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Cramming Responsible For Poor Academic Performance By Varsity Students - Prof. Bola




From Heritage Odih, 
Abeokuta

Prof. Bola Philips of the College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), Federal University of Agriculture(FUNAAB), Abeokuta, has identified "last minute cramming" as responsible for poor academic performance by undergraduate students in the nation's universities and other tertiary institutions.

Mrs Philips  said that most undergraduate students struggle to get the required marks in their examinations following lack of preparations, stressing that they focus more on the end of semester examinations instead of   paying adequate attention to continuous assessment and tests.

She spoke on Thursday while delivering a lecture titled,  “Tips for Writing and Succeeding in Examinations,” which was organised for the FUNAAB students.

The lecture was put together by the Nigerian Association of University Women (NAUW), FUNAAB Branch, to mark the end of 2019.

Philips emphasised on the importance of note-taking during lectures, and reading hours, saying students must try to complete all the reading reviews of their core courses throughout the semester, and organise their notes early, to avoid last minute cramming. 

She also advised students to prioritise their time, set goals, make continuous assessment their first target, take good care of themselves, and pray, as the examination period approaches.

The guest speaker noted  that the best way to prepare for examination was to start reading early, by attending lectures, and having complete notes.

Earlier, the NAUW President, Prof. Comfort Onifade stated that the association was interested in the development and growth of women and girls through the provision of quality education by training and giving out scholarships, grants, financing students’ projects, and giving awards to the overall best female student, every year.

 Prof. Onifade, who doubles as the Head of Department, Communication and General Studies, reiterated the commitment of NAUW to helping indigent students, who have little or nothing, stressing that they should never be ashamed of sharing their problems with others. 



She disclosed that the association had recently included male students in its programmes, noting that if boys were not well-trained, the girls that had been trained would be corrupted by the neglected boys, which may pose a great danger to the society. 



 Speaking earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kolawole Salako lauded members of NAUW, FUNAAB Branch, for involving students in their enlightenment programmes. 



Salako, who was represented by Dr. Florence Olowokere of the Department of Soil Science and Land Management, College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT) of the University, also hailed NAUW for creating a platform for students of the University to learn more about the basic aspect of their academics.


The Vice - Chancellor implored the students to avail themselves of the various opportunities that NAUW had provided, warning them against compromising the primary aim of coming to the University.  He added that the event was aimed at helping them get necessary tips in preparing for all their examinations and imbibing good character.

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