Students of Cambridge College have produced a lot of A*s. If you want to know how we make such good Cambridge A Level results, then this article is for you.
Clara had just completed her Secondary School education and was to begin her Cambridge A Level education that same year. She was enthusiastic about starting her Cambridge A Level education as many of her friends planned to do so too. Her parents had told her earlier to pick out a school from the list of schools she was presented with. But due to excitement, Clara gave no thought to actually making a proper choice, she just went with what her friends were going with. They all picked Mark Gregory College.
It is the beginning of a new session. Clara and her friends got registered, paid the necessary fees and completed the rest of the admission procedures. The one-year programme had started in earnest and everyone went about their daily activities. Daily activities for the A level students included Classes, practical sessions and other extra-curricular activities. Each student was required to do their best as the programme was a short one and was considered tough compared to the WAEC examination which they had just concluded, hence the name Advanced Level (A level).
Clara and her friends made a group of five, consisting of two boys and three girls (Clara included). These students were among the best students during their secondary school education, which is why both their parents, guardians and teachers felt they could handle the bulk of work, stress and fast-paced learning process that was involved in the A-level education. Clara and her friends thought so too, in fact, they thought it was “business as usual”. Little did they know that the game had changed a little.
They began to neglect their studies, always finding time to “gist” and while away time. They missed a lot of classes and procrastinated doing or turning in their assignments. More so, they lost track of time a lot because they were always together in one of the game rooms holding discussions that weren’t relevant to their studies. Little by little, they spent less time studying. They always had the “we could read up later” mentality, forgetting that the programme was a short one.
The teachers at Mark Gregory College noticed the students’ attitude towards learning and tried to correct them, all to no avail. Multiple times, they were called to the director’s office and warned to take their studies seriously but they didn’t listen. The school management didn’t press the issue further. Why because they didn’t have a strict policy to handle such cases and didn’t want to bring the students’ parents into the case as they didn’t want to offend the parents.
Better late than never
This behavior continued mid-way into the academic session. Kenechukwu, one of the two boys who were Clara’s friends decided to do better. The realization that the exams were more or less three months away scared him and he knew he needed to do better. He talked to his friends about it and they booed him away. They taunted him saying he was the least intelligent one amongst them and that he probably needed the extra study. Kenechukwu was sad about their reaction, but he went away still determined to do better at studying.
He created a study time table and followed it religiously. He avoided missing classes as much as he could and even asked his teachers for extra help on topics he had missed and couldn’t understand while studying on his own. A lot of times when he walked past the other of his friends, they laughed at him because he was always fatigued. You would expect nothing less as he was trying to cover 6-7 months’ worth of school work in 1 month and that involved studying through the night almost every night. Little by little, he began to balance out his studies and soon he was at par with the other students.
Fast forward to the Cambridge A level exams. All the A level students at Mark Gregory College sat for the exams. Clara and her three other friends had a hard time answering most of the questions. This was because they never actually got around to studying for the exams. On the other hand, Kenechukwu, though he had some trouble answering some of the questions as he didn’t have a lot of time to revise (because he spent most of the “revision” time learning new things he had missed when he didn’t take his studies seriously). He wrote the exams somewhat hitch-free.
The results for the just concluded exams had just been released. You could smell both joy, excitement, dread and fear. The announcement was made by the director was welcomed with mixed feelings by the students. The students hurried to check their results as did Clara and her friends. As you would expect, Kenechukwu did well, he had one A and two B’s. Kenechukwu knew he would have done better if he had put more time into studying, but he was grateful that he realized his mistakes early enough. Clara and her three other friends on the other hand didn’t do so well, Clara had three C’s, while her three friends each had two C’s and one F.
Now, if you read that story carefully, I’m sure you would be able to point out what Clara and her friends did wrong, and what Kenechukwu did right finally. But for the sake of clarity, I will list them out for you.
How to get the best Cambridge A level Result
It is true that no future is certain but it is also true that following particular right steps can increase your chances of getting the proposed future or end result. Therefore, being intentional about the under listed steps can go a long way in making sure that you achieve your desired result.
Be intentional about choosing schools
Insignificant as you think “School choosing” process is, like it or not, it can impact your academic performance to a great extent. So be Intentional about it, choose carefully, ask questions about proposed schools, get information about their teaching methods and other policies and see if it is an environment that you can fit into. Thankfully, there’s google to help you out with getting information about any school of your choice but I would highly recommend Cambridge College, Ikeja.
Start studying early
The “I still have more time” mentality is definitely a killer. “Time waits for no man”, they say, and I can assure you the Academic calendar would not wait for you too. I’m not saying you should cover the Cambridge A level curriculum two weeks after the session starts, I’m only saying “tiny drops make a mighty ocean”. Start studying little by little, but study consistently.
When things seem to overwhelm you, there’s a tendency to procrastinate a lot. You should try to avoid procrastination as much as possible. If you have to study then study, if you have assignments to do, please do them. Like NIKE says, “Just Do It!”. You’d thank yourself in the future.
Attend your classes
Do not miss your classes. Try to attend all classes as much as possible. Be both physically and mentally present as being either physically or mentally absent can cause you to be left behind in your studies.
Ask for help when you need it
The worst thing you can do to your self is need help and not ask for it. Need help with a particular topic? Ask for help. You can ask your teachers or friends for help. It doesn’t hurt to ask for help, rather, asking for help will help you spend less time trying to solve a particular problem and even give you more clarity. Another important thing to do is to take advice from reasonable people. When your teachers, parents or even your friends offer any reasonable advice, you should do well to listen and act accordingly when necessary.
Manage your time
There’s time for everything. Know when to do what. There’s time to study, there’s time for games, there’s time for classes etc. You would be a wise child/student if you do things at the right time. Avoid doing assignments when you should be listening to your teacher in class, avoid playing when you should be studying and funny as it may sound, avoid studying when you should be resting as fatigue can also affect your academic performance. Find the right time for everything and do them then.
Find what works for you
Cliché as it may sound, this is true for almost every situation. What is ‘good for the geese’ may not always be ‘good for the gander’. That Kenechukwu read through the night every night doesn’t mean you should too. If you read better in the day, then by all means read during the day and sleep comfortably at night. And if you have to read every other day as opposed to reading every day, then go ahead. Point is, find what works for you and do it just that way!
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