Every student’s dream and that of the parent/sponsor is to graduate with flying colours – grades such as first class and at least, second class upper.
In the university, high grades refers to first class (5.00 down to 4.50), then comes second class upper (4.49 down to 3.50).
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Grade such as Second Class Lower is referred to the gentleman grade and this is 3.49 down to 2.50. Then anything below this is Third Class and Pass which is often not recommended for anyone going to the university community.
To ensure you stay on first class or at least, second class upper, there are various things you need to know or do. Let’s take them one after the other:
1. You need to know that the brain comes with capacity:
Unfortunately, God did not attach brain specification to the human to make you know your Intelligent Quotient (IQ). If your IQ is low, it will be more difficult for you to attain higher scores. There are many students who read but do not understand anything. You don’t have to kill yourself for first class if you fall in this category of students. If you have lower IQ, you can still try your best to see what you’ve got. Haven stated this, let’s now go to number 2.
2. Mix With Readers:
If you enter the university on a wrong note, you are done already. So, start early, tie your wrapper well on time. Immediately you gained admission, prioritize your classes. Attend all classes and commence reading immediately. Rather than Facebooking, do research and learn more on the topic you were taught in class. Stay close to people who always read. Do not make friends with those who like partying and attending all sorts of extra curricular activities.
3. Learn Night Reading/Classes:
Night reading may do you a lot of good. In some universities like the Niger Delta University, students often go to classes at nights because campus have 24hr light. The inconveniences of sleeping in the class benches also makes reading in class preferable to the bed comfort of your house. If you can read well like 80% of all your nights in each semester, you are sure of a good grade.
4. Practice Personal Note Taking:
Once you start reading, take your own notes. Take the notes so short that you can revisit them and understand it better in your own way. There are many unnecessary information in some textbooks. There are many texts in the textbooks just to explain. So the textbook may be too large that revision will discourage you. So, when reading a textbook for the first time, take note of all the important points in short sentences. That becomes your note for revision. This small note is very useful during examination for revision.
5. Reduce or Avoid Parties/Birthdays:
First class cannot mix with partying. Once you have been adopted into the partying gang, reading habit will wear out and that is a goodbye to first class. See yourself reading every day and not making up excuses that tomorrow I will read; a tomorrow that never comes. Wonderful Ozubide wrote: An apple does not fall far from its tree.
6. Avoid Friends Not Reading:
There was this friend I had. She had an extra year. She was too close to her roommate. Like they are always together and I haven’t seen them reading any day. Only waka-waka (unnecessary movements), gossips, talks, visits, finding money, etc. In her extra year when her friend has left the school, she agreed that her roommate was her greatest distraction that she never knew. In her extra year, then alone in school, she had all the time in the world reading. Don’t make that mistake of having a friend who is not calling you to the class or to a meaningful group reading.
7. Do not have Problems with Any Lecturer:
Try as much as possible to avoid issues with any lecturer. Having issues with lecturer(s) will undermine your efforts as a person striving for higher grades. You can actually score A in his course but he/she will never give it to you.
8. Follow Up With Your Performance
After all your efforts, ensure you pay your school fees on time so that you can check your results once they are released. Look for loopholes in the result and beef up your performance where you see you scored low.
9. Do Not Be Overwhelmed With Extra-Curricular Activities
Immediately you enter school, any form of invitation to church, school activities, parties, etc., check them well for their relevance and necessity and if they interfere with your reading timetable or your classes. Even if they do not, check very well, are they really necessary? Why not use that time to relax? Must you attend? Don’t you think it is an unnecessary distraction? Try as much as possible to steer clear of distractions.
10. Can You Avoid Relationships?
Once in school, you now have all the time to yourself. No one tells you what to do again. Then as a guy, that urge for sex is always there. As a lady, fine girl for that matter, numerous guys are coming. It is not often easy to see these as distractions and put them away. But for your own good, try as much as possible to keep relationships on the low.
11. Pray for the Right Thing, Do Not Sow Seed Blindly:
I see many students sowing seeds with their school fees, house rent, praying for good grades. Is prayer really the cause of good grades? Very sorry that I do not share such opinions. I believe that if you want to do something, you consult the professionals. If you want to know God more, consult church leaders and leaders of old in the bible. And if you want to get first class, consult those who already had first class. Many pastors do not have first class so do not consult them for first class. My observation and investigation of how first class students get their grades did not correlate first class with prayers or sowing of seeds. So, pray and sow just as you do your best in reading.
Additionally, do not pray for magic biro, leave that for the low thinkers and the never-do-well. Ensure you pray for grace and retentive memory while you do the hardwork of reading.
While I would love to stop here, please, be aware that there are numerous things you can do yourself to attain your first class. Against all odds, know that focusing on your studies and avoiding distractions will do you a lot of good. Checkout some of the materials below; they may also be important to you.
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