EDU-FOCUS: DREAM BIG & GO FOR IT

A dream for some is a state of unconsciousness. While some believe in their dreams others don’t. How, we choose to examine and perceive our dream is up to us. The bottom line is we all dream and that is a fact. On this special edition of Edu-focus, we will be shedding light on the word “Dream” and analyse how to actually realize it at our respective levels or fields of life. It is also important to note that the ‘dream’ we are referring to is simply the picture of our desired future which in other words can be substituted as vision.

Before we go any further, it is important we see the definition of the term “Dream”. The word is a noun and according to the Oxford Dictionary, it is; (1) series of scenes or feelings in the mind of a sleeping person. (2) day-dream or fantasy. (3) ideal, aspiration. (4) a beautiful or ideal person or thing.

A renowned writer and motivational speaker John C. Maxwell spotted the following five key reasons why dreams never take flight;  We have been discouraged from dreaming by others  We fall into the habit of settling for average  We are hindered by past disappointments and hurts  We lack the confidence needed to pursue our dreams  We are missing the imagination of our dream

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By Uzoanya Kenneth

EXAMINATION FEVER

A nxiety, panic and nervousness before anything one intends to do will surely becloud one’s mind and this can easily lead to a great disaster or failure. Examination fever breeds failure if the student concerned is unable to brace up as quickly as possible. A student’s lack of preparation will make him/her lose confidence when it is required at the battle field. Inability to do what is right during examination can be traced to many reasons that are preventable except health related issues which are not noticeable before entering the hall. 1) Unpreparedness- This is the act of doing nothing towards set goal(s). It is practically impossible to win without good planning. Proper preparation precedes proper performance; therefore, if all hands are not on desk before the “D” day examination fever is inevitable. Putting your heart together in the following areas will make you avoid draw back. A) Reading – You cannot give what you don’t have, so if you treat reading with levity there is no way you can do justice to any examination for then uncontrollable emotions will set in during examination proper. The best way to avoid this is to read and read ahead of time. B) Feeding – Try as much as possible to eat something before going into the examination hall even if it is a light food. A hungry stomach has a way of slowing the speed at which a person can recollect facts or point particularly in an exam that will take hours. If you can’t remember at the speed you used to because of an empty belly frustration can set in. C) Timing – Don’t be a late comer to any event much more an examination. No matter how prepared you are, when you arrive late to the venue it will put pressure on you. So be time conscious even when you are writing because there is time which you cannot exceed, if this is not observed you will not be pleased at the end. 2) Environment – These are the surroundings where the examination is taking place, which consists of inside and outside the hall or classroom. Environment consist of man and materials. Take note of anyone that can make you nervous and develop a means of ignoring them so that you concentrate on the job at hand. Never allow your fellow student, invigilator(s) or any other person or things make you apprehensive. Be focused! 3) Confidence – This is self-assurance, an expression or feeling of certainty that you will give your best in every situation and hope for the best as well, a student must not lack this because there could be an interruption, be calm and calculated. With this you will be far away from examination fever. Recommended book: Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie

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By Bello Anthony

ONE ON ONE WITH SODUNKE OLUDOTUN MICHAEL, DIRECTOR OF STUDIES DE PATHFINDERS TUTORIAL CONSULT. PART II. AND NATIONAL PRESIDENT, ASSOSIATION OFTUTORIAL SCHOOLS OPERATORS OF NIGERIA. (ATSON) :

You mentioned that Lagos State Government is not trying to help students, why do you say that? Many would tend to disagree you know?

Yes! But most of their effort is counter-productive as sighted previously (May-June, 2015 Publication), because they deviated from the original plan. Now, they call it reading time. That is the name given to the 2-4pm belt. Why not leave the students once it is 2pm, since they cannot run the programme again. Let them come to tutorial.

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By Uzoanya Keneth

Vocational Skills: As An Escape Route

VOCATIONAL SKILL AS AN ESCAPE ROUTE: HOW TO MAKE A BEEF ROLL HERE ARE INGREDENTS REQUIRED FOR MAKING BEEF ROLL  Beef  Bean sprout  Water chestnuts  Black pepper  Garlic powder  Onion  Spring roll wrapping paper STEPS FOR MAKING BEEF ROLL 1. Cook your beef 2. Chop the onion 3. Mix the onion and beef on fire

By Yemat International Catering Institute

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ROYAL STAR COMPREHENSIVE COLLEGE (RSCC) PROFILE

RSCC was found in 1987, located at Olaseinde Street, Mushin, Lagos.

The director of the school, Pst Isreal Adedokun believes the school was born out of the passion for imparting knowledge and the dire need for primary and secondary schools in Nigeria is believed to .......

By Bello Anthony

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THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP

ATTENTION!

Friendship is a state whereby two people are emotionally attached to each other. It is a warm and close relationship with someone you like and trust. The people engaged in friendship are called friends, and the dictionary defines friend as (i) a person you know well and like, who is not usually a member of your family. And (ii) someone you like, know well and enjoy being with.

Children and adolescents (and even adults) take friendship very seriously. This might be because of the benefits that accrue from friendship: Friends provide companionship which we very much desire as social animals. They help us socialize and develop self image/esteem. They listen when we have something to say and they tell us their own stories and experiences. They comfort us when we are in a distress and play the role of ADVISERS or COUNSELLORS.

It is intriguing to know that what a student cannot tell her mother, she will easily discuss with her friend; the friend will advice her and she will act on the advice summarily. Therefore, friendship is one of the most important relationships we form in life. Since friends exert tremendous influence over our lives, don’t you think we need to be very selective in choosing our friends? My humble advice is “Let thy friends be few and before making somebody your friend, find out if his/her values and lifestyle agree with yours. Also, search yourself and find out why you want the person to be your friend. There must be a good motive for all we do. The following sayings pertain to friendship:

“Show me your friend and I will tell you who you are; Birds of a feather flock together; Evil communication corrupts good manner; He who walks with the wise shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed; A friend in need is a friend indeed.” Use these sayings to evaluate your friends. Who are your friends and associates? Who are the people you spend time with, strolling, visiting, reasoning, arguing, etc?

You become the same with whoever you associate with: their thoughts, words, attitude, actions, belief and dressing will gradually rub off on you.

When you associate with a person, you will be persuaded to eat what they eat, talk how they talk, like what they like, do what they do, wear what they wear, etc. If the above claims are true, it then means that our friends influence us a lot. If that friend is good our lives will be better, but if they are bad we will gradually turn out bad. We have seen children who gradually become very studious because of their friends and we have equally seen other children who become wayward, playful, a truant and/oracademically unserious because of the company they kept.

It is naïve, in fact downright stupid for you to blindly follow a friend’s advice without reasoning it out! Remember that it is not the adviser that gets into bigger trouble but the person who was adviced.

By Ohaeri Kingsley,
Principal, Marjos Int’l School, Idi-Araba, Lagos

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OBIAGELI EZEKWESILI

Born April 28, 1963, Obiageli Ezekwesili happens to be a Nigerian Chartered accountant, she is also a Master’s degree holder of International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos as well as a Master of Public Administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She trained with the firm of Deloitte and Touche and qualified as a chartered accountant.

She was a co-founder of Transparency Internation, serving as one of the pioneer directors of the global anti-corruption body based in Berlin, Germany.

Oby served as Federal Minister of Solid Minerals and then as Federal Minister of Education during the second term presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo. Since then, she served as the Vice-President of the World Bank’s Africa Division from May 2007-May 2012.

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