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How to make first class in Nigerian universities

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How to make first class in Nigerian universities

How to make first class in Nigerian universities

Getting adimission into the higher institution is one thing, and then graduating with a first class grade is another thing.

The university academic life is very short, usually between 4 – 6 years, depending on the course of interest. However, do not spend much time on irrelevant activities. Focus on getting the best result, as it’s the primary aim of which you entered the higher institution.

Hey reader, I welcome you to infozer, as I’ll be guiding you on how to make first class in Nigerian universities. (Disclaimer:- This is not a surety, it’s only a guide).

We all know how difficult and stressful the Nigerian education system is, yet some people still graduate with first class. First class is a very reputable academic position, that portrays how hard and dedicated a student has been to his academic life.

However, some students also work hard to achieve this goal of graduating with a first class, but due to carelessness and little problems which may not necessarily be their fault, they are being kicked off the track.

Top Secrets to Make First Class degree in Nigeria Universities

I made this post out of experience, and I must tell you that making a first class degree is 100% possible. Without wasting much time, let get to the subject matter.

Things that will help you graduate with first class in Nigerian universities:-

  1. Be punctual to lectures regularly
  2. Do your assignments on time
  3. Keep friends with similar goals
  4. Buy textbooks and handouts materials
  5. Stop procastinating
  6. Be attentive and active in class
  7. Be closer to your lectures
  8. Avoid unnecessary friends and activities
  9. Involve in healthy social and sports activities only
  10. Be faithful to your timetable
  11. Ask the more intelligent students
  12. Solve past questions regularly
  13. Read in line with the scheme of work
  14. Eat healthy foods only
  15. Dress responsibly
  16. Attend tutorials
  17. Avoid too much sleep
  18. Keep distractions aside
  19. Read everyday
  20. Avoid examination malpractice
  21. Trust God

I will only elaborate on the points that need more attention.

  • Be punctual to lectures regularly

How can you pass your examinations without attending lectures?

No matter how fustrating and uncomfortable the learning environment may appear, try to make it favourable to you. I will take myself for example, during my 100L and 200L, I always attend lectures on time. I leave my room by 6:15am for lectures that will commence by 8:30am.

When I get to the lecture room, I revise the previous topics. This refreshes my memory and enables me understand the current lecture better. But during my 300L, I stopped.

Reason was that they relocated my lecture room and it wasn’t comfortable for me. I almost did not attend lectures, I depended on collecting notes from my friends who continued attending lectures, despite the situation.

The summary of the whole thing is that during exam, I was disappointed. Those of my friends who attended made better grades. In fact my 300L first semester result was very poor.

However, the moral lesson to note here is that attending lectures is very Paramount. The lecturer will always explain more than what he gives as notes, if at all he’ll give out notes. As you listen, you jot down striking and key points while the rest of the explanations stick to your brain. You’ll see the positive effect during exams. Note that attending lectures accounts for 70% eligibility to sit for exams. A lecturer can decide to take this attendance any time.

#How to make first class in Nigerian universities

  • Do your assignments on time

At the end of every lecture, the lecturer will always give an assignment. Assignment is a continuous assessment that helps in boosting your grades.

Hope you know that a mark can earn you a lucky pass. So, always take advantage of any possible means to fetch marks no matter how little they appear to be. (A wise man says, little drops of water can make a mighty ocean)!

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When the lecturer gives an assignment, put it down on your reminder list, and ensure you do it that day. If you fail to do the assignment that same day, the consequence is that you may forget about the assignment, till the day of submission. This will not help in any way, because there will be limited time to research. Note that doing assignments by your self boost your academic esteem and backbone, and thus make exam questions easy to tackle.

  • Keep friends with similar goals

A wise man says; birds of same feathers flock together. Also, show me your friends and I will tell you who you are.

Friends in one way or the other have impacts on your academic life. Make friends who have the same goal and zeal you have to make a first class grade.

Good friends will always form a study group, set up random quiz for each other, attend night classes, do assignments together, solve past questions, avoid unnecessary activities, share knowledge etc.

However, note that this doesn’t mean that you should be dependent on each other during exams. You should build yourself to be academically independent, it will go a long way.

  • Stop procrastinating

Procrastination is a very deadly habit. It usually starts gradually, till it’s chronic. I understand that time events can’t be predicted. Sudden stuffs can come up to affect your academic activities, nevertheless, avoid being a chronic procrastinator.

Don’t forget that your goal is to make a first class, this mindset should be strong enough to propel you above irrelevant events that may tempt you to procastinate your academic activities.

  • Be attentive and active in class

Be a good listener. Research has proven that those with good listening skills made better grades. The brain has larger memory storage than any storage device in the world. When you listen, try to understand what the lecturer is teaching, else ask questions.

Lecturers believe that those who ask specific questions relevant to the course topic are intelligent and are likewise attentive to the lecture.

Don’t ask questions outside what the lecturer is teaching, some may see it as a distraction, and thus an offensive act.

Questions asked in class either by the Lecturer or the student often come out in test and exams.

#How to make first class in Nigerian universities

  • Be closer to your lectures

Being close to lectures has an advantage. You can prompt this by greeting them politely, assisting them in carry their bags, informing them that they have lectures, assisting them regularly with board markers, asking or answering questions in class, attending lectures regularly, making good grades etc.

Besides, lectures do like students who are closer to them, and this can ease taclking issues like missing exam score, absence in class with reasonable cause, extra tutorial classes, etc.

  • Eat healthy foods only

The type of food you eat affects your academic health. However, ensure you take light but quality breakfast every morning before attending lectures.

Intakes such as alcohol, marijuana, cigarettes, codeine, and other hard drugs should be avoided. They damage the brain cells and weaken your ability to think properly.

Eat healthy foods only that contain proteins to boost your brain cells, carbohydrates to boost your energy, vitamins to boost your immune system, etc.

  • Solve past questions regularly

This is one of the most important thing that can help you make good grades in the university. Infant, students take advantage of some lecturers who often repeat past questions to make cool grades.

Solving past questions gives you a better idea of what the examination will look like. When you get used to solving them, trust me, in the exam hall you will feel more comfortable.

From solving past questions, you can figure out areas the lecturer did not explain well, which may likely be set in the exam. You then ask them as questions during lectures, and then the Lecturer gives you a satisfying answer. In some cases you’ll need to meet senior collegues in your department, they can give you solutions and guidelines to tackle such question problems.

  • Read everyday

There is a post I read sometime ago, in my high school days; it reads:-

When you stop reading, you develope cobwebs in your brain

This is not scientifically proven, but seems real. Reading is one of the means to keep the brain academically active. And the more active your brain is, the more bigger it grows.

Hence, make out time every day, at least 4 – 5 hours for just reading. Other academic activities should not disturb your reading time. This can be late in the night between 7 – 11pm or very early in the morning between 1 – 5am, depending on your choice. Have a good sleep of about 2hrs prior to your reading time. This makes the brain more relaxed and stress free.

While reading, do so with “scheme of work” guide provided by the Lecturer. Time in the university is always tight, so don’t spend much of your time reading outside your scope of work, or other irrelevant articles.

  • Buy textbooks and handouts materials

Without books what else are you reading in school? Don’t waste your time in school, even though you have other promising source of income, finish the academic race you started. You’ll have nothing to loose. It’s better you never attended school, than attending without graduating with reasonable grades.

#How to make first class in Nigerian universities

Make reading part of you. A student once asked me;

What’s the secret behind reading and understanding easily?

The answer is to develop a good reading skill. Most students have poor reading skills. Instead of reading line by line, they just scan the page without understanding what they are reading. When you want to read, keep all distractions aside, distractions like phone, gisting friends, sleep, etc. Always take only one course to your reading room. Focus on a particular course and understand it. Don’t be a jack of all trades, master of none.

Buy hard copies of lecture notes. They boost your understanding ability, reduce distractions and are readily available to you for use, unlike soft copies.

Moreover, do not form the habit of snapping notes with your phone, you will never remember to read them. Write notes yourself and buy necessary and recommended textbooks.

I will stop here for now, more updates will be posted soon. Can I tell you something, everyone can make first class in the university, it only requires an extra ordinary effort and commitment.

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Hossana C. Infozer, you can link up with me via social media platforms @officialinfozer.

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