THIRD term is the busiest as far as Zambian education system is concerned. Between now and December 1, 2017, our children in grades 7, 9 and 12 will be sitting for the most important examinations of their lives. On the other hand, the grades 8, 10, 11 and other non-examination classes in well-organised schools will also be writing end of year tests.
Obtaining better grades at school and in the examinations seems to be an issue of worry for many of our school-going children, who are serious, including concerned parents.
What then should be done to avoid or remove the worry from individuals? In the first place, one just needs to think positively. Don’t set yourself up by thinking that you are simply incapable of improving, when faced with negative thoughts about your capabilities, replace them with positive thoughts.
Be wary of your weaknesses and get to know your strengths. What are your strengths? If you can’t think of them, why not ask your teacher and parents? These people will help you to identify your strengths and make the most of them. You don’t need a magician or herbalist to know your strengths and weaknesses.
After thinking positively and knowing your strengths and weaknesses, you require to develop good study habits for you to succeed at school, there is no short way out. One just needs to study hard by following the study time table.
Study is not only beneficial but also enjoyable. Through study, you will have more knowledge. The Bible in the book of Proverbs 1:5 says: “A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel”.
Remember good study habits can really strengthen your performance at school and ultimately get better grades in the examinations.
Further, it is very important to remind you that a day has only 24 hours. Within these hours, one can choose to watch television, be on social media, play with friends, go out drinking or study. Remember, study should be priority number one for all school-going children. What will you get from being on social media for 24 hours? What will you gain from loitering? You won’t get cardinal work done, but ensure you study first, and then play.
In conclusion, as the grades 7, 9 and 12 examinations start, it is vital for all the affected parties to prepare adequately to avoid heartaches. Lest I forget, our learners must avoid involving themselves in examination malpractices. A child who prepares adequately has no time to move up and down searching for leaked papers or doing something that will put them at risk of being arrested or jailed.
Remember failing to plan is planning to fail. I wish you all the best as you write your examinations. Come 2018, we would love to see you in Grades 8, 10 and colleges because you worked hard.
The author is a teacher.