The Counseling Practicum II Group of the Department of Psychology and Education, University of Education, Winneba, said the ability of any learner to study successfully depended on his fundamental study skills.
This, the group said, include the ability to concentrate, perceive correctly and accurately as well as the ability to remember what had been perceived.
This was contained in a paper presented by Mr Maxwell Kafui Debrah, Leader of the group at a day’s seminar the group organised for students of Apam Senior High School on Thursday.
The Seminar forms part of their academic work and it was under the theme: “Developing Good Study Skills/Habits, a Tool for Academic Excellence”.
Mr Debrah said it was in this regard that teachers, counselling coordinators, parents and stakeholders in education often encouraged students at all levels of education to study hard in order to perform well academically.
Mr Debrah said their aim for choosing the theme was to create the awareness that it was not enough for teachers, parents and other stakeholders in education to encourage the children to study hard.
He said the first step for a student to develop good study skills/habits was to take personal responsibility of his education as an important foundational requirement for success in the Senior High School and beyond.
Mr Debrah emphasized that knowing classroom expectations, undertaking and setting goals as well as having a plan were some of the basic things that one needed to do in order to excel academically.
He said for one to succeed in life, he or she “must make decisions about his or her priorities, time and resources, follow up the priorities and must not let other interests distract him or her from the goals”.
Earlier the group staged a drama under the theme; “Copying Good or Bad Habit, the End Results Matters”.
The programme was supervised by Mr Daniel Kwablah Buku, Mr Richard Ziggah and Rev. Kwesi Nkum-Wilson, all lectures at the Psychology and Education Department of the university.
Among the dignitaries present were Mrs Augusta Akyaa Sarpong, Gomoa West District Education Director and representatives from the Gomoa West District Assembly.