The almighty WAEC season is fast approaching and tension is rising among JAMBites. But it’s a normal feeling actually; I had goose bumps during my preparation for waec but this didn’t stop me from clearing my papers in one sitting.
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) is the examination board responsible for senior schools certificate examination. WAEC is currently active in the following West African countries: Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana, Gambia and Sierra Leone.
Passing Waec is a hurdle many aspiring tertiary institutions students are always afraid to cross, usually due to the high rate of failure always recorded. Last year, Waec recorded a failure rate of 60%.
Failing waec can be very depressing and discouraging. It is always best to write your WAEC examinations in one sitting. This gives you a better motivation to tackle your post UTME head-on.
So do you want to pass your waec examination in one sitting? Here are some tips on preparation that will come in handy and set you on the path of WAEC success.
1. MAKE A TIMETABLE FOR PERSONAL READING
Getting a reading timetable is the first step towards waec success. Have a timetable which allocates adequate time to every subject and enables you to properly study. This increases your chances of performing well in the general WAEC exams. In your timetable, you should assign more time to subjects which you are not very good at and less time to subjects you are very good at.
2. NO PROCRASTINATION
You will read later abi? Read NOW! Start preparations now. Always see procrastination as an avenue for laziness. Lazy people cannot pass waec. You must put in the work and put in the time. If you haven’t started reading, start reading now. Time waits for no man. The earlier you start the better for you.
3. DON’T RELY ON EXPO
‘Expo’ as it is normally called in Nigeria are answers sent from unreliable sources and is a form of malpractice. This has been the cause of many students failure in WAEC. Don’t wait for anybody to send you answer on leaked questions or answers. Most of them are always wrong and is only an avenue to eat your money. Don’t fall victim to scammers; come to the examination hall prepared to pass the exam by yourself and without the help of anyone.
4. BE CONFIDENT
Many people have passed WAEC, so why can’t you? Do they have two heads? Are they better than you? NO! Be confident in yourself but not overconfident. Exercise self-confidence before and during your exams that you are going to come out successful and proceed to the university.
5. DON’T AVOID ANY SUBJECT
Most people dwell on the belief that Mathematics is difficult or Chemistry is hard. It might be to you but that doesn’t make it unbeatable. Face your fears and face each and every subject squarely. Avoiding a particular subject may make you fail it and which can possibly hinder your admission into the university.
6. GET A SUMMARY STUDY NOTES
You must have a summary study note where you can write key and important points. Reading for waec is usually wide because it encompasses all your studies from Senior Secondary 1 to 3. So a summary note will help you have easy revision when you are very close to taking the WAEC exam.
7. PRACTICE PAST QUESTIONS
As you study your notes, also make out time to practice past questions. Past questions help broaden your understanding on topics and expose you to sample questions under that topic. There is normal trend in WAEC of repeating questions from previous years. Therefore, practicing past questions enables you save time and have a better chance at answering particular questions correctly because you have come across them before or at least something similar.
8. WRITE CLEARLY
You may be very intelligent, but bad writing is enough to make you fail your waec exam. Waec scripts are usually sent to other parts of the country and you obviously do not know who exactly will mark your scripts. So do well to write clearly, clear enough for any stranger to see, read and understand. There are actually some examiners who will not want to stress themselves marking the script of just one person with bad writing. So don’t give them a reason to mark you down.
9. BE COMPOSED
Present your answers in a very appealing and composed manner. Don’t rush to answer questions. Sit right during exams, use the booklets right and conform to every single WAEC rule available.
Pray before your exams and pray after your exams. Ask GOD for favour and success.
We at MY INFORMATION DESK wish you success in your forthcoming examinations.