Experts Encourage Fresh Students on the Path to Academic Prowess and Achievement
The fresh students of Covenant University, at the conclusion of the orientation programme, have been given a variety of strategies to maximise their study and learning. They have been encouraged to utilise facilities in the university, as this will be essential to their academic development; and to exercise caution when using social media. This advise was given by the Director of the Centre for Learning Resources, Dr. Nkiko Christopher; the Director, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Dr. Adedayo Odukoya and the immediate past Director of Media and Corporate Affairs, Dr Lanre Amodu.
The Director of the Centre for Learning Resources (CLR- university library), Dr. Nkiko Christopher, in his presentation titled, “Using the Centre for Learning Resources” stated that a university library is the engine or the heart upon which teaching, learning, and research thrive on and are measured by the quality, quantity and diversity of its library collections.
Dr. Nkiko emphasised the importance of students making use of the facilities in the CLR in order to enhance their information technology skills and increase their knowledge base. “Students need to make use of the Centre for Learning Resources due to the fact that lecturer’s course compacts are not exhaustive,” he reminded students.
He also stated that for maximum access to the CLR, there is the need to understand the use of the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC), develop computer skills, basic internet search skills, understand the shelf arrangement and classification scheme in use at Covenant University.
In addition to utilising the CLR, it is essential for students to develop effective study habits. The Director, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Dr. Adedayo Odukoya, in his presentation titled, “Effective Study Habits” provided students with some key strategies to maximize the effectiveness of their study time and to increase their ability to retain and comprehend the course material.
Furthermore, Dr. Odukoya said that learning begins with effective notes that involve survey, question, read, recite, and review (SQ3R), referring to Pleasant Robinson’s SQ3R Study Technique. He also explained the Compress-Decompress Technique of study, which he developed. It involves summarising key points from lectures to assist in easy retention. “In using this technique ten-pages of notes can be summarised into one or two pages without losing facts, as it is easier for the brain to remember fewer key points than lengthy notes or textbooks,” he said.
Dr. Odukoya advised the fresh students stating, “Discovering your effective learning style is essential to enhancing your academic prowess and achievement. If you do not boldly deal with the enemies of effective study, they will impinge upon your study time. Plan for each lecture the night before by ensuring that you read up on the next topic,” he advised.
He concluded by reminding students to focus on the lecturer and to reflect on the main points. They were encouraged to ask questions for clarification to ensure understanding. He challenged them to think of how the acquired knowledge could be applied to solve real life problems.
In his presentation titled, “Social Media Etiquettes”, the immediate past Director of Media and Corporate Affairs, Dr. Lanre Amodu, enlightened the students about the rules of engagement on social media. He said that despite the various advantages attached to the social media, there are certain boundaries one must put in place regarding tweets, posts, chats and the uploading of content to avoid an unpleasant reputation. He reminded students that when something is posted, it is no longer in one’s control and whatever one does online will have a ripple effect on their family and the institution.
He left students with some final advice. “It is important to know the social media parameters that are intended to protect your reputation. Note whom you follow and who follows you on Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites to avoid impersonation in any form. Never post anything you will want to withdraw later.”
At the end of the programme, students were determined to put their best into their academic career, by utilising the Centre for Learning Resources effectively and incorporating productive strategies for studying and learning.