How to Study for Exams Effectively- 10 Best Tips that work

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Do you want to study effectively for your exams? And if you’re looking for how to study for exams and study tips for exams then you should read this article till the end.

Because in this article, we have 10 best exam preparation tips [strategies] that must be helpful for you to study effectively for your exams. And If you follow sincerely all tips then you must be able to achieve a top rank in your class.

Tips to study effectively for exam:

These are the tips that will help to maintain focus on your exam preparation. So first follow below five tips.

1: Find a proper space for study

This is the first and mandatory thing that you should do. Most of the students ignore it but you shouldn’t.  

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Now you must be thinking about why it is so necessary to have a proper space for study?

Well, A proper place for study can sharpen the mind and improves concentration while studying and it’s proven. So first find such a place (study room) where you can study whenever you want and no one can disturb you and your surroundings support you.  

One more thing, when your study for exams instead of studying in bed use a study table & chair for your study. If you already do then it’s great but if you don’t have then buy one.

Here are best Study Tables that I use:

Studying in bed, couch or floor is not good at all. Now only it can make you feel sleepy even it can cause back or neck pain. But if you can’t afford a study table then here is my guide on how should you study in bed

2: Set daily goals for your study

For managing your time, most people will suggest you- Make a routine, which is good. But you too know how it’s difficult to follow a routine for a longer time?   

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If you are like me who can’t stick with a routine then I have an alternative for you.

Here is the deal:

When you wake up or just before sleep, write a note about your studies, what you have to study today and what time today you have for your studies? Make every day a goal and then complete it.

Isn’t it looks easy to follow?  

If you want to be more serious then you can plan your whole day by making daily goals. But make sure to commit only that you can follow.

3: Avoid phone and others while preparing for exams 

Now you have found a proper space and also have planned your day for study but this is the very important thing that can distract you from your study. So must avoid your phone and other entertaining things that can distract you.

One of the best ways to avoid your phone is don’t go with your phone in the study room when you study for exams.   

But if your phone is a part of your studies then must block or uninstall all unnecessary apps and messages until you complete your exams. 

Like your phone, If you find anything else because of that you could be distracted then shift it to other places. If the distracting things will not exist near you then your mind will no get distracted and you will stay focused only on your studies.

4: Understand a topic sincerely

After following the above tips, now you are able to study effectively.  

But wait, do you only read your book or understand it too? I have seen so many students and even some of my classmates, they just read the book with their eyes only, not with the mind.

So, don’t be like them!

When you read your books or notes then grab their knowledge with full attention. Don’t let your mind go somewhere else. Even you should study a topic in such a way that you can teach others too.

Remember, how long you study it doesn’t matter, how effectively and productively you study that’s matters.

5: Review your studies

Yes! You hear right. And this tip would be very beneficial when you study for exams.

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After completing your study for a day, it’s time to review and test yourself about how sincerely you studied and how much knowledge you have successfully grabbed after studying.

But how actually you should do this?  

Well for this, either you can take a pen and blank paper and write all the topic’s names with a brief summary about what you studied today or else think in your mind directly and explain yourself what you studied.  

The second option I often used to do at night. This thing helped me to remember it for a long time and not forget easily. So, try this and see the result.  

Tips for Exam preparation:

So, we have looked at the tips that you should follow for an effective study. Now, let’s talk about our main topic that will make your exam preparation strong.

Hence here I’m listing 5 tips [strategies] that you need to follow too:       

1: Clear all your concepts that seem important for exam

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Do you have a deep understanding of all concepts and theories that seem important for your exam?  

If you study for exams and don’t have much knowledge about subjects and theories then first, clear all your concepts and theories according to your syllabus. Even if your basic is not good then strong your basics knowledge too.   

Remember, until your basics knowledge would be not strong, you can’t understand a topic at a higher level. 

In another case, If you are an average student and have basics strong then study smart and for long hours while following previous tips. To find out such topics in which you are not confident and not brings our next tip.

2: Make a syllabus for exams

It’s a crucial and very interesting thing that you should do.  

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If you’re preparing for your exam then it’s expected that you should know about your syllabus or which chapters are important for your exam. Isn’t it?  

If you have your syllabus then it’s good but if you don’t have then make it and list all chapter’s names on a blank page that seems important.   

Now, You have your exam syllabus (stick it on your study table). So, It’s time to cross-verify. Make a cross on that chapter’s name in which you’re confident and have prepared well and draw a circle, that you haven’t prepared yet.  

After doing this, start studying according to your syllabus. And as you complete any chapter from your syllabus then make a cross(❌) on that chapter name, which can motivate you to complete the rest syllabus.

REMEMBER, If you have less time (2-3 months) for your exam then catch first your week or boring subjects first then move to the easy and your favorite chapters, which you can easily prepare before 10 days of your exam.

3: Previous year’s papers and practice tests

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You might have understood my intention with the above heading? But do you know, why it is so necessary to solve the previous year question’s papers for your exam?   

Let me tell you…  

Previous year's questions help you give an idea about upcoming questions; because of this, you can easily understand the question format and practice well. Even sometimes, some questions can be repeated in your exam. Apart from this, there are so many benefits to solving previous year's papers. 

Now you might have understood the importance of question papers.  

One more thing that I considered in this tip’s heading. 

Almost forget! That is Practice tests, which are same important as previous year papers.  

Practice tests build your confidence and make your practice to solve exam papers. And if you have exams fear then it must take you out. So, either join a practice test class or else take it on your phone or laptop.  

Caution: Do not attempt the previous year’s paper and test paper without any preparation or less preparation, because you can solve only a few questions and it can demotivate you too. Solve them, when you have prepared well and have time.

4: Group Study

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One of the best ways to study for exams is studying in a group. Study in a group help to learn many this in a short time and the best part of this study is you can grab other’s knowledge too that you don’t know.

But make sure in group study don’t use your phone and be active with others.

So if you have friends who listen to you and good in study, arrange a group study and review the study materials with them. And don’t get demotivated when you don’t know something instead of this focus on learning with them.

Share your knowledge and grab others knowledge.

5: Don’t study on the last day

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I have seen many students who don’t prepare for the exam and on the last day before the exam they study a lot. But it’s not called study for exams or exam preparation, it’s called cramming.   

Are you one of them who cram before the exam? Let me know in the comment.  

Well, I believe cramming is not the right way to study and a student who is serious about the exam never crams.

So, Instead of studying on the last day and worried about what you left or didn’t study, you should hang out and watch movies and others. And most TOPPERS will also suggest you this.  

(Preparing on the last day can make you feel that you’re forgetting what you studied. I have experienced it and I know rather than more preparation it can give you stress.) Here is a guide on how should you spend your day before exam.


If you want to score high in your exam then you must have to prepare well with a strategy. there are no shortcuts, you have to study for exams effectively and follow all tips. And for this, I have shared with you 10 tips that will be helpful to study effectively for your exam.  

Here is a quick look at all tips: 

For study effectively:

  • Find a proper place to study
  • Set a daily goal for your study
  • Don’t go with your phone in the study room
  • Understand a topic sincerely
  • Review your studies

For preparing for the exam:

  • Clear all your concepts and theories
  • Make a syllabus
  • Previous years papers & Practice tests
  • Group Study
  • Don’t study on the last day

I hope this article will be helpful to you. If you have any queries related to the article and tips then please let me know in the comment section. We would happy to reply to you back.

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