STUDY MARATHON: Frequently Asked Questions

We had the first study marathon on May 1st and since then we have gone on to have so many others. The attendance has been amazing and the students have always achieved their aim which is to READtumblr_mvtaly83AS1qcr6too1_500

What is study marathon?
We all know what it is to study; it is the devotion of time and attention to gaining knowledge of an academic subject, especially by means of books, videos etc. A marathon on the other hand can be defined as running a race that is about 26 miles (42 kilometers) long; something (such as an event or activity) that lasts an extremely long time or that requires great effort; a contest in which people compete with each other to see who can do something for the longest amount of time. The idea of study marathon is to convert the miles to hours and do serious studying for that length of time.

How does it work, how long is it?
Well in Afara, we take a marathon to be 26.2 miles. If 1.64 miles is equal to one hour of study, studying 8 hours a day for two days will give you 16 hours which is 26.24 miles! Isn’t that amazing! Of course there are short breaks in between- to eat, rest your head, use the restroom, use the chapel… Talking about food, there is a low-budget cafeteria nearby and sometimes you may pay for a meal at Afara.
The official time is 9.00 am to 6.30 pm, so if you put your back to it, you can do 8 hours of serious reading.

Why does it have to be Afara?
Well, to start with, it is Afara’s idea but most importantly the ambiance of Afara is just perfect for reading. With a well-ventilated and brightly lit library, reading becomes a pleasurable experience. There is also a reading room and a seminar room for spill overs. In other words, there is space for everyone. Not to mention the clean ladies and a dispenser to quench your thirst. We can read anywhere but we get the most out of it if it’s done in the best of conditions.

What if I don’t like to study where other people are studying?
We all have our different study habits but it can’t be denied that seeing other people studying motivates and encourages us to do the same. You probably may do many hours on your own but you will be amazed at how many more you can do when motivated which is the “koko” of study marathon. And I promise you, no one will let you sleep for too long.

What if I can’t read for that long?
Remember we talked about little breaks in between. That helps you to break the long time into small blocks of time. When you feel you can’t take in anymore, take a break and come back refreshed. There are no fixed rules and everyone is a winner (as long you do some reading)

Is Afara not too far?
No sweetheart, it is just a bus away. Hop into a bus to Sabo or Yaba and then a 10minutes (Yaba) or 5 minutes (Sabo) walk to 25 Thorburn Avenue- a black gate with a bronze 25 on the wall. Moreover, after all this effort you would more “gingered” to make the most of the time spent there. May your transport money not be in vain.

You have to register with the library to make use of it at other times.

More questions? Feel free to drop them in the comment box.It is worth is

We plan to have as many study marathons as possible; usually close to exams or tests. It is not restricted to students of Unilag or Medilag. So when you see the flier, do come along with a friend or two.

PS: A saint once said, “An hour of prayer for a modern apostle is an hour of prayer” when it is done with a supernatural motive and offered to God. Just like sending supernatural energy for the intensions we have in mind. Surely, this is new to us but we learn every day.

Published by Afara Leadership Centre

Afara Leadership Centre was set up in 1987 to provide an enabling environment for total personal development as well as growth in leadership skills and values for young women in their years of secondary and tertiary education. It is located at 25 Thorburn Avenue, off Montgomery, Yaba, Lagos State, Nigeria. It is a project of Women’s Board of the Education Cooperation Society, a Nigerian not-for-profit, non-governmental organization. The spiritual formation given in the Centre is entrusted to Opus Dei, an institution of the Catholic Church

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