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10 points to help a student to have excellent performance in the school/university

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Elimu (Education Forum)' started by Einstein, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. Einstein

    Einstein Senior Member

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    "Education is a key of life".. This quote has been a world anthem, everybody needs to know it..
    Imagine you always doing the best you can to have better performance in your studies, but always end up with nothing. It is not true that you can't achieve the best you always want to.. It is possible, you can make it to the top as you always wish to.. With no doubt, there some clues you need to understand so that they can back up your mission. Just calm down, and try to grasp some points discussed below are going to help.

    In this life no one can decide the destiny of somebody. You are always the creator of your own destiny.. If that is the case, then you are the one who can decide to have better performance in your studies. I agree that some human beings were born with mental disabilities. If we exempt those who have born with mental disabilities the rest has all the reasons to make to the best of it in their studies. Why not? Great Scientists in this world did great things. Why can't you be among them? They are human beings like you.. They have the same medulla oblongata like yours. Why can't you be like them?!! That is the question has to roll in your mind while going through this article ..

    There are mistakes made by most of Scholars when planning for their studies. This may be due to lack of guidance, recklessness or some other reasons. When planning for studies you need to be more careful because, once u make a mistake it will be difficult for you to rectify the situation and sometimes it may ruin your life. Why risk your own studies and life? Why can't you take positive measures to avoid this tragedy?

    Here are the ten points to help you.

    Course selection..

    The course you select while deciding to go for high studies, is responsible for paving your way to what you want to be in life. While choosing a course for high studies, you need to understand your capabilities, ambitions and dreams. It is worthless for a student planned to become a Software Engineer, to go for Political studies..

    Always someone needs to stick on his dreams. Don't allow friends and family to intervene your interests, although you can allow them to advice and not make the last decision. It is an embarrassing moment when a student is aiming to study about BA and his family forcing him to study BSc. Parents need to understand the interests of their children and try to find a good way to advice them to achieve what they want to be. Never study because you want to praise someone, rather study in order to fulfill your dream, thirst and curiosity.

    Make sure you are familiar with the details of the course you are going for, so that it can help you during the studying phase. Apart from being careful, try to find out the in and out of the course you are going to study and make sure you understand the syllabus of the course before you select the course. I wonder why some people do select any course simply because they want to be degree holders!!! This is ridiculous, and wastage of time. You need to know the details of the course going for, it helps a lot.

    Type of institution to study

    Different institutions have different philosophies. You need to understand the philosophy of an institution before going for it. Find out if that particular institutions can fit your plans. Make sure the institution has the quality required to impart the knowledge you need. Don't go for a college just because you are admitted to, think, find out and decide.

    Social life during studies

    Before going for a particular institution make sure the social life of the college is conducive to you. Imagine being 20kms away from the college and you don't have reliable transport. You will always be late to the college.

    This point is very useful also for Students seeking for studies abroad. Every country has its own culture and custom. Moving from one country to another for studies, need someone to understand clearly the kind of culture he might face in the foreign country specifically at the College (University).

    Once you get subjected to unfavorable college social life it will be very difficult for you to make it. Most of the time, you will be disturbed by other things and fail to concentrate on your studies.

    Before going for studies, make sure you are familiar with the social life of the Institution. Otherwise you will get bored while studying. So, find out, be ready to cope before going for it.

    Resources availability

    It is useless for a Computer Programmer, studying JAVA code without having a computer machine to practice on. How can someone study biological studies without a microscope? How can a Mass Communication student know Camera Shooting without having a camera to practice on? How can he know video editing without having tools for it?.. Resources are very important in order to help a student to work more efficiently.

    We are in 21st century. It is not a time for practicing the "Alternative to practicals", it is a time for Practicing the Practicals . Most of scientists innovated great things by working in the labs. How can someone expect being a great Scientist and never go for a lab? Make sure you are familiar with the resources availability before going for that particular institution.

    Apart from direct tools for studies, a student must have all other necessary resources for other issues like accommodation and the like. Of course, these can help him to pursue his course more confortably..

    Time management

    Time management has become a big problem to most of the students. This is one of the great tools to make you achieve high performance in your studies. Make a plan and make sure you study as much as possible to cover all the modules in the particular semester. Arrange a weekly timetable to cover all the areas you need to study and understand..

    Never imitate someone's studying style, build your own studying style.

    Assess yourself and arrange a studying dose that is proportional to you.. Some student can grasp thirty points per hour, others take twelve hours for the same package (thirty points). We differ in the understanding capabilities, someone needs to understand himself and design a timetable that is proportional to his capability.
    However give time for your brain to relax and rest. You can do this by hanging out with friends or doing other stuffs unrelated to studies for sometime.


    Make sure you attend as much periods as possible. This is very crucial, because Lecturers are the experienced people knows how to impart knowledge to students. They know the mental games that can make you grasp the points, facts and ideas. Why miss the class? Don't do it.

    Attending classes makes you get updated frequently in the manner that you will always be active in your studies. Missing the classes can risk your performance.
    Some may ask, why to attend the class of the lecturer who has no capability to teach?
    Actually, it is true that some lecturers are not qualified to teach. Better you attend the class so that you can have a chance to challenge the lecturer and teach him sometimes if needed.
    In the college, not only students are the learners, but also the Lecturers. No one knows everything! Attend the classes frequently.

    Never Cram

    One day a best mathematic student was solving an Integration question in mathematics. The question was very short, but it took him a number of pages to get the solution, and he spent 10minutes to come to the conclusion. Another guy asked him for the solution of the same question and started cramming it, which took him 90minutes. Why cram?

    Understanding the points, facts and principles will always make you creative in your life of study. Always think of "Why" and "How" questions to build your understanding capabilities. Just set your mind in such a way that, you need only to know "why" and "how" something is like how it is.

    Try to challenge yourself on the "What-if" questions.. "What-if" is a discovery clause, which may lead you to discover or innovate new things. "What-if" I do this, what will happen?...
    "Why-How" principle will always set you free. Once you know "Why-How" , you can explain a lot about something. Never cram, always reason about facts and principles.

    You need also to understand the difference between READING and STUDYING.. READING is just going through books with no conceptualization but STUDYING means going through books accompanied with CONCEPTUALIZATION. Mark the difference!!

    Relevant Studying Books

    As the information technology is advancing, the book writers are increasing drastically. Some of them are ethical, others are just gold-diggers. Be careful when choosing a material to study. Some materials can really waste your time as they explain poorly about something. Choose books which are complete with much points you need and which can impart a good knowledge to you.
    A book is a step Teacher!! I suppose that, book writers needs to have psychological manner of conceiving a fact and imparting it to the readers. A book writer, must know how to have a good point flow so as the knowledge can be imparted smoothly and clearly to students and readers.
    If you don't know about a nice book to study, try to find out from your lecturers or colleagues about it. Ask as many people as possible to let you know about the best book to study.

    Never force to Study Out of Scope

    There are different levels of studying. That is why, there is Undergraduate, Postgraduate etc. Some students are so curious to know things which are at highest levels, anyway, some are peculiar. Hope you do remember last year one guy from Malaysia (9 years old) was reported at BBC, that he developed Phone Software. It is true, some people are peculiar in the sense that their IQ's (Intelligence quotients) are high and unique.

    The point here is that, try to study the important things specific for your level of study, and never waste much of your time concentrating on advanced things which are at the highest levels.
    It is good to go beyond the scope, but you have to be clear with the scope itself. Make sure you are familiar with the scope, then you can go beyond the scope.

    Examination Principles

    Exams are the ones which are used to prove yourself if you know things or not. They are used as a test for you for a particular qualification. In here, there are three basic exam principles. Two of them bases on student side, and one of them bases on Lecturers side (Correctors)..

    The two basic principles on student side are:

    One, Studying and understanding all the concepts : A student needs to study and understand properly the concepts taught during the phase of study. This point is influenced by the previous nine points mentioned above..

    Two, A best manner of tackling questions in the exam room: While answering questions, a student needs to be careful. He can find that he knows the question, but the way he may use to answer perhaps wrong. He may have all the points about a particular questions but, failing to answer as required. For instance, there is a big difference between "Explain", "Describe", "Why", "How","What", "Outline" .. etc…
    You can find a student instead of explaining "Why" he is explaining "How". But all the points about the question are familiar to him. So, read the question properly and try to understand.

    Always be specific in exams, answer concisely and precisely as per point. Never make noise in the answer sheet, be specific and never write a lot in order to use more additional papers, it will not help.
    Students are adviced, to point out questions familiar to them and start answering. The point here is, never start answering the toughest questions in the exam..

    The last exam principle, is on the Lecturer(Corrector) side. These are the one responsible for marking the answer sheets. A lecturer needs be flexible in the sense that, he is supposed to find out a point/concept being conceived by a student while answering. Sometimes a student may have a knowledge of many points as compared to the lecturer. If the points are unknown to the lecturer, then this is not a fact of giving a cross mark on the point. Rather, the Lecturer needs to find out the fact out of the point given by the student..

    I am sure if this points are followed, someone must come up with something great!

    Nothing Impossible Unless You decide so..

  2. Michael Paul

    Michael Paul Verified User

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    Thanks for this useful post...
  3. Einstein

    Einstein Senior Member

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    u welcome
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    NIMIMI Senior Member

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    Mbona kula vizuri na kulala vizuri haujalizungumzia?
    Usitegemee mwanafunzi alale koridoni mbu kuwa ndo shuka lake na kulala watatu kitanda kimoja ni sahihi no better performance itapatikana kutokana na matatizo yanayowapata wanafunzi kwasasa! Mwezi hakuna pesa za chakula unategemea nini? Muda wote awaza kupata pesa kwa ajili ya chakula ama chakula chenyewe, badala ya kuwaza masomo, matatizo ni mengi sana kwa wanafunzi wa Tanzania nchini tena waliowengi, hata maksi wazipatazo wanajitahidi ukizingatia mazingira kuwa magumu mno, narudia tena mazingira magumu mno!