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TOP 8 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER MISS CLASSES

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If you want good grades, you must be ready to attend classes. Remember you paid tuition. Don't let it waste. This, however, is a less important reason compared to other consequences of truancy. It is advisable that you try as much as possible to be present at all classes in an academic session.

How do you intend to ace that examination and obtain that eye-popping CGPA without attending classes? Absenteeism lowers your chances of success, which class attendance guarantees. The benefits of attending classes are outlined below:

Obtain marks for class attendance: Lecturers in the university I attended, awarded marks for class attendance. This also applies to many tertiary institutions. This mark could be the difference between getting an A score, and a B.

A worthy guide for studying lecture notes and materials: Many textbooks and lecture materials are ambiguous and complex to study. However, when you attend classes, the lecturer, who obviously knows a lot about the subject/course of…

YOU WANT A GOOD CGPA? ESSENTIAL EXAMINATION GUIDELINES

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The cumulative performance in all semester/session examination determines what class of degree you get at the end of your academic program.

To ace that examination, certain guidelines are essential. I will enumerate some, which if you adhere to, will go a long way in making that examination memorable. These guidelines will help you at every moment, during the course of writing that exam. Let's go through the points together...

Pre-examination verification: Don't get confused by this subtitle. I just had to find and use one. What this means is that you test your materials for efficiency. Your materials could be anything you need to aid you smashing (hehehe)  that examination- pen, calculator, pencils, set square and scale rule among others. Ensure they are in good condition and working properly. Also, ensure that you have a valid means of identification (carry your ID's along)

General examination guidelines So you are already seated in the examination hall. The question pape…

THE TWO BROAD TYPES OF FIRST CLASS STUDENTS

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From extensive research, I discovered there are two broad categories of First Class students.
The thoroughly baked First Class: students in this category are thoroughbred. They've waded through the rigours of the academics masterfully.
They earned their First Class the right way- no use of 'orijo', giving of bribe, or compromising the system. They've undergone countless hours of personal research and study.
 They can also apply their knowledge to solve real human problems. All of these attributes put together, and more, have earned them a place at the top.
 They can sit, dine and converse with graduates of similar discipline as theirs anywhere in the world.
The poorly baked First Class. No doubt, they are bright. However, many in this category got their First Class by any of the following: sheer luck, schooling in institutions with poor standards (many private universities are culpable here),  use of 'orijo', giving of bribes, advanced cramming, garbage in garba…

GRADUATING WITH A FIRST CLASS DEGREE AND SUNDRY ISSUES

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Graduating with a First Class degree is a sweet experience. It is beautiful, amazing, thrilling, awesome and worthy of all the nice adjectives you can think of.

Graduating with a First Class means you scored a cumulative grade point average  (CGPA) of 4.5 at the minimum. It also means you have been found worthy in character.

A First Class degree opens so many doors of opportunities (to the informed). A First Class degree earned well, earns well. But then, here lies the problem... First Class hasn't helped some people. It is common to see students who graduated with poor grades ridicule First Class graduates with difficulty moving forward after school. "who First Class help?", they ask. Why do many First Class students settle for less? Why do many flatter to deceive? Why can't the First Class be translated to everyday practical life and experience?

There would probably be a thousand and one answers to the above questions and its many variations. Students would blame le…

RANDOM THOUGHTS: WHY YOU SHOULD READ

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Lately, I've been experiencing some kind of writer's block. I try to write but I am blank. The words aren't coming out. My interest in this blog has waned. However, this blog will continue. I know the block is temporary but I feel pained at the time it's taking me to get over this.

I want to write but I struggle to string sentences together. I'll force it. I can't wait any longer. If you find the following article on reading disjointed, hold writer's block responsible and pardon me. Here we go...

In your quest for academic excellence, never neglect a good reading habit. You can't escape reading if you aspire to be at the top or desirous of a good understanding of your course of study.

At present, many great ideas in our world are hidden in books. Not even this 21st century digital age has been able to effect a change.

Hard copy books, unlike its digital counterpart, are a faithful companion to the average student.
The student scours through several pages i…

HOW I EMERGED BEST GRADUATING STUDENT IN MY UNIVERSITY– IRETI AKINSOLA

Ireti Akinsola, the Best Graduating Student of the 2015/2017 set at Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State, has spoken about how she achieved the feat.

She also said the current national economic recession is an opportunity for the country to develop its other sectors.

Ms. Akinsola, a Geology graduate with CGPA of 4.89, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos that the over-reliance on oil had greatly affected other sectors of the economy such as the solid minerals.

“I think this recession should have taught us a big lesson not to put all our eggs in one basket. It is time for us to wake up to the challenge.

“We need to develop other sectors that can equally earn us what we are deriving from oil if not more, especially our solid minerals.

“Nigeria has abundant mineral resources that can earn us equivalent of what we are earning from oil if not more than that.

“We are talking about diversification and it’s just mere mentioning, no real efforts geared towards making su…

COMBINING SCHOOLING WITH BUSINESS: STRIVE MASIYIWA'S TAKE

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If you are active on Facebook you might have come across Strive Masiyiwa's posts either through Facebook sponsored posts or shared by your friends who follow him.

Wikipedia describes Strive Masiyiwa as a London based Zimbabwean businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the founder and executive chairman of diversified international telecommunications group Econet Wireless.

He recently shared details of his conversation with a student about combining business (entrepreneurship) with schooling. I consider it worth sharing. Here you have it:
”Johncross writes,

Sir, I'm an eighteen year old 200 level engineering student from Nigeria, actually studying Industrial Production Engineering. I really have passion for entrepreneurship and already have some ideas. Doing business is kind of affecting my performance in school. I'm actually confused because I don't know if I should wait till I graduate before facing business or to just continue mixing business with schooling…

FRIENDS WILL HELP YOU GET THAT EYE-POPPING CGPA

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In the pursuit of academic excellence, you need to realise that the calibre of friends you associate yourself with will determine to a large extent how far your goals of studentship will be achieved.

Man is gregarious. He appreciates and revels his association with fellow humans.

Friends are important; the good one will help propel you to your dreams.

If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you should be familiar with its central themes: understanding the core concepts of your course of study and getting that eye-popping CGPA. This post, therefore, will revolve around those themes.

Going forward, I'll be giving instances where friends will provide invaluable support.

Motivation: in my previous post, I talked about the importance of motivation in schoolwork. Friends are one of the biggest motivators for success. Associating with the right friends has a dual impact; you motivate and in turn, get motivated.

I had a smart and small circle of friends in my undergraduate days. We we…

WHY MOTIVATION IS KEY TO ACHIEVING SUCCESS IN THE ACADEMICS

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Motivation is key in all life's endeavours. The employee requires appropriate motivation in the workplace to function well. So also do students in institutions of learning require motivation to excel.  Motivation is a propeller of success. It gives the needed energy to attain a certain goal. In the quest for academic excellence and getting that eye-popping CGPA, you'll need a lot of it.
Without motivation, your interest and focus drop.
The academic environment gets frustrating and boring intermittently. The temptation to lower the bar will come. However, a well-motivated student forges ahead irrespective of those clogs.
motivation could be intrinsic in which case it comes from within. Here, you develop an interest in a particular task, desire to get more knowledge and know the mechanism behind a certain process. Being rewarded in this instance is not a motivator. The benefits of intrinsic motivation are that it's long-lasting and self-sustaining. Intrinsic motivation incr…

HOW TO FORM A STUDY GROUP: 7 EFFECTIVE STEPS

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Every student has his/her study preference. While some thrive well through personal study, others prefer group study. I wouldn't want to go into the pros and cons of both methods (will do that at a later time). If you find study groups attractive, read on as this article is for you.
Study group functions when the right members make up the group. This is by far the most important point to note. Ideally, study groups are made up of students with sincere purpose, self-discipline and commitment. Anything short of this will run contrary to its purpose.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to forming a study group. However, the guidelines below are a common sight in articles on group study. They will help make your study, and study group effective.

1. Form your group. Like I stated earlier, the success or otherwise of your study group depends on the members that make up the group. Self-disciplined members are a beauty to behold in any group.
 To form a study group, you start …