Ideas, Answers & Revelations

A Fiction Story On Academic Development & Life Development



(The Characters Of This Story Are Those In The Picture Above)

Teacher Joe stood in front of the class and pointed to the blackboard, ‘’ Do you know what ECOWAS means?’’ He asked the class.

One boy got up, ‘’ Economic Community of West African Countries.’’


Quickly, the class clapped for him. But just when Mr Hanson Joe was about to point to the blackboard with his cane and quickly ask the class his next question he spotted Michael in the left corner with his head turned and with a worried face.

Soon, the break-time bell rang. All the students run out of the class! Michael was still there as he looked into the class again.

Sir Joe dropped his cane; he walked slowly and leaned against the worried boy’s desk. ‘’What is it Michael?’’ He asked, holding the boy’s shoulder.

Michael took a deep breath and spoke, ‘’ I’ve been having this problem for a long time-I can’t understand anything I read.’’

‘’Well, I get you-that’s okay.’’

Mr Joe shook the boy’s shoulder again and said, ‘’ I understand-when I was in school I used to have the same challenge until Mr Dovsi gave me a good tip; that was how I got here.’’

‘’Who’s Mr Dovsi?’’ The boy in his class asked.

‘’That’s my long time English teacher! Mr Dovsi was a good man.’’

The worried boy stared at the tall brown man in front of him.

‘’ He said that I’ll need to write down points or tips from my books anytime I’m reading them.  He explained that, this will be good for two reasons,’’ he continued ‘’ First, you’ll be able to list down the salient points that are in the textbooks or in your notes!’’ 

By this time, the boy was smiling up at him.

‘’Then at your spare time memorize the points; and then try to see whether you can actually relate them in real life.’’

‘’Wow,’’ Michael said, almost shouting!

‘’He said I should make sure I go through the list 10-15 minutes before I write any exam.’’

‘’Well, perhaps, this can quickly refresh my mind.’’

‘’Wow, that’s cool,’’ showing that he understood and having a big smile on his face around this time, he said in joy!

‘’Michael, the second reason old-man Dovsi gave for doing that was-I’ll most likely be able to remind myself of what I wrote down-and chances are, will be able to write down the exact same thing-on paper! However, if I don’t remember to write down the very same thing, due to the fact that I was able to relate it with things that relate to everyday life, I could at least write them down, in my words.’’

‘’That was what Mr Dovsi said.’’

‘’Wow, Mr Dovsi might be a good man; Yes, I can easily relate to it!’’

The boy clinched his fist in excitement!

‘’That’s good, boy,’’ the teacher said. He quickly run his hand over the boy’s blonde hair!

‘’Yes! Yes!’’ the boy exclaimed.

‘’Alright boy, come on, go catch up with that break!’’

‘’Thanks!’’ the boy said to his teacher politely.

The teacher smiled back at him while he watched his student rise up from his seat and headed straight for the classroom!

Story written by, Prince Akogo


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