BY PRISCA AMONGIN
I trust that the first year students have settled into class and most of us are adjusting to this academic setting. In the recent issue of The Standard, the Vice Chancellor, Dr John Senyonyi, clearly spelt out some of the guidelines for the first year students from a moral and spiritual perspective.Here are a few highlights for adjusting to the academic environment, and successfully complete your studies.
https://thestandarducu.files.wordpreshttps://thestandarducu.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/page-13.jpg?w=1462s.com/2016/09/page-13.jpg?w=1462You will be interacting with words like: coursework, tutorials, GPA, among others. I assure you it is possible for anyone to attain a first class or a good second upper degree if you devote time and effort to your studies.
By the time you are admitted to a specific course, it means that you are able to excel.
Do not only wait for the exams timetable to come out before you start reading. At UCU, excelling commences right from the course work results.
It is much easier to score an A+ if by the time you get to the exams you already have good coursework grades. Therefore, excelling academically starts with your first assignment, in the first semester of your first year.
Secondly, at university, you need to work smart even as you work hard. Focus on keenness.
Listen attentively, listen for details. For example if a lecturer asks you to research about a particular topic, put emphasis on that, because it is most likely you will be examined from that area. Also, take note of the key points discussed in class.
At the university it is rare that you will write notes the way we did in high school. You have to fend for yourself and probably your lecturer will not ask you to do this. The onus is upon you to research and take notes.
Another secret is discovering what the lecturer is interested in. Study the examples they cite in their work and use those as reference points even in your coursework.
I know you might be still trying to understand your lecturers, but do not think too much about that.
Focus and accept them already, without prejudice that could block your attention. For example, it is evident that dislike for someone could make you fail a subject.
Work in teams with your classmates, engage in different discussion groups. University is a place where teamwork and sharing yield synergy and push you to heights you would never have scaled on your own.
Also, there is a bulk of information in the library. Make use of the internet, and research extensively.
Lastly, make time to serve God and his people.
This could be in one of the ministry platforms at UCU, through sports, MDD, charity work, among others. Desist from time wasting, destructive behaviour and bad company. Choose to be an exceptional student; choose success.
The writer is a second year student of Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Accounting