Hello! Happy 2nd week of November! The second semester is fast underway for most colleges and high schools in the Philippines. This means that a lot of students gets a fresh shot at redeeming their grades for this school year. This is your chance to do better with your acads especially if you didn’t do well during the first semester. For those who didn’t do too well, I hope you’ll see this as a second chance. Just think of it like a basketball game: This is the second half. You may have been beaten by 20 points by the other team during the first half but the game is not yet over. 🙂
I hope you’ll do your best and maximize your season as a student. That being said, I just thought of sharing some best practices on how to do well with your academics. Here goes:
1) WALK WITH THE WISE
“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” – Proverbs 13:20
Back when I was in college, I can honestly say that the reason I got high grades is because my blockmates and barkada were a studious bunch of people. They influenced me to study, work hard and give my best in my studies. Every time we would have exams, we would prepare, do study groups, call one another just so that we’d be ready for quizzes and final exams. Looking back, I just know that if I belonged to a group that didn’t prioritize studying, I knew that my grades would have suffered as well. This is one of the top factors that helped me study well.
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33
Who are the people you’re hanging out with? Are they helping you in your academics? Are they leading you to study well for the honor of God? Or are they leading you towards the wrong priorities?
2) ALLOT A LOT OF TIME
Studying doesn’t just involve you going to class and expecting to know everything already. The teacher is a source of information where you can learn a lot of stuff but you have to process everything that was given to you. You have to ALLOT TIME in studying the things you picked up in the classroom. Review your notes, study the references given in class, do practice exercises, finish your homework, prepare for upcoming quizzes and final exams. As a student, you have to set it in your heart that you will have to set apart A LOT of your TIME in doing the above things that I mentioned. If you do this, I can confidently say that your grades will improve dramatically.
How are you spending your time? What takes up most of your time on a regular week? If you were to do a comparison of the time you allot in studying vs. other things that are not important, what would take up most of your time? Will it be the things that are inconsequential? If that’s the case, maybe it’s time that you start doing the right things.
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. – Psalm 90:12
Ask God to help you number your days, or help you spend your time right. Ask God for the wisdom to be able to do this. I believe that a lot of students today, have the potential to get really high grades, it’s just that they don’t ALLOT that much TIME in studying.
3) DISCOVER THE RIGHT MOTIVATION
Number 1 and number 2 sounds great and ideal, but if you’re not motivated enough to do it then nothing will really happen. Most people reading this knows intrinsically that numbers 1 and 2 are some of the important things we need to do. However, if you’re not driven enough to do it, then you simply won’t. That’s why finding the right motivation is critical and important. Our motivation is our fuel, our motivation is the thing that will help us jump out of our beds and do numbers 1 and 2 with a strong resolve. Our motivation is the driving factor that will help us study passionately and excellently. The question now is what should we do to get that motivation? To answer that question: our motivation primarily comes from our: MOTIVES, that’s the root word of the word MOTIVATION. Our motives are our reason for doing something we’re doing. Our motives is the source of our motivation. If we get our motives right then that’s where we’ll find the motivation. However, it doesn’t end there. It’s not just about motives, but it’s about the right motives.
Notice that I said in the point above that it’s about discovering the “RIGHT MOTIVATION”. The reason for this is because I believe in my heart that there’s such a thing as a RIGHT motivation and a WRONG motivation. If our motives are wrong then sometimes we don’t end up studying at all. Sometimes because of wrong motives, we get hyped up easily and at first study hard and give it our best. However, because the motivation is wrong then the work ethic that follows is also temporary and won’t last that long.
If we’re living on the wrong motivation then in the end it doesn’t matter how good we study or how excellent we are, if it’s wrong then we’d end up disappointing ourselves and other people. That’s why we have to be careful of our motives as well. The more important question now is, how can I discover the RIGHT motivation or what is the RIGHT motivation for wanting to study hard?
To cut this already long blog short, the answer to that question is the glory and honor of God. It may sound cliche but that really is the best and ultimate motivation why we should be studying hard. All for God’s honor and glory. In fact, God’s glory should be the ultimate motivation for everything that we ever do. For more on this you may check out my other blog that talks about God’s glory being first in our lives (andrewwee05.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/1031/).
Live life for the honor and glory of God, make it your motivation and I assure you that you will live life to the full, purposeful and fully motivated. God bless and hope you excel in your studies. 🙂