Friday, 31 October 2014

HOW TO ACHIEVE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE


TIPS FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE


Excellence is a quality of being outstanding; it is not a trait, hence it cannot be inherited.  There is no one way of achieving excellence academically; it is how you apply the principles governing it that determines the outcome.  Excellence comes with a price, only those who understand its worth can pay for it.  I will like to share with you some tips that can help you in your quest for success; they are relative but I am sure you will find them interesting. 
  • Put God first
God Himself is a God of excellence, no wonder he made all things perfect and endows His children with an excellent spirit.  He has given you all that it takes to succeed at whatever you do, it is just for you to believe and tap into His abundant resources. Do not allow your studies to compete with God’s time in your life because you need Him to sustain and see you through. I understand the place of prayer in your academics but it is not enough; remember that faith without work is dead, play your own part and do your best; pray as if you will never read and read as if you will never pray. 
  • Prioritize
Many people have problems of misplaced priorities because they find it very difficult to order things according to their importance.  You have to understand that your primary reason for being in school is to study in order to come out with good grades that will give you an edge in this highly competitive world; every other thing is secondary such as clubs, associations, parties etc.  How you channel your resources and apportion your time is a function of what your scale of preference is like. If your academics is important to you, you will invest your time, money and energy; you will do anything to get the right materials and textbooks to upgrade you and make you a better student, but if you pay more attention to trivial things; you might soon be on your way to failure. 
  • Set a target
Don’t start your semester without having a sense of direction; if you do not set an achievable target for yourself, you will discover very late that you are studying aimlessly.  Be ambitious and always aspire to be the best because you deserve it; don’t settle for less, believe in yourself, set out plans and develop strategies to accomplish them Setting targets ignite your passion and that is the driving force that will propel you towards excellence.  For example, when I got into college, I was determined to make a First class; even when it seemed difficult, I kept assuring myself I could do it and kept pressing on until I achieved it and today I am sharing my success story.
  • Be disciplined
Discipline is a very essential principle of excellence that is lacking in the lives of so many youths hiding under the shadow of freedom to do anything.  Self discipline is a conscious control over your lifestyle and you need to nurture it because it is one of an achiever’s greatest weapon.  Some students have worn indolence as a robe, nonchalance as a footwear and procrastination as a hat getting dressed to travel the road of shambles; they look into the mirror of stupidity with so much satisfaction and bid their studies goodbye.  They get to the end of the road only to see an ocean of failure; they skilfully dive into it and continue to swim in confusion until they are being swept away by a tide of destruction.  You should be disciplined enough to have a study timetable that guides you like a map in a journey; be punctual for all lectures and complete your assignments without waiting for deadlines; be committed to your study time and you can be sure of remarkable results.
  • Stay focused
I’m not talking about a gaze, I mean conditioning your mind to one important goal you must achieveKnow what you want and go for it with all determination, enthusiasm and optimism.  Distraction can come in any form such as businesses, relationships, friends, families and so on; note that not so many things can travel with you on the way to success; a lot of unwanted baggage have to be dropped because they might slow you down.  There are things that can wait because they will always be there; however if you cannot make sacrifices for your academics, then don’t think about excellence. Excellence is not plucked from a tree or picked on the road; it takes a lot of commitment and discipline to achieve it.  When your eyes are fixed on something, you can hardly miss any detail and even when there are times when you are tempted to shift grounds, return as soon as you acknowledge it because the farther you move away from your goals, the lesser the chances of achieving them.
  • Manage your time
As endless as TIME is, you cannot hold onto it; as the clock ticks and seconds count, you’re getting closer to your end no matter how old you live.  Time management is the act of controlling and organizing events as they are being influenced by time; this has become a skill because many people are guilty of mismanagement.  Even if 24 hours were increased to 48 hours in a day, many will still complain it’s not enough.  There is time for everything; time to admitted and time to graduate, time to study and time to write exams.  Procrastination has eaten deep into the minds of some students such that everything is always for a later date, they start their day without proper planning on how to apportion their time and instead of controlling the events, they end up being controlled by them, they slump into their beds at the end of each wasted day, wake up the next day worthlessly and remain the same.  At the start of each semester, many busy about with frivolities and when exams draw close; they start expecting miracles, rush and muddle up things, write exams ill-prepared and expect fantastic results.  Instead, make a deliberate effort to plan your day, make a list of events and appointments and make sure you are disciplined enough to meet up. Time is a free but non-renewable resource, so spend each moment wisely.
  • Keep the right Company
You are who you move with, there are different kinds of companies you can keep in an academic environment but the choice of those that can make or mar you is entirely yours to make.  Students form cliques for different reasons; to some, it gives them a feeling of importance while for others; it’s a way of being a part of something. 
For good companies, it has to do with mingling with people of similar interests and goals, people of like minds, passion and vision who have excellence as their watch word, people who believe in your dreams and are ready to push you through.  It can be a study group where you exchange ideas, learn and also impart others.  Although you must develop yourself independently, you cannot be an island because the more you share your knowledge, the more you know; don’t be scared of making mistakes, you stand to be corrected but remember that your clique can only help you outside the examination hall, so maximize the moments you share with them. If you ever develop any form of academic apathy, the best thing to do is to talk about it; let people with positive thinking advise you and deliver you from misery.
For bad companies on the other hand, your circle of friends are like viruses that corrupt your mind, becloud your thinking and cause you to lose yourself and your purpose for living.  They lure you into all forms of vices such as drugs, gambling, prostitution, cultism, internet fraud, examination malpractices and so on.  If they determine the kind of life that you lead, so mighty will be your fall and guess what - you will be falling alone; some are in complete jeopardy and are looking for partners in failure.  Quickly identify bad friends and dissociate yourself before you become entangled. Evil and Excellence both start with the letter ‘E’ but they are two separate roads you cannot travel at the same time.
  • Don’t copy others
Carve out your own niche; know what you are capable of doing and the extent you can go.  Be yourself and never try to study like someone else; understand your pattern of learning and develop your style of studying.  Never compare yourself with anyone because people apply principles of success differently; this is what I mean, for example, students in the same class receiving the same lecture under the same condition cannot assimilate at the same rate.  Know your pace, never give up, try to catch up and you will soon be up.  Recognize your time of maximum assimilation, day or night and fix up your study timetable; never follow friends to study when it is very inconvenient for you, you might just be the greatest loser, so be wise.
  • Prepare adequately
Examination is a test designed to measure the academic aptitude of students to ascertain their level of understanding of a particular subject.  Knowing fully that you have to pass it to be promoted to the next level, why won’t you give it your best shot.  Don’t start studying too close to exams, you will only be tasking your brain too hard, denying yourself of enough rest and putting your entire body system in a state of higgledy-piggledy. Information is being stored over time and not spontaneously, no magic will magnetize answers to your brain, so why don’t you make sacrifices, burn the mid night oil, go the extra mile and do your best, stay healthy with a good diet and be punctual for all your exams . You don’t have to cheat if you have played your role well because you will be destroying your image and peradventure you get caught, the consequences are very severe, so beware!

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    1. Thanks, please find time to view other interesting and inspiring articles by viewing the web version of this site.

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    2. Wow!! This is really inspiring I used some of this to persuade my teacher to give me an achivment shield and I bet I will get it. God bless you mededode Assogba.

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    3. God bless you too, wish u good luck with the achievement shield

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  2. Whao!!!.This is inspiring.Thanks for using your God-given ability to bless lives.God bless you too.

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    1. You are welcome. If this is all I have to contribute to this generation,it's worth my time and my effort

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  3. Wow! Dis article is amazing, it is so inspiring. Thanks so much, I learned a lot and my life will never remain d same. I'm ready to step up my level and go for more academic excellence. God bless u, keep d flag flying.

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    1. It gladdens me to know that you are ready to do the extraordinary as regards your academics. I can assure you that you will not regret your new resolution. God bless u and stay focused.

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  4. Very insightful and well presented l will indeed share his with others

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    1. Thank you Violet for viewing and sharing with your friends, It feels good to know that you were imparted

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  5. Good publication. God first

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  6. Dr.(Mrs.) Neeru Joshi, Principal, B.B.P.S.14 October 2013 at 07:08

    it is something remarkable you are doing by giving way to the non-performers through these kind articles .A person get the academic excellence in the same degree he put in the sincere effort for the same. Nothing in the world is tough or non- achievable but strong conviction is required. Every one of us should revive the C.D in the evening of the day's task and their accomplishment & I wish everyone to bask in the glory of the accomplishment of positive and constructive tasks.

    Dr.(Mrs.) Neeru Joshi, Principal, BAAL BAARI PUBLIC SCHOOL, Kadrabad, Modinagar

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    1. Thank you Dr. (Mrs.) Neeru for your feedback, this is just my own little way of giving back to this generation. I felt the urge to share my success story to help those who might be struggling academically. You can share this link with your students too. Have a lovely day!

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  7. Awesome and practical article. Taught my executives with it.

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    1. It gladdens me to know that you shared this article with your executives. The more the number of people who can apply this, the better for us all. Thank you for your feedback. Do have a wonderful day!

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    2. if you don't mind, you can also share this article with your executives. The A-Z attributes of highly effective people http://medassextra.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/the-z-attributes-of-highly-effective.html

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  8. Nice one!! av revived my will for excellence!!!!!

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    1. Thank you Anonymous for your feedback, it pleases me to know that this article made an impact in your life. I want you to know that applying the principles is the key to being trully successful. You can also check this up http://medassextra.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/the-z-attributes-of-highly-effective.html

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  9. very great piece of work. I found it very helpful in preparing my seminar paper for a forthcoming seminar on enhancing academic performance. In addition, I was inspired by it. Thanks for this work.

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    1. You are welcome Charles, hope your seminar was great?

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    1. Thanks Chinonye for your feedback. please share the article where necessary.

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  11. This write-up has greatly inspired me. thanks for your generosity.

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    1. Thank you for your feedback. If this article inspired you so much, please share with your loved ones, so together, we will make it to the topmost top

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  12. tanx alot my dear...u are doing a wonderful job. I've been enligtened by ur creative work....please can you also expanciate more on Self-discovery, dilligence and Humility as it partens to aacademic excellence.....tanx..God's grace!!

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    1. Thanks Chima for your feedback. When we talk about academic excellence, self discovery is about knowing exactly what works for you (read no. 8 of tips above).Being able to identify and develop a style or pattern of studying that gives you the best result is very important. Diligence has to do with being persistent and consistent with what you do. There will always be times when you'll feel like relenting but you must never lose your gaurd. Being humble places you in a good position to learn and to be corrected. A proud person hardly sees his mistakes and will not know this until he gets into trouble. So humility is key. I hope with these few points of mine, I have been able to convince you that these three attributes cannot be left out on your journey to academic success. All the best!!!

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  13. Thankz dear, i really appreciate ur timeless effort, infact you have jst throw a challenge to me inparticular i have been procastinating on seriousness to my academic carrier, but with dis article i think i will seatup again. Thankz dear God bless you.

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    1. Wow, I am impressed at your determination for success. You will soon find out that it's fulfilling to have a success story to share and be an example to all around you. Don't look back, Go for it!!!

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  14. waooooooooo,i am impressed,this write up is great,keep it up...

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    1. Thanks, it's gladdens me to know that u are impressed by the write up. Please take out time to share with your friends and loved ones. God bless!!!

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  15. wow! Every student that desire to excellence will appreciate this article.

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    1. You are right and that is why you shouldn't keep this article to yourself. Do well to share the link to your friends and loved ones. You never know, it may save a soul.

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  16. wow! Every student that desire to excellence will appreciate this article.

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  17. I want to use this opportunity to thank those who found time to call or send sms and e-mail in appreciation of this article. My heart leaps for joy because someone's life is being changed positively. Now it's time to get feedback from you all. Feel free to come back to this page to share your success stories so others can be inspired by you. Who will be the first?

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  18. I av bin so much worried on d speech 2 deliver on my valedictory service as d senior prefect of a school.But with dis,i am good 2 go.Thank u and God bless u.

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    1. You are welcome, I was the Senior prefect of my secondary school as well. Hope the service went well.

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  19. Thank you, this is just what I needed to hear and read today, especially the part about not copying others. I compare myself to other students all the time and it erodes my sense of worth and intelligence. We are all on paths that are the best for us, and must honor them.

    Thank you.

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    1. Thanks for your feedback and contribution. Understanding your capacity as a student is key to delivering extraordinary results. Developing a style or pattern that works for you is very important. Keep up the good job!

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  20. just read this and I'm planning to apply this on my studies #Thanks

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    1. Dear Mologadi, I appreciate your commitment to the application of this knowledge, it is key to achieving great results.

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  21. Many thanks for this insightful piece. I actually stumled on this while preparing for a talk to some set of students. I request for permission to make use of part of your article as I also intend to apply the piece to my own life. many thanks

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    1. Dear Anonymous, I am glad you found this material useful. You have my permission and you can also reference this page to give your audience something to check up on to help them remember these tips

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  22. Waoooooo! I must confess, this article is really inspiring and i a life changing article for every youth. i have made a turn around now. I have determined to make an amend in some of the areas.... Setting a target and being disciplined and being focused. Thank God i stumbled on this article today. am happy and so so glad.... and will like to join you Mededode Assogba in life and i am sure you will see the outcome in a year time.

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    1. Amen!!! May it be unto you according to your heart desire. Just keep pushing until you make your mark and achieve your goal. Cheers!

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  23. Honestly I find this material very interesting.
    am presently searching and connecting them with Biblical principles in preparation for a "fresher's/new students "orientation Of The Nigerian Fellowship of Evangelical Students.
    Thank you.

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    1. I am glad you found the article interesting.This is best time to expose Freshers to these principles before it becomes too late. Feel free to share this article to as many students as you can in order to help them through their academic journey

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  24. That is a great job there. Omoze,you are a great germ. Please keep up the good job. The article is highly insightful.

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    1. Thanks Festus, my own little way of giving back to the society to make it a better place.

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  25. Hi Mededode Assogba Omoze, This article is really inspiring and i a life changing article for every youth. i have made a turn around now. Thanks for sharing this informative post , and told us about, HOW TO ACHIEVE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE this is a great achievement for everyone, keep on sharing more.

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    1. Thanks a lot, I am elated that this article is life changing. Now I need you to join me in reaching out to the youth out there by sharing this article using the share buttons or by pasting the url on your preferred platform. The more people we can reach, the more positive impact we can make on the world at large. Thank you once again.

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  26. Great work. Keep it up

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    1. Thanks Elvisiano, I will continue to do my best to ensure I reach out to young people and inspire them to be the best they can be.

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