This article is very long but it's worth the reading if you truly desire to get a very high score in this year JAMB.
How I Scored 323 in JAMB After Scoring 256 in the Previous Try. See What I did differently
It was a major event in my life because it brought me a step closer to my dearest and lifelong dream (becoming a doctor) and I feel it is worth sharing.
By the time I was about to write my second Jamb, I was unbelievably knowledgeable. I didn’t imagine I could learn as much as I did in such a limited time (if our head increase in size as we put stuff in it, my head would definitely be so big then. lol) The experience increased my self-confidence and diligence forever and I thought to share as someone might learn or be inspired to do even better. If one day, you can attribute even the tiniest fraction of your success to this, then I’ll be fulfilled too.
By the way, do you know what successful students do behind closed doors? If you do, perhaps you will stop making your overly general assumption that academic success is only for a special set of students. The fact is you can be successful too at almost anything if you’re willing to give the pain and tears.
This is my “behind the scene” of scoring above 300 in JAMB. Enjoy and share.
After careful self-reflection, I realized that the differences in actions I took and the emotions I put made all the difference between the first and second JAMB. After all, it was still same me with the same brain who wrote both exams. In all honesty, writing Jamb the second time changed my life better forever.
I did the following and there was a shocking difference in my performance when I wrote my second JAMB
Burning Desire and drive
I had just failed to gain an admission despite changing my course from Medicine to Biochemistry. The story was a really sad one (you can read it, click here.) I worked so hard and scored 256 in 2017 jamb. In the same year, when UNILAG released her admission list, I was really surprised when I saw the profile of the guys that top Medicine admission list. They were all 16 years old — all younger than me. That very day, I told myself “if these guys could do it, then I can.” Was I sure I was going to make it? No! But my desire to make it outgrew my fears of failing.
My desire gave me the strong drive to do all I did. How else could I be so consistent reading for close to three months missing only a few days? How else could I finish the Jamb syllabus? How else could I almost completely read about 4 different textbooks? How else could I solve so many years of past question? How else could I deprive myself of fun, social media, and other frivolities just to meet up with my schedule?
PS: I had never been so diligent all my life before then. Although I’d always been serious with academics, that was the first time I was driven to fully expand my capacity.
Needful to say, you don’t have to do exactly what I did to pass Jamb. In fact, some people didn’t study as hard but did better and some studied harder but did worse. There are other determining factors like how well you learnt in secondary school, rate of assimilation, availability of time among others. As for me, I waited a whole year after secondary school before writing my first Jamb. Coupled with the fact that I had forgotten most of what I learned in secondary school, I later realized there was much I hadn’t learned at all.
Nobody cares how hard you study. Nobody really cares about the process but they do care about the result. So, study hard but be smart about it. Try several things but stick to only what works for you.
I was really determined to do well in my second Jamb that I did strange things which are beginning to make sense to me now.
I remember how I wrote my target score in several places, my reading table, in my notes, on the wall. (funny? Isn’t it?) Those writings reminded me day in and out of what I was pursuing.
There were nights I go to bed with teary eyes because I felt I was letting myself down. This usually happened after failing some difficult past question or after realizing I’d completely forgotten what I’d read. I often become doubtful but I was too determined to back down.
Did I work hard for my first jamb? Yes, I did but I ended up with some not-good-enough-for–medicine-score. Why? Because I didn’t have a plan nor follow any.
I read without any syllabus or guide. I read textbooks randomly. I didn’t try hard to understand underlying principles. If a page was too hard, I skipped it forever telling it we shall meet no more. I woke up every day, opened random topics just by flipping my textbooks. I hated Physics so I tried hard to avoid Physics past questions. After reading a topic in Physics, I would tell myself I already knew it without testing myself. Biology was simple and fun, so I spent most of my time with her, neglecting the other bad guys. I was hardworking because I was always with my book. In fact, I took the books to bed and got them destroyed by soaking them in sweat before morning.
I solved a couple of years of past questions randomly. Occasionally, I deceived myself by checking the answers to some questions even before answering them.
However, for my second jamb, I devised a plan and stuck to it all through. For the first time in my life, I bought textbooks for myself. I bought new school physics and chemistry, modern biology, invisible teacher and Jamb past question series and I told myself I would read them all. I did (though I didn’t understand all of it). If someone had told me I’d finish a textbook prior to that time, I surely would have argued.
I downloaded jamb syllabus and studied accordingly, solving past questions all along.
Here is exactly how I studied:
I was on a job then and I closed from work by 4 pm. I read from 4 pm to 12 am during the working days. Hold on a bit, I didn’t read 8 hours straight. I took occasional breaks to eat, go on errands or take naps. Once it is 10 pm, I stop reading and then solve past questions for the remaining two hours. Each night, I try as much to solve at least two years of past question with a thorough correction at the end of each session before retiring to bed. In fact, I was correcting wrong answers that the authors of the past question chose. While doing corrections, I often visit textbooks or sometimes google. One fascinating thing I did was to keep track of my progress. So I recorded every year I solved in my recording book.
I left English for Sundays. All I read was Invisible Teacher.
This is by far the most important thing I did when studying for my second JAMB.
I studied actively and used many effective study techniques without realizing it. It was until medical school I fully understood how and why active studying worked. In fact, I wrote an article on it lately; Scientifically Proven Methods to Study Effectively. Read it here
All I knew was I was doing something and it was working, so I kept doing it. I learnt to study more actively from that experience.
I will tell you exactly what I did and you can tweak it for your own use:
I tried as much to study two different subjects on every day, strictly following the Jamb syllabus. Say, I needed to study a particular topic in biology, I would go through the Jamb syllabus and note all the subtopics.
Then, I settle down to study the topic. As I read through, I jot only very vital points which I tend to forget in my note. I don’t copy straight from the textbook, instead, I try to recall the jottings from my memory (which is one form of active recall). Sometimes, doing this will make me realize I was yet to fully comprehend a part of the material. On occasions, I took breaks and thought about what I had studied and in the process, I started seeing the connection between one topic and another. The reading experience was more than a mere reading of text, I was engrossed into the idea the books were communicating. I started noticing connections between different topics in each subject. Sometimes, when I wasn’t reading at all (while doing dishes or something else) I’d make myself recall what I’d studied. Once I realized I had forgotten something, I would go to that part and review it. Doing this, I still had most information fresh in the memory on the exam day.
Solving questions is really difficult because it’s painful to have studied a particular topic and then realize that you are still failing questions from that same topic. As much as I hated solving questions I forced myself to do it. After each chapter, I attempted some of the revision questions.
Solving past question.
For the science department, I’m pretty sure there hasn’t been many changes on the syllabus if there has been any since long ago. The syllabus is almost the same which means all possible question any examiner could come up with has been set in the past years. So I thought.
I told myself if I could understand the basics behind all questions in the past question, there was no way any question would be strange to me. And that’s true. My actual exam seemed simpler than my past question session. I finished way before time and had time to cross-check. Except for English, I had seen questions related to most of my exam questions while practising the Jamb past question.
I solved the past questions from the oldest years which are quite more complex to the recent years and I recorded each score. While I was solving, I told myself it was fine to fail topics I had not yet study but I mustn’t fail a single question from the topic I had already read. If I did, I’d go back to the topic and see why I got it wrong. I saw my progress increase progressively as I read down the syllabus. When I was solving the 1990s, I was scoring an average of about 25/50 sometimes more, sometimes less. By the time I got to 2000, I started having reasonable scores (because I’ve read a significant amount of the JAMB syllabus)
By the time exam was weeks away, I was obviously more confident and relaxed than the previous year. Came the D-day, I wrote my exam and with God’s grace, I scored 323 which qualified me for Medicine and Surgery in the First and Best University in Nigeria. Hurray!
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I scored 323; so what?
I really cannot overstate how much benefit I’ve gotten and still getting from that single phase of my life. It really felt like I was in level 5, disappeared for 3 months and came out at level 10.
By preparing well for my JAMB and doing well, I got the privilege to teach in schools and in tutorials, I’m definitely more profitable. I became a mentor to some, and I’ve earned the respect of many. In the fact, a neighbour who is a lecturer in a public University has been treating me with so much respect upon hearing how I transited from 200+ to 300+ in jamb. He recently hired me to tutor some of his student for a reasonable pay. I was shortlisted for a scholarship despite my average o-level which I believe was possible because of my relatively high JAMB result. There are other benefits I can’t keep listing
Why am I sharing my cock and bull story? I want you to see that excellence pays. Please pursue excellence as much as you can.
What could I have done without God? Please, in anything you do, never exempt God.
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