WAEC/NECO :How to Prepare
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Two almost inevitable examinations that the average Nigerian student faces are the West African examination council exam (WAEC) and the National examination council exam (NECO). Having seen their jamb scores a number of students are more confident about their chances of admission this year and just need to cross these two final hurdles. It shouldn’t be difficult since some of the subjects you took in jamb you also take in WAEC/NECO and chances are students have covered the bulk of the syllabi so in a sense you can say the work is half done, Here are a couple of tips we believe would help you in preparing for these exams.
1. Study: Well obviously, if you want to pass the exam you have got to study, more important is how you study, you shouldn’t just be breezing through your chemistry or government text book the morning of the examination, no the morning of the examination should be for revision. You have your exam timetable right, now draft out a reading timetable allocating hours of the day to use to study, ensure this timetable is somewhat flexible because sometimes things just don’t go according to how you plan your day. Also set targets and milestones to achieve during each study period so you’re focused and don’t use the first 15 minutes contemplating where exactly to start reading from.
2. Make use of Past questions: A number of students make use of past questions to help cover a series of topics quickly and have an idea of the type of questions to expect in the examinations, you can make use o hard copy past questions or a number of online platforms where you can practice and have access to past questions and answers.
3. Don’t be Stingy: Explaining different concepts be over and over again to different people helps it stick. Yh whether it’s a mathematical concept or its science like, physics, chemistry etc when you help others understand, you too have a better understanding of the concept and chances of forgetting during examination is reduced. So go ahead, if your classmates don’t understand something, gather them together, and explain it to the, solve past questions and ask each other questions, remember iron sharpens iron.
4. Make use of Acronyms: A number of undergraduates still use this till now. For different points you can learn them in an acronyms, its easier to remember or use key words in different points or descriptions of a concept to form a sentence.
5. Relax: You’re not superman expecting to read for let’s say 5 hours straight is unnecessary stress, if you don’t take breaks while studying , it’ll get to a point where your studying will experience diminishing returns, yh I just said that. Your brain will just call it quits and won’t accumulate any more information. At points like this trying to force it is just a waste to time and energy relax for a couple of minutes and continue. We also don’t advise not sleeping at all the night before exam so you don’t struggle with sleep during the paper.