1. Plan to Seat with those you want to assist
When you have an arrangement to enter the hall and sit with your friends you want to assist, this could affect your grade negatively. Some friends are so block-headed that even when you tell them points they cannot develop them. You have to open your answer script wide enough for them to copy line after line and when you are through with one page you cannot turn to another unless they are through. Such friends slow you down and to some extent make you have very low grades. In some other cases you will tell some friends the points for a question but they still expect you to lecture them in the exam hall and in fact tell them how to write it. By the time you keep getting distracted by such friends and invigilators who will be warning you from time to time to time to stop making noise, you may forget the points you wanted to develop or you may not have enough time to put down all you had wanted to put down.
2. Forget your School Fees Receipts
Fees receipts are checked before an exam commences (in most schools). Whether you forgot your receipt at home or you did not pay at all, you fall within this category. If you are not with your fees receipts you would be sent out of the exam hall. By the time you run around to get a written note from the authorities to be allowed in again; or you undergo the trauma of expecting to be sent out while waiting for the fees receipts to be checked; or you are not even allowed into the hall at all; or probably you sneak into the hall somehow but stay throughout the exam tensed up; you will most likely not be composed in the hall. So not coming with your fees receipt is a sure way of failing an exam before entering the hall.
3. Plan Ahead to ‘Sort’ the Course
You may conclude that a course is ‘sortable’ (that is, the lecturer who taught the cause can be given money to pass a candidate) and decide not to study at all. This could backfire. It is possible that the lecturer could even forget that he or she was given money for that course by a candidate and mark objectively. In such instances you approach the person after failing the course and you will be told “Oh I forgot. Why didn’t you remind me? There is nothing I can do now. Next time I will see what I can do.” Does this quotation sound familiar to those of you who are used to sorting? It is also possible that you may be planning to sort a course and the lecturer travels for an engagement and suddenly returns with the result. You only get to know that the result is out when you see an ‘F’ or a ‘D’ on the published result. Why not just study hard and pass your exam? Forget sorting.
4. Watch movies during the days of exam
This may sound strange but some students actually watch movies or keep browsing the net while others are studying hard for an exam. They enter the hall and want to perform magic or disturb every other serious student around them. If you like keep watching Nollywood films during exam period and don’t read your book. When you enter the hall and see question One, by the time you look up again, in that confusion all your invigilators will look like Nkoli Nwa Nsukka to you.
5. Cram your notes
Cramming here refers to memorizing a large portion of your note or text before entering the hall. This is a dangerous way to study. It may work some people sometimes but not always. You may cram a portion of your note or text book that may end up not coming out in the exam. Confusion will definitely set in because you did not give other topics space in your brain. Cramming could really be disappointing at times.
6. Miss quizzes and lectures
Some students take quizzes for granted. They conclude that lecturers do not use quizzes to access students. This may not be true in all cases. You may take a particular quiz for granted and the lecturer decides that is that one he wants to use. You may resume school late and conclude that you can read the note taken by other students and still pass. This may not work for everybody. Just make sure you attend lectures and do all quizzes to run away from super stories.
Feel free to add other points to the ones above. Also tell us the point you do not agree with.