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How to Pass JAMB (11 Good Steps to Passing Jamb)


JAMB UTME is not insurmountable. This article is aimed at teaching you ways on how to pass Jamb successfully.

It is no news whatsoever that the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), conducted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is an examination that every aspirant of any tertiary institution in Nigeria must pass, in order to get admission into their desired tertiary institutions.

This is an examination that has been around since 1978. Approximately, over 1.5 million candidates take the exam every year.

Unfortunately, only a low percentage of this figure score above 200 every year. While a lower percentage score above 250.

I guess at this juncture, I would like to beg your pardon. Let me not call the examination UTME, like I should really, but JAMB, like we all do.

This post is meant to enlighten anyone preparing to write JAMB on the steps to passing the examination.

If you are, stay glued to your screen. If not, get this post to someone who is. Be it known to you that you can score above 300 in Jamb, but you do have to read well. I do not think you can pass an examination like JAMB without studying, unless you are planning to involve in one form of examination malpractice or the other. The truth be told, you have to study well to really pass JAMB.

Any form of examination malpractice is not advised. Do not look for JAMB cheat websites; and if you are, stop it. You can do this without cheating; but you really do need to prepare well. Remember, proper preparation prevents poor performance.

So, here we go. Here are some good steps to passing JAMB.

  1. Trust God.
  2. Know that you can do it.
  3. Set a Goal.
  4. Get the syllabus.
  5. Plan and plan well.
  6. Get knowledge with understanding.
  7. Be careful of the fallacy of Hasty Generalization.
  8. Past questions help.
  9. Understand Jamb questions.
  10. Connect with others like you.
  11. Be wise.

1. Trust God

Don’t despise this yet, it is very important. I know a lot of writers say this as their last point, and I was going to as well.

But how can I tell you to put God first, if I put Him last. Listen, you will pass JAMB, God wants you to.

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And when you do, you will recognise that your success in JAMB is just a means to where God is taking you. God has a huge vision beyond JAMB for you my dear.

Don’t lose a soup for a tomato. For it is written, trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path.

Since Jamb has actually started and you have less time to do other things that I may discuss, I want you to pay high attention to this point. God helps, he does.

If you get my gist, run with it.

2. Know that you can do it (You do need Confidence to Pass Jamb Well)

The paper failure of a lot of students, at times, is a mare representation of what has long existed in their hearts.

Get rid of all forms and ramifications of fear, before they get rid of your result. Even if you have tried and failed before, do not be afraid. You are just about to make the history of success. And if its your first time, JAMB is not insurmountable.

Millions of students have passed over the years. I know it’s natural and logical to feel some squeeze here and there. But never allow the tension to get over you.

You were created to be great. Face your books with confidence. Assimilate in peace. Sit with success, and walk off in flying colours.

3. Set a Goal Score 

Beloved,since you know that the total mark of Jamb is four hundred (400), you should set your goal too. How do you do this? Get the cut-off mark of the course you wish to study and add sixty marks to it.

So, let’s say the cut-off mark of Law for OAU is 280. If you are planning to write Jamb and get enrolled to study this course in OAU, you should set a goal as high as 340.

Setting a goal helps in your preparations. It aids in putting yourself on a scale and confirming your standard and rate.

If you have set a goal, you can write it in a piece of paper and put it on a wall in your room. This is just to always remind you of your goal. After setting a goal, what’s next?

4. Get the Syllabus

Reading for JAMB is quite different from reading for your school examinations. You know, you may be given AOC and stuffs.

The only area of concentration you can get for JAMB is the syllabus.Don’t joke with it. Know the topics that are identified in the syllabus for your subjects, and learn them.

You may download the syllabus online if you do not have the hardcopy. And when you read a topic, make sure you read the sub-topics beneath it as well. You may go further to read other related topics, just in case.

5. Plan and Read well (Good Planning helps to Pass Jamb)

Having gotten a good grasp on the list of topics and sub-topics you have to read, move forward to get the best of comprehensive and amplified textbooks you can get.

Don’t deceive yourself my friend. If would do a subject in JAMB, don’t start reading key-points. This is not WAEC.

Always remember that the questions would be objectives. There would be no place to use background knowledge in developing points. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you?

This may have worked in NECO, it doesn’t in JAMB. This should lead me to my next point.

6. Get Knowledge with Understanding: Jamb is not Tough, be Thorough

If you would answer questions on four subjects in JAMB, please do not focus on one at the detriment of the other.

One of the mistakes students make is to think that one subject is easier than the other in JAMB.

Put the reading for all your subjects on adequate paces. It may not certainly be equality, but let there be equity. C.R.S in JAMB is as hard as ENGLISH, trust me, I’ve been there.

And if you think its easy and cheap, your result may shock you. Do not depend on your fundamental and ‘key-points’ knowledge, get textbooks and materials that speak loud and clear.

7. Be careful of the fallacy of Hasty Generalization: Jamb is cunning

Another mistake students make when they plan for JAMB, is that they jump into conclusions. Don’t assume you know if you don’t. Substitution may be the easiest topic in Mathematics, my friend, go over it again.

I know you know Demand and Supply, who doesn’t. But love, read it once more, and more comprehensively this time. Do not jump into conclusion.

8. Past Questions Help in Passing Jamb

Well, I guess this is not the first time you are getting to know about past questions. They are good. Unfortunately, some students read past questions than they read their books, this is bad.

Past questions are meant to give you an insight into how questions are formulated, not to replace your books.

Can questions be repeated? Yes! But know for certain, that there are more questions out there than has been set.

So, even if JAMB needs 1000 new questions today, they are already available. Just imagine, with the numbers of teachers, doctors, and professors we have all over Nigeria. Make the right choice!

9. Understand JAMB questions: The answer may not be so obvious

Gone are the days when straightforward questions were asked, if they existed. These are days of subtle and deceptive questions.

Don’t expect JAMB to ask you simple and palpable questions, we’ve gone beyond that.

Let me take English for an example. That people say it doesn’t mean it is correct. Check out this question from an English material, perhaps, JAMB may use it.

Our newspapers always publish short extracts from new novels to _______your appetite. (a) wet (b) weight (c) whet

Now, I do not expect anybody to pick option (b). But many students would be misled, and because of popular usage, pick option (a), which is wrong.

The correct answer is option (c). JAMB asks more difficult questions than this. Don’t be afraid, don’t be misled, and you would get it correctly.

10. How to Pass Jamb Successfully: Connect

If you cannot keep the track by yourself, connect with other people – it’s not a bad idea. If you have a clique already, make sure it is fulfilling the purpose for which it was created. Peer influence is best, when used wisely and correctly.

11. Be wiser than Jamb: Pass UTME with ease.

Keep things that you can do after your JAMB still after your JAMB. After your examination, you would have enough time to watch that movie, follow that season, tweet the world, disturb Facebook, weak Whatsapp, watch YouTube, etc.

Don’t do things that can cause long term regrets, darling, be very wise. In all, it is fundamental that we get back to our first point, trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding.

UTME is an examination, not a destination. If you have really read this post to this point, you have the potential to pass JAMB.

Just put that potential to work as discussed, get to that centre and fulfil your dreams.

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VISION Panacea for a Rudderless Nigeria

Vision – Panacea for a rudderless Nigeria: The Solution to the Problems of Nigeria

Who do not want our problems solved? Well if you do, stay tuned. This article speaks of solution to the problems of Nigeria.

With immense undeniable effect of a monumental cogitation, I cast my mind back to about fifty-five years ago, without any impediment and directly to the ‘Freedom March’ in Washington, DC. Artistically, I stand beside the then American Baptist minister and hear him pronounce ferociously, “I have a dream!”

Solution to the problems of Nigeria

African Photo

Vision is any imaginative reality produced out of far-sightedness. It is the radical aptitude to fiercely anticipate possible future event and development.

These definitions are not in any way to deny the fact that the word ‘vision’ is fantastically ambiguous. But its realistic meaning for the topic above can expressly and explicitly be regarded as ‘a dream,’ or broadly, ‘a goal.’

Tumbling back to the first-class and terrific words of Martin Luther King Jr., he asserted without an iota of suspicion, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Vision: Solution to the Problems of Nigeria

And decades after this speech, the reality of its fulfilment is relatively undeniable. At its climax, Barack Obama, a visionary from a generation of people that were once considered nothing but slaves, attained the office of the first man in the United States of America.

Vision is then undoubtedly a ‘Panacea’. Vision as an object of affirmative sightedness is highly a cure, solution, answer and remedy for any form of physical, mental, or psychological enchantment. The key to a lasting liberation starts with having a vision.

A vision that serves as a panacea is not just an imaginative expression of sensory impression, but a system of formal and informal processes that serve as a means to an end. The problem-solving ability of a vision serves as a roadmap, leading straightforwardly to the desired result.

Solution for Nigeria: History

Nigeria as a making of the British Government, several decades ago, has been struggling since its amalgamation for true emancipation.

The celebration of independence in October, 1960, served as a formal declaration for the end of colonization, but it’s rather heart-breaking to come to the unhelping realization that the country, after all these years, is still entangled in the shackles of neo-colonialism.

Solution to the Problems of Nigeria

History of colonization in Africa

What more can we say about the disobliging attitude of our leaders, who see the place of authority as a right to annex more of the national cake for their advantage, rather than fulfilling their electoral manifestos, keeping their promises, and sharing the national cake in the right national way.

Bad, or unfruitful, leadership has aided, to a great extent, in keeping the poor country out of any form of beneficial, durable, and logical development. It is not then inappropriate, as a noble Nigerian said, to describe Nigeria as, ‘a land of law and disorder.’

To worsen matters, insecurity permeates the whole system of our state. Ethnicity drives home the infuriating degree of decadence we experience day to day.

Tribalism on its own as shown to be nothing less than blur racism. Corruption has almost overturned the ship of our poor state. What a case!

Without the syntactic struggle of more words, Nigeria as a country is nothing but rudderless. The state of degradation in this country has proven to be beyond the empirical ability of our political intellectuals.

Solutions to the Problems of Nigeria: Vision

The best of our partisan seers now give nothing than instant solution to the state of the state’s gigantic problems.

These flimsy solutions help none of the problems. And even when they do, it is only for a meagre section of our magnificent territory. It is hence no form of pessimism to say that our great country is rudderless.

But there is hope! For we can still apply the healing ointment of vision. We need visionaries to see into the future, and give us the clearest of all possible roadmaps. For the root of genuine development is the development a perfectly plausible vision.

The setting of broadly based goals. You know, goals that apply to all ill sector of the country is the commencement of real progress. Enough of partisan policies, tribalism, and self-denial.

With a functioning vision, the realization of economic inclusion, social justice and national integration will not be farfetched.

“A vision,” once said a man, “is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves. A call to become something more.”

The Problems of Nigeria: Solution

Cheering – Gathering

I mean to state unequivocally that what more can help a dying nation like ours. If not a clear vision.

And even as I sit behind these words, I can think of no other shortcut but vision. As a panacea and solution for a rudderless Nigeria.

The importance of History

The Importance of History

This articles is on the importance of  history.

History as a subject is a very important one. An indispensable one in our society for that matter. And to begin to define it appears to be stating the obvious.

However, as the definition of history is paramount to this discussion, let us define it.

History: Definition and Importance

History: Definition and Importance

History is defined as the in-depth and thorough study of past events through collection and collation and careful analysis of documents, oral tradition, written sources and archaeological evidence in the deciphering of knowledge about the past, so as to have knowledge of the past and also to learn from the past.

Moreover, it is an important subject in the society serving as a force of cohesion and integration. Also, history or the study of history has a purpose.

We study it in order to discover how we have come to be where we are. And also learn and gain knowledge and experience from the past. So that we can learn from it and so avoid making mistakes of the past.

Also, improving in the knowledge of the past as knowledge is power.

And it is by all means the bridge that links the past to the present. Since history is a cycle and a wheel as the history of humanity and the nature of man is fundamentally unchanging.

Why is History Important?

The things that have happened before must perforce happen again, we can use the past to decipher and predict the future. And find solution to current problems.

However in going about the business of gaining knowledge about the past three means are employed. They are: Oral tradition, Written sources and Archeological evidence.

Oral tradition, “A thousand years has passed history has become legend and legend, myth”. J.R.R. TOLKIEN AUTHOR OF LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY.

This deals with oral history passed through from generation to generation through various stories, poems, songs, by the word of the mouth.

Oral tradition is a living museum. Conserver and transmitter of the social and cultural creations. Which people store up, which we say has no written history.

As one man said “Knowledge (Oral Tradition) is that light that is in man, it is the heritage of all that our ancestors have known and it is the germ that they transmit to us, just as the baobab tree is potentially in its seed”.

Moreover, spoken (oral) history is a very frail thread through which we trace our way through the labyrinths of time.

It is a kind of collective memory the society possesses. As the quote suggests most myths, legends oral tradition and mythologies were actually History. But as time passed on they were slowly over time merged with the mythological and most mythologies.

Legends and oral tradition are at the root of historical events examples such as the deification of Sango.

Sango is the third Alaafin of Oyo who later turned into the god of thunder.

Oral Tradition: The Importance of History

As oral tradition are essential sources of history there is an urgent need to collect oral tradition.

And the custodians of this source of history are Hoary-eyed old men with cracked voices and dim memories.

So, collecting it from these people is important. For oral tradition as a source of history is important as the people are the agents of socialization of the younger generation in such matters.

On the other hand, Written sources deal with narrative history written down in books, articles, papers, journals etc. .By various authors over time.

And finally, Archaeology which is the silent witness in history. That is the scientific study and examination of remains of past events through the excavation of historic sites and surveying them.

We also use it to learn about societies that existed before the invention of writing, about 5 500 years ago.

And also to supplement and complement our knowledge of oral traditions.

To supply information where written sources are scarce or absent. As it is in many phases of West African History and African history as a whole.

The importance of History: Nigeria & Africa

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in market

In the course of this discussion, which I to intimate and educate the reader. I will make an attempt in this project to shed light on some certain conceptions and preconceptions on Africa’s past.

For a long time, all kinds of myths and prejudices concealed the true history of Africa from the world at large.

Shedding Light on the History of Africa

This project is an attempt to shed light on Africa’s past which is thought by many people to be non-existent.

And that Africa has no history even by many ignorant Africans themselves.

Indeed as a Professor, Hugh Trevor-Roper at Oxford University once declared, “Perhaps in the future there will be some African history to teach. But at present there is none: there is only the history of Europeans in Africa.

The rest is darkness… and darkness is not a subject of history”.

However the present writer would beg to disagree.

The time has long gone by when maps and portrayals had great empty spaces representing the African continent. And for a long time the black skinned peoples of Africa south of the Sahara have been sadly misrepresented in much European orientated history.

But rather, the history of Africa like the history of the mankind as a whole is really the story of an awakening.

The need to Rewrite the History of Africa

The history of Africa needs rewriting for up till now it has been masked, faked, mutilated, distorted through ignorance or self-interest, crushed by centuries of oppression.

Furthermore, in defense on our part to these prejudices and biases, we must remember that Africa is a land with an early civilization.

We must remember however that there are many types of civilizations. The civilization we have in one part of the world may be different from the type of civilization we have in another part of the world.

We have heard of Western civilization, Oriental civilization and Traditional African civilization. We must not look down on any form of civilization because every nation has its own way of life.

And as a result, civilization differs from place to place and from age to age in order to be able to serve the needs of that place or age.

A significant Importance of History

As in A Short History of Africa by Roland Oliver and J.D. Fage. “Long before, in the evolution of man himself, Africa has helped shape history.

And while the centers of European culture, flourished, decayed and sprouted in their turn, empires in Africa rose, ruled, resisted and succumbed.

Scholars disputed and in Timbuktu and Jenne as in Paris and what the Italians accomplished with pigment. The artists of Benin achieved with bronze. The cultures were different but only on the horizontal. The vertical, the separation into inferior and superior was a product of conquest.”

Moreover, among the students of history and history of Africa in particular such as my humble self, at no other time has the study of history by Africans especially be more necessary and urgent than today in defiance of cultural assimilation.

Inspiration for the Importance of History

And also for developing racial pride which is one of the reasons that inspired this project.

The attainment of independence by many African states in the past century has made a fuller knowledge of Africa’s past greatness indispensable to African states and their citizens.

Reference to past greatness is an element of nationalism the world over. It inspires pride, self-reliance and confidence in a people long subject to colonial rule. “Arab nationalists says Hodgkin, look back to the early caliphate, Indians to Akbar.”

It is only natural that emergent African nationalists should draw inspiration from looking back on the great civilizations that flourished before the period of European conquest.

Therefore knowledge about Africa’s past will correct the distorted image of Africa. And restore its due respect among the nations of the world.

The History of Africa after Independence

However after the attainment of independence the need also arose for the African nations to achieve cultural independence.

It is well known that one of the unpleasant effects of colonialism is the suppression of African. And the superimposition of the European culture on it.

During the colonial period, Western education was orientated to create in Africans a dislike for African things.

Sadly enough, this trend has continued right up to this day among educated Africans who possess distaste for things, African.

Moreover we label our traditional religion as paganism. While we refer to our language as vernacular, both insulting terms.

African History: Importance & Story

Teju Cole: Nigerian Writer

Unfortunately enough, this trend has continued in many schools which forbid the usage of the native languages in communication within the school.

Cultural Identity: A key to Nationalism

Cultural identity is a necessary ingredient of nationalism.

The problem of most politically independent African states today is European cultural imperialism.

And unless these states can win back their cultural identity they are only half free. And so an aluta continua of colonialism in form of neo-colonialism emerges.

The surest way for cultural and intellectual emancipation of Africa is through the revival of the good and worthy aspects of indigenous culture.

Through a cultural revolution.

Through a renewed urge and commitment to the study of African history and eradication of ignorance about our past.

Ignorance about one’s past, history, language and culture results not only in cultural nakedness but also alienation from oneself and disconnection from one’s destiny.

This is the case of many of Africans today. They are between the anvil and the hammer, to quote the poet Kofi Awoonor.

Continuation on The Importance of History

And are lost in the morning mist of the piano and drums,  borrowing a leaf from the poet Gabriel Okara. And exist in a cultural limbo, somewhere in between the western culture and their own traditional culture.

For the reasons and purposes stated above that inspired the institution and writing of this Essay is an attempt to examine and to shed light on the importance of history. So as to inspire a rebirth in the study of history.

In conclusion, no man can tell with certainty what the future holds.

But perhaps, in knowing what has transpired in the past, we can all do our part to avoid the mistakes of our forebears.

Figuring out the High Importance of History

So for us not to condemn ourselves to repeating the erroneous past, but emulate their success. And to create a world more harmonious for our children, for generations to come.

Finally, this essay is to serve as a beacon and as a light to enlighten the Africans in particular the Nigerian peoples, of their past.

And in particular their past greatness so that it will make people to remember and understand their past. So that they learn from it and it may duly overawe those with ignorance of Africa’s past greatness.

And will act as an enzyme towards nationalism. Which will in turn inspire the most profound admiration and respect of the past.

With it’s utility, to understanding the present and avoid making mistakes of the past in the future.



Composed and Written by – Tèmítọ́pẹ́ Emmanuel.

Temitope Emmanuel Ọ̀jọ́ is a Lawyer in Incubation at Ọbáfẹ́mi Awólọ́wọ̀ University (IFELAW). He is Enthusiastic about History and believes in the role that Profound Knowledge in History plays in the society. And thus, more attention should be paid to its knowledge and study in our Society.

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