|How to succeed at Predegree programme|
If you’re just admitted into a one-year preliminary course or already running it with the future looking bleak, you may need to check this guide in order to excel in your programme.
Succeeding at a Predegree course is to use it to gain admission eventually into your proposed or dreamed course. But, how do you do that? Let’s get into it.
What You Need To Succeed Before and During Predegree Programme.
1. Applying for a Predegree Course
Most candidates get things wrong from the application. If you don’t register rightly, that can be the end of your course, of course.
2. Predegree Entrance Exams
Some institutions are NOT conducting entrance exams for their prospective predegree applicants. For example, UNILORIN, UNIOSUN, AAUA, EKSU, etc are no longer testing applicants before being eventually offered admissions. They pick applicants based on their O’level results and sometimes, randomly.
However, we still have a few who will conduct a computer-based entrance test for you if you will be considered for admission. For example, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ladoke Akintola University, and Federal University Oye Ekiti conduct such exams.
3. Participating in Lectures and Tests
In other words, this is a platform where the university teaches and lectures you better for subjects/topics you had been taught in secondary school. Here, they demand more seriousness, participation, and comprehension.
You will be exposed further to what you’d already learned back at home. You’ll be introduced into the university system and prepared your brain for more work ahead.
Each week or month will see that you’re tested on the topics already covered during the classes. This is not different from what you’re used to when you’re in secondary school.
It’s expected of you to commit yourself to regular class and undivided attention during lectures. Attendance may be as important at some campuses. That may be graded too. Hence, you must be in class often if you will be successful in the end.
You also have to study hard and smart for your tests as this is generally part of the mark that will grade you for the final result after the completion of the programme.
4. Final Predegree Exams
In case you’re curious, the final result of your pre-degree is a prerequisite for admission into the 100 level of your proposed course.
Even though you will be required to obtain and write JAMB UTME and pass within the declared cut-off mark, yet your school usually uses the final result of your PD/PDS programme to justify your admission eligibility or to mend things up should you fall short in the UTME or post UTME.
Schools may not be too open on this. This doesn’t mean that the final result of this course doesn’t count. It still matters.
5. No UTME, No Admission for a Predegree Candidate
That’s not true!
You need to write UTME and pass it. You need to write post UTME and pass it too. You as well need to pass your pre-degree final exams. I gave the full account and reason for this in my post, “Do I Have To Do JAMB UTME With Pre-degree?“.
Think of your pre-degree as a medium to leave home and get yourself groomed for the academic work at 100 level. Don’t see it as a shortcut to gain admission without JAMB UTME.
Some schools may be lenient with you during the 100 level admission processes. Yet, they want you to pass the three if you will have to experience a stress-free admission or make the merit admission list.
Therefore, if you pass pre-degree but fail UTME, you won’t be admitted eventually (except if such a school gives priority to their pre-degree candidates – which is uncommon nowadays).
Whereas, if you pass UTME and post UTME, you can be offered admission even if you fail the pre-degree. But who wants to do that, in the first place?
You’re required to do things well from the very start – from the application to the final exams. Lectures and class attendance are important. Tests and final exams are more important. It doesn’t end there. You won’t make the way into 100 level unless you pass your UTME and post UTME.
Wishing you luck!
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