The Secret Behind Good Grades
The dream of every student is to make good grades and graduate with an enviable honour. For some, the dream gets clearer as they climb higher in their academic ladder while for some people; the dream fades as they edge towards graduation. A closer look at the lifestyle of both categories of students would reveal the real reason for their setback/success. Determination, consistency, staying focused and maintaining a decent priority list are some of the attributes common among academic scholars. These attributes are not just obtained overnight, they are nurtured over time. Unlocking the above lifestyle is the secret behind good grades as a student. How then can you build the lifestyle of a scholar?
1. The Self-discovery Journey
The first thing you have to do is to know yourself. Know your strengths and weaknesses and how you can leverage each to produce extraordinary results. You do not need to read 24 hours in a day. Have a specific time or time duration that favors you best and stick to that time 7 days in a week. The key here is commitment and consistency. You have to be determined and resilient without having uncertainties on what you can achieve.
Have a genuine interest in your course of study. That genuine attitude to know more about it is what keeps you awake studying when others have gone to bed. Know what works for you. Do not begin to do exactly what other people do that works for them or compare yourself with them. Do what works for you. After all, this is your life. Learn that you are not competing with anyone but yourself.
2. A Positive Circle
The kind of people you surround yourself with matters a lot. As a human in general, it is good to build a network and meet new people. Strive to establish relationships with the right people who will push you to achieve your goals. Learn to teach your colleagues because you do not forget what you teach someone else and learn to learn from them as well. Find a study crew or partner that has similar drive and vision as you.
Your senior colleagues can be mentors to you. Strive to create healthy relationships with them. These people have been through what you are going through right now; they know what you should focus on. So instead of killing yourself, you can just ask them to mentor you. You might not necessarily need to say the words “Please, can you mentor me” but you must act the words; and trust me, they will be more than willing to help you out. They will help you to know tough a course could be and how to understand it better.
More so, it is important to build a healthy relationship with your lecturers. They are human beings too, you know. Try as much as you can to avoid penalties from any lecturer. Do not behave in ways that would give them the wrong image of you. If you have the dream to graduate with good honours, you must be ahead in everything. You must learn from the experiences of those ahead of you.
3. No Course Should Be Underestimated
I know it is quite tempting to place far more importance on 3 and 4 credit load courses than 2 credit load courses. This is a limiting philosophy. Your final CGPA that will determine your academic standing on your certificate comprises of all the courses you have done since your 100 level; every single one is important.
To make good grades and graduate with good honours, you need to really want it. No one has ever made first class by mistake. Maintaining a disciplined lifestyle is not something easy. Being consistent and persistent is what gets the job done.
Thank you for reading!
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