Ever wonder how some students seem to do so well in their studies, seemingly without too much effort? Today on the Eduloan blog we speak to Vincent Meyer, a student from the University of Johannesburg who recently achieved a degree in Engineering. He tells us how it’s done!
Q: Firstly, tell us: were you always a boffin at school?
A: I wouldn't call myself a boffin, but if you define a person that works hard and always tries their best as a boffin then yes, I am one.
Q: Why did you decide to study what you are studying now and what are your career goals?
A: I always wanted to become an engineer. From a young age, I always loved to play with things and pull them apart just to enjoy the process of putting it back together. My short term goal is to become a great engineer and to enjoy my work. My long term goals are to work as the head engineer at a well-known company.
Q: What about your family, are they supportive of your studies? How do they help you?
A: My family supports me in everything I do. Their support helped me throughout my school career and now also during my university studies. Through bad and good times, I can always talk to my parents and ask for their advice or just chat about things that are bothering me.
Q: So what is your secret to getting good marks?
A: Study hard and spend as much time as needed on your work. If needed, ask for help and don’t linger on something that you don’t understand.
Q: What was the transition like for you when you made the move from secondary to tertiary education?
A: To be honest the work load increased a great deal but with help from my family and friends, the transition was easier. I also had to put more time into my work and the rewards of great marks was well worth it!
Q: Do you have a mentor or someone you can turn to for advice if things get a little bit too much?
A: Yes, I have a friend that works as an engineer at the company that I work for part time. He is always there if I need assistance or help with my work. We also have family friends who are qualified engineers who often give me advice as well.
Q: What are your tips for memorising information?
A: Break the work down into segments and explain it to yourself over and over again. This really worked well for me throughout high school and now at university.
Q: What’s your personal philosophy when it comes to work and study?
A: Put the necessary hours in and you will reap the benefits!
Q: What about your social life? Do you make time for friends and family? What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I always make time for my social life; I believe it has to be balanced out. I love going out with my friends and having a good time. I also exercise and enjoy being active and in the outdoors.
Q: Any final words of advice for all the students out there struggling with their marks?
A: Never be afraid to ask for advice and guidance. A person who asks questions will get ahead in life than a person who struggles in silence.