This blog post is an answer to a burning question among students. Students really want to know what is required of them to achieve academic excellence.
While some are bold to ask this question, majority keep ruminating on this question while their grade suffer.
If you are a student and you are reading this, i congratulate you in advance because after reading this article and you take bold step to implement all the point discussed, your academic success is inevitable.
This blog post is a product of Personal experience and thorough research.
One thing you have to know first is that “All success including academics is not by default but by design”.
I will break it down shortly. You see, success don’t just happen, you have to make it happen. You have a role to play to achieve success in anything in life.
All succesful people you admire had paid a price and still paying the price of success. So, its a myth that some people are born to be successful while some are born to be failure.
Everybody including you was born with the seed of greatness and success. All you need to do is to pay the price.
If you can pay the price of success like others, you will become succesful too. So, as you read this article, bear it in mind that all success is by design and not by default.
If you will be succesful, you have to design yourself because you won’t experience success if you do nothing.
And guess what? This article will teach you the secrets that will help you design yourself for success.
But why did you need to achieve academic excellence. this question is often neglected but its very important.
Some reasons why you need to achieve academic excellence include it makes you unleash your potentials, gives more access to opportunity, it gives you leverage, makes you proud of yourself etc.
Now, what are the secrets to academic excellence:
1. KNOW YOURSELF: One of the greatest philosophers counseled “Man, know thyself”. The greatest disadvantage you will do to yourself is to be a stranger to yourself. You have to study yourself to know yourself.
There are certain things that are peculiar to you and knowing them will make it easier for you to perform excellently.
What time did you understand best? Some people are night crawlers, they are most active during the night.
This type of people is likely to read and understand in the night than during the day.
However, don’t deceive yourself like I did some years back. I am a better reader during the day but I deceived myself that i read better at night .
You might also need to study the location that you understand most.
Quiet environment makes you assimilate better than noisy environment.
Which course do I easily understand? Some courses are difficult than other but studying yourself will simplify things for you.
Study yourself to know what works best for you and make it a ritual. By doing this, academic excellence is inevitable.
2. STUDY DAILY, DON’T WAIT TILL EXAM : Studying your lecture notes should be a daily exercise.
Most students make the mistake of waiting till exam period before reading their course materials. Postponing reading your notes makes reading them more tedious during exam.
You have to discipline yourself to go through each day lecture everyday.
This will make you comprehend your notes easier and also make you seek help earlier incase of any difficulties.
You have to learn to take baby step towards achieving academic excellence.
From experience, I also discovered that if you study very close to exam, you tend to retain what you read for a very short time.
This means that you easily forget what you read after exam. This is not good enough in the long run.
Set aside time each day, it might not be easy but just do it. One hour each day to study your note is better than trying to read 24 hours during exam period.
Ease yourself some examination fatique by studying well from the early days of the semester.
Studying immediately after resumption won’t only make you an excellent achiever in your academics but will also instill in you discipline that will help ypu in other areas of your life.
3. KEEP GOOD FRIENDS: He who walk with the wise shall be wise. You see, that saying is still true.
The friends you keep in school matters. Friends are critical to success in life. If your friends are mediocres, you might not be different too.
It is important you keep the right set of friends. Keep friends that will motivate you to study even when you don’t feel like.
Keep friends that have vision to perform excellently and not those that easily settle for the less. Also, it is important to state that keep friends of good character.
Irrespective of how sane you are, bad friends can influence you wrongly.
And once this is done, you will lose focus in achieving academic excellence. Learn to say No to friends that will influence you wrongly. Friendship is a choice.
Therefore, make the right choice by choosing good friends.
4. ASK QUESTIONS: Asking Questions is important. Ignorance is a disadvantage.
And one of the way to overcome ignorance is asking questions. It is not humility not to ask your teacher or friend questions when you don’t understand.
Asking questions is what will liberate you from the chain of ignorance.
Don’t chose to be ignorant and arrogant at the same time. Ask questions when you are confused of anything. Don’t be shy to ask question even in the public. Just do it, let anyone make jest of you, it won’t reduce what you will gain by asking question.
5. LISTEN TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE: Most people don’t know that who you listen to while in school matters.
Therefore, they pay little or no attention to it.
You see, who you listen to can make or mar you. I met a young guy sometimes back and he told me how he was admitted to resume to school just few weeks to the first semester exam.
Unfortunately, the set of people he met told him he might not cross to the next level because of his late arrival to school.
They make jest of him that those that resumed earlier haven’t completed reading their course materials.
He tried his best to read through his course materials. Eventually he passed but he told me he could have performed better if he had right people to listen to.
Try to listen to the right people and neglect the wrong ones. There are several advice from different people while in school, you owe it to yourself to listen only to advice that empowers you. This is one of the secrets of high flying students, they ignore the naysayers and believed those that have their interest at heart.
6. EARLY ARRIVAL TO LECTURES: Arriving your lecture hall early is essential for success. I make this mistake while in school.
Arriving early to lecture hall will make you more compose and listen well in the classroom.
In most lecture hall, there are less distractions in the front of the hall and this will help you concentrate well.
Arriving early will also make you select the best convenient chair in the lecture hall.
7. FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY: The truth is that reading is not enough, you must be able to follow instructions. Instructions are vital.
Answering all questions instead of three questions as stated in the examination instruction could affect your grade.
Make it a habit to read first all instructions in any examination before starting the examination.
There are numerous cases of students who fail woefully just because of disobedience to instructions.
Don’t be your own enemy, read instructions carefully.
8. GOOD STUDY TIMETABLE: Having a schedule of what to read and when to read it is important. This will help you maximize your time and give focus.
You should plan your timetable to suit yourself. You should allocate more time to tough courses in your study tine table.
You should also be flexible and not rigid with the use of study timetable.
9. MAXIMIZE THE WEEKEND: As a student, the weekend is a big plus to you if you take advantage of it.
Maximize your weekend by going through all your notes and do the needful.
Don’t waste waste time during the Weekends, rather use it maximally by reading through previous notes, meet friends to explain things to you and plan for the week ahead.
10. DON’T NEGLECT GOD: This sound cliched but it is the fact.
I am a regular reader of the Punch newspaper, there is a session for interviews with best graduating students of different universities.
Mostimes, the interviewed students make mention of God in their journey. This shows that God is a factor.
I have experienced this personally and I can tell you that With God coupled with your effort, academic excellence is possible.
Here you have it, If you have any question, please do ask.
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