Becoming successful at school in Nigeria is very challenging. The educational system here is broken and needs urgent fixing. It is not designed to help you learn and grow. Many young people have had their dreams shattered. Educators are either incompetent, poorly equipped or don’t even care about your success.
It’s so bad that many bright and promising students who started very well ended up frustrated, confused and discouraged. Some even went into depression and committed suicide. It’s actually that serious.
That is why Sagefour is passionate about redefining the learning experience for Nigerian students. We are committed to giving students hope and helping them thrive academically.
That said, we wanted to share some tips that will help you crush your learning goals and perform at your peak this semester.
1. Develop an excellent mindset.
Mindset determines performance. It’s like your computer program that determines your output in any endeavour. It is the foundation on which you can effectively build for top performance.
For instance, a student that believes school to be a scam will probably not be as motivated to study and attend classes as someone that is determined to leverage school as a vehicle to better opportunities.
A growth mindset always seeks opportunities to learn and grow. School then becomes an adventure in learning experiences that will prepare you for your chosen field of endeavour. While it is important to seek ways to boost your grades, your focus must be on being prepared to match the demands of a fast-changing world.
2. Set progressive academic goals.
Success becomes very predictable when you set goals. Successful students are intensely goal-oriented. They start the semester with clearly defined goals. They use goals to activate their mental potentials.
You have to start this semester knowing exactly what you want your results to be. You need to begin with the end in mind.
Set specific and measurable goals
You have to be clear about what your grades would be. Decide on the specific grades that you want for each course.
Make your goals progressive
At sagefour.com, we believe in making consistent progress. Your goals become realistic and attainable when they are step goals- an improvement on the previous. Let it be big enough to stretch you and considerate enough not to discourage you. Always aim for better performance every semester.
Write your goals down
Write your goals where you can see them every day. This will unlock your subconscious mind and increase your productivity.
3. Develop a daily routine
Success is actually in doing. What you do every day either gets you closer to your goal or farther away from it. A routine is all about the disciplined use of your time in the direction of your most important goals.
Every semester contains approximately 3 months of intense academic work before exams. You have to be smart about how you use this time. You must allocate enough time for your academic work.
Success always comes to those who are committed to doing simple things consistently over an extended period of time. Your Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) can be linked with your Cumulative Daily Efforts (CDE).
What you want to do is make sure that your routines become a habit. And you know habits are automated ways of living. You stick to your routines until they become so part of you that you don’t have to think before you do them. As soon as you have mastered your routines, you are through.
Your routines will show your priorities. Your routine should basically include:
– Showing up consistently for lectures.
– Quality study time of at least 2 hours every day.
– Solving exam practice questions daily.
– Networking with classmates.
– Adequate provision for rest and recreation, etc
4. Control your environment
Your mind needs a conducive environment for high-level productivity. You have to identify people and things in your environment that are affecting your focus. Anything or person that does not contribute to your success is a distraction. Keep only those things that are truly important to your goals and eliminate everything else.
People, places and events
Be intentional about the people you have in your life, the places you allow yourself to be found and the events that you choose to attend.
Manage Social media Distractions
Social media distractions can be very fatal to your mental productivity. When not properly used, technology can have a terrible impact on your mind. Don’t become a slave to technology, rather be a master.
If you are going to be on social media, be intentional about the way you use it. I will recommend that you use it for productive purposes. Use it in ways that will improve your mental health, help you crush your learning goals and improve your performance. There are online learning resources that you can download for free.
5. Collaborate with others
You need to learn how to ask for help and also give help. Look around you. Who are the students that ask good questions in class, answer the lecturer’s questions correctly, show up early for classes, finish their assignments and projects on time, etc? You need to associate with them as much as possible. These are the ones that are committed to learning and performing very well in exams.
Becoming a part of a small group of friends who share similar interest with you is a great way to get access to relevant information and to learn from others. These connections would prove to be invaluable when tests and exams are approaching.
You should practice vertical and horizontal collaboration. While you share knowledge with your classmates, you should also connect with your lecturers, year seniors and juniors. Age and gender should not be a barrier. Don’t be ashamed to ask for advice. The goal is to learn and share useful information.
Few things to note though:
– A new semester is an opportunity to start over again with fresh goals. So, break free from your past failures and successes to focus on new possibilities.
– Also, your grades don’t define your true worth. It’s just a measurement system that shows you how much you have learnt in a given academic period. So, don’t build your self-esteem on your grades.
– Set performance and learning goals every semester. Become so focused on learning that it reflects on your performance.
Putting It All Together
In the final analysis, what truly matters is not your statement of results or what you have on your certificate. Of course, they are important. They give you access, but today’s economy favours graduates with value to offer. The only way to become valuable is to use your time well to learn and develop your ability to solve real-world problems.
If you have some additional tips to share, we’d be glad to hear from you. Kindly share in the comment section below.
Cheers to a successful semester!
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