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Study tips for Nigerian Undergraduates (It really works!)

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Whether you are an undergraduate at any Nigerian university or you are planning to gain admission, this article is for you.

In this article, I would be revealing to you some of the best study practices for Nigerian undergraduates. These simple tips would help you blast all your exams or tests with very good grades. These simple study tips would also make your study fun and yet, every effective.

study tips for Nigerian undergraduates

I understand what it means to be an undergraduate in any Nigerian university. As a serious undergraduate, there is a struggle for good grades. You want to make very good grades but there are some hindering factors. The life of a Nigerian undergraduate is filled with stress. You spend so many hours in school and yet you still have to read for the day. There is also the issue of social distractions and many others. But you must overcome these hurdles if you wish to come out a graduate with an enviable value.

Best Study Tips for Nigerian Undergraduates

Study tips for Nigerian Undergraduates

When I was an undergraduate at the University of Port Harcourt, I had this friend which had some challenges with his academics. He wanted to make more A’s than B’s. He told me about it and I decided to see what I can do about it. We began studying together while I showed him a few tricks of mine. That semester, he was able to make four A’s and three B’s which really boosted up his CGPA.

That same trick I showed him back then, it what I wish to reveal to you now. You may achieve a better result than him when you implement these tricks. However, your success on this depends on well you implement these study tips.

See the study tips for Nigerian undergraduates below;  

1.     Go for classes regularly

2.     Come early to classes

3.     Sit at the front row during lectures

4.     Listen attentively

5.     Have good notes

6.     Always have the complete materials for each course

7.     Study early

8.     Use the weekends to your advantage

9.     Use past questions as a guide

10.   Do not depend entirely on past questions

11.    Don’t read everything

12.  Strive for understanding

13.   Recitation

14.   Make use of acronyms

15.   Don’t rush

16.  Take study breaks

17.   Download lots of videos to understand difficult concepts

18.   Don’t underestimate the power of imagination

19.   Always revise.

You must understand each of these points. Below, I have provided a simple explanation to reveal the meaning of each of these study tips.

1.     Go for classes regularly:

This is the first step to a good result as a Nigerian undergraduate. You would have to go to classes regularly to avoid getting lost.

2.     Come Early for classes:

The information you get from the lecturer during lectures are very essential if you wish to pass your exams excellently. Most Nigerian lecturers would set in their exams what they taught during lectures but expect a much more comprehensive answer to each question.

3.     Sit at the front row during lectures:

You mustn't sit at the back during lectures. Most people who sit at the back during lectures hardly gain a single thing the lecturer offers. This can be caused by many factors. 

4.     Listen attentively:

Those who listen attentively during lectures find it easier to predict the questions that will be set during the exams. It enables you have a focus while reading.

5.     Have good notes:

In most Nigerian universities, without a good note, you are heading right for failure. You should always try to jot what your lecturer teaches you. The words of your lecturer during lectures are very crucial to making good grades in your exams.  

6.     Always have the complete materials for each course:

For each and every course, you must have the complete material for each course earlier. This includes textbooks, hand-outs (You shouldn’t joke with your hand-out), calculator, etc.

7.     Study early:

Always aim at studying early usually as the semester begins. This will help you a lot. Studying so late usually when the semester is far spent would lead you to unnecessary pressure.

8.     Use the weekends to your advantage:

The life of a Nigerian undergraduate is usually occupied. Most times, you only have quality time to yourself during the weekends if you do not engage your time in unnecessary social activities. Use the weekends to study and study!

9.     Use past questions as a guide:

Past questions should act as your guide. You can use it to measure how complicated a course can be. You can also use it to plan your reading.

10.   Do not depend entirely on past questions:

When I was in university, I do see some students who would study their past questions in place of their notes or textbooks.

This is not a good practice at all. Normally, student who do this, are usually too lazy to study and end up in such lazy practices.

Your past question should rather be a guide. You can also, use your past question to evaluate the degree to which you have studied.

11.  Don’t read everything:

It is necessary to observe the particular tips. I see a lot of students do this. This usually produces very little results.

This is usually done by reading everything without a focus. While reading in any Nigerian university, you need a focus or guide. You don’t read everything, you would confuse yourself. Thus, you would need to have a good note and past question to plan your reading.

12. Strive for understanding:

In any Nigerian university, the need to strive for understanding is compulsory. This is because some lecturers are good at twisting their question or setting their question in such a unique manner just to test the level of understanding of their student.

You should therefore strive for an understanding of concepts rather than just cramming them. You can achieve this by asking other students to explain difficult concepts for you, use the internet sources, the library contains lots of info resources to help you out and many other great ways.

13.  Recitation:

Recitation really works. This method can help you to easily memorize different concepts in no time. This method has helped me and many others. To achieve this, simply break down concepts into sentences while reciting each of them from time to time just like the way children are trained at nursery classes or in the mosque.

I have seen children through the power of recitation memorize and accurately speak out an impressive length of the bible. You can use this method to your advantage, however; strive to understand everything you recite.

14. Make use of acronyms:

The use of acronyms can be used to simplify your reading in the university. I sometimes do this and it makes it really difficult for me to forget what I have read even after the exam. For instance; MR NIGER D is used to summarize the complete characteristics of a living thing.

15. Don’t rush:

Don’t rush your study. The study process is normally very slow especially when you are just newly reading a particular study material. Sometimes it takes me 5 hours to study 5 pages.

16. Take study breaks:

Don’t study without breaks; it would make your study really boring. Give yourself study breaks. During your breaks, you can take a quick nap, walkout or find something light to eat (not heavy food or so many snacks!)

17. Download lots of videos to understand difficult concepts:

Watching videos about the courses you study can make you an expert later on. It enhances your understanding and gives you a more practical understanding of the subject. Having a practical understanding of concepts is truly a big SUCCESS.

18. Don’t underestimate the power of imagination:

When studying, it is normally wise to ignite your imagination. This normally makes your study more engaging and effective. I usually, imagine myself speaking to a great number of people while on a giant stage during the time I am reading.   

19. Always revise:

If you do not revise what you have studied, you would forget what you studied during any exam. This is the true cause of studying and forgetting. I usually study a study material two to three times before I can feel ready to participate in an exam or test. Don’t be scared at this. The initial time you spend reading a study material is usually long and stressful. The second time is usually easier and so it goes.


To succeed academically as an undergraduate is challenging but it is fun. If you take the challenge now, the result is really worth it.


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