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Managing School, Tuition and CLAT Preparation

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Everyone preparing for CLAT is tackling a common dilemma faced by many students preparing for CLAT 2025, which is on December 1 this year. How do you manage your school, tuition and CLAT preparation all at once? For those of you attending school regularly and juggling tuition, it can feel overwhelming. School often drains a lot of your energy, so how do you find the time and stamina to prepare for CLAT? 

Let’s dive into some practical strategies to balance all these demands.

Understanding the Timeline

First, let’s understand the timeline. Your 12th board exams will likely be in late February or early March, while CLAT is on December 1. This gives you about three months between CLAT and your board exams. It’s crucial to prioritise your time effectively to manage both.

Prioritising Your Time

  1. Focus on CLAT First: Since CLAT is earlier, prioritise it in the months leading up to December. Dedicate more time to CLAT preparation now, knowing that once CLAT is over, you can switch your focus to board exams.
  2. Daily Study Routine: Aim to study for CLAT daily. If you can spare even 3 hours a day, it will make a significant difference. Consistency is key. Break your study sessions into manageable chunks and focus on different sections of the CLAT syllabus.
  3. Use School Time Wisely: Utilise any free periods at school to catch up on CLAT preparation. This could be revising current affairs, reading newspapers or practising mock tests. Efficient use of school hours can free up time later in the day.

Balancing School and Tuitions

  1. Effective Planning: Create a timetable that balances school, tuition and CLAT prep. Include short, focused study sessions during breaks or between classes. Ensure you have a mix of subjects to keep your mind fresh and avoid burnout.
  2. Communication with Teachers: Talk to your school teachers and tuition tutors about your CLAT preparation. They might offer extra help or be more understanding of your schedule. Sometimes, teachers can provide valuable insights or resources that align with your CLAT prep.

Parental Support

  1. Discuss with Parents: Have an open discussion with your parents about your CLAT goals and the need to prioritise them over schoolwork temporarily. Explain the importance of CLAT for your future career and how a balanced approach will benefit you in the long run.
  2. Parental Involvement: Involve your parents in your study plan. They can help keep track of your progress and motivate you. Sometimes, just knowing your parents are supportive can reduce stress and increase focus.

Strategic Studying

  1. Focus on Weak Areas: Identify your weak areas in the CLAT syllabus and allocate more time to them. This targeted approach ensures that you improve where it’s most needed.
  2. Regular Mock Tests: Take regular mock tests to assess your preparation and get used to the exam pattern. Analyse your performance to understand where you need improvement. Access mock tests from the best coaching institutes for free by clicking here.
  3. Use Quality Resources: Invest in quality study materials and join reliable coaching programs if possible. 

Efficient Study Techniques

Engage in active learning techniques such as summarising information, teaching others and using flashcards. These methods help reinforce learning and improve retention.

Keep your study space organised and clutter-free. An organised environment can enhance focus and productivity.

Health and Well-being

Don’t forget to take regular breaks during study sessions. Short breaks can help refresh your mind and maintain your productivity.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet, regular exercise and sufficient sleep. Your physical well-being directly impacts your mental performance.

Final Stretch

As CLAT approaches, increase the intensity of your revision. Focus on key areas and practice as many mock tests as possible. On the exam day, stay calm and confident. You’ve prepared well and it’s time to show your hard work.

Post-CLAT Focus

Once CLAT is done, shift your focus entirely to your board exams. Use the three-month gap to prepare thoroughly for your boards. With CLAT out of the way, you can dedicate more time and energy to scoring well in your 12th exams.


Balancing school, tuition and CLAT preparation requires effective time management, strategic studying and support from your parents and teachers. With the right approach, you can excel in both your board exams and CLAT. Remember to stay consistent, use your time wisely and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Keep smiling and keep working hard. You’ve got this!

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