Usually, after the show comes the party BUT in this case After JAMB comes Post UTME!
The 2015 JAMB which happens to be computer based has been on since the 9th of March and is scheduled to end on Saturday, 21st of March 2015.
For prospective university students, it goes beyond just writing your JAMB exams as it extends to the post-UTME. Therefore, selecting your choice institution is key but what’s more important is getting selected into these institutions.
The process of getting admitted into your choice institution requires that you take a post-UTME exam. The post-UTME, unlike every other exam you have written, is of utmost importance hence requiring utmost preparation.
These said, here are 7 tips to help you prepare for the post-UTME.
1. START REVISING AT LEAST TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE EXAM
For an exam as the post-UTME, you have to bring your A-game to the table because that’s what determines your admission into the university. Pick up past questions from at least 5 years before hand, and study carefully. You should also make study notes to help organise your written materials into sub-headings, bullet points and diagrams as too much written stuff can be off-putting..
2. REST AND AVOID EXAM ANXIETY
When exams are upon you, it’s difficult for you to think about anything else. Take a few deep breaths and try as much as possible to be well rested prior to your examination day.
3. SLEEP WELL THE PREVIOUS NIGHT
Sleep is very essential. In as much as you want to spend enough time revising and getting work done, it is absolutely necessary to sleep well the previous night because lack of sleep can contribute some amount of stress which might put you in a bit of instability for the exam.
4. AVOID DRINKING CAFFEINE THE MORNING OF THE EXAM
Caffeine is a stimulant and even though it makes you feel good for a short term, it gives you migraine in the long run. Avoid caffeine drinks including coke, energy drinks and coffee because at the end of the day it makes you urinate and you really do not want to get up each minute to the bathroom as you write on the day. If, however, you must have coffee, try as much as possible to add enough cream to it.
5. EAT AS LIGHT AS POSSIBLE
Eating too much on a regular day is not advisable for anyone because it makes one weak and lazy. Studies have also shown that students that skip breakfast experience a 20-40% of thinking skills, and so it is not also advisable to skip breakfast. But before your exam, eat as light as possible so that you don’t get too heavy and slow, or sleepy.
6. LEARN TIME MANAGEMENT
Time management is key to a successful living. Stress often comes from the belief that you are running out of time to prepare; therefore by allocating time blocks for each important topic nothing will be missed and your worries will disappear. Give this a shot!
7. DEVELOP A POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE & PRAY
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 first set your mind to it then back it up with prayer. There is nothing that a right attitude and prayer cannot do.
We hope you find these tips helpful as you prepare for your post UTME. We wish you all the BEST!