In this topic as explicitly as possible I would be stating the top 10 reasons why students carry over courses in the university, polytechnic, college of education or any higher institution.
There are a number of reasons why students carry over courses in school, below is a list of 10 of them.
1. Lack of Determination
A lot of students are only in school because their mates are or because their parents want them there. Others just roam around the school with no determination, with no idea of what they are about, this is what causes carelessness and lack of willpower to study and pass exams.
2. Not Attending Lecturers
Most schools make attending lectures compulsory and your name on the attendance must be of a certain percentage for you to qualify for writing the examination in that course.
Exempting yourself from attending the lectures must be for reasons for which the department is fully aware of. Attendance is awarded a certain mark which you would miss by not attending the lectures.
Many students think a particular course is not difficult so they can get away with avoiding it. Also, since lecturers are the ones who set the questions, the focus areas would be reviewed in class and your absence would mean you wouldn’t be aware.
3. Not Connecting with Colleagues Who are Studious
Associating with students and colleagues who are studious would rub off on you in a positive way and would urge you to take your academics seriously.
There is a saying that if you hang out with three rich people, you might be the fourth rich person, people you hang around in school has a way of affecting your academics .
4. Not Asking for Help
There’s nothing wrong to ask for help on subject areas you do not fully grasp. For some reason, that subject area might not be your strong point but, still, you have to ask for help to understand it better from your colleagues and lecturers.
If you connect already with the studious students, it would make it easier to ask for their help to further understand the subject areas of courses you do not fully grasp.
5. Not Writing and Carrying out Practical or Research Extensively
You more extensively you write and clarify your answers, the more likelihood there is of being awarded more marks. Except otherwise stated, you should always write extensively to answer questions in examinations. Also, carry out research extensively for seminars and projects.
6. Not Filling Logbooks and Answer Booklets Properly
Many students seem to skip the fact that marks are always awarded for all curricular activities and they should take all of such schoolwork seriously. Make the right calculations where necessary, write legibly and fill in all the right details.
Care should be taken to ensure they are properly submitted and not missing. Cases of missing logbooks and answer booklets after they are submitted should be taken seriously and the department notified until it is rectified. Be carefree about it would mean you losing marks and, worse still, being recorded as absent for the examinations or test.
7. Not Preparing Properly for Assignments, Test and Examinations
Prepare properly for examinations and tests. Read thoroughly and extensively before any examination or test.
A lot of students wait till exams week before they read, while this works for some people, it doesn’t for others.
You have to prepare well before every exam or test.
8. Not Verifying Their Poor Test, Assignment or Examination Scores
Ensure you verify whether or not your score is correct or not. You know how well or badly you did in an examination or test so when the scores are released and they do not match your expected score range, make sure you contact the course lecturer to verify there isn’t a mistake.
If you keep ignoring this, it would tell on your eventual score and you might score below the pass mark which would mean you have to carry over the course.
9. Being Too Fearful and Succumbing to Panic Attacks
Exam fever is real and it is natural, however, never let it get the better of you. Sleep properly before examinations. Avoid situations that would affect you psychologically and eat properly before examinations. Read properly to get the confidence of knowing the subject matter.
10. Not Following Examinations Instructions
A lot of students let anxiety and overconfidence get them into trouble, some do need take time to read instructions before attempting questions, others, in the bid to impress their lecturers answer more than they are asked, things like this leads to failure and carry over. Fill in your personal details correctly as required. Use the right materials.