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Stay Connected – the 2nd Tested and Trusted Approach to Gain Admission
I ought to have used, “stay informed” instead. But I’m aware without being connected; you’re losing out on being informed.
Admission in this part of the world or elsewhere needs constant and continual feedback. Candidates must know when activities are on – regards the schools being proposed.
This is where most admission seekers lose out.
Imagine writing UTME and scoring very high. But, due to your disconnection, you’re not aware of when the Post UTME forms of your schools were out. You didn’t know if the sales of such forms were extended. You didn’t know when and where entrance exams (or post UTME) would hold. You don’t know if such exams will be a computer-based test or a mere physical screening. You didn’t know when admission lists are out. You didn’t know if more lists were released aside from the first one. You didn’t know what next after being offered admission.
If you missed any of the above information, you could be on the train to unlucky land for that admission year.
As a consultant, I’ve seen and heard a series of complaints and excuses from applicants.
- I didn’t know they’ve been selling forms
- I didn’t know the test was postponed
- I wasn’t aware we had to submit our transcripts
- I wasn’t sure how to be following the school updates etc
Sincerely, nobody cares.
With the thousands of aspirants chasing a few spaces at those institutions, I’m not sure a school will be chasing you around with information. Instead, you should be chasing them around.
How Can You Stay Connected and Be Informed About Admission Updates?
From experience, a student won’t know what is going on regards his or her admission unless he or she can follow all or any of the following channels for updates.
1. Check the School Website/Admission Portal for Updates
This is the most recommended source of genuine and official news regards your admission progress.
First, ensure you know the official website of your proposed schools. Most schools’ websites end with the extension .edu.ng. For examples unilorin.edu.ng, ui.edu.ng, unilag.edu.ng, uncial.edu.ng, uniosun.edu.ng, uniben.edu.ng, lasu.edu.ng, uniport.edu.ng, uncial.edu.ng etc.
I’m sharing this with you because there are lots of fake websites being created by fraudsters/scammers out there. They’re patiently waiting for the innocent you to enter into their webs.
Kindly know your school’s website offhand and go straight to the website whenever you want to check for updates.
Using Google to search is good but if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you can just fall onto a scammer’s website.
A school will dedicate a part of her website homepage to share its latest news on the activities including post UTME, results, admission lists, and so on.
Should your school website has a newsletters option, you can subscribe to receive their posts through your email.
2. Subscribe to an Experienced Education Blog
One-stop-shop to get all your selected schools’ updates is through an education blog such as schoolcontents.info. I do my best to keep you updated and guide you on admission, scholarships, and jobs.
Meanwhile, bloggers are equally beggars. This is why some of us don’t vet information before posting. Some only copy and paste others’ posts.
A good education blogger will not only inform you but will as well, vet the information to be shared and guide you on how to do things to avoid errors. This is why my approach is different.
If you subscribe to two or three education blogs, you can be sure that all your schools’ information will not pass you by.
By subscribing I mean, you’ll have to submit your email to me through this link. After that, a message will be sent to your email to confirm your subscription. In order to be receiving continual updates when I post, you must click on the confirmation link sent to your email.
This is equally more important than number 1 above because some schools have separate and dedicated websites/portals for their admission news and updates – which you may not be aware of. For Adeyemi College of Education main website is www.aceondo.edu.ng. Whereas, her dedicated portal for admission and registration is www.aceondo.net
An experienced blogger already knows this and will follow that news for you and share it as soon as they drop.
Also, if you’re chasing two or three schools, and you don’t want to be visiting their portals from time to time. It will be time-consuming, of course. Subscribing to a blog like this will send updates to you about all.
3. Join Facebook/Whatsapp Groups for the Individual School’s Updates
First, warnings here!
Some Facebook/WhatsApp groups were created to scam you – so be very CAREFUL.
Some admins will work very hard to answer your questions and share official and official-like updates. This is a way to get closer to all members and win their hearts.
Before you know it, they will be sending you private messages that they can help you with the admissions. They call this RUNZ! Then, you’re asked to send your documents and the processing fee.
Run for your money, please!
One most ANNOYING thing is that most Facebook/WhatsApp group admins are also admission seekers like you. But they’ll claim they are not. Some may claim they are working in the school ICTs or admission offices.
RUN from RUNZ!
However, in reality, you can benefit from joining your school groups on Facebook, WhatsApp, etc. Some students will have vital information to share.
Just be careful with what you believe.
In the same vein, some schools have dedicated Twitter handles and Facebook Pages to share information. Following your schools on those channels will be far better.
Below are a few of such schools:
- FUTA Facebook Page
- University of Lagos (UNILAG) Twitter Handle
- YABATECH Twitter Handle
- JAMB Twitter Handle
- Adekunle Ajasin University Twitter Handle (AAUA)
- Federal Polytechnic Ede Twitter Handle
- University of Benin (UNIBEN) or This hashtag
- University of Ibadan (UI) Twitter Handle
- University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Twitter Handle
- Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Twitter Handle
To search if your schools have dedicated Facebook pages, visit Facebook, or Twitter. Then, in the search box above your page, enter the name of the schools, in full. A list of suggested groups and pages will be displayed for your picking. You can send a membership request (to join a Facebook group) or click on Follow to be seeing updates from those Twitter pages.
4. Follow Newspapers and Radio Announcements
Especially for JAMB news, radio and newspapers can be the right sources of information.
However, some schools prefer using newspapers to announce the sales of Post UTME forms, posting of the names of the admitted candidates, etc.
Below are view well-known schools who use newspapers and radio
- Nigerian Police Academy (POLAC)
- Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA)
- Nigerian Army University Biu (NAUB)
- Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora
- Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Saki
Information is power. Remember the scripture, “My people are dying because they lack information”
Call it knowledge – it’s the same!
If you can take to any of the above, you’re more on the safe side than if otherwise.
This is the end of section 2 – Stay Connected. Now, let’s proceed to section 3 – Stay Focused.
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