5-Month Plan to Pass UTME2013

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In terms of securing admission; Nigeria tertiary institutions are one of the most competitive in the world, no thanks to the number of applicants that enroll for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) yearly and the paltry number that are offered admission.
This guide is therefore developed to help Applicants:
Make career choice based on their area of strength
Select schools where they have best chance of admission
Prepare adequately for the UTME, and
Increase their chance of admission to the school/course of choice

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5-Month Plan to Pass UTME2013

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  2. 2. Preamble:In terms of securing admission; Nigeria tertiary institutions are one ofthe most competitive in the world, no thanks to the number ofapplicants that enroll for the Unified Tertiary MatriculationExamination (UTME) yearly and the paltry number that are offeredadmission.From past UTME records; majority of candidates score below theaverage (200 of 400 In fact, 44.78% scored 200 and above in the last 200 400). 44.78%UTME 2012 while 2011 recorded 40%, this has been the trend even 40%for the past 4 years. UTME score contributes greatly to the chance ofadmission;admission quite a number are denied admission or offered anothercourse because their scores were below the set cut-off.This guide is therefore developed to help Applicants: Make career choice based on their area of strength Select schools where they have best chance of admission Prepare adequately for the UTME, and Increase their chance of admission to the school/course of choice
  3. 3. Content: What Course Should I Study? Choosing a Course & School UTME Study Strategy
  4. 4. What Course Should I Study? The first investment to make is not to buy JAMB form as soon as it is on sale; your first step is to know the course you want to study and possibly why. No Course is more important than the other, and neither is your course better than that of your friends, all courses were created for definite purpose, to impact specific knowledge and for different people.
  5. 5. What Course Should I Study? If you have hurriedly made up your mind on the course to study, “what Curse is that course going to break”? break” In plain term, what solution is that course going to provide to Social, Health, Economic, Human, Political, etc. problems? You should study a course only if it has Global relevance but providing solution in your environment. A course may sound good to the ears but lack relevance today and in the coming age. This is how people set themselves up for joblessness.
  6. 6. What Course Should I Study? According to the former Minister of Education; Dr. Oby Ezekwesili:
  7. 7. What Course Should I Study?According to Senior Secondary School classifications;students belong to; Sciences Arts or Commercial Sciences, Commercial.From the UTME 2012 Brochure, which contains at least570 courses; Science students can select from 440 courses in faculty of Administration, Medical, Sciences, Sciences, Education, Agriculture, Engineering and Social Sciences Arts student can select from 257 courses in faculty of Law, Arts, Social Sciences, Education and Administration Commercial students can select from 181 courses in faculty of Administration, Education and Social Sciences The next content will guide you on how to choose your course of study
  8. 8. “It is what we do easilyand what we like to do that we do well”. Orison Swett Marden
  9. 9. Choosing a Course and SchoolA good sign that you will do well in any course, is howwell you perform in UTME, the same goes for how wellyou perform in the core subject of your course of study.I recommend two Approaches: Aspiration is as easy as selecting a course that is in line with who you dreamt becoming…..a Doctor – Medicine & Surgery, a Lawyer – Law, etc. Therefore, I will concentrate more on Aptitude Aptitude.
  10. 10. Choosing a Course – Aptitude is:The first test is:- Arrange your O-Level results in order of excellence. Put theone with the best grade first and continue till no subject isleft. Whichever subjects you rank 1st, 2nd and 3rd, theyshould be core subjects of the course you intend to study. is:The second test is:- Buy UTME past questions for at least 6 SubjectsSciences – Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Math, Agric, Geography, EconomicsArts – Lit. in English, Govt., History, CRS/IRS, Fine Arts, Languages, Music, Arabic, Home EconomicsCommercial – Accounting, Economics, Commerce, Geography, Math, CRS/IRS 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007
  11. 11. Choosing a Course – AptitudeWhat is your score in each subject? 2004 2005 2006 2007 Average Sum your scoreSubject 1 per year for eachSubject 2 Subject, divide theSubject 3 sum by 4.Subject 4Subject 5 That value is your averageSubject 6 performance perSubject 7 subject….. Now, rank the average scores for each Subject, select the best 3, what are they? !
  12. 12. Choosing a Course – AptitudeJAMB celebrate the highest score irrespective of thesubject the candidate was tested on.So, whatever subject you excel greatly in, they will helpyou secure admission easier if you choose them in UTME.In 2009, Irene Edem scored 310, she applied to studyCommunications at the ABTI-American University ofNigeria, Yola. None of the top 15 candidates, whose marks ranged between 298 and 310 applied to study the Sciences – Communication (3) , Economics (3) and History (3). Law, Accounting, Industrial Relations, Urban & Regional Planning, etc. had a candidate each.
  13. 13. Choosing a Course – CompetitivenessSome Courses are highly competitive; usually, they are the desire ofmost applicant but very few are admitted. So if you must chooseensure your UTME score is closer to 300…the closer the better. University Colleges of Education Polytechnic
  14. 14. Choosing a SchoolNigeria currently has: 124 Universities 185 Polytechnics / Monotechnics 102 Colleges of Education 203 Technical Colleges 82 Innovation Enterprise InstitutionsWhichever of the above you decide to study at, there aresome basic guidelines you must consider:
  15. 15. Policy!!!Choosing a School - Admission Policy!!! Merit ELPS (45%) Catchment (20%) (25%)The Rule is:- You are more likely to be admitted in schools that have your state of origin as their Catchment area- State schools have preference for their Indigenes- Candidates from ELPS are also given special preference ELPS – Educational Less Privileged States
  16. 16. Choosing a School – CompetitivenessSome schools are highly competitive; they admit far lessthan 10% of their applicants, so if you must choose them besure you put in extra effort to earn great UTME score.They are: University Colleges of Education Polytechnic
  17. 17. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of Preparation, Hard work,and Learning from failure”. Colin Powell
  18. 18. UTME Study StrategyBy now, you should have a chosen at least a course and thecorresponding UTME Subjects – 3 and Use of English English. November December January February March Total Days 30 31 31 28 31 151 Weeks 5 5 5 4 5 24 Study + at the Study + at the Study + at the Study + at the weekend PQWeek - 1 Achieving my weekend PQ (1988) weekend PQ (1993) weekend PQ (1997) (2001) Admission Goal - at one attempt! Study + at the Study + at the Study + at the Study + at the weekend PQWeek - 2 weekend PQ (1989) weekend PQ (1994) weekend PQ (1999) (2003) What Course Should I Expect Study + at the Study + at the Study + at the Study + at the weekend PQWeek - 3 Study? / Choosing a Course and School weekend PQ (1991) weekend PQ (1995) weekend PQ (2000) (2008) the PQ (2002) - exam Best! Study + at the Study + at the Study + at the weekend PQWeek - 4 Study Strategy weekend PQ (1992) weekend PQ (1996) condition 3hrs (2009) 30min PQ (1990) - exam PQ (1998) - exam PQ (2010) - exam conditionWeek - 5 Study Begins (4 Subjects) condition 3hrs condition 3hrs 3hrs 30min 30min 30min Remember to buy your JAMB form as soon as possible!
  19. 19. UTME Study StrategyAccording to the table, Study Strategy starts from Week 4.This is where you are expected to come up with a plan onhow to study for the forthcoming exam.I have simplified it, just follow some few explanations. JAMBSyllabus,Syllabus Recommended Text and Past Questions are vital foryour preparation: Syllabus – 4 Subjects Recommended textbooks – 1 main and others as reference Past Questions – 1988 to 2012 (25 past questions)
  20. 20. UTME Study Strategy - SyllabusThe JAMB Syllabus contains all that you are required tounderstand and would be tested on in the UTME.From the 1st week of Dec, assume UTME holds April 1stweek, it would be exactly 19 weeks to JAMB 2013 exam.How many topics are listed for each of your UTME Subject?Per subject, divide the No. of Topics by No. of weeks; this willshow the number of Topics you are expected to cover perweek for each UTME subject. Economics;Assume Economics Topic per Week =Total topics = 24Total weeks = 19 Over a Topic per week!
  21. 21. UTME Study Strategy – Past QuestionsYou are expected to do this for each UTME Subject, this wayyou can properly plan your reading time.There are total of 25years Past questions (1988 – 2012).Having used 4years Past Questions to arrive at the subjectsyou are best at; we are left with 21years Past Questions.If you divide 21years Pass Questions by 19 Weeks, thismeans you should practice 1 Past Question per week. Thereare two approaches:- Finish a topic and attempt all past questions from 1988 to 2012 where the topic appeared, or- Take one year past question and attempt the questions relevant to the Topic just studied. See the general table for guide
  22. 22. UTME Study Strategy – Past QuestionsAt the last week of every month, you are expected toexamine yourself with a past question under examcondition of 3hrs:30minutes. …in case you still have questions…
  23. 23. Talk to me… …I am available – Always!…

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