1. Know the exam well
Find out the exam pattern, the questions type, number of question asked, time available to answer, paper based/computer based exam, possibility to go back and forth in the questions, negative marks if any, minimum marks needed to get through to your target college, Time of the exam(morning/afternoon/evening) etc.
2. Know your syllabus well
Find out about the topics that are asked in the exam, the relative weightage of different topics, the ratio of difficult vs. easier questions, the recommended reference books etc.
3. Make a Plan
Now you have researched everything about the exam and study material, divide your topics in very Important, moderately important and low important category. Preferably mark this in your reference book itself so that you know how much time give when you study it.
4. Make a daily routine
Keep your weekly and daily target of study objective, study time, and study material to be covered and follow it. Also keep some buffer time in your schedule. Keep some time allotted for outdoor activities/games/exercise, entertainment, rest, family/friends as well. A regularly followed balanced routine is far better than a short lived strenuous routine.
5. Monitor your ProgressKeep a track of your plan vs achievement on a weekly basis. And try to cover up if you lag behind your plan.
6. Test, Evaluate, Analyze and Rework
After every chapter or topic that you study, make sure you take practice test related to it The test should be done with time limits used. After the test, evaluate and analyse your answers as compared to solution key. The questions that you did wrong, should be worked on with related topic refreshed to ensure you get it right the next time.
7. Simulate the exam
One month before the exam, focus only on test simulations. Give as many simulates tests that you can give in that time. Analyse, evaluate and rework all of them.
8. Make your flash cardsWrite all the formulas, shortcuts, acronyms etc that you want to quickly revise in separate flash card or lists. This should not be more than 5-6 pages. Use these pages on the day of the exam to quickly run through important reminder.
9.Set your body clockA week before the exam, set your body clock to follow the exam day schedule. Wake up time, test time, sleep time, eating time, all of this should follow the schedule that you plan to follow on the night before the exam and the day of the exam.
10. The D day plan
A day before the exam, have a light study schedule, have light meals, no outside food, hydrate well, take enough sunshine in the evening, talk to family/friend, sleep well and on time to wake up fresh and energetic for the exam day. DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST before exam. You brain needs glucose to function well. Hence ensure that you have a good high carbohydrate dinner the day before the exam and a easy to digest, light, sugar source( like fruits) as breakfast on the day of the exam.