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It’s been weeks since the New Year began but what has changed about you? What academic goals have you set? Is the “Semester Holiday” buzz over? What happened to the fire and zeal of January first, the resolutions you made, the plans made and the study goals you projected. What about the things you promised yourself at the end of 2019?

It’s important that to sit back and reflect on the year that was (2019) and ask the question, what are the things that worked for you, what didn’t work, and what you want to continue doing in 2020, what are the negative attitudes you have to say goodbye to. This piece is not intended to judge but 2020 won’t be different from 2019 just because you are hopeful and made new resolutions into the New Year.

As an undergraduate, therefore, you may not have had much time to reflect on the year that was. You need to look forward and picture where you want to take your academics or skills to and how you want to get there. This you can make happen by having goals and strategic planning on how you will achieve them.

What works, is a deep desire for change and conviction that you can achieve anything your set your mind to achieve, powered by your attitude to get things done. When you commit to making things happen, you boost the chances that it will actually become a reality. Hence, you are only guaranteed a better 2020 if only you do things differently. Here are some of the things Skyline University Nigeria has got for you to align your goals with.

Study smarter

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.

Communicate differently

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 down 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 down often — smart learners understand that.


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