How to make the best out of your undergraduate days:
1. Don't read too hard too early: This may come as a counter opinion to the popular "start reading on time" syndrome. In as much as it is adviceable to start reading on time, it is very important to note that our brain is not computer that can store information for years without alteration. It is better to read lightly when the exam is say more than one month away and then read heavily when exam is very close say less than one month. The reason is that once you study heavily months before the exam, there is a higher tendency that you may relax when exam is close believing that you have read only to discover in the exam hall that that which you thought you have read has disappeared into tin air. Read heavily within exam period. what we read under tension seems to stick to the memory at least within that exam period.
2. Be a front seat student: The need for any student to sit within the first three seats in the class cannot be overemphasized. This is a necessary though not a sufficient condition to understand whatever the lecturer will teach in the class. Personal experience has made me understand that students who sit at the front have at least an average good CGPA. This is because sitting in the front seat will not only avail you the opportunity to hear the lecturer clearly but will prevent you from being distracted by other students. It is difficult if not impossible for a student to be talking while in the front seat due to the fear of the lecturer but same cannot be said of students at the back seat.
3. Punctuality: This wouldn't have come in but it has to in order to clear the argument going on in some person's mind about point two. They will be wondering why sitting on the front seat is a factor when it is obvious everybody cannot sit on the front seat. The only way to tackle this is punctuality. Make sure you are always early to class so that you will take a good position.
4. Show that you know: This is not the same thing as acting over sabi but among your classmates make them know that you have something to offer. Having the knowledge alone is not enough, try and make others know that you know. Once your classmates have that impression that you are intelligent, all other things will fall in. Past questions and materials will all get to you when they approach you to teach them. The good thing about this part is that the person that came to learn from you might end up teaching you.
5: Don't be too close to lecturers: There is a saying in my place that a person who does not steal but move by midnight when thieves move is a thief. This part in essence is telling you to distance yourself as far as possible from lecturers. If you are a lady who always approach lecturers to greet them, chances are that with time they will begin to think ill about you and this will lead them to demand to know you more. As for guys, the lecturers use them to make additional income when they become too close to them by intentionally failing them so that they will block them. It's been observed that lecturers hadly intentionally fail students they don't know at all.
6. Have more friends of opposite sex than same sex: Having more friends of opposite sex is actually the best for your academic life. This is based on the fact that help can easily come from people of opposite sex due to the natural affinity people have towards opposite sex. Such help include: putting you through in a course, assisting in assignment, calling you on phone when there is emergency class or test, etc. Though it is adviceable to define the limit of the friendship early enough.
7. Approach to exam questions: What usually differentiates an A student from a B student is sometimes their approach to the examination questions. When questions are asked in the exam and you are given option to select some of the questions and answer, it will be fool-hardy to go and attempt questions you don't have a good knowledge of. Though sometimes their may be reward for the students that answered questions not mostly answered by others, it is better to answer the common and easy ones and earn your normal mark than attempting the difficult ones to impress the lecturer only to score below average.
8. Paying attention to lecturer: It is no open secret that 80% of what the lecturer said in class is what comes out in exams. Going to lecture is one thing, paying attention is another thing. Therefore it is necessary to pay good attention in class in order to get the details of everything said by the lecturer as most times second hand informations are not without alteration. Also to add to it is the fact that sometimes exam instructions are given in class ahead of the exam day.
9. Fulfilling other academic requirements on time: In every school there are other requirements students are expected to fulfill in a semester or a session. Examples of such latent requirements include: payment of school fees, faculty and departmental dues, biometric registration if such exist in your school, course registration etc. In some school, failure to fulfil the aforementioned requirements will prevent the student from writing exams which always lead to distractions and delay from graduation in the ultimate year.
10. Understand each topic immediately it is taught: Revise any topic immediately it is taught in class. This will make reading during exam less bulky and easy. Also it enables the student to know the part of the topic he/she did not understand and possible ask other students or the course lecturer in the next class.
11. Believing in yourself: "Faith in oneself is the best and safest course." - Michelangelo. This is to say that no one can make you get A grade apart from you. Don't be a diffident. some students fail examination because they copied the wrong thing from their friend whom they believe know more than them or they are scared of writing that which their mind is telling them to write all because of lack of trust in themselves. Therefore any student that wants to have a regret-free moment when his/her result is released should first learn to trust himself, that is learn to have self worth.
12. Talk less: Talking is good but when it is too much it becomes a thing of concern. Talking every time is not good for your stay in school because when you talk too much, you will exhaust the energy you would have used to study or do something important. When the lecturer is not in class that is while waiting for the lecturer to come and teach, it is not a period of jumping from one place to another greeting "everybody and nobody" rather you can use that opportunity to do something reasonable for yourself. For ones try and be a person of equanimity.
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