Every student wants to make a good grade. Not only do they want to make a good grade, but an excellent one, an ‘A’ to be precise. Well, there are some people who do not mind a ‘B’ or a ‘C’. They don’t even stress so much to achieve that. Whereas, there are others who beat their selves up to grab an ‘A’. The funny thing is despite all the struggle and hard work towards it, they still end up not getting it. So who takes the blame for this?

Some students say it is from their teachers or lecturers who still score them down even after they have written so much. This is a fact but not an absolute truth! There is something else you can do to grab the ‘A’ grade and make it yours.

Here are a few examples:

·        MAN KNOW THYSELF – this was said by Socrates the Philosopher. The first thing to do when you become a student in an institution is to find out who you are. Take time to ask yourself who you are, what you really want, what you like and why you are in your school studying. These are questions that you may not figure out at once, but for every time you find out these answers, it helps you in whatever you find yourself doing.

·        Having known who you are, it is easy to tell what you want and from where you can get it. Who you are is a big class of its own. It will involve your temperament, your strong and weak points, your likes, your dislikes, your passion, your drives and motivation etc. When you have discovered this and really sure it is who you are, then you can proceed to asking:

1. What do I want?

2. Where can I get what I want?

3. Who can I get it from?

4. How can I get it?

·        PAYING ATTENTION – this is a big task. Some students think that to pay attention involves listening attentively when lectures are going on and taking notes. Well this is part of it. The bigger job is in paying attention to what is not being said. Your lecturer is not only your lecturer when he stands in front of the class. He is still your lecturer when he is in his office and even when he or she is at home. So you pay attention with your five senses.

There is something particular he or she wants you to learn, it is not everything. So you have to find out that one thing. Sometimes they lay emphasis on some things so much when teaching in class, they take time to explain the history of that thing, they know the details, they recommend further text and even give assignments. If they spend that amount of time on it, you should understand they really want you to know that one, so take note of it!

·        EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE – this is a simple adage that refers to going to bed early at night. But there is something deeper in it. Many students don’t read to know, or read because of who they are. They read to impress or read to pass their exams. Why not start early? Learn how to enjoy your studies. Make it interesting for you. Don’t read because you are afraid of failure or because you can’t imagine not going to the next level. From the first day you get into school, start a reading culture. Learn how to read inquisitively, for everything you see on the pages of your book, find out more! Point to remember, your brain easily assimilates what you enjoy!

·        TRY NOT TO CRAM – this is one mistake students make. To cram is to crowd or jam-pack to capacity. This is unhealthy. Read to understand, ask for explanations from people who do and try to commit to memory when you at ease and not when you are in a hurry.

·        FIND A COMMUNITY – as humans, we tend to do what we love best when we are in the community of like-minded people. Even your mind senses when you are comfortable with some people and when you are not. You are not the only one who wants to get an ‘A’ grade. So it is best you find your crew and be motivated by them. Point to remember, you are not in a competition with them!

·        TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF – reading is not all there is to make an ‘A’ grade. Understand that this task involves your nervous system and particularly your brain. It too has to rest! Sometimes you stuck your brain so much that it becomes stuffy and then it crashes. Taking care of your brain involves:

  • Eat balanced diet

  • Take a lot of sleep

  • Take in a lot of air

  • Try some exercise

  • Play some games or take your eyes off ‘text’, maybe watch a movie

  • Learn to laugh

  • Avoid mind clusters, if you have a task to do, do it at once. If you roll it over, you will not be able to sleep soundly as you keep thinking about it.

  • Don’t be under pressure. Life is easy, it is not an emergency. Even your lecturers want you to be alive!

  • Always be in a healthy environment

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Mmenyene Akpakpan