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How To Get A First Class Degree In The University

How To Get A First Class Degree In The University

How To Get A First Class Degree In The University

How To Get A First Class Degree In The University

 

Step 1: Know who you are
The problem with many students is they try to “copy-cat”. While it is good to learn from the method of another high performer, it is important to know how to adapt it uniquely. Some students don’t need to read for more than 3 hours a day before they pass, indeed do excellently well and top the class. Some must read for at least 7 hours a day. There are first class students who watched football and participated actively in campus religious activities while they were in school. Some even get involved in departmental politics.
Its about knowing one’s self. Some people have a better foundation or secondary school background than others. At the end of the day, for most first class students, reading the notes while still fresh after lectures, and not waiting till they accumulate, is a common determinant of success.

How To Get A First Class Degree In The University

Step 2: Ask your seniors about your lecturers
Knowing how to approach a question in an examination is an art itself. How do you organize your answers? It goes beyond just picking the answer script and writing down what you think is the answer. You need to know what the lecturer wants. Does he want a “lengthy story”? Or does he wants it “short and snappy”? You may have a clue into this through your seniors who had taken the course earlier. You will also get some insight into the personalities of your lecturers by paying attention during lectures. First class students study not only the course, but the course-taker. Study your lecturer
Get serious from the first day you step into school
It is common for students to get carried away with the euphoria of gaining admission into higher institution that they forget the major reason why they are in school. It is essential to start building your grade point average from the first day so as to avoid playing catch up afterwards. The first semester of the first year in school is usually the easiest academically so its best you take advantage of it. This is the semester where many smart students set themselves up for a very good start. Lay a good foundation in your first year, it helps a lot, make good reading partners too as friends. I bet you many temptations will come your way in your first year but try and overcome them.

How To Get A First Class Degree In The University

Step 3: Always attend lectures
Attending lectures may not be so important to some students during their first year in school because many of the courses are based on topics they have already learnt previously in their secondary schools. For some students, attending lectures in first year is not so enticing because of the large number of students who usually fill the lecture rooms.
However, after your first year, attending lectures must and should be a priority, this is to enable you mark attendance in class which may be the difference between an A or a B, pick salient points which the lecturer may mention in class and to pick important instructions and tips which many lecturers like to give in class. In fact, some of these tips mentioned in class might be deliberately left out in lecture hand-outs dished out by some lecturers to encourage those who come to class. Attendance z very important

How To Get A First Class Degree In The University

Step 4: Two hours reading
Many people don’t know about this but studying always makes you ever ready for any test or exams. Many people are not disciplined enough to read but if you start a two hours reading everyday in your years of study you will definitely be a first class student. You mustn’t wait for exams to start approaching before you start reading, it’ll only cause you more stress and you might even forget everything or forget to touch some areas, but with two hours reading everyday, you will understand everything and also browse and ask your seniors some questions on the things you don’t understand.

How To Get A First Class Degree In The University

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Step 5: Obtain Old Exams Question Papers and Assignments
Make attempts to get past question papers from your senior colleagues to procure a satisfactory idea of what subject matter the instructors are most likely to test you on. They are even more useful because you can attempt the exam or assignment problems as a test of your knowledge, identifying weak areas that you must take into further consideration for re-study.
There are many examples and scenarios where students paid attention to past exam questions and were given exactly the same question or something very similar in their own exams. Not every lecturer repeats past questions, but many set questions similar to what they’ve given students two or more years ago.
One common tactic many students use for science laboratory classes is to find a graded laboratory notebook from a previous year. Laboratory work is notoriously difficult with respect to time limitation and what is expected from a student’s lab report. Having a format to follow along with is a phenomenal help. Knowing where to avoid mistakes is fundamental as well.

Step 6: Be optimistic
Some students die many times before their academic death. How can a student gain admission into a school and the first thing he or she hears is “you can never make a first class”, “they won’t give you a first class” or “this department is very hard”? Well, don’t believe any of that. Students still graduate with first class even in the so-called “hard” departments.
Many students are defeated by a pessimistic mentality. How can you go to battle with a defeatist mentality and expect to win? Many first class students defy odds and prove the “messengers of doom” wrong by pursuing their target optimistically and pragmatically. As a student who wants to be outstanding, what you should pay attention to are stories of that Lagbaja that shattered school records, or the Saka that effortlessly broke any record breakable.
There will be such stories to motivate you. Even it there aren’t, believe that you can be the first to break the record. Don’t give your listening ears to some tale by moonlight about a sadist lecturer who denies everybody first class. This is another very vital rule for first class students. They don’t believe cock and bull stories. Rather, they craft their own stories by first believing they can.

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Step 7: Have a little jotter
Having a little jotter doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a note book. Little jotter is for the salient points given by your lecturers in class. Many people don’t know this, but that little jotter can make you get a first class, because most of the points given by your lecturers in class will not be in the note but will come out in the exams and many will say its not in the note, just you and few others will know the lecturer mentioned it in class.

Step 8: Put God First:
Ultimately, God is very important. Always remember that God is the owner of all knowledge and gives only to those who he wishes to. Learn to always put God first before every lecture, test or exam. He is the only one who can see you through. The above are simply helpful human factors.
These are just the most important attributes of first class students based on observations. There are more factors to be considered which may have been omitted. Feel free to share your opinion in the comment section.
All the best!

How To Get A First Class Degree In The University

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