- February 22, 2017
- Posted by: Bunmi Eyiaro
- Category: academics
Dealing with Difficult Topics
We get anxious when a new session is about to commence, because of our expectations. There are a whole lot of things we expect; beginning from the freshers’ joining our school down to the changes we would like to see in our school mates. Some of us are usually happy when we finally see our school mates and discover that all those high expectations we envision of them was not met. We soloquize when we finally see our school mates, and welcome one another with a deceptive hug after a month summer break “oh yea, thank God she’s still wearing same shoes she wore last session, still same cologne, even looking darker and emaciated, yikes! ” And then our anxieties lets us alone because we’re almost on the same page with our mates, even better at times. I bet you know what I mean *winks*. It’s not evil, it’s just one of those habits and feelings we have as teens.
And then we move into our new class, start a new topic. It’s fresh and exciting at least for the first three weeks, we have an A plus in our class tasks and take home assignment and then a new week begins, the teacher comes in with a new topic, and you are wondering where on earth did this came from.
The same thing applies to other subjects because you are not offering just one subject. All of a sudden it’s all looking like all the teachers ganged up against the student and decided to bombard you with difficult class task, tests, and take home assignment. I am sure I am not the only one who has these experience, it’s a common experience. Here are some few tricks to deal with topics that seems difficult.
Cause: Topics that seem difficult is usually as a result of unpreparedness; we usually get distracted and carried away. We lose count and forget we are already in the 4th week of school resumption. Some of these difficult topics require you to get some materials to aid your understanding of the topic.
Effect: We fail to plan ahead. At the onset of a new session you are usually given a lesson scheme for the term or semester, and if you are not given by the teacher, ask for it; it’s your right to know or consult your school mates who have gone through that class. This would give you a preview of what you are expecting so you can plan ahead and get ready when the tides come.
Cause: Topics that seem difficult are usually topics that has to do with the application of what you learnt, which could be 5 years ago. They look very complex because it is the accumulation of 6 simple topics you learnt years ago.
Effect: Be organized; keep a library of what you learn. Never throw them away, don’t throw your note books, textbooks, jottings away. Every knowledge you gain is not a waste, it is always useful.
Cause: They also could be as a result of the teacher’s method of teaching. At times teachers’ starts rushing, and not detailed in their explanation in the bid to get other topics treated, meeting deadlines and then it leads the students to poor understanding of a topic. I never understood how to name compounds like this while I was in secondary school not until I got to 200 Level in the higher institution. The kind of compounds we were told to name were more complex than the ones we named in secondary school.
Effect: It required me to have known the basics of naming simple compounds. But I did not even have a good foundation in naming simple compounds, so I consulted a text book. And guess what I had a B in that very course, majority had a carry over. And as for new topics with no pre knowledge, consult materials from the library, internet, and knowledge of school mates who have passed your current level.
For every topic we tag as difficult can become easy for us, if we follow these simple steps. These simple steps require you to be very patient and focused.
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