My name is Shewa and I recently graduated from the University of Lagos, Nigeria (recently means October 2018) and let’s just say I came out with an excellent grade winks. So here are some useful tips that I know would help students to achieve that excellent grade that they desire. Well, I schooled in Nigeria and I would be writing based on my experiences and environment. Regardless, these tips are totally global! And if applied, will lead to the same positive result which is an excellent grade.
THE BEGINNING IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT
So I realized that during the first year of university many of us are clueless about the university system. I mean, we just left high school and probably just want to enjoy the freedom we finally have or if you are like me and schooled in Nigeria and you stayed at home for 2 years before finally gaining admission into the university, you definitely will enjoy the sweet smell of freedom from your parents’ prying eyes…lol.
But here is the catch. Your first year in the university is the best time for you to start building your Grade point because there are no bad grades yet or cumulative points (your slates are still very clean) and we all know that the more you climb the ladder it becomes harder. So, it is important to build a really solid foundation in your first year at the university. Set that goal very early and work hard to achieve it.
TRY TO READ AT LEAST A MONTH BEFORE THE EXAMINATION
Now, I feel like most students tend to ignore this rule (even I did) but it’s a very true and working theory. Reading at least a month before the school examinations
TEST, ASSIGNMENTS AND GROUP PROJECTS
I know I said read for your examinations but guys, the mid-term tests, assignments and all that stuff are just as important. In the University of Lagos, these tests and assessments take up 40% of the entire 100%. It is almost impossible to get a full grade in the examinations. So doing well in the assessments would boost your chances of getting an A which you need to get an excellent grade.
Your focus should not just be on the examinations alone. Only if the examinations are 100% you are free to prepare well for the examination and get a very good grade.
IF YOU HAD A SHAKY BEGINNING, DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED!
The beginning is important but it is not the ultimate determinant of what grade you eventually graduate with. Even with a not so good beginning, it is still very possible for you to build that Grade Point. (trust me, I’m a testimony). Just begin to work towards the goal you have set for yourself and remain consistent.
DO NOT LISTEN TO NAYSAYERS
The truth is that everybody is actually entitled to their opinions but you have to know what is right and stay focused. On my journey, I stumbled upon a lot of obstacles. Many people decided to use that opportunity to tell me my goals were not achievable and that was a huge lie! That was their opinion, but I made sure I remained focused and I kept my eyes on the target. So do the same. Remain focused and tune out the voices of naysayers.
FIND A STUDY PATTERN THAT SUITS YOU
This is very important. You have to find out when you love to read the most or when or where you assimilate easily. For me, I did not like or enjoy going to the library but I was so good with overnight learning(that is reading from like 12 am to 6 am), that was my best time to read. Another thing I noticed was that I cannot wake up in the middle of the night to read. I would be very sleepy. So I made sure to not close my eyes and try to take a 10minutes nap! That would be the end of my study. So you need to find the pattern that suits you best and stick to it. Do not follow the crowd.
HAVE LIKE MINDED FRIENDS
Most time we do not feel the need to read but having friends that are also as goal-oriented as you help and also serves as a kind of accountability partner for you. Not to also mention the fact that they help you to remain focused on achieving the goals you have for yourself because you all are like minded. You cannot have a friend who wants to party all the time and not read as an accountability partner. It just cannot work.
PRAY HARD AND TRUST GOD
I am a Christian and I believe in the power of prayers and trust in God. So all these achievements and goals will be so easy and smooth if you understand that it is not only by your power but also by God’s grace.
You can achieve those excellent grades!
I hope these tips has been helpful!
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