Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Unique Tips For Getting Straight A's In The University

Some students think that getting straight A's in the university is something arduous to achieve. Some feel they don't have the brains to make good grades and as such obtaining straight A's is only meant for some smart folks. In reality there's nothing wrong with your brain. The only problem is, you under use it. Here's a quote by A.N. Wilson; 
Brain power improves by brain use, just as our bodily strength grows with exercise
So get off that myth. Your brain is intact. There is certainly nothing mysterious about getting good grades. Interestingly, many of the "A" students in the university attribute their success to certain practises which they indulge themselves in and not to their Intelligence Quotient (I.Q). As a matter of fact it has been proven that students with high I.Q sometimes struggle in school and don't do well as their colleagues with lower I.Q. Apparently, obtaining straight A's in the university is achievable if only you learn to do the following:

1. Organize your mind

Organize your mind by setting priorities. Have a study schedule plan and discipline yourself to follow them. When it is study time, turn off your phone and any other device that can distract you. How to get rid of distractions has been discoursed on a previous post:Tips for creating a good study environment. Stay focussed and let nothing distract you. Understand that your study time is your business time. Recreation can come afterwards.

2. Study For Long Hours

People who achieve great feats in life are those who push to the limit of exhaustion. In order to get those straight A's, you will have to do the same. In other words you will have to study for long hours. Every successful adventure in life starts with a determination. Determined people are successful people. When you are determined, you will be committed. So be determined to study for long hours of about 4-6 hours a day and stay committed to this. If you practise this and eschew laziness, you will begin to see your grades soar.

3. Stay consistent and don't procrastinate

Reports have often been heard about students collapsing while writing an examination. A major reason for this mishap is because lot of students tend to chunk up a whole semester's information in their brain a week or day to the semester's examination. This can be avoided by staying consistent with study. You are in the university to study, so put in the require time and effort to studying. Do not procrastinate, begin study as the semester begins. Don't wait until a week or day to the semester's examination before you begin study. Studying early will help you ease the pressure as the semester's examination encroaches. Consistency in studying is paramount because in order for you to have straight A's, you will have to cultivate the habit of consistently studying every single day without letting things pile up on you.

4. Contribute in class and ask your tutor questions

One of the ways of maintaining good grades is by having a deep understanding of what is been communicated to you by the tutor. So if the information seem fuzzy, ask questions. Compare and contrast principles which you are taught in class and then contribute. The attitude of asking intelligent questions and making contributions in class will help you develop a keen interest for your study.

5. Teach in a study group

Teachers are learners. One of the ways of gaining mastery of a particular subject, is by teaching it. There are stuffs you know which your colleagues or junior colleagues do not know. So teaching in a tutorial or study group will help you have a deep understanding of the subject. It can even help you come up with great ideas which you never thought of.

6. Take good class notes

The tutor will test you based on what he or she has taught you. Reading from your textbooks is highly recommended, but reading from your notebook is also vital. Your class notes are like maps meant to help navigate your way through the textbook. In other words, class notes are guides. You can draw a line in through the center of your notebook, label one side notes from tutor, you can also add the name of the tutor and the other notes from textbooks. This can greatly help you improve your grades in the given subject. 

7. Test yourself

Self test is essential. Pull out a clean sheet of paper, grab a pen and start writing down the things you have learned over a given time frame without looking into any note books or text books. Doing this will help you build confidence in your abilities. Test your self over and over again. In the process of testing yourself, you will begin to spot out your weaknesses. In other words, you will discover those information that didn't stick in. Review the unstuck information and make them stick.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

[A Must Read] This Is Why You Have To Be Innovative: A Quality Which Every Nigerian Youth And Graduate Must Have

A major lack in Nigeria's educational system is "innovation". The system is laden with crude teaching techniques which have negative impacts on students. Students are constrained to go through University to learn theories which they cannot turn into realities and master the mysteries of calculus without knowing how to apply them to solving real life problems. Consequently many students graduate out of the nation's various higher institutions with no innovative skills. Any nation that lack innovation lacks economic growth, because innovation is the major driver of a nation's economy. 

What Then Is innovation?

Innovation is a process of unraveling ideas and concepts to doing things in a new way. It can also involve the modification of existing models or ideas into better products and services. Generally, the act of innovating brings about new ideas, devices and methods for an optimal result. 

Nigeria's "Innovation" Status Quo

Irrespective of the natural endowment of resources which a nation may have, the economy of any nation that lacks innovation will stagnate or depreciate. The following is an excerpt from the 2004 New York Times archives titled Poor Countries, Rich Resources:

It has become clear that plenty of poorly governed nations, including Nigeria, Angola, Ecuador and Venezuela, would probably have been better off had they never discovered oil or other valuable minerals. The discovery of these resources usually foments corruption, prevents the development of a diversified economy, props up dictators and fuels wars.
It appears from the foregoing that Nigeria is in a quagmire. The nation's dependence on crude oil has not only fomented corruption, it has also murdered "innovation". It's time we looked beyond our natural resources and focus on the greatest resource any nation can have -the people that makes the nation. In other words we have to focus on "us". The catch here is that the most powerful driver of any nation's economy is its people and not its natural resources. This statement is in complete agreement with what Microsoft's founder Bill Gates said in a speech during his last visit to Nigeria at the National Economic Council. In the speech, Bill noted that of a certainty Nigeria has unmatched economic potential, but what becomes of that potential depends on the choices Nigeria's leaders make. In furtherance he said:
The most important choice you can make is to maximize your greatest resource, the Nigerian people. Nigeria will thrive when every Nigerian is able to thrive.
Bill's statement is profound. As simple as it appears, it is the solution to Nigeria's ill health economy. The people that makes Nigeria are the driver of the economy. It's like the ancient Babylonian empire, Babylon's economy was rich because it's people were rich. Apparently, rich and healthy people will beget a rich and healthy economy. The converse of the aforementioned is also true, poor and unhealthy people will beget a poor and unhealthy economy. It is then crystal clear that the greatest resource a nation can have is its people. Bill didn't just diagnosed the problem with Nigeria's economy, he also proffered solution to it as presented below:
If you(i.e the government) invest in their(i.e Nigerians) health, education, and opportunities -the "human capital" we are talking about today -then they will lay the foundation for sustained prosperity. If you don't, however, then it is very important to recognize that there will be a sharp limit on how much the country can grow.   
If government invest in the sort of education that will make Nigerians innovative and create opportunities for the implementation of innovations, then the economy of the nation will become better. The nation's youths and graduates will become creative and self reliant if and only if innovation is placed on the front burner in their education from the primary to the tertiary level. However we don't have to wait for the governments. It's a dangerous thing to do.  Consequently if Nigeria must thrive economically, then its youths and graduates must become innovative for the following reasons:

1. National and Personal Economic Growth

This has been discussed about  above. Innovation will not only help build the economy of Nigeria, it will also help build yours. You might probably have an idea or a small start up business, if you incorporate innovation you can turn that idea into wealth or grow your business. In effect you will contribute to the nation's economy by downsizing the level of unemployment while building up wealth for yourself.  An example of an innovator is Aliko Dangote who started his business in 1978 with NGN 500,000 (that's about $1,400 today) which he borrowed from his grandfather and is currently worth $11.6 billion according to Forbes.  Dangote who is currently the richest man in Africa didn't just contribute to the nation's economy, he was also able to build wealth for himself. Apparently innovation brings about expansion. Imagine the turnout that will occur if a good fraction of Nigeria's youth and graduates become innovators. 

2. Foster Technological Advancement In Nigeria

There will be new scientific breakthroughs and development of usable and exportable engineering products by the time youths and graduates who are scientifically inclined or who has acquired skills by apprenticeship or has trained as engineers start incorporating the art of innovative thinking into their work. This will serve as a leverage and shape the way upcoming Nigerian students think about their studies.

3. Diversification of The Nation's Economy

By the time Nigeria's youths and graduates start thinking out of the box by incorporating innovation, there will be development of new economic niches in the arts, engineering, sciences and social sciences. This will not only help diversify the nation's economy, it will also spring up great organizations and industries, thereby downsizing the level of unemployment.  

4. It will Prepare The Youths For Leadership

Just as Stephen R. Covey noted in his book The 8th Habit
The purpose of medicine is helping people get well, but if you have bad leadership, you'll have bad medicine.  
A good leader is an innovator. A major failure of leadership in Nigeria is the lack of Innovation. A good leader is suppose to assume the position of leadership with the intention of creating new and better ways of doing things or modifying existing policies. So if the nation's youths must assume the position of leadership, they will have to be innovators. 

5. Increase Globalization

Within the framework of interconnectedness, companies and organizations both big and small that are emerging everyday all around the world have global access. Consequently national boundaries that demarcates business customers are gradually breaking down. This implies that a company based in Malaysia can have access to your customers here in Nigeria. So you can see that there is a stiff competition around the globe. In order for Nigeria's indigenous companies and organizations to thrive and gain leverage, there is the urgent need to incorporate innovation. Globalization is an advantage, so make good use of it.     

Saturday, August 11, 2018

US Pledges To Help Education In Nigeria

US Pledges To Help Education In Nigeria

The United States Deputy Chief of Mission in Nigeria, David Young pledge that the United States has committed itself to help brighten the future of Nigeria's cohesive and resilient communities by increasing access to education and improving learning. The pledge was made on Wednesday in Abuja at a screening of some films produced under United States Agency for International Development (USAID)'s Northern Education Initiative plus. Here are some of the statements made by David Young.

“We at the U.S. mission strongly believe that increasing access to education and improving reading for children helps build stronger communities in Nigeria.

“It also helps build more cohesive and resilient communities and societies and will lead Nigeria to a brighter future.
“We all know the troubles plaguing the Nigerian education system are legion.
“It ranges from having millions of youths who are not in school to the number of students already in school who still cannot read or write”.

UNN, Distance Learning Programmes Has Been Approved By NUC

UNN, Distance Learning Programmes Has Been Approved By NUC

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the commencement of academic activities for the Centre for Distance and e-Learning of the University of Nigeria Nsukka(UNN).
Executive Chairman of the NUC, Professor Abubakar Rasheed conveyed the approval in a July 16 letter to the Vice-Chancellor of the university.
Rasheed said the approval “is based on the validated status recommended by the panel of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) and Subject Matter Experts and NUC representatives that paid a pre-validation Assessment visit to the proposed Centre from 22nd to 25th April 2018”
The approval granted the university the authority to commence Master’s degree programme in Business Administration (MBA) in four subject areas namely; Accountancy, Banking and Finance, Marketing and Management.
However, the Director of the CDeL, Prof Boniface Nwogu said the second phase of the programme would include courses in social sciences, Computer Science and Mass Communication at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
“We have already developed programme for the courses, very soon we will re-invite NUC for the accreditation”, the Director said.
Prof Nwogu noted that the uniqueness of the MBA programme in the university “is that the course materials are written in interactive and conversational mode for easy understanding of students”.
“We are fully prepared for the programme”, the Director said.
He added that the instructional materials also included recorded video lectures stored in tablets and CDs which would be given to registered students.
“We have a programme that no other existing MBA in this country can compare with”, he said
Nwogu said that the commencement of the MBA programme marked the transition of the University of Nigeria from a single mode institution to a dual mode institution, which, according to him, is the first of its kind in the whole of South-East and South-South.
He described the NUC approval as a remarkable achievement of Prof Ozumba’s administration which would improve quality of higher education delivery in the country and enhance the global visibility of the university

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Have You Considered Apprenticeship As A Viable Career Option?

Have You Considered Apprenticeship As A Viable Career Option?

Universities are been considered by most people to be the aristocrat of the education system. Consequently obtaining a university education could be the best thing that could happen to anyone. Well this is not necessarily true.

Obtaining a university degree does not guarantee a job, neither does it guarantee wisdom. Someone can go through university and remain a fool at the end of it. Apparently, a university degree is not a yardstick for success and it is not the only path to a successful career. 

Have you considered apprenticeship as a viable career option? Apprenticeship can be very rewarding. Some of the world's greatest inventors who have added values to human lives, were once apprenticed to someone. At an early age of fourteen, the greatest multi talented genius, Leonardo da Vinci was an apprentice to Andrea da Cione one of the most successful artist of his day. Thomas Edison who filed over one thousand patents and famously known as the inventor of the light bulb was an apprentice to James Mackenzie the man who taught him telegraphy. America's Henry Ford, the man who revolutionized the assembly line mode of production for automobiles took an apprenticeship at age sixteen as a machinist at a shipbuilding firm in Detroit. It was from here that Ford garnered the requisite skills and experiences which he later used to build his first car. It is crystal that apprenticeship can serve as a viable career option for anyone who is ready to learn by practice. 

Switzerland which is considered as a global leader in strong apprenticeship and work based learning has apprenticeship as a major part of its educational system. As a matter of fact incorporating apprenticeship into a nation's educational system will help combat the lack of inventiveness and skillfulness among youths. It will also make them employable and easy to manage. 

Considering apprenticeship as a viable career option isn't a bad idea. Without any further ado, let's see some of the advantages you get to derive from choosing apprenticeship as a viable career option.

1. It will expand your skill set

Undoubtedly you will gain new skill sets during your apprenticeship. You will gain deep understanding and yourself confidence will increase. Apprenticeship is one of the surest ways of becoming an expert in a given field because you learn by doing. 

2. It will make you employable

One of the major interests of an employer in an employee is "skill set". A university graduate which is not skilled in his or her field of chosen becomes difficult and expensive to manage. Generally such a graduate can be termed as unemployable. This is because many degrees lack work place skills. Many university students upon graduation find themselves stranded and unprepared for the real world. I have discussed in a previous post which is titled: important career tips for college students how college students can start exploring opportunities at the beginning of their program. However in apprenticeship learning is done while on the job thereby building up the apprentice skill set and real life experiences which are the essential things an employer is looking for in an employee.

3. It can help you become an inventor and entrepreneur

It has been discussed above how some of the world's greatest inventors were once apprenticed to someone. You too can become an inventor. Apprenticeship opens up the door of the possibility of becoming an inventor or entrepreneur since it avails one with the opportunity of "learning by doing".

4. It can help you build a career on your degree

Not all degree leads directly to a job. Nevertheless apprenticeship can help you build a good career on your degree by merging theory with reality. 


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

University of Portharcourt: PUTME Result For The 2018/2019 Academic Session Released

The University of Portharcourt's management has released the results of the recently conducted PUTME (Post-UTME) screening exercise for the 2018/2019 academic session. If you have participated in the PUTME exercise for the 2018/2019 academic session, then your result is ready. In order for you to begin your PUTME result search, click on the button below to go the University of Portharcourt portal and input all the necessary information:

Wishing you the very best!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Outcome of DELSU PUTME Is Out: Check Your Result

Outcome of DELSU PUTME Is Out: Check Your Result

This serves to inform all the candidates that participated in the just concluded PUTME (post UTME) screening exercise of Delta State University  (DELSU) that their results is now out.

DELSU PUTME Result Can Be Checked As Follows:

  1. Go to DELSU UTME admission screening result checking portal at http://delsu.edu.ng/utme2018checkresult.aspx.
  2. Enter your UTME registration number in the required column.
  3. Finally, click ‘Check’ to access your result.
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Hurry and Enrol: An End Date For Unilorin PUTME has been Fixed

Hurry and Enrol: An End Date For Unilorin PUTME has been Fixed

Suitably qualified candidates seeking admission into the (Unilorin ), University of Ilorin, are hereby encouraged to apply into the various programmes of the institution. It should be noted that applications for admission registration will end by 20th of August. So hurry and apply.

Eligibility For Unilorin PUTME(Post UTME)

Only candidates who scored 180 and above in the 2018/2019 JAMB UTME and that have chosen the University of Ilorin as their institution of First Choice that are eligible for the Screening Exercise.

Application Method For Unilorin PUTME(Post UTME)

Go to the Unilorin home page website, click on the 2018/2019 Pre-Admission Screening Procedure.
All candidates are advised to click on Pre-Admission Screening Instructions and carefully read the Registration Instruction before proceeding.
  1. Ensure that you have valid and active email address and phone number.
  2. On the Admission Menu displayed on the left-hand side, click Pre-Admission Screening Registration.
  3. Fill in the require details as required for the displayed fields.
Note: Actual Registration fee for each candidate is N2,000 only excluding bank charges.
  1. Candidates should click on the Get Details button for your JAMB information; and
  2. Click on Make Payment link to go to Remita platfom. Note: UTME Candidates who are qualified for the courses originally chosen can proceed to make payment by supplying the required information. However, UTME Candidates who are not qualified for the course originally chosen are advised to change their course as indicated on the payment page.
  3. Make Payment
    • Select your ATM card type (e.g Visa or Master Card)
    • Enter your Card Number
    • Enter Card Expiry Date and the card CVV2  (the 3 digits on the reverse side of the card and lastly enter your card pin; and
    • Click on Pay.
  4. Upon successful payment, Click on Pre-Admission Sceening Login
  5. Click on Continue Registration Link on the left hand side
  6. Fill in your other bio-data and necessary details truthfully on the webpage. All candidates should upload their Passports Photograph by clicking on Browse button and select your picture. Your Passport Photograph must not be more than 25KB.
    • The acceptable format is JPEG.
    • The picture must be digital passport photograph.
    • The rResolution must be at least 200 DPI.
    • The dimension should not be less than 600 × 600 pixels.
    • Each photograph should capture the head and top of the shoulders so that the face takes up to 70-80% of the photograph.
    • Show the eyes looking directly at the camera.
    • Show skin tone naturally.
    • Have a uniform red background.
    • Maximum of 25KB..
      unilorin passport Specification
  7. On completion of bio-data. click on Next Step button then click OK on the message dialog box.
  8. For Direct Entry (DE) candidates;
    • Direct Entry candidates are required to select their Highest Academic Qualification(s) from the drop-down and click on Save. On the dialog box click OK;
    • To add more Higher Academic Qualifications click on qualifications drop-down to select your additional qualifications, click on save; and
    • Click on Next Step.
  9. All candidates (UTME and DE) are required to supply their O’ level (O/L) details as follows:
    • Pick Number of sitting(s) by clicking on the drop-down button
    • Enter all the required O’ level (O/L) details; Pick as applicable in your result; and
    • Click on Submit button then click OK on the message dialog box.
    • Falsification of result will lead to automatic disqualification at any stage.
  10. Click Scheduling Tab. All candidates must select a screening centre from the drop-down menu. Note that an alert will be immediately sent to your e-mail provided in your bio-data.
  11. Click Print Tab to print out the following:
    • Pre-Admission Screening Registration form;
    • Scheduling Slip; and
    • Payment Receipt.
Please note:  (Do not Refresh your browser while the process is going on to avoid multiple deductions from your account. If nothing is displayed after 10 minutes, close the browser and restart).
Note: All candidates are expected to be at the screening centre an hour before their scheduled time with the above printouts and be decently dressed inline with the University of Ilorin Dress Code. Click on Unilorin dress code to get your acquainted with the Unilorin's accepted dress pattern.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A Powerful Academic Recipe You Were Never Taught In School: Learning How To Learn Effectively!

A Powerful Academic Recipe You Were Never Taught In School: Learning How To Learn Effectively!

There are several forms of knowledge which the university will never teach you. Among these multifarious forms of knowledge is "learning how to learn Effectively". So many students go to the university without knowing how to learn effectively. Oblivious to them is the fact that there are several forms of learning. While this is true, it is however imperative to note that according to a particular study, there is no preferred form of learning. Learning is hugely based upon meaning. Yes, you heard right "meaning". The crux of learning is grossly depended upon the conveyance of meaning. You have learned nothing until the brain understands the meaning and significance of what you have learned. This readily explains why many students graduate from the university without having an import of the course they have studied.  
You have learned nothing until the brain understands the meaning and significance of what you have learned
With reference to the aforementioned, you can adopt any of the forms of learning and still have an optimal result. So adopting all the forms is advantageous to help you phantom meaning and reason about what you are studying. Explained below are the three major forms of learning and how you can effectively use them.

1. Visual Learning

This is a form of learning in which the learner uses charts, graphs, maps, video watching or demonstration, and utilizing words and phrases to evoke a visual meaning. To effectively avail yourself of this learning technique take note of the following:

  • Write down annotations in the margins of what you are reading. That is place comments about a particular diagram or text of what you are reading by the side or below the page you are in.
  • Circle, underline or highlight unknown words to look up in a dictionary, or main ideas so that you can easily recall information from assigned readings
  • Translate ideas from what you are reading into diagrams, drawings or flowcharts. This is very useful in helping one map out difficult textual concepts.
  • Assign different colours of your choice to identify PIE (P-Point, I-Illustration, E-Explanation). This will help you recognize the structure of your paragraph. For example you can assign colours green for points, yellow for illustration, and red for explanations.   

2. Auditory Learning

In this form of learning, the learner learns by listening. So the learner must be able to hear what is been said by the tutor. This learning form may warrant the learner to read out what is to be learned from the text. To effectively utilize this form of learning, be sure to do the following:

  • Read out loud specific concepts from your readings. Especially those that appear difficult. This is very useful for revision, grammatical mistakes and other editing issues.
  • Engage yourself in discussing with other people "out loud" about certain concepts you are reading about or writing about. While doing this, write an outline and consider ways to structure your ideas with someone else.
  • You can also record class lectures and listen to them at home. 
  • If the text you are reading has an audiobook, read along as you listen to the audiobook, and write down ideas. 

3. Kinesthetic Learning

In this form of learning which can also be referred to as "tactile learning", the learner carries out physical activities in place of listening to or watching a lecture demonstration. This form of learning requires the use of the whole body movement to process new and difficult information. Practice and observe the following in order to ensure effectiveness in using this learning form:
  • Underline or highlight points in the book you are reading. Upon which you draw graphs, diagrams and maps to help you have a smooth understanding of what you are reading.
  • Develop active ways to convey your ideas. You could post parts some thoughtful concepts on the wall of your room and walk around as you read them. The advantage of this process is that it can help you become creative in devising novel ideas and concepts about what you are studying.
  • Stay focused on the task at hand. In other words carry out each activity one after the other. Consequently, you may want to distinguish between writing and researching and discussing with a colleague about your work.
  • Playing a nice background music with no words while reading and writing may help leave your mind opened to learning. I have discussed how listening to a background music could help stimulate the brain to retain information while studying in a post titled "helpful techniques to boost your brain memory". 
In conclusion, always remember that there are no preferred form of learning. You can integrate the three learning forms to maximize your potentials.