9. They concentrate on knowing rather than passing. You can pass without knowing but you cannot know without passing, caeteris paribus.
Someone said that the first key to academic excellence is to always get your priorities right; and I think that studying to know rather than passing only should be the topmost priority of every student. Geniuses understand this principle and work to know the content material so well that they can retain it even after the exams. Permit me to ask: what and what do you know about your course? (Please pause and take time to think this through).
This second question will set you on your nerves: why do you even study? What’s the reason behind your reading? (Please try to answer this question for yourself.)
A greater percentage of the students I’ve coached read only to pass exams. They later get to know that this mindset is totally wrong. One of the problems facing our
society today is that we have graduates who are ‘academic misfits’ in their specializations. The reason is this: while they were in school, they read only to pass exams and after passing the exams they forget the content material.
In my motivational and all-time success book: UNLEASHING THE GENIUS INSIDE, I wrote: “When you read as a student just to pass exams, it necessarily implies that once the exams are over, you will no longer read… When your motive for reading is to pass exams, then your passing the exams justifies the reading and makes it the end and purpose in itself; such that you no longer need the knowledge after the exams; so you consciously or unconsciously delete it from your memory” (Chizi Daniels, 2012:45).
Reading to pass exams is the other nightmare students face. Because they read to pass exams, they’ll leave their books till it’s exams. This will make them study haphazardly because of the shortness of the time, ‘gamble’ with the courses and their topics, and leave them with shallow knowledge; only to be forgotten few days after exams. Do you have this kind of mindset? It’s time to change it cos it’s devastating! Real successful students are those who study to know the content material of their course of study and also be able to relate with it after exams! Suppose your teacher/lecturer comes into the class and sets a test on the last term’s/semester’s scheme of work, what will be your performance? Please kindly answer this question so that you’ll know where you belong. I also argued in my book that our problem in Nigeria is not unemployment. Rather, it is ‘unemployable graduates’ – graduates who can’t do what their certificates present. This is the bane of our educational system! It starts gradually by reading only to pass exams and not to know it later. Check it, the average undergraduate will not care to know the content of his course once he has established the means of passing the course. Our interest is in passing alone. God save us!
I sincerely beg you to find out where you fall in before it’s too late! It’s high time we started becoming serious with these matters. It’s not just about the certificate, it’s about the certification! We have so many graduates with certificates yet they’re ‘uncertified’!
Where do you belong? Search yourself…
Yours truly motivational,
The Academic Coach.