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How to effectively plan for an exam to earn straight As

how to effective plan for good grades

Are exams lurking in the corner within its mist of anxiety and other hormonal terrors? 

Do you have a bulk of work to study with yet so little time?

Or have you got everything Right leading up to the point of examinations and don’t want to fluff it with a poor exam plan?

In this article, you will discover the secret to stellar academic performance. The very one those top graders keep to themselves. 

There’s more… you will be able to access a planner template I used to get straight ‘A’s.

Though it was forecasted that online exams will soon hold. I still feel unprepared and anxious. That will soon change as I try to adopt these simple hacks to my study plans.

Being my final high school exams, I decided to share how I plan for my exams.

Need to note.

It is important to note that the measure of your grade begins as soon as the semester commences which means I will not sell you a false belief of thinking the content of this article will give you an A.

 If your assessments are poor,  chances are that you won’t be hitting an ‘A’ unless of course, there are ‘invisible hands of proposal’ pulling some strings.

It does not also mean that a good plan for exams cannot get you favorable results. It is still possible to get a favorable score.

Within the walls of this article, you will find the exact template I use to be successful in my exams [with proof].

It is a strategy that I developed over the years and have perfected now.

1. Prioritize your work effectively

The importance of priority can not be overemphasized. 

Courses that are your strengths, or with prior background knowledge should be given less priority. Give yourself sufficient time to be well versed with the content

Be it a long term or a short term plan, you need to establish a system of importance that aids your decision making which is why I introduce to you……..

The Eisenhower Matrix.

Developed by the 34th US President Dwight D. The Eisenhower Matrix allows you to create a system of prioritizing the most important tasks so that they don’t get lost to the sudden, unexpected tasks that always seem to arise out of nowhere. 

Tasks that are both “Important” and “Urgent” receive a priority level of 1 and should be your focus. On the other end of the spectrum, tasks that are deemed both “Not Important” and “Not Urgent” should be put to the wayside. In the middle are tasks that can either be scheduled for “Next Up” or even delegated to someone else.

2. Organize 

Organize your study area. If you don’t have one, create one.

While some other sites will preach that you should vary your study locations, I find that it increases the time it takes to settle down, which in turn delays time to start tasks leading to time mismanagement.

Plus I am a big fan of comfort!

Also, lay or organize systems that will help with your goals. Join study groups, find paid tutorials to enlist yourself as paid tutorials are more focused on ensuring you receive value for your money.

3. Study smartly

Studying isn’t always about spending hours in a closed room straining your brain. It’s important to plan your studying in a way that you’re able to maximize your scores.

See a full definitive guide on how to study effectively here.

Also, it is important to have a rough estimate of the number of pages you can study per hour for a particular course. This gives an insight into how much time is required to study a given number of pages. 

Since this has already been discussed in full details, I intend to spare all the repetition and head on to other relevant things.

4. Track your progress

It is important to track your progress as this provides a birds-eye view to the realization of set goals.

From the list of tiny tasks that ultimately lead to a goal, strike out the ones that have been achieved and make way for the rest.

Use tools, resources that are available; study templates,  planner, a jotter, note-taking apps, camscanner, etc. Some of them are outlined below.


Access the exam success Stellar planner for FREE. This is the same planner I used to achieve straight As. (Click here if you need to see proof)

It has been modified and refined to suit your needs incorporating key details that have been discussed in this article. 

Examination planner tool

Plus an easy-to-follow instructional guide on how to use it has been created HERE.

I’m giving them all out for FREE irrespective of the value it provides as PaveTheWalk is keen on its mission.


The Pomodoro Timer 

This resource helps you track, break down your time into sessions. A good tool for time management. You could also use it as a system for simulating exam conditions with regard to timing.

Access this resource.

5. Take care of yourself

Despite being busy and focused before and during exams, you still need time to rejuvenate and relax.

Studying can have a massive impact on your mental strength, so it’s necessary to reward yourself with frequent breaks filled with the following


You will be able to work better if you eat a healthy diet. This applies both during your exam period, and when you are revising.

Surviving on junk food is not a good idea. Eat more of protein,  antioxidants(veggies, fruits), and omega-3 class food examples; eggs, oilfish, sardines. Find out more here

Avoid excessive intake of caffeine. You do NOT want to experience “the crash effect” during exams.


It is also a good idea to take regular exercise when studying. A little exercise like A brisk walk, or a stretch goes a long way to get your blood circulating well and to ensure that you can concentrate better.


Studies have shown that if a person gets as little as 6 hours of sleep for two weeks straight, he or she will perform as tired as a person who has been awake for 48 straight hours. Get more sleep!

An average young adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep daily. To incorporate this into an actionable study plan, one must have a regular or good sleep schedule.

Sadly, mine is all over the place lately. How can a person sleep by 7 am and wake by 3 pm? In God, we trust.


While other sites will advise you to eliminate anxiety. I proffer a more actionable tip; Utilize it. 

Try to harness that fear into a force that drives you to plan, study, and execute your goals.

I have written a good number of exams; Aced most, failed a few. But I can tell you this; ‘The anxiety never goes away.’ 

It’s one thing to plan is another to execute the plan. So find what works best for you and ACT!

It’s not rocket science, you know. Garbage in Garbage out; optimum inputs, maximum results. You got this!!

If peradventure you are an A-grader  and an item of your arsenal was exposed..kindly leave a comment down below

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If you have any questions about any matter relating to studying, leave a comment as well. I might just make a post about it.


Alan Lakein

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  1. Ekanem Effiong says:

    This was helpful

    1. Can be too heavy considering the size of my head lol. I appreciate your kind words

  2. Well written and enlightening.

    1. PavetheWalk hopes to deliver nothing short of the best. Purpose fulfilled!

  3. Definitely adding this to my students’ handout. Super helpful.

    1. It will make a nice addition to your bag of tricks.

  4. Great insight bro. Glad I came across this.

  5. Chimmy Nsirim says:

    Good read, very enlightening