The concept of testing in schools has generated arguments similar to the famous Nature/Nurture debate. Some Schools of thought are quite critical of this concept based on the inability to prove that examinations are true tests of knowledge.
Capitalism only helps to fan this flame. The students are likened to products, where the examinations imply that they have reached the finishing lines and should be “sorted” according to grades. They are then moved up the “knowledge economy” ladder, according to their “quality” or “Grade”, from Ivy League Colleges to least sorted after ones
There is no doubt that Human Capitalism is the reason for this somewhat harsh method of “sorting out ‘ the students. I do know some students that have read very hard but have been unable to gain admission to their schools of choice due to their performance in one examination; this is one of the reasons that I am an advocate of grades consistency.
But harsh as it may sound, how else will the system know those who have “retained knowledge” and should be promoted? Should promotion be based on one examination? This is where the problem lies.
The main aim of Education is the acquisition of knowledge, and the role of examinations is to determine if this event actually took place. The consequence of the human capital theory has encouraged various vices all in the bid to achieve excellent grades, but to what end? if a student scores 8 distinctions and gets admitted into the university, will he be able to defend his grades? An A1 in the English Language, for example, will mean excellence in the acquisition and delivery of the English language skills. So when a student with such a grade cannot write a simple essay in the university ….hmm..yawa go dey!
A successful student is not one that just scores high grades in one examination. He is a student who is able to apply the acquired knowledge and “make his world a better place”. He is able to achieve good grades and defend them at any point in time.
here are five secrets that a successful student does not want you to know.
- A successful student has one goal, to achieve an understanding of the topics taught. A successful student does not see an ” A1″ as an end but rather as a means to an end. If all you desire is “A1” then you may not be a successful student.
- A successful student studies every day, and twice on Sunday. Trust me, they do this! think about your classmates, the ones with consistently excellent grades, they study after school.
- A successful student does not skip classes. I remember our days in secondary school, there were certain subjects that we considered irrelevant and therefore will not attend lessons. As expected, achieving average grades in them was a struggle.
- A successful student is not passive in class. He asks questions. If you don’t understand ask, if you need more clarification, ask. If you are not clear with the explanation ask your classmates that understand.
- The last secret of a successful student is that they have a “study group”; a group of like-minded students, that they can study with.Do not study alone all the time, if possible have a group or at least another student that you can discuss topics from various subjects with.
If you appropriate these secrets you will gradually become a successful student.