Despite a campus strictly inhabited with bright, energetic, sharp leaders, at the end of each term, only one girl from each class can rise as the best of the best. Jael, Lilian, Alice and Monicah garnered the top positions in their respective classes, and here’s how they did it.
When our teachers are giving instructions, I listen well. After the lessons are over, during my free time, I read again what we read in class, and I revise and revise until my work is perfect. When I come across things I do not understand, I ask teachers or the older students for help explaining, and then I make sure that I can say it back in my own words.
My advice for my peers who might find struggles with classes is to read and read until you understand the subject. Consider asking more questions in class, and she should use her free time to study and revise her work. If I know the answer, I will tell her. If not, we can ask a teacher together. I think when a student asks and learns from a student, it is easier to understand and easier to remember.
I was surprised and so happy that I placed at the top of my class. I did not expect it, but I do work very hard so I expected to be in the top 10. If I had a secret, it would be to work hard in class, and also outside of class. I study and review during study hall, break and free time, to make sure that I understand all of the information given to me.
My favorite class is business studies. I am going to start a business one day. Don’t ask me what yet, but someday, I will. My favorite part about business studies is understanding that most people go to University to get a job in a big town, but if you start your own business, you can create your own job anywhere.
This is my second time getting the highest marks in my form. I work really hard to get the best grades that I can by doing the following things: I revise all my work, I participate in discussion questions, I ask the teachers anything I do not understand, and I concentrate in class.
My advice to other students is not to focus on being number one in the class, but being the best student that you can personally be.
Monicah, Form Four:
This was not the first time I have placed as number one. I have been at the top of my class three other times, but this time, I was surprised! Betty has been beating me this year!
I am not the kind of person who can read for 2 hours continuously and remember all the information, so I work hard at taking notes, asking questions to teachers, and reviewing my work again and again. If I had a secret, I would say that it would be talking to my teachers all the time. Sometimes you can find out what areas to focus on for tests if you ask the right questions.
It is very important to me to do well in school. Here in Kenya most classes that will prepare me for a career are in University. You need high marks to attend University, so I focus on working very hard.