The Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS), Professor Kayode Bamgbose, has identified hard work and determination as the access keys to achieving academic success.

Professor Bamgbose stated this at a Group Counselling on “Academic Excellence for Students on Low CGPA and Probation”.

According to him, life is full of ups and downs and what makes people successful is their ability to cope with such challenges as he charged the students to be courageous and confident that the University still had faith in them.

Speaking on the causes of poor academic performance and the role of the Counselling Unit, Mr. Akinmade Adesope of the University’s Counselling Unit, noted that student-factor is responsible for 61.87 per cent of poor academic performance while lecturer, parental and institution factors share 38.13 per cent.

According to him, some common complaints that students attribute to their poor performance are excessive work load, unfavourable time of lectures and insufficient time for revision.

But Mr. Adesope chided the students for often demonstrating inability to recall, lack of interest in their course of study, laziness, poor co-ordination during examination, as well as outright fear of examination.

He encouraged the students to regularly visit the University’s Counselling Unit as it is fully equipped to provide solutions to their various needs.

Delivering a Lecture on Time Management, Examination Writing Skills and Adequate Strategy for Improving Poor Academic Performance, the Principal Assistant Registrar, Guidance and Counselling Unit, Mrs. Modesta Ofodile, admonished students
to be disciplined and time conscious.

Mrs. Ofodile gave other tips to academic success, such as regular attendance at Lectures, taking clear unambiguous notes and planning private studies, strict adherence to time-table, among others.

The Guest Lecturer, who is the Principal Assistant Registrar, Counselling Unit, University of Lagos, Mrs. Funmi Asiwaju, speaking on “Effective Study Habit, Skill Training and Interactive Session”, urged the students to cultivate the habit of reading their notes on a daily basis and avoid procrastinating.

Mrs. Asiwaju, who was represented by Mr. Olayinka Omotola, encouraged them to form study groups with serious-minded students.