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How to Score a 4.00 Result

Getting a 4.00 is an enigma for many students in college and universities – and anything in between. Using the 4.00 CGPA system would confuse students making the transition from Secondary School into Tertiary Education. With the principles you learn from here, you can plan to achieve 4.00 effortlessly.

This entry is written for students at institutions that apply the 60:30 mark division. Where:

  • 60% allocated for final exams; and
  • 40% allocated for on-going assessments.

At the Start of Each Semester…

…Your lecturers would explain to you the marking criteria of that particular subject. More often than not they will disclose how the marking is allocated. Lets say the following scheme is used:

  • 60% – Final Exams;
  • 10% – Attendance;
  • 20% – Individual Assignments; and
  • 10% – Group Presentation.

So here’s what you can do about it:

Step 1: Make a decision to Score

Decide what you want from the academic journey. How would you like to graduate? At what level of competency and comprehension do you expect to arrive at? Make it as meaningful and specific, clear and unequivocal.

Step 2: Get it Down In Writing

Based on the information given every beginning of the term, write down how much you intend to score for each particular subject you are taking. Based on the allocation of marks, how do you intend to score?

If we’re using the above scheme, here’s how you can set your target:

  • Out of 10% for attendance, I aim to get 10%.
  • From the 20% of the Individual Assignment, I aim to score 18%.
  • I am slightly weak in presentation skills, so I aim for 8%.

By doing that, you already have a rough idea of how you’ll tackle the on-going assessment (OGA) marks. If this is you goal, you’d already achieve a 36%! To pass at 51%, you need another 15% from your Final Exam!!! Just 15%!

Let’s say you want to get a 81%, which at most institutions corresponds to an A-/4.00. Now you need to obtain a 45% through your Finals.

Step 3: Set Due Dates

Write down a timeline of achievement and assessment for yourself. Use this timeline to check your progress against. If you’ find yourself off-track, make the necessary changes to get on back.

Vital dates to incorporate are dates of quizzes, minor assignments and projects, submission of major assignments, mid term exams, mid term holidays, final exams.

Step 4: List What You Need to Do

Goals without action will not come to being. You need to take action to get results. So, list the things you need to do to achieve all the objectives and subgoals, i.e. to achieve the marks.

So, let’s take the attendance allocation. If you want to score a perfect 10%, attend all classes! By hook or by crook, avoid being absent without a valid reason. Resist temptation no matter how boring the class may be. Turn up for classes!

For example your assignment, do it in draft stages. After you’re done with each draft, refer to the lecturer for his or her opinion. Drafts are not the final submission. It’s like a practice run. Expect amendments and corrections. Thus, your drafts needs to be done way beforehand. Once you – and your lecturer – are satisfied with the final outcome, submit it in.

Step 5: Formulate Your Blueprint

Based on your timeline (Step 3), arrange your list (Step 4) into a plan. Prioritise what comes first, then next and after that. What’s important and urgent, important but not urgent, urgent but unimportant, and neither important nor urgent.

Step 6: Take Action

You’ve done the necessary planning and preparation by this step. Now it’s all about action. Get going! In the face of new information, adapt it to meet your goals. You may need to do any of the following along the way:

  • Substitute – Replacing the task with something more valueable and productive;
  • Eliminate – Removing what is unnecessary or redundant;
  • Delegate – Ask help or automate using the Internet; or
  • Consolidate – Fuse two tasks at one go.

What ever it is, take action!

Step 7: Do Something Everyday

For you to achieve that 4.00, you need to do something everyday until you reach your decision. You may want to invest time, energy and money to acquire skills detrimental to your success. For example, learning skills, communication skills, note taking skills, time management skills.

…And at the End

You reap what you sow at the end of the semester. Depending on how fast and determined you are, you’ll consistently achieve your results. In 3 simple steps: Plan, Prepare and Proceed.

Wishing you the very best of luck!

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