The beginning of last year, 2020 was filled with new promises, resolutions, and projected goals. Rather than honouring the new years’ tradition of keeping through with the resolutions made, the year 2020 proved to be a difficult year, filled with unprecedented challenges, due to the COVID-19 Virus outbreak. In Nigeria, the effect cuts across every facet of human existence and the consequences includes a huge disruption in individual routine, loss of jobs and pay cuts across various industries including the educational establishments.
Surprisingly, not many people were able to meet up on their set goals of 2020. Yet, as humans, desirous of progress, we can achieve almost anything when we set our minds to it, set new 2021 Goals and carry over some from 2020 until we get it right. When we commit to making things happen, we boost the chances that it will become a reality. Hence, we are only guaranteed a better 2021 if we can do things differently.
So, it’s been a few weeks since the New Year began, what are we doing differently from last year to improve academic performance, to develop soft skills and be career-ready as an undergraduate? The first important step to doing things differently is to sit back and reflect on the year that was (2020) and ask the question, what are the things that worked? What didn’t work? What do we want to continue doing in 2020? And what are the negative attitudes we have to say goodbye to as students of Skyline University Nigeria? Here is a little inspiration, to get you started.
Quizzing yourself is a highly effective study technique. Make a study guide and carry it with you so you can review the questions and answers periodically throughout the day and across several days. Identify the questions that you don't know and quiz yourself on only those questions. Say your answers aloud.
The world is a big network of connections. Some of them are of better quality than others, and your time on this planet is limited. Smart learners understand that they need high-quality connections — people around them who will inspire them, shake their worlds, and ask good and deep questions. We learn best when we are relaxed and have a real friend and mentor around.
Try new things.
To be able to learn, our brain needs stimulation and then a good rest. Just look at how a small child explores the world, looks at everything with curiosity, then tries to put the pieces together and checks the taste. Later, the child “sleeps like a baby!” Smart learners possess that spark of curiosity and often try something new. Take part in some workshops or skill acquisition training and meet new people. They do some things differently and you can learn from them as well.
Don’t give up too early
With great fear of failure comes giving up too early. Today, we are tempted to try new things just a few times and then resign. When we can’t master something quickly, why bother? However, turn back time and imagine yourself as a child learning how to walk. How many times did you fall in that process? Probably hundreds! Now you possess that great skill without thinking about it, but what would have happened if you had given up too early? Learning takes time and falling often — smart learners understand that.