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Sure Bet To Examination And General Success




Sure bet to examination and general success

Successful people are those that do not procrastinate what is suppose to be done today. They carry out their task as when due. They draw a schedule or timetable to guide their use of wisely taking to the due, this write up is quite rich in context. It will help the serious minded student to read, revise, retain, understand always and apply the acquired knowledge in any given examination be it in arts or sciences for better grades.
Truly, not all who are endowed with high intelligence quotient do well in school due to planlessness, lack of concentration and lack of focus. I therefore strongly recommend this writing to students of all levels of education, teachers, counselors, parents, guardians and librarians to read and be inspired. This inspirational write-up is worth the price for all who want to succeed in life.

This inspirational word “sure bet to examination and general success” is carefully prepared to guide the reader on how to deal with any textbooks on any subject and for any examinations. it is a mother of all textbooks on all examinations. It guides the student step by step on the effective method of study with maximum effort. It contains wise counsels which will be listed as the step by step guide.

This inspirational advice is simply to understand by all SS students. final year students should endeavor to visit this site to get inspired, teachers will also find it useful as well as using it as their supplementary teaching aid if necessary, parents and guardians who has visited this site should find the need to make other members of the family visit this site to get inspired and work harder for general success.
Your success in life depends on knowing where to go and how to get there. This little word of inspiration will help you to reach your goal.

(A)Preparation

Here, effective tools for study will be carefully and critically examined. Just like the saying, “you can’t go to the farm without farm tool, or like we all know that a mechanic cannot work without his tools and must get out his tools before repairs or maintenance work commence. So also must the student. Four of these tools are prominent.

FITNESS
A student should ensure that he or she is physically fit before the start of his/her study. Plan a course of regular exercise. Give yourself time for relaxation. Share in useful hobbies. Make every bit of your time useful. Direct every activity to ensure that you remain always fit for the task ahead.

ENVIRONMENT
Try always to study in a quiet environment. Insist on good lighting. Avoid all forms of noise and disturbance. It would be ideal to keep one desk or table free for study materials only. Your mathematical sets, pencil, pen, eraser, ruler etc should be all on the desk before you commence study to avoid unnecessary movements to look for them. As far as is possible, try always to study in the same room or environment.

POSTURE
The guiding principle is to sit up against a desk or table while studying. In this way, your body will not attract attention to itself and get fatigued. Stand up, walk around the room if you feel any discomfort. Then sit back again and continue with your study.

MENTAL ATTITUDE
An alert posture results in an alert frame of mind. Put your thoughts under control to concentrate on your subject of study.

(B)HABIT OF STUDY
Evolve a habit that will guide you in your study. A habit is defined as a tendency or inclination towards an action or condition, which by repetition has become easy, spontaneous, or even unconscious. Evolve the following:

SET FOR YOURSELF A GOOD STUDY TIME TABLE:
It is good habit to commence your study with a well prepared time-table. Ensure that you adhere strictly to the routine that it involves so that it may become a habit.

REDEEMING THE TIME
Adhere strictly to your time table of study. Do not allow gaps of a few days or weeks. You will find it difficult to catch up if you do. Desire to succeed by studying regularly. Do not depart from the set schedule except your teacher or doctor advice you to do so for some unavoidable reasons. Minimize social engagements that may unduly interfere with your time of study.

Time for study should not be used for other things. Studying is not supposed to be done side by side with eating, cooking, conversing, watching television or engaging a visitor. Study time is suppose to be quality time. It is not how long, but how well you spend your time that count. Your time is precious… so redeem it.
Allocation/distribution of time over-various subject

Get more interested in difficult and core subjects, then allocate more hours to studying them. Set for yourself definite objectives. Decide that in this period and time, you will master chapter one or the effect of a declining population etc. in this way, you have set a goal for yourself.

Try to alternate subjects of varying difficulty by taking them in this order-easy, difficult, easy, difficult. Try also to alternate subjects of opposite nature-English before mathematics. Regulate your reading also in this order light, serious for mental relaxation. Take advantage of the public library for reference and research into any books recommended in your examination syllabus or by your teacher.

VISUALIZATION
This simply means to inform a mental image or a picture in your mind. In visualizing; you see things with your eyes shut. You form mental pictures of objects and processes-reviving those images repeatedly in your mind and gloating over them. The habit of practicing with mental pictures brings about greater understanding of the subject of your study.

In your study, make it a habit of firming mental pictures of every interesting topic. It may, for example be a map. A formula, a ruling in accounts, a process in mathematics, physics, chemistry or geography.  Let your photograph give full details of the topic of your focus.
The knowledge that you need to succeed in life does not lie only in the words that you see as you open your books. It lies underneath those alphabets. Some efforts should be made to go the extra mile to get this knowledge out. Three things will help you to dig into your study-

PEACE OF MIND
The mind crowded with worries and bogged down with many problems cannot engage in any meaningful intellectual exercise. To do effective studying, the mind has to be calm, cool and collected. You will find it easy to do that if you attach enough importance to what you are doing.

Clearly defined purpose
Have a clear defined and determined purpose in mind. Some students are satisfied with just being in the class. When they have “c”or “d” grade they celebrate because what they expected was ‘E’ or ‘F’. Such students have no desire or goal in mind.

SIMPLICITY OF APPROACH
One sure way of achieving simplicity of approach is to be in the class always. You are supposed to see your teachers, hear them speak to you and have a mental picture of his actions and events. It makes your work in the class very simple.

RECAPITULATION
It means to sum up, to review briefly, to repeat the chief points of something that has been said. In recapitulation.

REVISION
The best way to remember things is to keep turning them over in the mind and reviewing them in their proper relations to one another. Revision is really a part of our education which should not be ignored.
Guard against the serious mistake of differing all your revision till a few days before your examination. A month or two could be sufficient time before the examination. Revise frequently, going through a lesson, a topic, a chapter, a formula, and mastering properly each steps before proceeding to another. Frequency is the way to mastery and makes all the difference between mere understanding and accurate knowing.
A  Dutch physiologist- wyttenbach, once advise his students thus (I) that everyday the task of the proceeding day should be reviewed. (II) That at the end of every week, the task of the week (III) that at the end of every month the task of the month.

Try to make it a rule never to begin a new task without carefully and satisfactorily going through the preceding one.

REVISING WITH PAST QUESTION PAPERS
Try and obtain past examination question papers for three or more years- on each subject of your revision. Form yourselves into groups- the English group, the mathematics group, the biology group etc. a group may have four or five students. Choose a leader of a group who is the best in the subject. Try to work out the questions within the time allowed and under strict discipline. Every difficult problem that cannot be solved by the group should be referred promptly to the teacher for advice and solution. Resolve that all your work from the very first effort to the very last shall be completed with that thoroughness which is essential for high grade success in your examination.

(C)WAYS OF STUDY
The objective of studying is mainly to acquire knowledge either for examination or its more important function of educating and enlightening the mind. An organized student is most likely to be a successful student. A student who has been consistent at his study need not fear tests or examinations. he or she can study in each of these ways-

STUDYING AT SCHOOL
Studying at school is very profitable to the student. He/she has everything going for him/her- planned and  organized syllabus, trained professional specialist and experienced teachers and guidance counselors, very conducive and secure studying environment, the presence of government inspectors and supervisors for regular visits to ensure you have the best, and a class of students of competition. You have a programmed planned for you in advance.

You shall gain more in studying in school by respecting your teachers and whoever is placed in authority over you. Get very close to your teacher and do not be afraid to discuss your problems with him or her, even personal ones.

STUDYING AT SCHOOL
Studying at university is more difficult than studying at a school. You are no longer helped closely by teachers/lecturers. You are no more compelled to work under discipline, but are left by your self most of the time to plan for your study for the examination on your own. You are looked upon your study as a mature student who can set your own goal and work to reach it.

But for greater success in your study, you have to be a practical student during your vacation. Use your long holidays to do other things for a change and relaxation of your memory. You may be a student doctor, lawyer, engineer, banker, accountant, and agriculture etc. you are a professional. Why not get yourself acquainted with doctors, lawyers/ courts, engineers/ builders, banks etc. if you do, you will notice that by the end of your vacation, you are ready and well prepared to face a new session with more in-depth knowledge of your course. Experience gained this way is very useful at this stage/ level of your academic life.

LEARNING BY PERSONAL TUITION
This way of study is a quick, interesting, idea and effective way to learn. Look for a good, committed teacher whom you can admire and study under his supervision. It may be expensive, but it is worthwhile. Many good teachers teach because they enjoy doing it and not necessarily for much money. You should benefit much from a teacher with a personal touch. Allow the resources of his personal contact to influence you. Make him your best friend. Respect and assist him in whatever way you can. Tap fully from his/her wealth of experience.

STUDYING BY CORRESPONDENCE
Many students who cannot study in the school or at a university resort to studying by correspondence school in Nigeria and abroad.

The advantages of studying by this means are;

The student is given personal advice on what to do.

The syllabus of the proposed examination is strictly followed.

The student can still work for a living while studying.

 The pace in most cases is set by the student depending on the date he or she wishes to take the examination
It helps the student to approach the whole subject rationally, bringing out all the hidden potentiality of each individual student.

You are expected to work through many exercise and tests.

STUDYING BY YOURSELF
This method is good for a mature student only. Use all the money you could have used for tuition to buy the needed text book and handouts. Make use of the public library most of the time as an added advantage. Get near to a friend or friends who are doing the same course with you for the sole aim of preparing for an examination. It is only he who knows the way that travels alone. Do not attempt to study by yourself if you are not mature enough.

(D)METHOD OF STUDY
The SQSR method has been widely acclaimed as the most effective study technique especially for the study of mathematics. “S” stands for SURVEY; “Q” for question; and “3R” for READ REVIEW and RECITE. A mastery of this method will profit the student in using his time economically and improving his/her grades.

SURVEY
In the surveying, we get an overview, the overall picture before going into details. Know the scope and limit of what you have to study for success before you commence your study. This is very important. If it is textbook you wish to master, first read the preface, the table of contents and summaries at the end of the chapters if any. If it is an assignment, locate the exact page/pages and estimate how long it will take you to finish it thoroughly.

A careful study of your course of study will help you greatly in picking the most essentials. Know exactly what your course entails. Do not take on any amount of study or work until you understand the scope of your syllabus=what it entails. It is good radiance for civil servants, businessmen and professionals.

QUESTION
An experience reader finds questions crossing his mind constantly. Study the title; state it as question, think of what the words mean in the context. Be an inquisitive student. Suggest to yourself likely questions while you are studying. Write down the questions as they cross your mind. Meditate on them after words and see what progress you have made. Attempt to answer them. Do this often.

READ
The reading I mean here is the one that search for an answer and not for pleasure. Underline what you do not understand. Look up for new and unfamiliar words in the dictionary and note how the are being used in the context. Summarize as you read and try to anticipate the mind of the author. You are a researcher.
Study difficult problems slowly and patiently. Solve simply problems quickly. Always test yourself to see how you have fared.

RECITE/RESTATE
It means to put your text book or note book down at a close interval and tell yourself what you have studied, noting where you make mistakes and making necessary corrections immediately. It is the key to solid learning. It helps you improve your learning and knowledge in a written test, a discussion and report.

REVIEW
You are here simply repeating the bother four steps. Write all you can remember. An oral quiz by a fellow student serves the same purpose. After the review, go back and re-read, picking up all you missed during the first reading.

Studying is not meant for indolent minds. Even outside the classroom environment, it is a good practice for one to continue reading and studying so as to reactivate and educate the mind.

A READING SOCIETY IS A KNOWLEDGEABLE AND LIVING SOCIETY.
STUDYING TO UNDERSTAND

The first step to understand is to follow the advice of your teachers mostly. Do not follow your teacher/lecturer through the course merely, but try to keep ahead of him. Try always to do the next lesson/ exercise in advance of your teacher, and never, never one behind. This means that makes your work simple, sends you confidence soaring high, and saves you valuable time. Get yourself into the habit of keeping ahead always.

The primary aim of being in school is to study to understand what is being studied. Every other thing depends on this. At first attempt you may not understand that much. There should be no discouragement. There should be no hurry. The brain is a funny computer, the most intricate and baffling computer ever produced. The slightest tension stresses it. There must be complete relaxation and peace of mind.

As the points are remember they should be written down, in any order, and re-arranged orderly later. Remember that studying is work and not work and play.

Knowledge is not loose-leaf note-book of facts. It is taking the responsibility for what you are or want to be. It is you who must decide. Your decision can make or mar you. Note, that there is no short cuts to success, you must take the normal process.

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