So many students wish to achieve academic excellence, some others dream of it with their eyes wide open while others keep wondering what makes others to achieve excellence or the steps to take to achieve excellence. To these categories of students, academic excellence is either by luck, by chance or by mistake or accident. At best, it’s a magic or a miracle! Only a few students dare to be the best academically, and yet that is the first step to academic greatness. Yes! The very first step to academic greatness is to make a firm decision to be the best. Life will never give you what you deserve; it will only give you what you decide. What you need to do in order to achieve success and mastery in life is a firm tenacious decision. Most students never resolve to be the best academically; they only wish and wish and…
But hear this: a decision is different from a wish. A wish is bankrupt of actions, it is lame and inactive; but a decision is initiated, activated and sustained by actions. A decision is predicated on effectual corresponding actions. If it is truly a decision, then your actions must change correspondingly to the decision. This is the very first step to any achievement in life. Let everything and everyone around you know through your actions that you are out for the best academically. Until your resolution to succeed drives you to do uncommon and unusual things others won’t dare, you are still wishing! If you are one of such students desiring for resounding academic excellence, then you are welcome…
Once you have confirmed your decisions through your actions, then you must generate sufficient passion to drive your decision to its logical destination. I must have to stress this matter very well. It is impossible to achieve resounding academic excellence without a burning passion. You must cultivate enough passion that will be able to withstand all the obstacles, discouragements, disappointments and failures that naturally accompany success and academic excellence. Your passion must be strong enough to quench all the negative components of success (setbacks, insults, disappointments, delays, opposition, rejection, frustration etc) and bring out the real seed of excellence in you. Passion is the key that opens the door of success. It is that which ignites the zeal and strength needed to birth success.
Next, set your priorities right. The major limitation most students struggle with while on campus is misplaced priorities. A lot of students graduate only to regret their choices while on campus. Your priorities are what you place great value and importance on. Your priorities will determine your level of success academically. When you misplace your priorities as a student, you will end up in frustration. The campus environment is full of distractions that can easily carry you away. Once you misplace your priorities as a student, you drift away academically. You must get your priorities right as a student. Know how to strike the balance between the ARPS! ARPS stand for the major activities on campus – academic, religious, political and social activities. When you don’t balance these activities and manage them well, they can mar your results and eventually your stay in the campus. And so I dare to ask you: what are your priorities? What do you place value on as a student? What do you have regard for on campus?
Once your priorities are set aright, you are on the right course to greatness. You have to learn some basic secrets and principles about academic excellence and practically follow them through. Success is not by mistake or accident, it is a product of principles. Among them are determination, consistency, tenacity and strict discipline. Principles are like the foundation that carries the building of success. Here is one secret I have for you: study until it becomes your lifestyle.
Yes! Make a commitment to study extensively. Develop a lifestyle of studying. All things being equal, the difference between the average student and the genius is majorly in their attitude towards study. While the average student studies just to pass exams, the genius makes studying his habitual action and lifestyle. So I also ask: why do you study? Your purpose for studying determines the product of your study! When do you usually study: once the time table is out? During tests and exams? How regular is your studying? What is the motive behind your studying? Usually, how often you study will determine how well you will know that course and eventually dictate your success therein.
Mark this: there are two kinds of grades in school: paper grade and intellectual grade. The paper grade is what your result or certificate shows but the intellectual is your true grade – how much you know and have read in that course. It is your intellectual grade that determines your paper grade. To make excellent grades on paper, you must first deposit them in your head. It is only what you have that you can give out. So consciously and deliberately deposit into intellectual grade through study, so much that your paper grade will have no choice but reflect it. When you clearly understand this particular principle and start applying it, you will say goodbye to failure and poor performance. Your life will never remain the same after now.
There are just two major differences between the best student and the poor student:
1. What one knows the other doesn’t know.
2. What one does the other doesn’t do.
These two factors are responsible for your success or failure! Knowledge and consistent actions will take you to the top of the academic ladder. Ignorance and laziness will keep you down academically. So choose your way! You either take constant, progressive actions to get knowledge in order to get to the top or you stay idle (lazy) and suffer self-inflicted ignorance. Like Confucius, the great Chinese sage ordered: “no matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading or surrender to self chosen ignorance”. With determination and a firm resolution for excellence, you will certainly get there! Remember, your passion must be very strong; strong enough to carry you through the hurdles…
What do you think? How can you translate your academic wishes and desires into reality? Where do we go from here…?
Yours truly motivational,
The Academic Coach