You must have heard of the term ‘body-chemistry’; but do not bother to look up ‘acada-body-chemistry’ just yet. It is my hope that after this piece, you would have understood it and discovered yours as this will be key in your reaching those precious set goals and dreams.

Let’s begin with the compound word, body-chemistry. Angelfire site explains that it has to do with all the processes within our bodies that balance up our system and brings about its wellbeing. This includes the balance of one’s pH, hormone level, blood sugar level and body weight. But that is probably a story for another day.

Now, Acada-body-chemistry: This can be described as the various processes that you as an individual will have to take in order to ensure your academic well-being. Note that these processes are essentially unique to you, they vary from person to person. The academic genetic make-up of two identical twins can be surprisingly different. You will find that your rate of understanding, your speed at assimilating what you have read, what time of the day at which you best grasp what you study, your Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Quotient (EQ) significantly differ from most others’.body chem

Understanding your acada – uniqueness is step 1. Exploiting it for your maximal potential manifestation is the next and even more important step. In this presentation, we shall journey through two aspects of your unique acada – make – up: Time chemistry and Speed chemistry. But first note:


A lot of factors could be responsible for the unique nature of your academic study life; peer or family influence, natural IQ and EQ, academic background, exposure and past teachers’ impact being but a few. But the first point you must bear in mind is that your pattern of studying is NOT a disadvantage, or at least should not be. Much as you would want to be like that best student in your class who has remarkable ability to retain anything without studying over again, or the other girl that can easily ‘cram’ an entire notebook word for word, you must understand yourself and do what works best for you so that you will be at the best of your performance. So if I will lend a word of advice here, ‘Envy no man’. Oh, yes. A psalmist said, ‘…I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works and that my soul knows very well!’ (Psalm 139:14) Smart or not, slow or not, studious or not, analytical or not, day-guy or night-guy, you are specially made by God to show forth His glory in a way that only you can.



This involves knowing what period of the day during which your mind understands and assimilates best at. For some people, it is during the day. They have remarkable ability to sit and work hard for long day-hours but the moment it clocks 9pm, their body systems begin to shut down and if they struggle, it will only be a picture of colossal apology (whatever that looks like, lol). For some others, their best time is at dusk, when men, fowls and the sun have retired and only the chirping of crickets may be heard. Then they settle down to work productively. clock Then, the rest others have the dawn schedule. They would retire for the night and be up before the rising of the sun with clear minds and to a calm environment. Know what time suits you most and work on having that period freed up for your most tasking jobs. However, the most successful people are those who have become flexible and can work at every other time while maximizing their body time chemistry. This is an important balance to strike.



People take in what they learn at different rates. For some, the first time does it. While the professor is talking and scribing on the board, their brains do a photocopy of the lessons and store in their memories. Another group understand during the classes but will need to go over it again to commit it to memory. A good percentage of students fall under this category. A third group are students who do not understand while the teachers first teach. It often takes a deliberate and systematic study to bring them onboard the lessons but once they get it, they hardly ever lose it. One key responsibility of any student in this third group is to take very careful notes of every point made by the teacher as well as examples given. These will be helpful for his systematic study later on. If you study at the frequency of your unique speed, there will be no stopping you, excellence will always be the output.



No matter what rate of study works for you (slow or fast, regardless), you will need to go over your lessons and materials repeatedly. This is the only way to commit what has been learned from the short-term memory part of your brain to the cells responsible for holding long-term memory. Credit-Sergey-Nivens-via-Shutterstock



This is both fundamental and factual. A study-group is a scholar’s gold-mine. So, go ahead to gather a small group of like-minds. Note that all of them must not be equally intelligent but all must have a genuine interest for learning and sharing knowledge. You will find out that some persons in your group may make up for your deficiencies at learning and vice versa. But detailed discussion about the operation and running of a study group may again be story for another day.

In the meantime, your acada-body-chemistry has to be understood and exploited. Could you get on with it now, if you already haven’t?

Still on, towards the top… regardless of whether we trudge, jog or race.

The Experience 1: Believe

The Experience 1: Believe

Chibuzo Amos, a graduate of Chemical Engineering from the prestigious Federal University of Technology, Owerri and currently a Technical Professional in an Oil firm, shares firsthand, some of the bullet-points that have helped him to excel and stand out. He owns the Soccergunz and Amoscp’s Blog.


Luke 1:37

For with God, nothing shall be impossible.


I have always seen the higher institution as a laboratory scale of the world. It is mini society that tells you about the bigger society, a microcosm. It tells the present and gives hints about the future. It prepares you for life outside the walls of the school. You are far away from your family. Even if you stay with them, you are constantly being influenced by the new interactions in school. New ideas come into your peripheral and your mind is meant to accept, adjust or reject these ideas. You are exposed but it is a race that you are expected to finish. The higher institution is like a race. A good number of students finish the school race but how well did they finish?

I will share with you a good number of things that were key in my years as a student in the higher institution. Today, I will look at one – BELIEVE.

To believe is to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so. –

To believe is (a) to have a firm religious faith, (b) to accept something as true or real, (c) to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something. –

The two definitions above tells you all you need to know about believe. I am more excited about some key words in the definitions – Confidence, truth, real, conviction, proof.


Accept, admit, be certain of, be convinced of, have faith in, have no doubt in, rest assured, take as gospel, trust

So many of us came into school and the first info that hits one is the stories of people that failed. You may even have met one of them outside school. Fear may have been planted in you especially if you are doing a “hard” course. People try to sell their ideas and plans to you all mixed up with their weaknesses and fear.

I read Chemical Engineering and the message I got from the returning students during my clearance was not encouraging. There was always this “hmmm… chemical hard oh”. But I didn’t build my belief on those discouraging words. I took my course outline and scanned through all the courses I will need to pass before I can be awarded with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

One key information that caught my attention was the grade points and how they were grouped. I immediately fell in love with the upper echelon – First class. At first I asked myself if it was possible. 4.5 over 5 GP can be translated to 90% pass mark. It looked difficult. But on further investigation I realized that I needed to get just 70% per course to achieve a 5/5. Is that not possible? If you can get 45%, you can get 50%. If you can get 65%, you can get 70%. Why settle for less when a little effort can push you a little higher.

While scanning through the outline, I knew about the various periods of internship. I pictured myself in three different firms for those three periods. I believed I will do my internship in firms like them. I did two-third of my internship just as I said to myself in first year. Speak positively to yourself and believe.  Believe

I saw the task, I believed I will succeed. I was only sure of my first year school fees, but I believed it will be taken care of. By who? I didn’t need to worry myself. Cultism is real; I believed I was invisible. This course is difficult; I believed it was a no – brainer. I believed against beliefs. I saw things from another perspective – the positive perspective. I had to think positively in the midst of negativity.


Disbelieve, distrust, mistrust, reject, question, doubt, discredit, dispute.

In my very first month in school, a certain higher level guy said to me: “You can’t make it in this school if you do not go to night class”. That was heavy but I didn’t believe him. I believed otherwise. I never went to any night class and I made it. They are so many other examples but I didn’t just stop at believing. I had to make some decisions. We will talk about those decisions in subsequent posts.

One of the first step to getting closer to God is to believe in him (John 3:16). This is applicable to our everyday life. You need to first believe that you can make it. You need to believe that you will arrive safe, you would finish in time, you will achieve your goal, you will receive an alert, you will pass that course. Just believe.

Mark 9:23

Jesus said unto him, if thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth

If you have committed all into His hands, it will be wise for you to worry not. If you have not, it is never too late. He will lead you if you ask him to. Just believe in Him. Put your confidence in him.

John 14:1

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

Be free. Don’t limit yourself. Just Believe. Do you know who you are?

Kings vs. Commoners

Kings vs. Commoners

Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men. (Proverbs 22:29 AMP)

To be diligent is to do or pursue something with persevering attention, to do it painstakingly. It means to be constant in one’s effort to accomplish a thing.

No matter the field of endeavor, everyone is faced with a need to be diligent in their business. It is actually a matter of choice. If you choose to be industrious, it will pay off handsomely. However, the consequences of slothfulness are grave; mediocrity and un-productivity being but a few. May we all receive grace from God to choose diligence in every small and big task set before us this year and always in Jesus’ name.

For a student, diligence implies:

  • Taking time to study the topic ahead of the lecturers
  • Going over the notes and lessons taught after each class (this helps your long-term memory)
  • Sitting down for a good length of time and using various materials to study
  • Being humble to meet others who can put you through difficult aspects
  • Finding and joining a study group with which you can synergize and share ideas
  • Doing assignments and projects painstakingly and with details
  • Attending lectures and tutorials dutifully
  • Consulting past questions and materials for each course
  • Having a study timetable and following it
  • Burning the midnight oil

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  • Approaching every course uniquely and tactfully. For instance, mathematical subjects should be studied by solving various sample calculations and mastering the method while theoretical subjects should be read deeply in order to understand all concepts.
  • Practice, practice again and practice

For an apprentice / trainee, diligence demands:

  • Being at the workshop or training center punctually
  • Showing interest and enthusiasm to learn
  • Asking questions that spur more information from the trainerstock-photo-auto-mechanic-shows-the-female-trainee-maintenance-of-the-engine-in-workshop-in-front-of-a-car-67247662
  • Practicing what has been taught repeatedly
  • Being humble to meet seniors and colleagues for difficult tasks
  • Collaborating with fellow trainees
  • Educating and being willing to share information with others
  • Going over the knowledge and practice during leisure time
  • Seeking opportunities to explore beyond the scope of training
  • Being confident to try new aspects and complete tough assignments
  • Practice, practice again and practice



Hard work, isn’t it?

But as has earlier being stated, you will be richly rewarded if you stay industrious. And guess what? It gets easier and better. Yes, it does. By the time you do these over again, thoroughness becomes a habit. You master the art of being diligent. Sometimes however, you may have a few false starts; it may seem difficult to burn the midnight oil or to practice something repeatedly. But you must have heard the popular saying that, ‘The heights reached and kept by great men were not attained by sudden flight…’ So please, do not give up.

Diligence is the path of every great man. You must remember a certain young, good-looking and brave guy, David. He made a practice of driving off wild beasts from his father’s sheepfold that it became easy for him to bravely and skilfully kill Goliath. The reward was that he became popular among Israel’s women and warriors alike, and eventually ruled them as king.DAVID CLUBS THE LION-03 Jesus was also industrious. As a boy, he would spend hours studying with elderly bible scholars. When he began his ministry, hours would go by as he taught mysteries and truths and healed ailments. He was so good at what he did that the multitude forgot their meals while listening to him. Wow!

Diligence pays. It breaks protocol. It creates opportunities for a person. If people realize that you are skillful at a thing, they would be willing to pay for your services. An industrious person can never be stranded. In fact, more often than not, he will be honored above his colleagues, sitting with kings and stake-holders. One note of caution though; sometimes, diligence does not pay immediately. There is the period of developing and you may not see the reward at the time. But when it comes, the pay-off will be huge and will compensate for all your years of waiting and development.

So here is what I say: Keep doing what you do. Do it until you are best at it; do it until the world applauds you for it having become all the better by it; do it until God is more glorified by your doing. See you at the top.