10 Things you Should Do Before Preparing for Post UTME.
Are you convinced of what you should do before preparing for Post UTME exams? Many students find it very difficult to prepare for exams, not because they are lazy, but because they are afraid of exam questions.
When I was a child, my mother told me that “fear is the worst enemy of man”. That’s why you must have the courage to tell yourself I can do it, no matter what questions they are going to set. Try to be positive every time you have important tests or exams to write and do not let the fear speak of your abilities and your strength.
1. Gather Relevant Information
A lot of candidates have insufficient or poor information about how the exam will play out, they have no clue whatsoever of how many questions they will be asked, what form the examination will be set in; and it is for these reasons that having relevant information is paramount.
You should know beforehand whether you are writing a paper based test or a computer based examination, your information gathering will help you know how much time is allotted to your paper, and will help you while studying to time yourself as you practice questions, giving you an edge over thousands of candidates who only find out about the time allotted for the paper only minutes before the exam commences.
Also, you should check to know the terrain of the school. If possible, travel to the school and ask around. Ensure you have somewhere to stay a day or two before your examination (if out of state). This is important since you need to be well-rested before siting an examination if you hope to give it your best and perform well.
Ask yourself: Did I do well in the UTME because I was at home while preparing for the examination? If your answer is yes, then you should do your utmost to make yourself more at home prior to sitting your POST-UTME.
Finally, try to gather as much information as you can about your university and department of choice, especially such things as required subject combination and cut-off mark from the previous year; as this could prove the difference between you and other inexperienced candidates, and whether you get an admission to your preferred course of study or not.
2. Study with Past-Questions
Dear friend, do not fall into the misguided conception that you can go it alone! It is important to have a clear understanding of the questions you are likely to be asked and the likely areas the questions might come from, and what better way to do that than with questions of previous examinations?
So, do try your best to get relevant past-questions that apply to your school and department, and go through it each day.
3. Set your Target
Your background check should tell you what the cut-off mark of your department of choice, hence your target point. You have to set a target for yourself and determine in your heart that you can achieve it, as you work towards it.
Make sure the only thing that robs you of sleep is how to successfully meet your target score. Ensure that whatever target you set is above what you scored in UTME, since you will need to do better than your UTME performance to make the merit list of your department.
4. Attend extramural Classes
To be successful in your search for admission, you must also participate in extramural classes. Find an appropriate educational center, then proceed and register for your extramural classes. This class will not only help you refresh your memory of what you learned in your high school, but also improve your understanding.
5. Reduce your time in Social Media
Some people live their entire life on facebook, twitter, instagram, whatsapp etc. This is so bad and disastrous if you are preparing for exams. Try and reduce you time spending on social media during this time. Maybe after the exams you can go back and sleep in it.
6. Sleep when you feel like
When you are preparing for any exams, sleeping is very important because it helps in the consolidation of memory. Caution: Only sleep when you feel like and don’t over sleep.
7. Develop a Positive Mental Attitude
As earlier stated, a positive mental attitude is another way to prepare for your exam. The minute you start having negative thoughts, it begins to work against you. To overcome failure, you have to be positive in all your ways and stop thinking that you can’t make it because impossibility is the language of fools.
8. Avoid exam Anxiety
When exams continue, it’s hard for you to think of anything else. Take a few deep breaths and do your best to relax your brain.
9. Make sure you are Healthy
Sickness can cause excessive feelings of tiredness and fatigue and will not allow you to concentrate on reading. If you are feeling as if you are not well, report to your parent, a nurse or a doctor. Make sure you are healthy before your exams time.
10. Read Consistently
Of course, you have chosen the path to study, so reading is no longer a hobby for you. Make consistent reading your culture. The secret of more than 300 in your Post UTME exams lies in persistent reading. After obtaining the exams pattern, set up a reading schedule and follow it. Your goal is to get admission, so you should give it priority until it arrives.
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