How to study for JAMB 2019/2020 And Pass Excellently
Almost all UTME candidates pick up their books to study for JAMB, but only those that study effectively pass JAMB excellently.
It is one thing to read for JAMB, it is another thing to study for JAMB and remember. In this article, I will be discussing with you 25 proven techniques to study and pass JAMB.
If you don’t know, JAMB registration 2019/2020 is around the corner. You need to start preparing now.
Trust me, my UTME score is enough to convince you that this is the only article you will ever need to read to pass JAMB 2019/2020 easily.
Smart readers like us, we no dey too chase high JAMB score, na 300+ dey rush us.
If you really want to prepare for JAMB 2019/2020 and pass easily, then you need to learn effective study tips that works!.
If you fail to use the right strategy,it may l lead to tragedy. I’m not joking, this is not a comedy. But, as I have promised, I have a remedy.
Now, here we are. I am about to show you how to study for JAMB effectively.
Is my story getting too long? Relax, I am about to reveal to you 25 actionable tips to study for UTME and pass easily!
These are the same techniques I used to read for JAMB and scored above 300. Without any further delay, let’s get started.
HOW TO STUDY FOR JAMB 2019/2020 AND SCORE ABOVE 300
1. GET GOOD TEXTBOOKS
The books you read for JAMB will determine how effective your study will be. Personally, I will advise you to use JAMB recommended textbooks.
You can always rely on these textbooks to give you what you need. The question you may want to ask is, “where can I get JAMB recommended textbooks?”
Simple, you can always find them inside the official JAMB syllabus for all subjects. JAMB also set their questions from these textbooks.
Listen, it is not compulsory for you to use JAMB recommended textbooks before you can pass. I didn’t use the recommended textbooks to prepare for my JAMB Use Of English and I passed it.
I used the “The Invisible Teacher by Dele Ashade“. I will recommend that book to anyone preparing for JAMB. However, I did use recommended textbooks for my 3 other subjects.
What I am trying to say is, “If you have a textbook that is not recommended and you are sure it is good enough to pass JAMB, go ahead and use it”
How sure are you that the book is good enough? So, your best bet is still to use JAMB recommended textbooks.
2. DRAFT OUT A NICE STUDY TIMETABLE
If you want to study for JAMB effectively, you need to plan your study.
A good study plan starts with having a study timetable. When creating a study timetable, note the following:
- Give more time to subjects you find difficult
- Create time for other activities
This will help you to be consistent with your studies.
3. CHOOSE YOUR STUDY ENVIRONMENT
Your environment is another factor you need to consider. In order to study effectively for JAMB, you need to choose environment that best suites you.
It may be a library, your room or just anywhere that you find comfortable for studying.
If you’ll ask me, I will personally recommend a library. WHY? A library is usually with no noise. When you also see others reading, it motivates you to study even more. Trust me, this really helps.
You may be wondering, “What if there is no library close to where I stay?” Well, that’s no big deal. It is not a MUST you study for JAMB in a library.
The most important thing is for the environment to be comfortable for reading!
4. GET JAMB SYLLABUS FOR 2019/2020
If you are thinking you don’t need the syllabus to study for JAMB, then you are getting it wrong. JAMB syllabus contains the list of all topics where possible questions will come out for JAMB 2019/2020.
JAMB syllabus which I personally call “Real JAMB expo” is necessary while reading for JAMB 2019/2020.
Once you can complete all the topics in the syllabus (including the sub-topics in the syllabus), then you are good to go.
5. START EARLY ENOUGH
One of the biggest mistakes UTME candidates make is waiting for JAMB registration to start before commencing their preparation.
If you are still asking the question, “When is the best time to start preparing for JAMB?” see the answer below.
Yesterday was the best time to start preparing for UTME, Today is the second option, it is better to start today than to wait till JAMB registration starts.
The earlier, the better and the higher your chances of passing JAMB.
6. ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS
- Are you still finding yourself watching that television 8hours every day?
- Do you still waste valuable time on social networks without any purpose?
- Do your friends still come to visit you every day and spend the whole day playing/chatting? – or vice-versa
These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself if you are really serious about passing JAMB 2019/2020.
These things seriously deprive you reasonable amount of time you can invest in studying.
I am not telling you to send your friends away. Likewise, it will be very difficult to go over them. The best solution is to leave them temporarily.
When I was preparing for JAMB, I had to leave my home to stay with my brother. Trust me, it really helped me. I didn’t have any friends that could distract except the new friends I met at the library where I studied for JAMB then.
Also, minimize and reduce the amount of time you spend on social media. The best way to go over it? See it below:
Give yourself time to use the social media platforms AFTER YOU FINISH studying. Make it seem like a reward for a good work done you have done.
That will even help your studying. Cool, right? Let’s move on.
7. FIND OUT WHAT YOU NEED TO COVER
- How many topics in all do you have in your textbooks?
- How many times do you want to complete each textbook before your UTME?
- How much time do you have left to complete your mission?
- At what pace must you study in order to achieve this?
These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself today. This will give you a sense of whether you are out of time or not. This is why you will need to start early enough and also use the official JAMB syllabus 2019/2020.
8. SET A GOAL FOR EACH SESSION
Now, you know what you need to cover and how much time you have left. The next thing is to break down your work.
Before each study session, make sure to list all the topics you need to cover that day.
But, here are some useful tips to do this right:
Give yourself more work that necessary in each study session. Set targets that you think you cannot achieve each day.
That was the mindset, but you don’t need to study that way. Make sure you actually work towards achieving more than you think you can each day.
Try this and you’ll be amazed at how effective this is. One more thing.
Always have the mindset of being behind schedule. If your exam will be in January, make sure you complete all you need to in November or less! Leave out a month or less before your examination. WHY?
The period between 4weeks to your examination is very crucial. This period should be the time you set out to revise everything you have read. You should have completed your textbooks before this time.
So, change the mindset of, “I still have a month of prepare for my exam”. Instead you should be saying, “I have a month left to revise for my exam”.
If your dream is too SHALLOW, you may end up tasting the SHADOW.
9. FIND THE BEST TIME TO STUDY
I stated the fact that where you study for JAMB is very important, that’s not all. The time you study is also another important factor. On the time factor, there are 3 categories of students:
- Day readers
- Night readers
- Day and night readers
Some people understand more during the day, some at night while some will read anytime and understand! Anyone that works for you, stick to it!
Don’t be influenced by others, do what works for you effectively. If you claim to be a day reader, make sure you study sufficiently during the day. Same thing for applies to night readers.
Some say that the best time to read is very early in the morning. Personally, anyone works for me though I prefer day reading.
So, discover yourself and do what works!
10. BE DYNAMIC
The way you study Mathematics should be different from how you study English or other subjects. You need to learn effective study tips that work for each subject.
If you don’t learn different study strategies to study each subject, then you will find it difficult to study effectively.
11. MAKE STUDYING AN HABIT
If you are the type that turns on and off like a switch, then you have not started studying for JAMB.
If you really want to study and pass JAMB 2019/2020, then you have to be consistent.
Read every single day or at least 5times in a week. Develop a reading habit until you don’t feel comfortable until you read each day.
It is your DIRECTION not INTENTION leads you to your DESTINATION.
12. HIGHLIGHT IMPORTANT POINTS
Highlighting key points in your textbooks help you to remember them more. It also help you to focus more on them the next time you want to read.
Do this for key concepts you always want to remember and see how it will help you remember more.
13. WRITE IT DOWN
It has been scientifically proven that writing down helps to remember more. After completing a subheading or few paragraphs, close your textbook and try to rewrite everything you have read so far.
This will not only help you to remember more, it will also help you to discover the parts you don’t fully understand/remember yet. With this, you can easily go over it again.
But, here is the catch.
Be honest with yourself while using this technique. It can only work out the way you expect it to when you use it the right way.
Try as much as possible to rewrite in your own words (the way you understand) without checking your textbook.
Also, don’t start writing down every single sentence immediately after reading it (this way, you are only cramming and pouring it down).
Make sure you have gone over few things before you start writing down in your own words the way you understand!
If you get that, then let’s move on. If not, go over it again.
14. TAKE SHORT BREAKS
After reading for some time, things start getting tough. Moving on become difficult, you start getting some stop signals in your head.
When this happens, don’t force things! Just take a break doing something you like to do. I like to take a short walk outside or quickly reply my Whatsapp messages.
It doesn’t mean you are unserious, it only means you know how to study effectively for JAMB.
As soon as you do any of these things, you get over them and you feel motivated to continue once again. However, you need to be careful while doing this.
Don’t get too obsessed with the break, get back as soon as you feel good to continue the journey.
15. DISCUSS IT WITH STUDY MATES
When you discuss with friends, you are sure to understand and remember more. There are different ways to discuss with friends.
You may ask questions and allow them to answer. You may tell them to ask you questions and see if you can reply.
You can ask well teach it to them. Trust me, you will barely forget what you teach to somebody. You will even understand the things you don’t fully understand initially.
I have used this technique over and over and it works very well. Actually, it works for everyone.
16. ASK YOURSELF QUESTIONS
This is another effective study tip to study for JAMB and pass excellently. Ask yourself questions like:
- Why is this like this?
- What is the author trying to explain here?
- Do I fully understand the concept of this topic?
- Have I covered everything I need to cover?
Make sure you get an answer to all these questions and you are definitely on your way to spank JAMB 2019/2020.
It is not everything that you read that you will need to understand. There are some parts that you need to memorize (not cram!).
I am not going to advise you to cram for JAMB, I will rather teach you how to memorize and not forget even after your UTME.
Surprised? Don’t be! I will quickly show you my most effective memory tip!
I have been using this for a while and I have never been disappointed. So, what’s up for catch? MNEMONICS! That’s what and use to memorize and not forget.
If you have not been using this, then you are missing a lot!
If you still don’t know how to use mnemonics to memorize, read this article.
Song is another good memory tip! Songs can also help you memorize difficult things for a long period of time. Most science students can never forget the Avogrado’s law (you know that song, right?)
Those Nursery school rhymes, we would have forgotten most of them before the examination time if not for songs! But, with songs, you still remember some of them even now.
18. SOLVE JAMB PAST QUESTIONS
Apart from JAMB syllabus, JAMB past questions are another sure JAMB expo you can get and pass JAMB. If anyone tells you that JAMB repeat past questions, they are right.
Some years back, JAMB repeats past questions word-for-word. Now, things have changed but some UTME candidates haven’t realized this.
Some of them just cram JAMB past questions and answers without reading textbook. This is one of the reasons why students fail JAMB.
The best way to use JAMB past questions series is to complete a topic in a textbook and then solve questions under that topic.
You may also want to solve each series by year. Just make sure you don’t cram answers (some answers are actually wrong).
Make sure you understand the questions and make reference to your textbooks if you are in doubt.
19. STUDY DIFFICULT SUBJECTS FIRST
Keep the difficult tasks for the early time. This is the time your energy is fully restored and you are ready to work.
Use this time to study the subjects you find most difficult or those that require your full concentration. Personally, I like to read Biology/Chemistry first.
Then, when you start feeling exhausted, pick up the subjects that you find interesting or easy to understand.
This is when I read Physics personally. I can read Physics even when I am totally out of my comfort zone.
20. SEEK FOR HELP
Nobody knows it all, that’s the fact. If you need help with anything you find difficult, swallow your pride and seek for help.
Don’t hurt yourself all in the name of pride, learn the act of asking for help!
21. GET ENOUGH SLEEP
One of the biggest mistake you can make while studying for JAMB is to not get enough sleep.
if you are a day reader, make sure yo read sufficiently during the day and get enough sleep at night.
If you are a night reader, get enough sleep during the day after burning the midnight candle.
22. REWARD YOURSELF
Make sure you reward yourself for every job well-done. It will help to motivate you to do more.
Set a goal, work towards achieving it and if you do, reward yourself.
23. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH
You don’t have to depend completely on your textbooks. There are some things you will find it JAMB past questions which are not in your textbooks.
Or somethings, they are there but you don’t seem to understand clearly.
Make reference to other textbooks or just use internet resources to find out more about it. You can search Google for the topic or you can also watch YouTube videos.
The problem of students is that they don’t know how to use the resources available to them to facilitate their studies.
Remember I told you to complete all your textbooks a month to your examination? You should use the remaining one month to revise everything you’ve read so far(especially those that you find difficult or can easily forget).
25. DON’T LEAVE GOD OUT OF IT
If you study for JAMB without involving God, then you are still getting it wrong.
This is my last point in this list but definitely not the least important point.
I don’t need to say too much on this, you should understand what I mean already.
If you really want to study for JAMB and pass excellently, you need to be committed fully. The most important thing is to use effective study techniques that work(which I have discussed in this article).
Now, it is your time to take actions! I don’t want you to just read this article and close the tab without doing what’s necessary.
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