You have made it this far. You know, reading all those information in part one was not easy at all. But you are still inclined to read more.
Well, I am here for you!
Welcome to this part II of What You must do to Score a Mind-Blowing Grade in Your Post UTME screening exercise.
If you are still reading till now, I want to thank you very much for spending your valuable resources to do so.
But well, it is for your own good. During my JAMB/Post JAMB days, there was no book I need that I did not buy.
I bought a textbook called FOCUS. I bought for Government, Economics, English and Maths. In addition, I bought Past questions for the four subjects.
The interesting part is that no one gave me money, I bought all of that from my meager salary because I know whst I want and where I was going.
Unfortunately, We Nigerians do not know the value of books. The white man said that if you want to hide something from the black man, write it inside a book. Meaning blacks do not read.
But thank Go for you. You are reading till now. It means you know what you want and you know how to get it. Additionally, all our materials here and guides are free. That’s cool right? Yeah.
So, what must you do now to ensure that you score a mind blowing grade in your Post UTME examinations?
Why am I laying so much emphasis on the Post UTME? It is because both JAMB and Post UTME grades are merged together to determine your overall average. So, if you score high in Post UTME, you will have an added advantage.
One of the greatest secrets to scoring very high in Post UTME is studying the university past questions for the Post UTME.
Why did I say this? It is because over the years, many students that have studied Post UTME Past questions and answers have often come out of the examination hall to give testimonies.
This year will even be very imperative to study past questions and answers. This is because due to the pandemic, schools will resume in haste. They will be battling to complete the previous session while the pressure will be high on them to commence the new session.
For schools like the Niger Delta University that is very fast, the VC may decide to ensure the academic calendar is constricted to make for time lost. If you have not heard of the Niger Delta University VC, and his drive for swift academic calendar, please, once you are done, refer to the link at the bottom on NDU proposed concurrent semesters of 2019 to read more.
So, lecturers will be pressured to set questions in haste. Under this prevailing circumstances, examiners will lift questions from previous sessions. This is very true. Academic speculations has been my hobby – and it comes just as I have predicted. Please, see my profile to read more about me here
Now, aside the pandemic, lecturers often lift questions from previous sessions. Add the pandemic, it will be massive.
Let me give you an example.
Last year, Rukevwe used the Niger Delta University past questions and answers to prepare for the post UTME. You wont believe that she was marking answers like she set the questions. This is because the questions are very similar to what she read.
Again, remember Preshy (nickname) mentioned in the Part I of this episode? Correct! She too was one of my greatest testimonials for last session. So, we use all these cues to guide upcoming academics like you.
You know what? Preshy bought wine and some packages for me after her Post UTME examinations, during admissions and even during matriculation. The matriculation package was a special package from her grandma from Lagos.
It was not as if i gave her anything, just normal tutelage like this that I am giving you and she was filled with overwhelming appreciation.
You see? All you have to do is to follow my tutelage by reading all our posts at www.admissionsandutme.com. Sign up so that all my publications will be coming to your mail regularly.
When you read past questions well, it feels as if you were the one that set the questions. Truly. Immediately after reading the first three-five words in a question, you are able to know where the examiner is coming from, where he is going and the ultimate destination. Oh lord, if i begin to tell my experience during my JAMB days, one day will not contain it. I marked questions correctly even before completing reading the question.
Why not? I have come across such questions like in three different sessions, so, this time around, I do not need a whole day to know my left from my right
In those days, I don’t really waste time in examination halls. I go straight to English… English was my love then. I crush English, crush government. I am almost done. Then I enter Economics, manage it. Then mathematics. Of course, you must have read that I don’t know mathematics. No be carry talk. I agree, tell me I don’t know book, I accept it. Make e be like that. Lols.
But you know what? That my English and Government has already set me on the path to success. Then because of familiarity with the past questions, I will manage the remaining two courses that I don’t know that much. So, this is the technique. In your case, you may know all of them and perform wonderfully with straight As in a standard test scores rating.
In academics, we love you and respect you more if you are intelligent, respectful and humble. We give you chance. Ha! If you know book? You will even be happy with yourself.
But how person take dey know book self? Simple! Just reading. Bros, just read something. After reading, use the past questions to support yourself.
Over the years, the use of past questions and answers in preparation for examinations have been of great value to students across various learning environments. Past questions have been reported to have improve performance and boost students’ morale in examinations.
Past questions helps familiarize you with likely examination questions, time, strength, weaknesses and technicalities of questions. When studying Post UTME past questions, endeavour to attempt correctly, 60% or more of each year’s question. If you get this, you are as good as ready to go.
If you are a Jambite, ensure you purchase all focus textbooks (textbooks that are particularly written for JAMB/Post UTME purposes and focused on one particular subjects: that is if they are still available).
This helps you to relate to areas in the past questions you cannot answer yourself. The benefit of past questions cannot be exhausted as it is emerging. Below, I manage to emphasize on some of these benefits:
Past questions benefit you in the following ways
1. Past questions enables you identify possible number of questions that your university will set in your year of examination. This is very important because it will enable you adjust your preparatory speed.
As we discussed in the previous part, Post UTME examiners will not tell you to answer all but to attempt all. They will reduce the time to select the best students only.
Many previous candidates I told “young man, go and get some past questions and read!” They were showing off. Overwhelmed with the idea that they have arrived (University students indeed).
When they came out of the examination hall, see face! Swell up like rain want fall.
So, don’t let same thing happen to you. Tie your cloth well now!
2. Past questions help to understand the likelihood of examination duration. This is very imperative for Post UTME candidates because if you do not practice with time, in the examination hall, meeting up with the given timeframe will be very difficult. You are not often asked to answer all questions but to attempt all. Hence, you must be as fast as you can.
Come imagine say you carry the mindset of JAMB come Post UTME examination hall. Hmmm. No worry. You will be disgruntled all through the day after the examinations.
Now, you do not even know the amount of time spent in Post UTME. You do not know the number of questions, You do not know when to start, not even the venue, nothing nothing. Past questions can help you know all of these.
3. Past questions allow you to understand that you need to attempt easy questions first. You need not waste the whole day on a difficult question only to be truncated halfway. Knowing that you have options gives you the understanding that you need to answer the best questions you know first rather than attempting it in 1,2,3,4 order.
4. Since you are familiar with past questions, you are able to work out your own time which is as a result of the required time for each subject/question.
Ok, this is what I mean. Now, during preparation, you may not be as fast as expected. So, you prepare for 2010 past questions, you time yourself. When done, you check time. Ok. Too late right? Do not worry. Go to 2011 questions. Time yourself again. Just like that. By the time you come to 2019 questions, believe me, you have gone very fast. If your first time of preparation in 2010 was 60mins, by the time you get to 2019, you should be done by 30-40mins. This is the idea.
5. Examination questions can be technical at times. Two identical correct answers can be given for a particular question. For instance, check this Post UTME question for Government 2008:
Objective Question 1:
Democracy means a system of government in which:
- the majority rules
- the minority rules
- there is no party system
- the people rules
- none of the above
Now, since Democracy is a government of numbers where majority carries the day, you will be correct if you choose (A). However, Democracy has also been defined as a government of the people. From this view, you are also correct if you choose (D). But you know what? Option (A) conveys the message more than any other options here. So, past questions helps you identify these typified technicalities.
In 2008/2009 when I was writing my JAMB, I have the same technicality issues with some questions about parliament. Although I can’t really fathom what the argument was about again, I can remember that I took the question to my JAMB lessons Government teacher who clarified the technicality for me. All things being equal, you just need past questions to do better in your Post UTME examinations.
6. Past questions helps identify your strength and weaknesses and capitalize on it. We all know that there are some subjects you know more than others. Understanding this helps you to first answer the subjects you know and like the most before moving to other less interesting and difficult questions. The trick is that if you spend the bulk of your examination time answering the subjects you like most, then you are sure of being faster than when you battle and waste all your precious time on the difficult subjects/topics first.
7. Past questions helps you understand which area of the questions are more important than others. In doing so, you spend more time on the questions that are more important and give you more marks than others. This technique can help you if you have limited time.
The benefits of Post UTME past questions and answers to Post UTME candidates cannot be totally discussed in one page work such as this.
Now, you may want to opine: If I do not get past questions and read, what will happen?
Well, let me show you screenshot of what a current Post UTME candidate from Lagos told me few days ago. She got some past questions. Upon seeing the questions, she typed:
“Look at the questions itself. Is had”.
So, imagine if you do not prepare and saw the structure of the question for the first time? What will you do?
You know what? you will just be like Osuofia in London. Seeing skyscrappers for the first time and looking like a “never-do-well”.
Then, you will come out of the examination frustrated. Persons got 0/400 last session. Many scored below 100/400 – all as a result of lack of preparation. So, there is need to be adequately grounded and score a mind-blowing grade in your Post UTME.
Let me stop here now so that you can go over to the Step III of this episode
In the next step, I will be showing you the following:
- Where to get past questions and answers
- Post UTME WhatsApp Tutorial class. Since everywhere is on lockdown, the best way to learn is online. Once you get the post UTME questions, you join a WhatsApp class and follow them review the questions. Believe me, it will be the best time ever during this stay at home period.
- Time duration of Post UTME examinations
- Number of questions
- How to tackle questions inside post UTME examinations
- If you do not know anything at all, you are reading but you are not understanding very fast, you cannot meet up at all, what you can do.
- You have been pursuing admission for years now with no headway. What can you do to get the admission once and for all time.
All these and many more will be shown to you in the next episode.
I told you from the beginning. I just know what you want. I will mentor you to get there.
Just keep on reading, keep on following. God is on your side.
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