The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 brought lots of alterations into the conventional systems of workplaces, as well as educational institutions across Nigeria.
In general, the temporary alterations caused by the Coronavirus ushered in new systems that saw students studying from home, thanks to the many digital solutions at the disposal of schools and their students.
Subsequently, the breakout of the Coronavirus made it even easier for Nigerian students to study for various examinations from home, be it university exams, WASSCE, or UTME.
If you'll like to learn or study for your imminent exams while at home, you're at the right place. You'll find in this article study resources and techniques that you can employ to make the most of your time at home.
Read on below to find out!
Study Guide for Students Taking WASSCE
When sitting for the much Coveted West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), you must have a study plan that will ease up your sessions and help you imbibe enough knowledge therein.
I mean, studying for one subject is never a walk in the park, let alone studying for 9 subjects in WAEC.
Be that as it may, you can employ the following study guide to simplify your education and make the most of your study time from home:
Apply Pomodoro in your study sessions
Pomodoro is an old timing technique used to break work into several intervals. It has also been utilised by students to help them focus when studying.
Pomodoro breaks a 2-hour study session into four 30-minute intervals, with a 5-minute short break following the first three intervals and a 20-minute long break following the last interval.
The Pomodoro Technique has been adapted into various websites and apps, with Focus-to-do being one of the most recommended.
Organize Your Study and Start Preparation Long Before Your Exams
Don't wait until your exams come knocking before studying for them. Harness your free time at home to read and cover the recommended syllabus from the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
On the other hand, set hours for studying six days a week. Be disciplined enough to stick to the set time so as not to veer off your study plans.
Study in a Distraction-free Environment
With distractions abound, you possibly cannot assimilate anything you read. Do well to study late into the night if you can't completely get rid of distractions during the day.
Study Resources for WASSCE Candidates Pass Their Examinations
Thanks to the internet, students can now source various materials to study for their WASSCE and without leaving their home's comfort.
A Nigerian educational app is available on both iOS and Android, Pass.NG prepares you for your forthcoming examinations, using a CBT interface style for past questions and answers from the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)
Pass.NG can be downloaded from either Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
BookFi is an online resource where you can get PDF or ebook formats of virtually any book you need to read for your exams. On the site is an intuitive search box wherein you can enter the name of the book you're looking for, and the search engine will return the appropriate results.
Interestingly, the site is free to use, and the books can be downloaded onto your local storage.
Here are more tips and academic help for SSCE candidates.
Effective Methods for Studying for JAMB/ POST UTME.
With the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination conventionally having just four subjects for students to deal with, you can easily narrow down your study approach and imbibe enough knowledge before your exam date.
What are the right methods to employ for UTME and POST UTME? They're pretty much multifaceted, but the following techniques should be easy to follow for all students:
Follow a Schedule
Akin to WAEC, you should strictly follow a schedule when studying for JAMB or POST UTME. This way, your subconscious will be shaped to prompt you to study at the set hours in your schedule.
Nonetheless, the key thing is to find the time that works best for you and stick to it.
Approach Different Subjects with Different Methods
Subjects such as Maths, Chemistry, and Physics require some level of technicality that can only be mastered by learning those techniques in books and solving the problems that lie therein.
On the other hand, memorization of concepts and terms in various topics might suffice for subjects such as History, Biology, and Government.
The important thing is to understand the requirements for each subject, be it Maths or some science subjects.
Organize the Most Challenging Subjects to Come First
Do well to tackle first the subjects you find most difficult in each of your study sessions. You don't want to spend a large part of your study time reading for secondary subjects only to end up exhausted just when you have the primary ones like Maths or science subjects left.
Take Breaks In-between Study Sessions
Burning out is virtually inevitable when studying for JAMB, POST UTME, or some university courses. Take a 5/10 minutes short break in-between study sessions to indulge in fun activities, be it watching comedy skits, playing video games, or simply strolling down the street.
Helpful Resources for Studying for JAMB & POST UTME
Just as there are digital books you can employ to study for your WASSCE, you can get useful tips and resources for JAMB and POST UTME.
Past Questions & Answers
Past questions & Answers are a lifesaver for students. By simply reading the questions and answers set in previous years of either JAMB or POST UTME, you can learn the correct terms, concepts, and arithmetics of various topics in the syllabus.
A university can decide to repeat questions from previous years of their POST UTME, and the same applies to JAMB.
Nonetheless, students are advised to read the books for their intended courses thoroughly and don't rely on past questions and answers.
They should only be a primary necessity if your exams are imminent and you hadn't been preparing early enough.
MySchool is a Nigerian website that keeps students abreast of crucial information, events, and trends about their choice school, be it a university, polytechnic, or college of education.
What makes the website handy, however, is its special section where students can tackle past questions from JAMB.
Interestingly, actionable information follows some of the questions you answer correctly or wrongly, a valuable feature to help you understand the topics you're dealing with better.
How to Get Help From a Private Tutor
The world's number-one search engine can be used as your source for getting any study material you need for your examination.
For instance, to get the soft copy of the Literature book, Purple Hibiscus, simply enter the keywords, "Purple Hibiscus PDF", in Google's search box.
Several results will be displayed on the first page, and your download should start automatically if you click on one of the first five pages.
Let's face it! Studying all alone from home might prove difficult for some students, as the human brain assimilate differently. Some students are versatile at reading and understanding on their own, while others might the need the support of friends or a private teacher for learning.
If you fall in the latter category, do not fret. You can easily get a private tutor on SuperProf.ng to help in your learning for any examination.
What is a SuperProf?
SuperProf is an online academic hub that connects Nigerian students in need of support with professional teachers in any discipline or course, be it arts, science, or social science.
This means you can find a Maths tutor to prepare you for your examination if Maths is the subject you're struggling with.
Interestingly, some SuperProf teachers are experts in more than one subject, a great opportunity to combine two or more subjects to learn under one teacher.
To get a private tutor to support you, simply head to SuperProf and select your location, as well as the discipline or course in which you want to improve, then browse through the profile of teachers in the search results to make a decision.
Once you've picked your choice tutor, you'll be given three learning options for your course, which are:
• Private lessons at home
• live online class
• Private lessons in your tutor's home or office
The live online class is a more convenient option for both teachers and their students, as it saves them from travelling a distance and also allows them to carry out learning without leaving their abode's comfort.
With just their smartphone or laptop, as well as a good internet connection, a student should be up and running with your online live education. A student class will be held via social video conferencing apps such as Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime.
Most importantly, most SuperProf teachers give a first-time free lesson to their student, one that allows the student to appraise their teaching method and discuss with them the education areas in which they face the most challenges. Subsequent class will cost between ₦500 to ₦5,000.
The platform that connects tutors and students