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13 Things You Should Know How to Do Before You Go to Higher Institution

Going to higher institution places you in a whole host of new situations, and with them comes a load of new academic and social skills you’ll need to acquire in preparation.

You’ll develop these during your time at university, of course; but it helps to have a foundation to work from so that you can make the most of your time at university from the day you arrive. After all, when you’re managing the changes in workload and lifestyle that come with going to university, you don’t want to be worrying about the little things you could have figured out in advance. In this article, we’ll take you through some of the essential skills needed in order to thrive at university , both from an academic point of view and socially.

 

Academic and practical skills

Let’s start by looking at the skills that will help you to be a more efficient learner and a more impressive student, allowing you to excel in the academic side of university life.

1. Written English

First and foremost, having a strong grasp of the ins and outs of the English language (whether you’re a native speaker or not) is essential. You’ll need to be able to express yourself articulately in a number of written contexts, such as essays, dissertations and examinations.

Academia is all about being able to argue a point, and to do that, you need the appropriate language skills and a vocabulary suited to the formal environment of academic research. What’s more, you’ll need to make sure your spelling and grammar are up to scratch; you can’t expect your work to be taken seriously if it’s littered with errors.

2. Essay writing

Following on from your abilities in English is the ability to write good essays, the demands of which necessitate very specific written English skills as well as other qualities, such as clarity of thinking and persuasiveness. You should already have developed good essay technique from school, but university essays are altogether more challenging. They’ll probably be longer, for a start; and they’ll require a great deal more research, with a much higher standard of academic exploration expected than any of the essays you wrote for O'level. You’ll also have to get into the habit of including footnotes and references whenever you cite another academic work in your essays. You’ll develop your essay skills as you go along, but you can get ahead by referring to our previous posts on essay technique, such as this one and this one.

3. Reading

You’re likely to have a large volume of reading material thrown your way, and it may prove slightly overwhelming, so you’ll need to develop your reading abilities as well as your written skills. If you’re a slow reader, you may find it useful to learn some speed reading techniques, as this will help you get through your reading lists more quickly. Here are some speed reading tips to help get you started.

4. Note-taking

A very useful skill to have when it comes to every kind of teaching environment you’ll encounter at university is note-taking . Whether it’s in a lecture or doing independent research in the library, finding a way to summarise the vast amount of information to which you will be exposed is vital if you are to make any sense of it and commit it to long-term memory. It’s no good if you’ve produced a set of notes from a lecture that make no sense when you go back and look at them later that week, or when revision time comes around, so you’ll need to develop a note-taking method that works for you. Shorthand is one approach, but by no means the only one; there are also other techniques to help you in certain situations. Some students, for instance, take laptops into lectures because they can type faster than they can handwrite; others may prefer to take an audio recorder to tape what’s being said so that they can play it back in its entirety later on.

When it comes to note-taking from books, it can sometimes feel that everything is important enough to write down, so you end up simply copying out entire passages of books. This is a waste of time; it’s far better to try to summarise arguments and record only short snippets of quotes for later use. You’ll find this much easier to revise from, and it forces you to think about and learn from your reading material rather than just regurgitating it.

5. Independent learning

The ability to study independently, without that much guidance from teaching staff, is essential at university. You’ll need to be able to structure your time effectively, find things out for yourself without being told to, and learn how to make the most of the resources you’ve been given on your reading list. Learn how to boost your own productivity, so that you don’t end up sitting in the library with so much to do that you don’t know where to start.

There’s nothing worse than that feeling of being overwhelmed when you have a looming deadline, so avoid getting into this situation by preparing for essays with lots of time to spare. We’ll come back to time management skills again later in this article.

6. Research

One of the most important academic skills is research; it is, after all, the foundation upon which the whole of academia is based. It may not sound like a skill, but in fact there’s an art to it that you’ll need to master. That includes things like where and how to find the information you need, spotting important information in footnotes and following it up, and even getting used to the very formal style of academic writing. As part of your course, you’ll probably have to undertake a larger piece of research, a dissertation, so your research skills will stand you in good stead for this as well as for your normal essays.

7. Presentation skills

Most of us hate giving presentations, but they’re an unfortunate fact of university life. You will almost certainly have to give one at some point, if not regularly, but there’s plenty you can do to prepare for this perhaps worrying eventuality. First of all, you can learn how to create an impressive presentation in PowerPoint or Keynote, so you can wow your audience with something to look at that isn’t you (this will take the pressure off you a bit). Prepare a useful handout to accompany your presentation so that they have even more to look at. You can also practise speaking in public or even take classes to help boost your confidence.

8. Exam technique

A hefty percentage of your course is likely to be assessed by exams, so to give yourself the very best chance of success, it’s worth developing your exam technique to account for the fact that university exams are tougher than A-levels. You’re highly unlikely to have multiple-choice questions at university level; rather, you’ll probably have to answer a number of essays in a short space of time, and within those essays, develop sophisticated arguments and deploy a wide range of knowledge to support them. Read our guide to exam success to find out how to develop your exam technique.

 

 

Social skills

Now that we’ve covered the academic side of things, it’s time to look at that other all-important part of university life: social skills. In this section, as well as interpersonal skills, we’ve also included other personal skills and qualities you can develop that will help you succeed at university.

9. Conversational skills

You’re going to be meeting a lot of new people at university: students from all walks of life, staff who might be leaders in their field. You’ll find yourself in a variety of social situations with these people, in addition to the time you spend with them in an academic environment, so you’ll therefore need to go to university armed with excellent conversational skills. Master the art of smalltalk. If you’re not that confident in these sorts of situations, try reading up on some conversation starters to help break the ice and avoid those dreaded awkward silences. A good trick is to ask the other person about themselves; not only does it take the pressure off you, but you’ll show them that you’re interested in them and make them feel valued. Even simple questions such as “how are you finding the course so far?” are a good starting point. You’ll almost certainly have to introduce yourself at some point, so practise this beforehand and think about an interesting fact about yourself that you might want to talk about. Also, don’t be scared about talking to senior academics; they’re people too, and not nearly as intimidating as you might think! By the time you’re a confident third-year, you’ll probably be on first-name terms with them.

10. Cooking

Not really a social skill as such, but cooking is nevertheless an essential life skill for university – and if you’re good at it, you’ll be able to entertain your new friends with your culinary prowess. You’d be surprised how much you and your friends will appreciate a home-cooked meal when you’re away from home, and it’s important to eat healthily to nourish your brain ready for all that studying. If you’ve never cooked before, learn a few basic recipes before you go up to university (we don’t just mean baked beans on toast), and more importantly, learn the principles – such as how to cook chicken safely, different methods of cooking an egg, what foods go with what, how to make a sauce, and so on. A few staple recipes will stand you in good stead; spaghetti bolognese, chilli con carne, a basic chicken curry and a risotto of any kind are all great examples of recipes that are both delicious and easy to make, as well as sure to impress your friends.

11. Home skills

You won’t have your mum there to do your laundry and other such things for you, so take some time before you go to university to learn basic skills such as how to iron a shirt, if you don’t already know how to do this. There will definitely be occasions on which you’ll need a properly ironed shirt, so don’t think you can get away with wearing T-shirts all the time even if you relish the idea of being a scruffy student!

12. Self-motivation

It may not sound like it, but the ability to motivate yourself is a skill that you can develop, and one that will come in very handy when you’re faced with the choice between an afternoon off or an afternoon in the library. A lot of the time you spend at university will be unstructured, unlike at school when you had a detailed daily timetable laid out for you; it’s therefore important to be able to motivate yourself to make good use of your time. The students who enjoy the greatest success at university are those with a high level of self-motivation, and you can develop yours in a number of ways. Start out with a clear idea of what you want to achieve in the long-run; having this end goal in sight at all times will remind you of what you’re working towards. In the short-term, you can motivate yourself with the promise of small treats or breaks at regular intervals, to reward yourself for your hard work.

13. Time management

Following on from our point about self-motivation, effective time management skills will be essential at university if you’re to fit in all your social activities alongside a busy programme of study. With many demands on your time, it’s vital to be sensible about how you manage your schedule to avoid becoming stressed. Keep a calendar on your phone with all your appointments, so that you always have it to hand and can therefore avoid double booking, and maintain a ‘To Do’ list with all your tasks and deadlines. Tick them off as and when you complete each one, and break bigger tasks down into smaller ones to make them more manageable.

We hope you’ve found this a useful introduction to the kind of skills that will help you to succeed at university. This stage in your life is a learning curve, so don’t worry if all this seems too much to remember; you’ll pick up many of these skills without even realising it!

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UNN Primary Admission List 2018/2019 Released - How To Check

The management of University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) has released the primary admission list for the 2018/2019 academic session.

 

The names of candidates admitted are contained on the attached pdf document;

 

INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES OFFERED PROVISIONAL ADMISSION FOR THE 2018/2019 ACADEMIC SESSION

Candidates offered provisional admission are required to adopt the following guidelines to regularize their acceptance of the offer:

 

  • Visit the JAMB Portal and accept your admission on CAPS by clicking “Accept Admission”. Candidates who fail to accept their admission on JAMB CAPS would not be issued JAMB Admission Letter and would b deemed as not admitted.

 

  • Visit the University of Nigeria website (unn.edu.ng) or portal (unnportal.edu.ng), log in your JAMB Registration number to generate and download a Payment Invoice which contains a Remitta number, the invoice will enable you to make payment at any Commercial Bank.

 

  • With the Payment Invoice, the candidate is requested to pay Twenty Five Thousand Naira Only (N25, 000.00) acceptance fee. Ensure that the Invoice number is keyed in appropriately at the Bank and obtain a confirmation slip containing your Confirmation number and Invoice number.

 

  • Visit the University of Nigeria website (unn.edu.ng) or portal (unnportal.edu.ng) again and login your JAMB Registration Number, the Confirmation Number and Invoice Number, then print the Admission slip and complete the Acceptance Form online.
  • Proceed with other fee payments and registration as indicated on the University of Nigeria website.

Click to DOWNLOAD Primary Admission List

 

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Is UNN Admission Cut-Off Mark For 2018/2019 Out ?

The attention of the Management of the University of Nigeria, has been drawn to Social Media Advertorials making the rounds about University of Nigeria cut-off Marks for admission.

The University of Nigeria hereby dissociates itself from the social media publications or indeed any other publications related to admissions and cut-off marks for the University, as there has been no official pronouncement or publication on admission or cut-off marks for the University.

The general public is therefore advised to be aware of dubious and fraudulent individuals currently parading advertorials on social media with regards to admission and cut-off marks for the University of Nigeria.

All official guidelines and pronouncements can only be accessed on the University website or portal: www.unn.edu.ng

Meanwhile, be it known that University of Nigeria has made no pronouncements yet on admission or cut-off marks.

Please be WARNED of fraudsters.

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FUTO Releases Post-UTME Screening Results for 2018/2019 - How To Check


FUTO Post-UTME Result for the 2018/2019 academic session is out. Candidates who particpated in the Post-UTME screening can proceed to check their result.

The online portal for checking of the Post-UTME result has been enabled. Candidates are to follow the procedure as stated below to check their results.

How To Check FUTO Post-UTME Result

  • Visit: http://portal.futo.edu.ng/CheckPostUTMEResults.aspx
  • Enter your JAMB Registration Number in the space provided and click "Submit"
  • Generate an invoice and make payment of N1000 for result checking using a Credit/Debit card.
  • After payment, revisit the link above
  • Enter you JAMB Registration Number in the space provided
  • Click "Submit" and proceed to check your result.

 

COOU (ANSU) Post-UTME : Cut-off Mark, Eligibility and Registration Details - 2018/2019 (UPDATED)

 

POST-UTME SCREENING EXERCISE FOR 2018/2019 ADMISSION

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, formerly Anambra State University, hereby invites 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidate, who chose the university as first choice university and scored 170 or above in the 2018 UTME Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (P-UTME) Exercise.

METHOD OF REGISTRATION: Candidates are required to register on-line, on payment of two thousand naira (N2,000.00). Candidates are required to further do the following:

 

  • Upload their recent Passports photographs, Senior School Certificate Examination Results JAMB UTME Result slips, Email and GSM numbers while completing the online registration.

Candidates who fail to upload their SSCE Results, UTME Result slips, GSM Numbers, Email and Passport photographs on their registration form shall be disqualified from the screening process.

DIRECT ENTRY CANDIDATES: Direct Entry candidates should adhere to the Method of Registration as above, as they complete the Direct Entry Registration Form online. The window for Online Registration for the Screening Exercise shall close at midnight, on Thursday, 16thAugust,2018. Candidate shall be notified of the result of the Screening Exercise online, as soon as the admission process is completed. Please contact the following GSM number: 08038739845, 08060378049 in case of any login problem

UNIZIK Post-UTME/DE: Cut-off Marks, Eligibility and Registration Details - 2018/2019

The Nnamdi Azikiwe University has scheduled its 2018/2019 POST UTME and DIRECT ENTRY screening exercise for candidates who made the University their first choice in the 2018 University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry as well as all NAU Affiliate Institutions. The dates 
are outlined below:


1. SCREENING EXERCISE DATES: SATURDAY, 25TH AUGUST –
TUESDAY, 4TH SEPTEMBER, 2018

DAY 1: SATURDAY, 25th AUGUST, 2018
S/N Faculty
a. Arts
b. Physical Sciences

DAY 2: MONDAY, 27th AUGUST, 2018
S/N Faculty
a. Management Sciences
b. Biosciences

DAY 3: TUESDAY, 28th, AUGUST 2018
S/N Faculty
a. Engineering
b. Education
c. Basic Medical Sciences

DAY 4: WEDNESDAY, 29th AUGUST, 2018
S/N Faculty
a Health Sciences and Technology

DAY 5: THURSDAY, 30th AUGUST, 2018
S/N Faculty
a. Social Sciences
b. Pharmacy

DAY 6: FRIDAY, 31st AUGUST, 2018
S/N Faculty
a Medicine
b Agriculture

DAY 7: SATURDAY, 1st SEPTEMBER, 2018
S/N Faculty
a Law
b Environmental Sciences

DAY 8: MONDAY, 3rd SEPTEMBER 2018
S/N All Affiliate Institutions (Utme& DE)
a. Fed College of Edu (Technical) Umunze
b. Enugu State Coll. of Edu Technical 
c Auchi Polytecnic
d Pope John Paul Seminary

DAY 9: TUESDAY, 4th SEPTEMBER 2018
S/N DE for all NAU candidates
All Faculties


2. ELIGIBILITY:
a. Candidates who made Nnamdi Azikiwe University their first choice and have the 
required cut-off mark are eligible to apply.

b. The general cut-off mark is 200 except for Faculties/Departments indicated below:

Faculties/Programmes with Cut-Off Mark of 180

(a) Agriculture – Agric Econs & Extension, Animal Science & Fisheries, Forestry & Wildlife, Food Science & Technology, Soil Science, Crop Science.

(b) Arts – Igbo, African& Asian Studies, History & International Studies, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Modern European Languages, Religion & Human Relations, Theatre and Film Studies, and Chinese Studies. 

(c) Education – Adult Education, Early 
Childhood & Primary Education, Guidance and Counselling, Human Kinetics & Health Education, Library & Information Science, Science Education, and Vocational Education. 

(d) Engineering – Agric & Bioresources
Engineering, Polymer &Textiles 
Engineering.

(e) Environmental Sciences – Architecture, Building, Quantity Surveying & Geoinformatics, Fine and Applied Arts, 
Environmental management, Estate 
management

(f) Physical Sciences – Mathematics and Statistics only.

(g) Health Sciences and Technology –
Environmental Health only. 

(h) Management Sciences – Entrepreneurial Studies only.

Programmes with 160 Cut off
-Technical Education and
-All Affiliate Institutions

Faculties / Programmes with Cut-Off Mark of 200
a. Arts - English Language and Literature
b. Basic Medical Sciences - Anatomy and Physiology

b. Biosciences - Applied Microbiology and Brewing, Applied Biochemistry, Botany, 
Parasitology and Entomology and Zoology

c. Education - Educational Foundations, 
Educational Management & Policy

d. Engineering - Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial & Production Engineering, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering

e. Health Sciences & Technology - Medical Lab Sciences, Nursing Science, Radiography, Medical Rehab (Physiotherapy) 

f. Law

g. Management Sciences - Accountancy, Banking & Finance, Business Administration, Cooperative Economics & Management, Marketing, Public Administration

h. Medicine - Medicine

i. Pharmaceutical Sciences - Pharmacy

j. Physical Sciences - Computer Science, Pure &
Industrial Chemistry, Physics & Industrial Physics, Geological Sciences
k. Social Sciences - Economics, Psychology, Political Science, Mass Communication, Sociology/Anthropology.

3. REGISTRATION PROCEDURE:

a. Registration starts on Monday, 6th August, 2018
and will end on Wednesday 22nd August, 2018.

b. – Visit portal.unizik.edu.ng

– Click on ‘ Create Account’

– Enter your UTME REG Number and a valid email address and click ‘Send’. A verification code will be sent to your email instantly.

– Copy the verification code and click on

‘Continue’

– On the form, enter your phone number,

password, verification code (copied from email), select the access level and click on ‘ Submit’

– Your login details will be sent to your email address instantly.

– Continue with the application by logging in with the login credentials sent to your email

– After successful login, click on ‘Step One’, click on ‘Generate Application Form RRR’

– Print the RRR (Remita) page, proceed to any bank of your choice nationwide to make a payment of N2,000 only

– Login to the portal, click on ‘Step Two’, click on ‘Confirm payment’, enter the RRR number and click on ‘Verify payment’. If payment confirmation is successful, or if you get a notification ‘Payment already verified’, then proceed to “Step Three”.

– Click on ‘Step Three’, click on ‘Fill Application Form’, Fill out the application form. You can save each stage of the application and continue at
a later time. Also, you can edit your information

as often as possible within the application period.

– Check the ‘I Agree’ box and click on “submit” button.

– Print out the Application Form and come along
with it for your screening and POST UTME / DE examination.

Please Note that candidates with WASCE and NABTEB should fill only their name, Exam No, Year and School/Centre where

examination was taken.

Candidates can always go back to update their
O’Level result information for correctness.

 

4. TIME AND REQUIREMENTS FOR THE

SCREENING EXERCISE

a. Accreditation of candidates commences at
7.00am each day. Candidates should adhere strictly

to the time scheduled for screening examination.

b. Print out the Application Form from the University Portal and come along with it for
your screening and POST UTME/DE evaluation

c. The date and time for each candidate’s examination will be shown on the POST UTME / DE PRINT-OUT

5. RESTRICTIONS

a. Only bona fide candidates/candidates scheduled for the day’s examination and time shall be allowed into the University / Examination Hall.

b. Parents and guardians are, therefore, strongly advised against attempting to enter the University Campus as security will be tight.

c. No GSM handsets, scientific calculators or any other extraneous materials shall be allowed into
the examination hall

d. Candidates who did not register online will not be allowed for the screening exercise.

e. The University will not be liable for any

payment made with wrong JAMB registration number at the Bank.

f. The University shall also not be liable for any fraudulent payments made anywhere that is not in line with the directives of the University.

 

IMT Post-UTME 2018: Cut-off mark, Screening Dates And Registration Details

The Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu here by announces to the general public, especially its prospective students, that it has commenced the registration of candidate for the 2018/2019 post-UTME screening exercise. The screening exam which will be computer-based, takes place from Monday, September 10, 2018 to Friday, September 14, 2018 by 8: am daily.

A - ELIGIBILITY

The screening exercise is open to all candidates who scored 120 and above in the 2018 UTME.

B - REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

Applicants should commence registration immediately using the following procedure:

  • Visit www.imt.edu.ng and click on ONLINE PORTAL. Then click on APPLY at top right hand corner of the website.
  • Fill the application form.
  • Cross-check the data supplied on summary page of the form to ensure accuracy before submission
  • Select INTERSWITCH as the payment option and generate an INVOICE which contains a REMITA number. Then, proceed to ANY BANK and pay the application fee of two thousand Naira (#2000.00) only through INTERSWITCH platform under ENUGU STATE IGR payment.
  • Candidates can also pay using their credit cards through IMT Quick teller link: https:/www.quickteller.com/IMT
  • After payment, return to the portal www.imt.edu.ng and print the application form.
  • Every candidate must provide a valid Email and phone number.
  • For online APPLICATION SUPPORT, contact : 07016705460; 08167090026; or send an email to support@imt.edu.ng
  • All applications must be filled and submitted online on or before Friday August 31, 2018 as the application window closes on that day.

DAY 1 - MON 10/09/2018 (TIME 8AM DAILY)

SCHOOLS DEPARTMENTS POST-UTME SUBJECTS
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AGRIC ENGINEERING ENGLISH/MATHS
CHEMICAL ENGINERRING (BIO/CHEM/PHYS)
CIVIL ENGINEERING
ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING
MECH ENGINEERING
MECHATRONIC ENGINEERING
SCHOOL OF FINANCIAL STUDIES
ACCOUNTANCY ENGLISH/MATHS
BANKING ECONOMICS
INSURANCE

DAY 2 - TUE 11/09/2018 (TIME 8AM DAILY)

SCHOOLS DEPARTMENTS POST-UTME SUBJECTS
SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION ART MASS COMMUNICATION ENGLISH/MATHS
LIB AND INFORMATION SCIENCE GOVT/LITERATURE
SCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES ARCHITECTURE
BUILDING TECHNOLOGY ENGLISH/MATHS
ESTATE MANAGEMENT (BIO/CHEM/PHYS)
QUANTITY SURVEY
URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING
SCHOOL OF ART DESIGN AND PRINTING TECHNOLOGY FINE ART
TECHNOLOGY ART AND INDUSTRIAL DESIGN ENGLISH/MATHS
FASHION DESIGN ARTS/GOVT
PRINTING TECHNOLOGY
GRAPHICS DESIGN

DAY 3 - WED 12/09/2018 (TIME 8AM DAILY)

SCHOOLS DEPARTMENTS POST-UTME SUBJECTS
SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY SCIENCE LAB TECHNOLOGY ENGLISH/MATHS
(BIO/CHEM/PHYS)

DAY 4 - THUR 13/09/2018 (TIME 8AM DAILY)

SCHOOLS DEPARTMENTS POST-UTME SUBJECTS
SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY COMPUTER SCIENCE ENGLISH/MATHS
FOOD TECH (BIO/CHEM/PHYS)
STATISTICS
HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT
CERAMIC TECHNOLOGY
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS STUDIES BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION ENGLISH/MATHS
ECONOMICS

DAY 5 - FRI 14/09/2018 (TIME 8AM DAILY)

SCHOOLS DEPARTMENTS POST-UTME SUBJECTS
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS STUDIES ENGLISH/MATHS
CO-OPERATIVE ECONOMICS ECONOMICS
MARKETING
PUBLIC ADMIN
OFFICE TECH

NB The screening exercise is by Computer Based Test.

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2. NATIONAL DIPLOMA (ND)
  • PART-TIME PROGRAMME (evening programme)
  • POLY WORK AND STUDY PROGRAMME (weekend programme )

Sale of admission forms into IMT’s well-structured and popular part-time programme (Evening programme) as well as the poly work and study programme (weekend programme), has also commenced. These programmes offer a great opportunity, through continuous part-time studies, for working class persons to improve themselves and reach the pinnacle of their careers. Each application form costs five thousand Naira (#5000.00) only. The application process is the same as outlined earlier in (1B). Entry requirements are also the same as in full-time National Diploma (ND) programme

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