Why You Are Still Lagging Behind Academically



An adage says; “A man who cannot live above his level of knowledge will not live up to self actualization.” It is the knowledge you accept and acquire that can usher you into freedom.

These are the few reason why you are still lagging behind:

1. Ignorance
many students refuse to take up the advantages of education and schooling. Students are too ignorant to understand the fact that one has to be useful to oneself first and then ones parents. Ignorance can make you loose opportunities and tag it “Not God’s will”. How would you know God’s will if you are too ignorant to see that your so called friends are not the right persons to be with if you ever want to meet your academic purpose?

2. Lack of Purpose
Purpose according to the dictionary is an intention, an aim or auction of something, a reason for doing something. A student that lacks bearing can never make it in life because you can not find until you define. For you to make exploit, you have to set a purpose. Ask yourself important questions and answer them with most seriousness. Meet people with the same purpose.

3. Deviant Behaviour
A deviant is a person who is different in moral or social standard from what is considered normal or acceptable in a given society. You need to agree to the fact that educational institutions are social environment, guided by certain laws and rules. Deviants will not like to follow rules because they feel they are mature and self dependent. A deviant has the following characteristics :thuggery, truancy, laziness to go to class, distracting the class or serious minded student, stubbornness and arrogance.

4. Peer Groups Influence
An adage says; “Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are.” As a student one fact should be clear to you that evil communication corrupts good manners. If you walk with people who do not share same, similar or higher academic pursuit, don’t expect to go far. Move away from people that have no goals.

5. Lackadaisical Approach
This is the lack of vision and determination which students know as nonchalant attitude. It is an highest exhibition of careless and playful attitude. Students often find themselves in this position and feel it will pass. Of course, it will pass but that will be when you are out of school and end your life has a failure. These are the few reasons that may be accountable for your inability to move up academically but there is always a solution.


1. Self Discipline
Everything you do in life requires self discipline and that is why every good book you read talks about being self disciplined before anything.
Self discipline is the ability to apply oneself steadily to a particular task without being directed or being influenced by ones desire, feelings, friends etc. As a student, you have to learn how to control your feelings and direct them towards academic purpose. Self discipline Will teach you to study and work when you are supposed to.

2. Goals Centeredness
If you are goal oriented it simply means you have a focus. I take school has a factory where I can be processed as a raw material in order to become a finished product. Applying this knowledge, I know a finished product is actually useful to its community and country at large. So I ask my self some questions; How can I get there? What do I need to work towards? Etc. Self discipline can be possessed as an attribute only by a goal centered person.

3. Positive Mentality
Build up a positive mental picture in yourself. If you put in your best and your mental picture is negative then success cannot be achieved. Forget the past and remember that there is a bright future which awaits you. Being positive boost your academic performance.

4. Courage and Persistence
a courageous and persistent student will end up being an uncommon achiever in his field of study.
A friend of mine once told me that he has been too scared to read for exams and that he feels he might run mad. But after summing up courage, he found out that he was a good reader and an excellent student. That single act is called courage. He controlled his fears and took the risk to become an academic genius..

5. Extra Effort and Reading
To be unique in your achievement, you must be ready to face unique difficulty and rigorous tasks with an aim of arriving at unquestionable solution. It is those who have this imperative demand for the best in their nature that will accept nothing short of it, will hold the banner of progress, set the standard and the ideals which will guide others(orsen Marden). You only become the richest man by the virtue of what you read. Readers are leaders…



  1. Aare

    June 12, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Please add ‘Time and task management’ as a factor too. Students need to understand how to plan their time towards the tasks and make both work in his or her favour. Its one good study guide that makes someone forge ahead academically.

  2. PenKraft


    June 12, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Nice write-up. Keep it up!

  3. Mariano Jlove Fowowe

    Mariano Jlove Fowowe

    June 12, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Thanks so much

  4. Adelakun Ademola

    Adelakun Ademola

    June 12, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Nice write-up ma’am. kudos…

  5. Damilosky

    June 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Oh mehn!! This is a well written piece. Thumbs up. (Y)

  6. Favour

    June 18, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Nice write up!!!keep it rolling

  7. Mariano Jlove Fowowe

    Mariano Jlove Fowowe

    September 14, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you all..

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