Not too much is required of a first-class student, but one must follow the right steps before he can be found worthy to be awarded that certificate. Now that you have decided to hit the first class grade point and you have been aiming for it, there are a few tips that will help you as you move along in your academics.
STEPS TO STUDY AND EARN A FIRST CLASS DEGREE IN ANY COURSE ANY HIGHER INSTITUTION
Create a Time Chart of Your Current Activities.
Having time to do the right thing has always been a problem students have while in school, but as someone whose ambition is to make a first class degree, you should try and develop a time chart and time yourself on everything that you are doing so as to meet up with all your academic activities. The university environment is full of things that may get a student distracted, but possible measures should be taken to avoid being distracted.
Set Your Goal/Objectives.
The aim of every student after getting the admission is always to come into school and graduate with a good grade, but as a student aiming for First Class degree, you should set goals of not having any course below A, with the objectives of reading all the topics contained in the entire course outline so as to achieve the set goal. Think about the reasons you want to get the first class, write them down and stick them on your wall.
Develop a Schedule and Reading Time Table.
Developing a reading timetable allows a student to adapt to the study time and if much dedication is being put, such students excel a lot. It is also important to know that you need to get out of that social media addiction. It’s fun to visit Facebook and Instagram but doing this when you should be studying is not nice.
Plan your time very well; allocate time for each activity you are engaged with so that you do the right thing at the right time.
Acquire Textbooks and Study Materials From Other Colleagues.
Having the right textbooks handy and at your disposal will give you the urge to always read before the examinations or tests period. If you are studying to get a First Class, you should collect both past and present study materials and photocopy them, read and have detailed knowledge about your course and make mental tests while reading to see whether you are assimilating what you are reading.
Attend All Lectures and Never miss a Test.
Your continuous assessments matter a lot and you should never skip even one if you want to graduate with a First Class grade in the university. Tests and Assignments carry about 30% of the total score, so as a student, you should always make it a goal to have at least 25% if not 30%.
Go through Recent Years Past Questions to Get Patterns.
Past questions do help a lot as you get to see the way questions are being asked during examinations and if you practice the past questions well, you will end up writing the examination and passing with an ‘A’ without stress.
Don’t stop taking notes while lectures are going on.
Taking notes in class is another important way of reading and making your As. The reason taking notes while the lecturer lectures are that you can make references to what the lecturer said and add to what you read which is a big plus to having a good result.
Know Your Lecturer.
Discovering how to approach a question in an examination is something every student should work toward attaining. How do you organize your answers? It goes beyond just picking the answer booklet and writing down what you think is the answer. Know what the lecturer wants. Does he want ‘lengthy write-ups’? Or he wants it ‘short and straight to point’? You may have a clue into this through your seniors who had taken the course earlier. First class students study not only the course but the course-lecturer.
Ultimately, God is very important. The above are just helpful human factors.
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