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How to Make First Class in Higher Institution – A comprehensive guide

Hey my fellow upcoming scholars. Are you aiming and feeling the first-class fever burning strong? Yeah we all feeling it together.

I know you are already having that vision of  endless reading of textbooks, sleepless and energy drink fueled night in your head.

But listen my fearless scholars, attaining that fancy diploma does not have to be soul sucking one.  With these tested strategies, you’ll be slaying tests, exams and graduate with your desired first-class like a freaking champion that you are.

However, here is the lockdown guide to attaining first class diploma:

Know your Enemy (The Grading system)

Let’s see these first-class diploma as a battle to fight throughout our higher institution life. However, before you start any battle, you must understand the beast whom you want to battle with (your enemy).

First class in most cases usually requires you to have a 70% average or higher overall score in all assessments and exams. So you have to be consistent in your exam score and never relent. Remember, one amazing performance, won’t compensate for poor overall performance, like bombing the final exam.

Think of it like leveling up and continue climbing that CGPA ladder step by step.

Now, let’s dive in to the weapons in conquering your enemy (CGPA)

Weapons of Mass Knowledge Acquisition

Never Skip Lectures

Skipping classes might be tempting but trust me, it’s like forgetting your sword before a battle. Lectures are your intel briefings, packed with crucial information and professorial insights of each courses.

Attending lectures shows you’re a dedicated warrior and opens doors to deeper understanding through direct interaction with lecturers. Therefore, do not have it in mind to skip lectures.

Listen Attentively

Don’t just listen or view in class. Take notes, ask questions, engage with materials like decoding ancient history. Discussions are your training grounds for critical thinking – flex those mental muscles!

Marry Your Textbook

Think of the textbook like your side chick and lover. Read actively, highlight key points and and connect them to what you learned in lectures like a puzzle solver.

Don’t be afraid to question, analyze, and form your own interpretations. Remember, critical thinking is your secret weapon.

Study In Squad

There is a saying that “If you want to go fast, Go alone; If you want to go far, Go with people“. Studying with like minded peers can supercharge your brain.

Yea studying alone is cool, but studying with like-minded peer groups is super epic. You throw questions at each other, share ideas, discuss different concepts to answering questions, fuel and motivate each other.

Remember, Two (or ten) brains are always better than one.

Time Management

Attending classes, making time for your social life and maybe even a part-time job/gig may be time consuming and tighter than the dragon’s hoard.

Plan your study session/time, set realistic and achievable goals and stick to them like your live depends on it. Break down big task into smaller one to avoid feeling too stressed out.

Remember, time lost cannot be regained.

Now that we’ve been able to get the weapon to fight for the first class battle, we need to advance our skills and set ourselves ahead in the battle for first class honor.

Beyond the Basics: Advanced Maneuvers for Academic Mastery

Go Deep

Don’t just be a surface skimmer, Go beyond. First-class is not about cramming or memorizing facts but understanding the concepts, thinking critically and applying knowledge like a ninja in new situation.

Dive deeper into research materials, handouts, textbooks and challenge yourself to think outside the box like a master detective.

Embrace Criticism

Professor or Lecturer’s feedback about you is not an insult, it’s a way to step up your game for improvement.  Analyze your mistakes and use them as a stepping stone to refine your new approach.

Remember, failure only occur when you fail and don’t try again.

Master the Skills, Not Just the Content

While knowledge is power, don’t neglect those essential academic skills. Sharpen your writing like a samurai sword, research like a master detective, and analyze data like a psychic accountant. These skills will shine in essays, presentations, and even future job interviews.

Expand Your Range of Experience

University is not just about the grades alone, it’s about growth and living your best life while studying. Go beyond the classroom, participate in extracurricular activities (sports), attend workshops and network with professionals in your field.

These experience will widen your knowledge, build you valuable skills and might even get you internship or land you your dream job.

Take Care of Yourself

First-class honor does not requires you to suffer or become a sleep-deprived zombie. Take your mental physical and social health very serious. Get enough sleep and/or rest, eat healthy food, exercise regularly and importantly don’t forget your social life.

Remember, a stressed out soldier is no match for the battle, so fuel your mind and body for ultimate academic victory.

However, note that the path to first-class glory isn’t a sprint but a marathon, an adventure one that requires dedication, perseverance, and a healthy dose of laughter (and maybe little caffeine).

But trust me, when you cross that graduation stage with that diploma in hand, the feeling of accomplishment will be sweeter than any energy drink.

So, charge forth, brave scholars, and let your academic prowess reign supreme!

Founder and editor at AcademyPathways. Habeeb is a National Diploma(ND) holder of Statistics graduated from the highly esteemed The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Nigeria. With over a decade of experience in the education sector and career setting, Habeeb provides first hand information on educational and career related topics.

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