Students Guide for Examinations Success, Definition of terms

This article on, ‘Students’ Guide for Examinations Success’ is an article that researches into the reasons students continue to fail in their examination irrespective of how brilliant they are. Some students always have the tendency of keeping track of their personality, self-dependence or pride that they cannot go through this ugly scenario called ‘failure’. After reading this book, you will discover that most of the things you always take for granted really count towards your academic excellence.

Sometimes, wrong definition of success leads students to failure, even when they try all they can to succeed. They still find themselves in the category of failure or low grade simply because they failed to pay attention to simple rules and procedures.

Students Guide for Examinations Success, Definition of terms


Before I take you through the lines you are intending to read from this book, let me take you through some terms as used therein:

Student: Someone who studies at a School, College, or University or someone who has studied or takes much interest in a particular subject, field or course of study (Oxford Advanced Learners’ Dictionary, 2000).

Examination: A test designed to assess somebody’s ability or knowledge in a particular subject or field.  A written, spoken or practical test at school or college done in order to get a certification (OALD, 6th Ed.2000)

Failure: A lack of success in or at something. Somebody or something that is unsuccessful. A breakdown or decline in the performance of something, or an occasion when something stops working indefinitely or stops working adequately (Collins, 2014).

School: A school is an institution designed to provide learning spaces/environments for the teaching of students and pupils under the direction of teachers. (OALD, 6th Ed.2000)

Classroom: A classroom is a learning space, a room in which both children and adults learn about things. Classrooms are found in educational institutions of all kinds, from preschools to universities, and may also be found in other places where education or training is provided, such as corporations, religious and humanitarian organizations. The classroom attempts to provide a space where learning can take place uninterrupted by outside distractions (OALD, 6th Ed.2000)

Education: Education in general term, is the process of transmitting societal lores, values and desirables and attitude from one generation to another. Education seeks to socialize individuals so as to equip them with the desired mode of behaviour that is in conformity with the way of life of the society in which they live. Education is the teaching, training (physically and mentally) and learning in schools and colleges for the development of knowledge and skills so as to prepare individuals to live happily with themselves and others in the society (OALD, Special Ed.2001).

Examination Success: This is a universally accepted test for knowledge. It is one of the important exercises a student must perform in school. Without success in examinations, progress cannot be achieved in learning and so, no good certificate would be given. Therefore, examination is a test for knowledge and success (Usen, 2007).


It is obvious that every human being, regardless of race, sex, or any other characteristics, has the incredible and unique capacity to realize their potential: to feel confident, joyful, and fulfilled. Though it will be no easy task, there are several concrete steps and changes you can visualize and make on your path to this realization.


According to the Oxford Advanced Learners’ Dictionary, potential is defined as someone’s ability to develop, achieve or succeed. There are inherent abilities domiciled in every living creature waiting for expression so as to become who God want us to beYou were created with a unique name to be identified with: your name; a reason for your creation: your purpose and your range of functionalities: your potentials.


We are made to understand that no two persons have the same potential or identity; everyone is unique in one way or the other. However, self- discovery is the first step to living a life of impact and fulfilment. Some persons do not understand the way their lives work. Until you understand who you are and discover your potentials, you may never live up to your highest capabilities.

Moreover, you may die without achieving what you are created for. That is, you may die without using your gifts to bless the world. Your potentials are the tools with which you create value for the world. They are the raw materials for building your dreams. With them, you can trade with the rest of the world and eventually create wealth for yourself.  Your potentials are the seeds of greatness that will eventually grow into trees of value. They define you in so many ways.


Visualization is the ability to imagine or picture the goal or the success of reaching the desired end you intend to achieve. Its purpose is to reinforce your faith, confidence and ability to achieve your goals and manifest the reality your mind intend to realize. Positive emotions, clarity of purpose, and affirmations compliment the effort when you practice visualization. In visualization you enhance the power of your thought and increase its potency to manifest desired reality. With the help of visualization, you can not only strengthen your motivation to achieve but also influence you subconsciously to overcome inhibiting factors that interfere with your thinking or your ability.

Can All Students Learn?

The simple answer of course is, they can, but the rate of learning differs from one person to the other. In my Chapter One, I made it clear that ‘Every Student is Brilliant’! Every student has the potential to learn, grow, and become a successful member of the society. The real question then becomes; how do we get to learn? Every student has a set of strengths and weaknesses that will affect his or her ability to learn and the level at which they learn. It becomes the teacher’s job to find this potential and run with it…Individual Difference.

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