Hey! Thank God you made it to 2014! I want to welcome you specially to yet another year of exploits. That you made it to this year is a sign that it is not over yet.
That means there’s still hope for you. You can still achieve some of those goals that could not see their fruition in 2013. 2014 is saying to you: “I am ready to work with you, and cooperate better than 2013”. We cannot live in the past but we can live out the past positively by learning from our mistakes and making better plans to achieve what we couldn’t achieve in the past. ~ Chizi Daniels.
It seems as though you’ve not been doing your job as a student since the previous year? Never mind, I am here for you, like always! So let’s fix things together again as usual…
*WHERE DO I START NOW*?
If this is your question, then come with me to the other side… You can complain because roses have thorns or you can rejoice because thorns have roses, Abraham Lincoln once told me! (don’t ask me how, where or when…)
Now listen to this: It is not what you don’t have that limits you. It is what you already have but don’t know how to use! ~ Steve Harris.
Because you’ve not even thought of beginning, it will keep your mind far away from your course. It will make you distant yourself from anything that will even give you a clue (like you’re doing now!). Proper planning, like ‘Dee Mike’ will always say, prevents poor performance!
If you ask me, I will tell you that every great and successful thing that ever happened on the surface of the earth owes its credit to effective preparation! And remember also that failing to plan(prepare) is planning(preparing) to fail, ipso facto! This is because effective preparation begins first with plannning.
If I should take you on a survey on Plato’s psychology, I’ll simply remind you that all you have to know is already in you according to Plato (innately, see his doctrine of innatism). Now don’t get it miscontrued; what it really implies is that the provision has already been made for whatever you have to know (since you already have a trace of it in your inside). Simply commit yourself to it and you will soon find out that it is not entirely new anyway, that there have been some aspects of it you already know. But this will only come when you ‘commit’ yourself to the course of wanting to know…
And mind you that, your course just like most courses, has a progressive flow. Nothing is entirely new but only a continuation of has been laid down already, with points of meeting and also points of divergence. Connected and interwoven, with blocks upon other blocks.
*SO HOW DO I WORK IT OUT*?
I’ll now make the matters plain to you. Then as a young university student, I never needed to wait for textbooks and materials before I project myself into the courses. Those were for inexperienced chaps who usually end up with mediocre results (Gush! Did I just sound harsh or rash now?) Never mind…
Usually, my coursemates would always ask me, towards the ending of a semester, to help explain to them the following semester’s courses and what they are like. I normally give these information the semester before and sometimes introduce them to what they will come across in the course next semester! That costs wholesome preparation and utmost readiness. One that will demand you to always look ahead and see farther than others. And lest I forget, Isaac Newton also told me that! He said: “If I have ever seen far, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”. But yours sincerely is so desirous that he prefers to stand on their heads, and eventually see the farthest. It took discipline and determination. If you want to take tops in class, it will take you something demanding. But never mind, cos you can always afford it if you dare try…
Like I always say: success is never for free. It must cost you something! You must be ready to do what others have not done yet if you ever want to get where they’ve not gotten to! You just have to make up your mind now to go all the way; except you don’t want to excel above others this semester?
And you’ll ask again: what should I do then, seeing I’m just realizing myself now? That’s the most apppopriate question to ask at this juncture. I’ll answer it by asking you this:
*Do you even know the courses you have for this semester? If yes, then the problem is half-solved already! It has already started and you are in for it.
*Set your heart on them. Think about them often and always ask yourself stuffs like: what’s this course all about? What and what am I expected to know about it? What can I do now about it?
The answers will prop up before you can say ‘Jack Robbinson’!
*Next, start with something. That’s where the real battle is – to begin. You know what? The best and greatest way to begin is just to BEGIN, or should I say, START! Start with anything you can lay your hands on. The fact is that nothing will ever happen in life if someone did not start somewhere. There will be no victory, no accomplishment, no invention, no success and no greatness if someone never started. There is no other truth about life apart from this.
*Think, reason, ask questions, read your old notes, chat with someone on the issue like we’re doing now, and… BROWSE!
Yes! I will say it again: BROWSE!
What most students fail to understand is that almost everything they need is in the internet if they can be willing enough browse, patient enough to search gently and zealous enough to study with intent, what comes up!
So, what’s that your other excuse? The last time I checked, all my excuses were locked up in the prison room of determination! Determination is the major spice you need to begin with this year.
What you can’t do now is what you’re not determined to do! It is something you that you have not decided to achieve or accomplish. If you can think it and determine it, you can do it.
So get up and get something done before you will start complaining…
[You know what? I could help you unleash your genius if you don’t mind, and make you the best student you can ever dream of. If you say YES, then let’s do it together!]
Yours truly motivational,
The Academic Coach.