CHAPTER FOUR - STUDY TO SHOW YOURSELF APPROVED-Ikechi Chimuanya Emmanuel



The aphorism “heaven helps those who help themselves” is my inspiration. I’m a fan of grace. I believe in grace and its efficacies but, grace doesn’t just happen. Something must stimulate grace. I believe that to receive grace, you have to do something. You can’t possibly sit with your arms folded and keep waiting for grace to happen. You are to make grace happen.

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Cultivate the habit of studying hard. You have to study to show yourself approved. During my school days, I was the type of student that never let a day pass-by without studying. At a point I was mocked by a colleague for always going to evening classes. Then, I realized that it was my goal, my life and my career that I was working for, not theirs. They can mock or say ill things because they don’t understand. An Igbo proverb says “he that wears the shoe knows where it pinches”. I never let their discouraging words dissuade me from pursuing my goal. I strongly believed in the adage “do the best you can and leave the rest for God”.  That was my motor.


When you find yourself in the citadel of learning, you should be cognizant of the fact that you are there to study. Every other thing (extra-curricular activities) is secondary. Success eludes those who don’t study well. To be successful in your course requires adequate studying.


“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, the love of what you are doing or learning to do.”- Pele.

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Most successful people today went through intensive and extensive studying and learning to get there. You have to push yourself to the limit. The bible advises in Colossians 3 vs. 23 “whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your heart.” proverbs 12 vs. 24 added “diligent hand will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.” I understand that there are factors that seem to discourage students from studying. I can recall those days when every night I seemed to be the ‘most serious’ (in their words) student. At a point, I wanted to be dissuaded as questions began to pop into my heart which made me ponder in dismay as to why am always studying while other students are having the best of their time. At that point, a thought struck me and I realized that what is happening in other people's lives got nothing to do with mine. I understood that I shouldn’t let my life be shaped by what others do or say.

I want to give you tips on cultivating studying habit;

Tip no 1: prepare a functional reading time table; achieving academics excellence would be a Herculean task without a functional reading time table. A student clamoring for success must have a good reading time table, not just preparing the timetable, but also making sure it is adequately implemented or followed up.

Tip no 2: know your studying hour; human brain has a way it functions, you have to know when your brain and mind is receptive for information. I always enjoy reading from 7-10pm. Because that is the period I tend to assimilate better and faster cognitively. Some students understand better during mid night studies, others enjoy reading early hours of the day. Whichever is your time? You have to figure it out and make sure you engaged in the activity when it is time.

Tip no 3: always take down salient points while studying. This tip really helped me great deal. When you read and write, it has away of accelerating your understanding and retention of the information being processed.


“Without hard work and discipline, it is difficult to be a professional”- Jahanger Khan.


A student that is not studying, is that one a student? Don’t study to pass exam, study to learn.

“the heights by which the great men of the world attained today was not by a sudden flight, but by they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night”- Henry Wadsworth.


REMEMBER: heaven helps those who help themselves.  

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