Have An Experienced Mentor
It is highly necessary and imperative for secondary school students who are aspiring to obtain university education to have experienced mentor. Somebody they can always look up to, who understands how adolescents think generally and regarding academic choices. Why is this necessary? From experience, secondary school period is a full of fantasy. Without guidance, students who are art inclined would wish to study medicine while students who are science inclined would wish to study law. Larger percentage of secondary school students who dream of becoming doctors, engineers, lawyers, and accountants end up studying courses they never prepared for, because they are not suited for their dreamed or desired courses. Having experienced mentor for guidance would help in addressing this.
Go For Personal Excursion
Excursion helps in motivating and spurring up students. Such experiences are usually memorable and long lasting. Aside from stimulating enthusiasm, it creates an avenue for excursionist to have familiarity with the environment. Therefore, it is advisable for secondary school students to go on excursion in the university they would be seeking admission. Possibly, you can make the journey to the office of the Head of the department or any available lecturer to get first hand information.
Meet University Students Studying Your Desired Course
They could be siblings or relations who already gained admission and are studying the course you wish to study after secondary education. They can update you on the likely challenges you would face when you would be admitted. For instance, the much talk about engineering drawing for engineering students, 2nd medical students’ examination to become a full medical student of which failure to pass such exam would have you change course or be disqualified. In some universities in Nigeria, math 111 for all science students is usually a hell for new entrants. The course is usually recording massive under performance from students taking it and this has become a recurrent decimal.
Get Exposed To Books In Your Desired Course
This would definitely give you an edge over your counterparts when you finally gain admission. This would also increase your interest and enthusiasm by laying a solid foundation in that area of discipline and get you well prepared for the challenge ahead. One factual example of this is students who studied a particular course at diploma or pre-degree level before gaining admission for degree programme. They usually have top notched performance because of the foundation already laid. None of the courses will be new to them and the ideas can only be expanded or built upon what has been established already.
Get Familiar With University Entrance Examination Process
Many prospective university students failed entrance examination not because they are not brilliant or fit to study their desired courses, but they failed to make proper and adequate preparation. Many do not even have information about the departmental requirements nor pattern of setting questions. Many entrance examinations do not only test applicants’ knowledge but also test their smartness and fastness – that is why time, most often than not, is very essential.
It is also good for applicants to get to know information such as subject combination so as to make them best subjects. Attempting entrance examination while in secondary school affords you the opportunity to have proper assessment and measure your performance level. The outcome of such performance can spur you up to do more as you would not want to be a failure when taking the examination properly.
Understand The University Grading System
Universities have ways of grading students’ performances in their academic activities. This is why you often hear of first class, second class and third class degrees during graduation. Having a particular class of degree is the accumulation of a student’s performance from day one in school to final year. Many students often make mistake by not being serious in the early stage of their degree programme. They would later receive an eye opening event when it is almost too late; perhaps, after running two or more semesters.
Another important part of this grading system is to understand how to calculate the ‘Grade Point Average’ (GPA) and the ‘Cumulative Grade Point Average’ (CGPA). This usually elude many university students thereby making them miss some moments that would have spurred them up for positive change that affects the class of degree they graduate with in school. Therefore, to be on top of your game, try to understand how the university grading system is calculated, even before you gain admission.