Is it possible for students to study smarter not harder? More and more people today would answer this question with an emphatic, “yes!” One of such people is US-based Nigerian Newscaster NaijaTab 9ja News and education consultant, Michael Aromolaran who has developed what he called NGStudent which is an educational package that gives new direction in learning.
The essence is to offer the most complete exam package that is easy to use, enabling JAMB, NECO, SSCE and GCE students as well as SAT, TTOEFL, GRE and GMAT students to study and take practice steps online. It works with students at their own level to make sure they achieve their best, and gives instant and detailed feedback and explanations so students can improve on their exam scores.
According to Aromolaran, students can get easy and convenient access to past exam papers on NGStudent Using past exam papers to revise is beneficial because it lets students practice the exam under conditions so they are less stressed about the layout of the exam. Also using past question papers lets students see how the exam board asks questions. Under this scheme, all subjects are divided into topics’ diagnostic test is used to show where the students scored strongly or poorly. Such student can take a domain test on topics where they scored poorly in order to build on their knowledge. The target is to allow users to become strong student in every category so they can score the best possible marks.
His words,” First, NGStudent tests the fundamentals in Basic Training; students get feedback on their reading speed, basic Math and critical reasoning. Basic training is completely free the first time students take! Then students can enter their chosen subject and take a diagnostic test. NGStudent breaks every subject into its component parts or domains. The diagnostic test evaluates students on all domains of their chosen subject and gives them detailed feedback. After the diagnostic test, NGStudent will show them the specific domains they need to work on, and will give them a personalized study plan.
“Students can then use the domain tests to focus on their weaknesses by selecting the individual domains they need to improve. Once they’ve made an improvement, students can take the Multi – domain teat. This will give them a mock exam score along with detailed feedback to enable them quantify their improvement’.
Aromolaran also deliberated on what he described as dashboard technology which enables one to track his or her progress very easily. With it, students can view, in an easy to read format, their current scores.
Asked his impression on the country’s education standard, this great scholar and consultant, stated that Nigeria has the potential to rule the entire world academically. He disclosed that many products of Nigerian secondary and tertiary schools are making waves in the United States of America, Europe and all other parts of the world. He however quickly added that there is still much to be done to ensure that the country keeps abreast with the times. Such imperative measures include ensuring that our pre-tertiary students learns how to study properly in order not to become frustrated with their studies.
“We are not faring badly at all.” The young man enthused.
Explaining the workings of the dashboard technology, he pointed out that it provides a wide array of study aids and educational materials. The technology helps students get organized, showing them their progress and how they are doing, in an easy to read format.
As he put it, most students live and study on the surface They miss the crucial guidelines. They study and study and yet performs woefully in the exam. The reason is not that they are not studying hard enough but because they are not smart enough to learn how to study tactfully.
He however quickly added that there is still much to be done to ensure that the country keeps abreast with the times. Such imperative measures include ensuring that our pre-tertiary students learns how to study properly in order not to become frustrated with their studies.
To him, NGStudent is a mental stimulus of tremendous power which, if imbibed by students, will open for them a floodgate of exam success
A core educationist and CEO of Dave Abion Consulting, Chief David Oni has identified some of the reasons why many Nigerians end up being frustrated in their bid to have meaningful study abroad.
Chief Oni who have over the decades paid his dues in the consultancy world of identifying Nigerian students who want to go abroad to study, interviewing them, selecting those who are suitable, helping them secure offer letters from the affected institutions and facilitating in Visa procurement, told Champion Scholar that this is one field where students needs in depth counseling.
“The students need to be counseled because when you are completing your visa application form, it is not just an ordinary exercise. Many things must be taken into consideration: what sort of account must you submit, how long have the money been in the account, etcetera. It is a very long process and if you go into it without guidance, it is like somebody going into the forest or wilderness without a compass. We know what the schools want and how to structure everything to meet their demands and expectations.” He said.
According to him, a lot of people think there is money to be made in education consultancy and they rush into it and some of them end up creating a bad reputation for the business.
“Some students only come to us after they have been defrauded of hundreds of thousands of naira by those l normally describe as cowboy education consultants, then you see them come to my office and start crying that they’ve made mistakes. We are known internationally in all the top universities in Europe. Here in Nigeria, both the British Council and the British High Commission have approved us. We have come together and formed a body known as Association of Oversea Education Agents. I am a national trustee of the association. Among our objectives is to gain recognition and support from government.’’
Chief Oni disclosed that one of the problems they usually have with students is that Nigerians leave things until it is too late. As he put it, “The people want you to do all your reservation early enough. If you come early, you gain admission on time and can even secure a scholarship.
His advice is that every student wishing to study abroad must ensure that his educational papers are genuine otherwise you end up wasting your money. If you don’t satisfy all the conditions required, I won’t pay you much attention because you will fail. What courses do you want to study, do you have the basic subjects required by such courses, these are some of the things we try to verify.
“To tell the truth”, he said, “the tuition for most of these foreign universities is not cheap. Science courses costs far more than art subjects but art subjects are not very popular with most Nigerians travelling abroad to study. “He explained.