AKADA 104 : LECTURER’S PALAVA 1

Hello family.

It’s been ages right?

We sincerely apologize for delay in posts and frequent series, however, we also see this break period as an opportunity to fully utilize the previous tips given before we bombard you with some more technical and resourceful skills.

Today, we’ll be talking on how to handle lecturers. #smiles. Did I just say handling lecturers? Lol. Yeah! I said so.

The campus environment is filled with various lecturers, some like parents, so caring and understanding, some like mentors, they go the extra mile to impact beyond academics to you and many others… you know the perfect name, SADDISTS!

You don’t have to cut your nerves before you continue reading, I know you have an experience or two as regarding saddist-lecturers, sometimes they tend to make us frustrated and sad as their name implies, nonetheless, here’s a little gist on how to handle all lecturers generally.

  1. RESPECT: Of course, they demand our respect. They sometimes strive for it when they’ve realized they’ve lost it and thus, they become stiffer, stricter and tougher. So, one big rule to handle lecturers before they explode on you is to respect them. It doesn’t matter if they deserve it, you know what I mean, but, you must give it to them!
  2. EXPRESS: Do not find it difficult to express yourself to your lecturers. During classes, always try to attempt questions. Never be the idle or none attentive or dull type in class. This works like a magic especially when you are a member of a small class where the lecturer knows everyone by his/her name. It is better for a lecturer to have something positive about you or at least an average impression about you than for him to see you as no part of the class at all. Also, express your feelings about lectures and classes. However, while doing this be as polite as possible. Don’t harshly dictate/command your lecturers. Express your feelings in pitiable and humble words and actions. Don’t exchange words with them and don’t prove to be extra smart or they’ll feel you’re drawing a battle line or competition with them.
  3. IMPRESS: First impression, they say lasts longer; so, when that new lecturer steps into the class, try everything within your reach to impress. Please, do not over impress or begin to stock him/her. Try as much as possible to attempt all test questions, do all assignments correctly, participate in the class and read well for the exams. When the lecturer notices your passion and drive for his course, he’ll definitely give you a good grade. If he would take you some other courses in higher levels, he’ll definitely have a positive notion about you and that can give you some bonus marks even when you do not deserve them. Always go the extra mile to impress every lecturer. But please, do not over impress or stock them, whether it’s a new lecturer or an old one. Over impressing them at your own detriment could infer that you’re not serious with your studies and you’re trying to bribe them. Don’t over impress especially with chores outside the academic routine. Don’t also think of impressing them in cash or in kind, that’s a bad impression that could lead you to some serious dangers. Some lecturers like to keep their prestige and integrity and they’ve become so cautious of various students tactics. Watch out!
  4. RELAX: One big secret to hurt the saddist lecturers is to pretend you’re relaxed. When they come yelling and panting, relax, calm down and try to take control of the situation. Talk calmly and do not fidget or be nervous. Also try to not to be too wise. Foolishly take charge. Stylishly be in control. Lecturers like students admit they are fools and know little or nothing at all. So when you’re trying to pull the nuts off their head, foolishly, carefully and tactically do that. #winks.

Alright, just four for today, when next we hear from each other on Akada series, we’ll treat many more tactics to handle lecturers. Before them, remember your lecturers do not lecture, they also have a say in determining your grades. Smiles. Keep your fingers crossed and relax, we’ll meet next week sirs and mas.

Catch you later.

 

ADEKOLA, Adeola Adetunji

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ENTREPRENEUR AND INNOVATION SKILLS III

Students have the most creative minds. History has shown that numerous successful companies were built by students, Bill Gates started his Microsoft business in a dormitory room in Harvard, Sergey Brin and Larry Page initially had Google as their computer science project when they were taking up their doctorate degree in Stanford. So, you may not be the next business genius, but, you might just be interested in getting spare cash for your upkeep and personal savings. No matter what, as a new business winnable, you will encounter some trials as you jump in on the constantly changing world of business. After giving tips on small scale businesses you could consider on campus, it would be worthwhile to some tips to make you a great entrepreneur. Here you go. . .

  1. PASSION:

Choose an interest that you can be passionate about.  One thing in common that young and successful business owners have is their love for what they are doing. They start with a hobby or something that they are very interested in doing and build that into a money earning venture. This is important as starting a business might be frustrating as first-attempt failures might not be inevitable, hence, your passion and love keeps you going. Continue reading ENTREPRENEUR AND INNOVATION SKILLS III

CAMPUS TRENDS 103: FASHION TRENDS I

Yeah! Did I hear you exclaim, “yes, fashion!”? Of course, we’re talking on fashion trends on campus. To many, the campus environment is the best platform to showcase your fashion skills and styles. For this reason, over the years and decades, various styles and dresses have been trending on campus.

For the purpose of today, we’ll be talking on colour dressing. Keep your fingers crossed, sit back, get a glass of coffee or water and enjoy every bit of this.

COLOUR DRESSING:

Well, different people have different opinions on colour dressing, most people prefer to go on dresses with colours that blend and complement each other, while many other fashion-crazy people like to go on dresses with colours that contradicts each other, hmmmn…. Colour block right? It’s quite funny how the least accepted sense of colour dressing formerly referred to as ‘colour-riot’ transformed to be a big fashion trend. Nonetheless, your school of thought concerning colour dressing makes you unique and spectacular, but, here are little tips to help you have the perfect blend of colours for every dressing, and if you love colour blocks, then all you need do is contradict every of these tips:

  1. The basis of colour dressing is try to wear not more than three colours per outfit.
  2. Because black and white are technically shades, you can be more flexible about how you integrate these into your outfits. For example, you can wear four colours if one of them is white.
  3. For metal jewelry, try to stick to one shade for each outfit, either gold or silver, particularly for necklaces and watches. So you don’t wear a gold necklace and a silver watch!
  4. When wearing busy prints – dresses or native attires with multiple colour prints on them, keep the rest of the outfit simple. If you like, you can choose a colour out of the print itself to match with your accessories or another part of your outfit which will help to simplify the palette.
  5. Matching the colour of your accessories is an easy way to limit the number of colours in your outfit.
  6. For the ladies, red and black lips count. It gives you a confident and courageous look.

ADEKOLA, Adeola A.

SHI 103: PEER PRESSURE

Pressure from friends could be very insurmountable and make you indecisive. On campus, your parents and family are absent and so the bulk of the external influence on your choice of lifestyle, food, clothes and entire decisions come from your peers/friends you move with.

Peer pressure could be positive or negative, however, the word has attracted so many negative meanings to itself. Peer pressure simple means any encouragement/persistent suggestions from your peers. They could be encouragements to make you become a better student, or encouragements to make you do drugs, drink alcoholic, club and party, join a secret cult society or be involved in multiple dates/relationships. Whatever the case may be your friends always have a big influence on your decisions. Statistics have it that, the two most influential things on students behavior are media pressure and peer pressure. You’ll agree with me that not all students are exposed to the media, but, all students are fully exposed to peers, so the pressure must come, either positive or negative! Continue reading SHI 103: PEER PRESSURE

AKADA 103: SETTING GOALS

There are no limitations to what you can achieve apart from the ones you set for yourself. Goals are targets, we look forward to achieving. Goals are a reflection of our dreams, aspirations and our desires for a particular thing.

On campus, one big determinant to a successful academic life is setting goals. Goals have a big way of connecting to our mindsets and then, polishing our thoughts, actions, focus and determination. The kind of goals you set determines your actions and what you put into your academics. Your actions in turn, determine your results.

Heard about SMART goals? If you have, relaxed, there’s more to it! If you haven’t, this is a great opportunity for you to learn how to set good goals – and besides the DOUBLE SMART goals!

For the first set of your SMART criteria for setting goals, we have:
1. Specific:

The very first tip for setting goals is setting specific goals. A goal is more purposeful when it is definite and specific. So, don’t just set general goals like, “I have to pass all examinations this semester”, instead, set more specific goals like, “I should make five A grades and two B grades this semester”.

  1. Measureable:

Goals should be measured regularly to keep you in check. This is necessary so as to bring you back on track before things get out of hand. It is appropriate that you measure how far you’ve gone and how well your plans are working out. Tests and quizzes could help you measure/evaluate how well you’re getting along with your goals.

  1. Achieveable:

Here’s the question to ask here; ‘If I put all of my resources and my very best into this, can I achieve it”? To me, the answer should be YES! Remember, there’s no limitation to what you can achieve apart from the ones you set for yourself. So remember, never limit yourself.

  1. Relevant:

How relevant is your goal to your academic success? How relevant is your short-term/semester goal to your long-term/4-year-campus goal? You can’t have a long-term goal of being a first class student and then a short-term goal of having a 4.00 G.P.A every semester. It never works that way!

  1. Time bound:

Good goals should have a time limit for them to be achieved. A time limit makes you get to work harder everytime and brings the very best out of you.

So here’s the first SMART skill set:

S – Specific

M – Measureable

A – Achievable

R – Relevant

T – Time bound

Don’t be too anxious, here’s the second skill set:

1.Significant:

Your goal must signify something – academic success. Your goal must have the sole purpose of making you succeed academically. It must have a major positive effect on your academics.

  1. Mind-blowing:

Yeah! Since there’s no limit to setting goals, then, they must be mind-blowing. Every goal must move you. Good goals have an overwhelming effect on imagination and mind-set. Think big! Set big goals and then, you’ll be big.

  1. Authentic:

Your goal must be authentic and original. Do not try to set goals like your friends/colleagues. Let your goals come from your own widest dream and aspiration.

  1. Rewarding:

The only thing that drives you to putting in all efforts during frustrating times is the reward you get after so much hardwork. Every good goal should provide a rewarding success, satisfaction, value and/or a prize after it has been achieved.

  1. Thoughtful:

Lastly, you goal must demonstrate careful consideration i.e. you should consider every bit of it; including plans to carry out in order to achieve them. So setting goals is not just all, you should also have plan(s) and strategies to actualize them.

So, our second SMART skill set is:

S – Significant

M – Mind-blowing

A – Authentic

R – Rewarding

T – Thoughtful

If you desire a driving force for something, you have to connect it with your emotions and give your best shot at every trial. Whatever goal you set, there is a price to pay.

ADEKOLA, Adeola A.

INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS II

It’s no longer news that the current situation of our dear motherland requires that everyone has a “handy” skill. I love to call it handy because your hands are a big asset to this skills. Even after a B.Sc, B.A or B.Eng. degree, you still need something extra that could pay your bills and give you an extra edge. Thus, it is important that before you graduate from whatever higher institution you might be, you need to learn a practice a skill. This builds up the entrepreneur in you and gives you experience which would be useful in future. You could learn the risk taking ability, the “savings” culture and many other useful entrepreneurial skills ahead.

So, to start up your entrepreneurial career, here’s a little opinion that would cost you little amount to start on campus: Continue reading INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS II

CAMPUS TRENDS 102: LET’S PARTY HARD

Party!Party!!Party!!!

I’m amused at how most student view this word “party”. Some call it a six-unit course that must not be carried over. You see them at every event, no matter how small or elaborate, and surprisingly, you’ll meet them at wedding and burial ceremony of indigenes around. They dress in “confirm” native attires with head gears and caps, and then you begin to winder, are they relatives to the celebrant? Of course not!

If you think this culture started recently, you’re definitely wrong. Ask your parents how it was during their time, and they’ll tell you what it used to be and probably, give you some hot tips and skills they used then too.

What a trend!

So, at these events, you could wonder, why are students so obsessed about parties? Well, the reason is not far-fetched. 95% of them are there to eat, dust their shoes and take their leave. But this keeps me wondering, they say “rice is the most common students food”, then why the obsession to keep eating party rice every week? This question I’ve not been able to answer convincingly but, I guess most students are lazy to cook or they do this when they’re really broke, although some have made this a regular habit.

Some food mongers use this avenue to gamble for “who can eat most” competition. Little wonder why food and drinks are never sufficient in parties. Some people even take this habits to churches and fellowships. Some students attend “The First Timers Fellowship (TFTF)” They move from one fellowship to the other every week. Wondering why? They always stand as first timer in different fellowships  so they could be well treated and entertained with that inviting “first timers” package. Nigerian Students!

While few students are reasonable enough to get little gift for the party organizers, many others are less concerned and have full concentration on the food.mFood for the belly, belly for food, all would perish one day! Continue reading CAMPUS TRENDS 102: LET’S PARTY HARD

SHI 102: PERSONAL HYGIENCE

Health they say is wealth. However on campus, health is more valuable than just wealth, do pardon me to say health is academic excellence (in this context). Only a healthy mind can attend lectures, listen and understand and the go further in preparing for tests and examinations, hence, we need to take our health much more seriously.

On campus, a healthy lifestyle could include effective stress management, good feeding, personal hygiene, regular check up and many more, but, it would be very reasonable to start with the fundamental health determinant – PERSONAL HYGIENE.

Living healthy on campus totally depends on you and your willingness to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Cleanliness, neatness and orderliness are terms missing from most students dictionary because we all claim to be “busy”. However, if you claim to be too busy to improve on your personal hygiene, then, you shouldn’t be too busy to spend some days in the health centre.

So, here are some areas we should put into much consideration while improving our personal hygiene.

  1. FOOD: Talking about food, I think Lassa fever taught us a lot of lessons on how to take good care of our foodstuffs. It’s really annoying to discover that the rat you host does not only eat your limited foodstuff but also transmits deadly disease to you. So why give it a chance. All foodstuffs should always be kept in tightly closed containers to prevent access of pests such as rats, cockroach etc as their faeces and urine could be harmful to our health and also any part of their body shouldn’t come in contact with our food stuff.

Cooked food should be well take care of. All cooked food should be covered, even after serving (before eating).

Houseflies are the main enemies to deal with here. You can’t tell what an house fly recently perched on before it bounce on your food.

Also important is to always try to prepare your meals yourself to prevent food poisoning and at very busy schedules you could buy food from food vendors with very neat environment and food delivery, and alway remember to wash hands before and after every meal and wash fruit and vegetable thoroughly before you eat/cook.

2. WATER: We definitely cannot do without talking about this, as its importance cuts across every other area.

Because most students have issues with getting clean water regularly, they tend to let do with whatever comes their way. This is dangerous! Continue reading SHI 102: PERSONAL HYGIENCE

AKADA 102: TIME MANAGEMENT

The poor, mediocre and excellent students all have twenty-four hours in a day. They all make use of the same academic calendar and school time-table, yet, their academic grades are far apart. What then makes the difference?

EFFECTIVE TIME MANAGEMENT!

We all know how difficult it could be for undergraduates to juggle school work with co-curriculum activities, social life, spiritual responsibilities, health issues and so on. This has been the major problem for many of us and so we do things the way they come and time isn’t really relevant to us.

In our quest for juggling all these, we end up muddling things up; we are involved in various activities but with little or no productivity at all.

At this junction, let’s take a little test to let us know our stand on this, what level we’ve gotten to and possible ways to overcome this!

(Please answer the questions below with all sincerity. Score yourself on each question on a scale of 1-10. 10 indicates that your respond to a particular question is strongly affirmative, while 1 indicates that your respond is least affirmative. Let’s do this together)

  1. You think there is just not enough time in a ay?
  2. Every morning, you end up promising yourself to do what you neglected yesterday?
  3. You know you have a lot to do and extend them till night?
  4. You feel a constant time pressure and feel uncomfortable to keep up with time?
  5. You study for a test or work on your assignment the night before the test or submission respectively?
  6. You always plead for extra time to handle projects? You always submit projects/assignments later than scheduled. You forget commitments always?
  7. You forget commitments always?
  8. You feel you have that perfect excuse for not carrying out expected duties on time?
  9. You get to every event on/after the fixed time?
  10. You’re just too busy and there’s no time to check the time; including no time to bath, take  a nap, relax or catch up with friends/lectures?
  11. You forget commitments always?

Glad you took the test. Now, let’s see what your score says …

0-25  – Good time management skill. Keep improving!

26-40 – You’re close to it. You know exactly what to do but you’re too lazy to do it right. Be determined!

41-60 – Your time is gradually slipping away from you. Your time management is sporadic.

61-80 – This is trouble! You’re no longer in control of your life. There are still chances of meeting up if you start now. Dont wait till it’s too late.

81-100 – Much more trouble! You’re really unstable and it’s evident you have no level of seriousness. It’s at its peak now, you need to sit up, think right and do it NOW!

101-150 – Lol, I’m sure no one has such mark. If you do, I’m so so speechless for you!

Before, we take a look at the way forward, let’s have a quick look at possible causes of poor time management.

  1. Procrastination: I’ll do it tomorrow, after all I’ve done enough today and my schedule ain’t that tight tomorrow.
  2. Feeling overwhelm with activities: I do everything everywhere. How do I even have time to brush my teeth?
  3. Laziness: Not again! This is too much for me to handle.
  4. African time: LOL. African time will not make you a world-class citizen. You keep yourself confined to Africa and you’ll be irrelevant to the global world.

HOW DO I TACKLE THESE?

  1. Act NOW!
  2. Prioritize your activities. Make a scale of preference. Most important things should be done first.
  3. Keep a weekly schedule.
  4. Write a daily to do list. Set reminders to ensure you don’t forget scheduled tasks at a particular hour.
  5. Prepare a long-term goal. It drives you to actualize your goal.
  6. Organize yourself.
  7. Learn to say NO. Some activities are not relevant. Getting involved deprives you of using your time wisely for the important ones. Say NO to activities like this!
  8. Use your waiting time wisely. You don’t have to gist, gossip or sleep at every waiting time. While you wait for that lecturer or meeting, do something wise.
  9. Give it your best shot every time.
  10. Be focused and determined.

Continue reading AKADA 102: TIME MANAGEMENT