor sleep cycle on the daily activities of adults.

    A routine tracked with a concrete timeline can have many advantages when it comes to your daily functioning like sleeping, eating, working, exercising, spending quality time with your loved ones and setting aside some hours for personal learning.

    In a research by the Harvard University, scientists estimated that life expectancy for study participants (at age 50) was 70 for women and 75 for men, if they didn’t maintain healthy habits. But if they adopted good habits, life expectancy at the same age jumped to 93 for women and 87 for men. And following even one healthy habit was associated with a lower risk for dying young. 
    Interesting, isn’t it? Now, imagine being able to score better just by sticking to a study routine.

  5. Be accountable to someone: Start documenting your experiences for the simple purpose of accountability. If you like writing, start a blog where you document your everyday experiences. Or have a ‘study buddy’ who’s serious about this pursuit as well. A quick call to discuss can motivate you to action. 

  6. Reward yourself: Even if it is something as small as offering yourself that laddoo, do it if you think it makes you happy. After all, after so much work, you need to reward yourself with something. If you keep yourself happy, it’ll help you stay consistent and continue doing something for a longer duration. 

    Bonus Point: 

  7. Create a Time-Table: I didn’t mention this in the main discussion, because a time-table does not work for everybody. Do it if you think you can stick to it and build a strong routine for yourself. If it hampers your consistency and makes you too hard on yourself, just schedule things simply on your phone for yourself and take it easy. 

    Maintaining a study routine is crucial to learning new concepts and staying aware of what’s happening around you. To score better in your examinations, this is something we all must live by. 

Great! You now know how to stick to a study routine. Now let’s design a study routine that you need to stick to.

30-Day Study Plan

Before we start, I want to make one thing very clear: Scoring well might be important to many of you, but what matters more is how confident you feel during the exam and how much you’re taking care of your health.

So, let’s get started!

Let’s say you have 6 subjects, 8 chapters for each subject, and the month of October to prepare. These are hypothetical numbers and your study plan can be maneuvered according to the actual number of subjects you have and the actual number of chapters you have for each of those subjects. We’ll name the subjects alphabetically: Subject A, Subject B, Subject C, Subject D, Subject E, Subject F.

DateSubjectSecond RevisionFinal RevisionExam Date
Oct 1 to 3English LanguageNov 2Nov 14Nov 15
Oct 4 to 7English LiteratureNov 3 and 4Nov 15Nov 16
Oct 8 and 9Environmental ScienceNov 5Nov 16Nov 17
Oct 10 to 12History & CivicsNov 6 and 7Nov 17Nov 18
Oct 13 to 14MathematicsNov 2, Nov 5, Nov 8Nov 20Nov 22
Oct 15GeographyNov 9 and 10Nov 22Nov 23
Oct 16HindiNov 11 and 12Nov 24Nov 25
Oct 17 to 20PhysicsNov 25Nov 28Nov 29
Oct 21 to 23ChemistryNov 26 and 27Nov 30Dec 1
Oct 24 to 25BiologyNov 28 and 29Dec 1Dec 2
30-Day Study Plan

And if this is too confusing, here is a time-table that you can follow easily:

Easier said than done. But let’s take it one day at a time. There are enough rest days. Just enjoy the process!

All the best!

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