How to Prepare for ICSE Class 10 (TIPS)

Recently, a reader emailed us asking for tips on how to prepare for ICSE Class 9. We replied with the following tips, adding that though we don’t exactly remember how we prepared in Class 9, we do remember following the below-mentioned guidelines while studying for ICSE Class 10.

Though the post has been titled “How to Prepare for ICSE Class 10”, we believe that these tips are such that they are applicable for studying in general and can be implemented no matter which grade, school, or board you are in – whether CBSE/ICSE/etc. You may even find yourself carrying forth these tips into college! Who knows? In the meantime, read on to see whether they may help you in streamlining your studies for the Class 10 Board Exams.

1. Paying attention in class: Make sure that you are alert when the teacher is teaching. Say no to distractions in the form of well-wishing friends. Make notes of things you feel are important or which interest you and which may not be given in the textbook. Writing by hand will help you remember what was taught in class. 

2. Revising: Once you come back home, make time to revise your class notes and what was covered in class on that day. Go through the topic in the textbook, underline important points, mark doubts with sticky notes or colored flags.

3. Reading before class: Revising is important, but one should also read before class on the topic to be covered in the class that day. This way you will have a better understanding of what is being taught and can raise a question immediately in case the doubts that you had during your pre-read aren’t answered in the normal course of the class.

4. Getting your doubts solved: Ask questions if you have doubts, and if you feel that you need to get them solved personally, then don’t feel shy or hesitant to approach your teachers. Most teachers are always ready to help their students. You just have to ask.

5. Planning: Make your time table and schedule your priorities. Sit on Sunday and make a list of topics that you wish to cover in the coming week. Categorize them subject-wise and then pick up a few subjects every day and focus on revising or learning the topics mentioned. The topics can be based on upcoming tests, your weak areas, your areas of interest, etc. Math, diagrams, formulae, etc. should be practiced every other day. Since you are weak in Math, make sure you practice it every day. Mark where you make silly mistake, which concepts you need to brush up on, and get these concepts cleared from your teacher.

6. Taking breaks: Study for as long as you can remain interested and focused, and take small breaks whenever you feel your energy levels dipping. Don’t just sit and stare at your book because you feel that you should study for an hour straight. If you feel that your mind is wandering, get up, drink some water, walk around, get some fresh air, and then go back to studying. Keep your breaks small, though, and always get back on track.

7. Making time for activities: Dedicate some time for activities such as reading books apart from studies, writing a journal, spending time with family, playing outdoors, going for a walk, exercising, meditating, sketching or painting, or any other hobby that you may have. 

Hope these tips gave you a direction to plan your studies! Let us know in the Comments below, which point you found most useful and which ones you are already following. We look forward to reading your views. 🙂


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Also see other important ways to prepare for and ace your ICSE Board Exams:

How to Plan Your Studies in the Final Months Before the ICSE Board Exams

How To Make Notes on Various Subjects (TIPS)

English I: How to Improve Your Essays

22 thoughts on “How to Prepare for ICSE Class 10 (TIPS)

    • ICSE Helper says:

      Hi Sathvik,

      Exams have begun, and our suggestion at this time would be to just do your best and give it all you’ve got. Do go through our last-minute tips and guidelines on the blog, given under the menu of the same name. They may be of help to you. Additionally, you can keep yourself updated with the tips we share via Twitter @icsehelpline101.

      Hope this helps, and all the best for the exams! Stay strong, and stay healthy. 🙂


    • ICSE Helper says:

      Hi Patrika,

      Thank you for your comment. Regarding equations, we previously answered a similar query by another reader. You can check out our reply here: Do check it out. Additionally, put aside a separate time slot just for practicing equations, e.g. every night at 10p.m. or every morning after brushing your teeth. Inculcate it in your routine and it will be easier to make it a habit.

      Hope this helps! If you have further questions, do let us know. Keep visiting! 🙂


    • ICSE Helper says:

      Hi Chandani,

      You can try making notes on flashcards, index cards, or small rectangular pieces of paper or chart paper with colorful pens and highlighters. Don’t waste too much time in beautifying it, but add just enough color and design to make you interested in writing and revising the material. You can check out our handwritten notes on Chemistry here: This will give you an idea about what we mean.

      Hope this helps! Let us know if you have further questions.

      Thanks for visiting, and do stop by again. 🙂


    • ICSE Helper says:

      Hi Kalpana,

      To solve papers, first get your hands on a good source. Once you have the papers, make a list of which year’s paper or which practice paper you will solve on which day and at what time. Saturdays or Sundays are best-fitted for writing papers as you will have the free time to sit for 3 hours at a stretch. Ultimately, it’s up to you. Have a goal, plan your course of action, and then stay committed.

      All the best! Let us know if you have further questions, and thanks for visiting. 🙂


    • ICSE Helper says:

      Hi Kalpana,

      You yourself have the answer! Don’t neglect the subject. 🙂 Practice writing essays/letters (once or twice a week) and get them checked by your teacher; and revise prepositions and phrasal verbs, etc. on a daily basis. Also check out our post on tips for English I:

      Hope this helps!


    • ICSE Helper says:

      Hi Kalpana,

      Practice is key! Keep practicing, starting with solved examples and then moving onto the exercises. Make a note/list of where you make silly mistakes in your class tests or exams and revise this list before exams to ensure you don’t make the same mistake again.

      Hope this helps!


  1. PJS says:

    I am going to write the ICSE Board Exam 2018. My projects were taken for evaluation.
    I expect an 18/20 in all projects and a 16/20 in English. Is it still possible for me to achieve 97%-98% overall ? I got an overall of 96% in my Terminal and Preliminary exams(both). (I got a 73/80 in English Literature, 68.5/80 in English Language, 80/80 in Mathematics, History and Civics, Physics 99/100 in Computer Science, 76/80 in Geography 79/80 in Chemistry, 76.5/80 in Biology and 65/80 in Hindi in my Preliminary Exams.)
    Is it still possible for me to achieve 97%-98% overall ?


    • ICSE Helper says:

      Hi there,

      Thank you for stopping by the blog!

      Regarding your query, we are strong believers of “nothing is impossible!” So, yes, it is definitely possible to achieve an overall 97%-98% and not just because you have managed to score really well in your Pre-Boards. A consistently high score in Pre-Boards does help, but it is no guarantee of how well one will do in the final exam. On the other hand, a poor performance in Pre-Boards does not mean that it will be reflected in the final exam, either.

      However, your exemplary performance till now does give you a strong foothold, and now, it is important for you to keep improving. We would suggest that you work upon your weak areas, strive to understand where you are losing those 1-4 marks, talk to your teachers, take their guidance, ask them where there is scope for improvement.

      Further, a 97-98% means that out of 600 marks (for 6 overall subjects), you have scope to lose up to 12-18 marks in all. Hence, try to minimize the number of marks lost in projects, and if this is beyond you control now, then work upon reducing silly mistakes, inadvertent errors, etc. to zero. Once again, we urge you to take the help of your teachers.

      Hope this helps! Stay strong and keep up the great work. Let us know if you have further questions. We would be happy to help. Keep visiting!


  2. Kalpana says:

    I get quite difficult to remember each and every dialogue fromeng2 that is a merchant of Venice.Can u plz help me provide some creative tips or notes to get easier with the topic

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Hi Kalpana,

      First of all, why would you want to remember each and every dialogue of the play? We’d suggest that you practice from the workbook and remember only important dialogues. You may also ask your teacher for guidance regarding the same. Other than that, go through the websites for English II that we have mentioned on our blog. You can find them through the search bar or by clicking on the “English II” tab under “Blog” in the upper menu.

      Hope this helps! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks for visiting! Stay connected.


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