[+PODCAST] MR LECTURER, TO HELL WITH YOUR ‘AREA OF CONCENTRATION’!

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There are countless cases of students demanding and lecturers volunteering area of concentration or exam questions in the guise of likely exam questions. On Student Groove this week, Brojid shares with you how your lecturers’ area of concentration affects your life and future.


It was less than a week before an exam and a lecturer handling the major part of a course I had to do as an undergraduate came fixed a class on a Saturday -he took at least, 3 hours of our weekend to give us marathon lectures.  

He apologized for not coming to the class at all since the beginning of the semester. “Don’t worry, you will still get your A,” he assured us as he mounted the podium to start his lectures. True to his words, he volunteered area of concentration abi na questions we in don set already.

I also had another lecturer who in my opinion was the most committed and diligent lecturer I encountered as an undergraduate. He starts his class before most of other lecturers. He teaches and uses his own projector to ensure his lectures were well understood. In fact, towards exams, he holds revision class where students still scream, area of concentration… area of concentration… area of concentration….

So while the other lecturers give area of concentration to pay for their laziness, failure and wickedness, another gave to help his students. Help my foot!

There are countless cases of students demanding and lecturers volunteering area of concentration or exam questions in the guise of likely exam questions. On one of those incidences, I started wondering what was wrong with our lecturers and my fellow students.

A lecturer who wouldn’t teach you very well but hurry into your class close to exams to give you area of concentration in  your course outline and a handout on what he has set in your exam does not love you. Yes, he doesn’t love you one bit!

It pained me that some of the culprits in this wickedness are very intelligent and skilled in the art of delivering well understood lectures. One hardly stayed in school. In my own opinion, he is the most intelligent and skilled lecturer in my department then; but nobody sees him until exam season.

No doubt, there is just recompense of reward for abandoning ones duty. God will give it to them in due season. They can’t abandon the job they are paid to do to attend to their selfish interests and think they are smart.  Maybe they are smart but they can’t be smarter than God. My Bible calls it Just Recompense of Reward; common language calls it Karma.  Unless, forgiveness or mercy is secured from God on their behalf, abandonment of duty they sow will germinate and bear fruits for them.

Why Am I even talking to them sef? I rarely like to talk to elders; lest they say, I insult them. But I want to talk to you, the student because you are the most cheated in this act of wickedness.

Your Area-of-Concentration-Lecturer Don’t Love You.

A lecturer who wouldn’t teach you very well but hurry into your class close to exams to give you area of concentration in  your course outline and a handout on what he has set in your does not love you. Yes, he doesn’t love you one bit! He doesn’t love your future. He only wants you to get a grade and leave the school with an empty head. His love is only in short term.

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He collects salary to come and infuse you with knowledge of your course and check whether you have learnt what he taught you with your exam. But he goes about his business, visit other schools he is on contract but come back to your school close to exam to make you get an A in a course you know next to nothing in.

What else personifies wickedness than this?

How Far can An ‘A’ Take You?

Believe me, he is an enemy to your career success since his area of concentration helps you get an A in his course but his failure to teach you makes you a less competent graduate.

By the way, how far can an A or First Class take you? How much value does it hold? Do you know what you miss by getting an A for a course you know little or next to nothing in?

An A or First Class can open doors to an interview panel for you or even land you a job but what you know is what you need to remain there and be very relevant. What you know can help you start and build your business but an A grade cannot! School is just four-six years of your life. Real life begins after school; when the excitement of an A may have died down completely. Don’t sabotage your future with the excitement of packing As at the expense of knowledge. Any offer someone makes you to help you get an A without learning is wickedness! It doesn’t matter how nice it appears! School is a place to prepare for the future; not exam. Exam is one of the ways of checking how prepared you are. Go for knowledge; not grades and secure your future!

When you get a job, start your business or become a consultant, what will be required of you is not your grade. At that point, what will be required of you is: what can you do? If don’t know the how to of your course; you cannot do anything in real life! Your employer or clients have no idea of the area you concentrated on. All they want is result and result you must give or get fired!

“You don’t need any lecturers’ area of concentration to smash an A. The lecturers who give it to you don’t really love you; they hate your future. What you need is adequate concentration on all that you have been taught; then A will be an easy ride.” ~Joseph Dinwoke

So, forget their area of concentration. Don’t go asking them for it. Attend the classes, study notes/handouts and even go the extra mile with your texts and online resources. The exams questions will come from what you have been taught; he can’t import questions from Sambisa Forest.

I recall once I had to write an exam. I wanted nothing less than Distinction from the school and a day before the exam, I saw people running around with leaked paper. Someone close to me offered to show me and I told her in many words: “Whatever question he will ask is from this material (I was holding my summarized form of all the classes in my hands). I have read them and prayed to God to help me; if he won’t give me Distinction, am OK.” She was offended; I can’t help but offend her!

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If They Offer You Area of Concentration…

If a lecturer fails to teach you but gives you area of concentration as his lectures, collect it and write your exam and get the cheap A. But know that you are weak in that area. Get down on your own and study that area properly. Go on the web and download materials to study on the subject matter. Don’t be fooled by the A; make sure you learn. If you have the right to report to any authority, report the absentee lecturer to the appropriate authority (if you have any sane one in your school).

My Experience

It has not happened once that my clients checked to know the school I attended or my grades in school as the condition for engaging my services. Their concern has always been, “Can you do it?” When I produce radio ad, present radio programme, design website or create publicity strategy that get result, they give me my pepper.

Make no mistake; I am not an advocate of failing ‘because it’s about what you know’. When I went to school properly, after my undergraduate days, I studied to know Radio Production and get Distinction and I achieved both!

My Point? You don’t need any lecturers’ area of concentration to smash an A. The lecturers who give it to you don’t really love you; they hate your future. What you need is adequate concentration on all that you have been taught; then A will be an easy ride.

You can learn more on this subject by downloading BrojidCast entitled, What is Wrong with Area of Concentration?


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Joseph 'Brojid' Dinwoke, Radio producer/OAP at Radio Nigeria Voice96.7FM, and publicist, is the curator of Brojid.com. At Brojid World, he creates contents and provides training, mentoring, coaching and inspiration for peak performance in your life and work through blog posts, podcasts, books and training. You can follow him on social media by clicking on any of these social media icons. To get his daily inspirational and insightful broadcast on WhatsApp, connect with him with: 0810 550 4664

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