TEN WAYS TO SUCCESS IN YOUR ACADEMIC PROGRAMS


1. Knowledge of Your Strengths and Weaknesses
One important elements of success as undergraduate is by understanding or knowing your strengths and weaknesses. Take some time to look at your strengths -- things like creativity, communications skills, computer skills, work ethic -- as well as your weaknesses -- things like time management, procrastination, perfectionism. This will help you to have a list of your strengths, but much harder to really look at your weaknesses. The essence of this is to find a way to increase your strengths while surmounting or reducing your weaknesses.
2. Setup Your Academic Goals
You should start each semester as undergraduate with certain academic goals that you want to achieve. It may be a certain grade point average (cgpa) or been an overall best student in your department or faculty or the whole school. But you do not need to be fixated with grades only. The critical thing is to have some goals -- goals that enable you to be successful. Without having goals, you'll find it easy to dump classes, left assignments undone and consequently find yourself in a place you don't want to be.
3. Create a Time Management Scheme
As undergraduate students, setting up a time management scheme will go a long way to be successful. Whether you arr using modern medium or old ones, you need to be time-conscious and ensure that you have time priority for everything. If you are time-conscious, it will help you to know how to add or remove certain things. This will go a long way in helping you to avoid some distractions.
4. Take Your Assignments Serious
One area in which undergraduates fail is the failure to take assignments serious. Unlike during your secondary school's days when parents or teachers will be monitoring you, there won't be anything like that. You are the monitor of yourself. Try to avoid procrastination by shifting your assignments to another day. Do not let them pile up over you. Do them as soon as possible but don't let them be late. Your lecturers may use assignments as continuous assessment (CA) which are equivalent of 30 marks out of 100 in every course.
5. Create a Study Routine.
Another way by which you can achieve academic accomplishment is by having time daily that you set aside to read, review your notes, among others. Do not wait until when examination gets closer before you start reading. What you only need to do during exam period is review of all you have read before. By doing that, it will be relatively easier to assimilate or comprehend your course.
6. Ensure You're Known by Lecturers
By knowing your lecturers and being known to them is an important way to be academically accomplished. Make sure you participate in class discussion. If you are known to your lecturers as serious student, they will become interested in your academic success. Through this, your lecturers can help you not only in school but in your future careers. Female students should, however, not extend this to visiting of lecturers' offices unnecessarily to avoid being abused.
7. Have a Study Partners
Having study partners is also important to academic success. You need to have someone whom you will be a helper to you and you also helping him/her.  Your partners can be of help to you in several ways such as reading together, solving assignment together, doing research or laboratory test together etc. Just put it at the back of your mind that your partners must be serious, brilliant and hardworking. Do not have destructive partners but constructive ones. For destructive ones will always drag you down while destructive ones spring you to success.
8. Exploit Campus Resources
In every higher institution, there are academic resources which are meant to help students to become successful. There are libraries, workshops, seminars, tutors, etc. All these are meant to be exploited by students. You can also make use of career counseling and clinics to enhance mental and physical wellbeing.
9. Be Wary of Group You Belong
As an undergraduate, you are more likely to belong to a group or more. The group may be religious, ethnic, cultural, or professional. Whatever group you belong to, do not let it negatively affect your academic success. Your number one agenda in schools is academic. All other things are secondary.
10. Hardworking and Play
You don't have to make yourself miserable to be successful. Take care of yourself: When you don't sleep, eat crap, don't exercise, and are living off adrenaline for too long, your performance suffers. In a nutshell, you need to be social a little bit. Do not spend your whole time in schools for academic pursuits only. What's important is that you should not let social activities take a toll over your academic programs.

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