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How Your Mobile Phone Can Help You Pass UTME by youngsahito(m): 9:14am On Mar 08, 2015
Hello prospective undergraduate, welcome
to Mobileraft! Take a seat while I share
with you a piece of information you never
really gave attention to. True, it is quite
The fear of getting good grades in Unified
Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)
is expectedly increasing each year of the
century and matters have gotten worse
since we heard the news that everything
which concerneth JAMB or UTME is going
wireless (paperless in short). This fear
unfortunately, has led many students to
early failure even before taking the
examination – it happened last year, the
year before and seem to iterate itself each
Because UTME is going computerized in
full and an average Nigerian student
spends over 7 hours daily on his/her
mobile phone, let’s connect the dots and
find a way your mobile phone can help in
scoring excellent marks in this year’s
Quick Advice
Be yourself.
Know your limits and maximize your
If you have failed before, calm down. It
might just be fate!
Believe you worth a great score and that
you can get it.
Tell me you have not used your phone for
over 15 minutes today already and I’ll call
you a liar. Although for some reasons
(most especially battery issues), you might
not have. The question is, what do you do
on your mobile phone each time you pick
it up? Just calls, text, chat, music, games,
what? For serious students, there’s more
to your mobile phone. Even the smallest of
them can be a good calculator when
you’re trying to find out the percentage
profit or loss from a math question. SEE?
Instead of burning quality time on
excessive social engagement, you can use
what you like to get what you wish (good
Your mobile phone as a textbook:
The internet is a library of abundant
information and cheats. Cheats I say? Yes,
you are free to cheat before examinations.
Depending on the operating system
running on your phone, you can get a PDF
reader to open subject materials you find
online. Google is your friend in this regard!
There are other document formats but
you’ll find most in PDF. My point here is
that, instead of reading a bunch of
valueless status updates, tweets or chats,
you can do some reading about one or
more topic of your favorite subject without
leaving your beloved mobile phone. The
fun of it is that, you can listen to music or
get something fun running on your phone
while you do this. Just you and your
Your mobile phone as a Mathematical
Don’t be shocked when I say your mobile
phone can be used as a ruler. Almost all
the popular mobile operating systems
have kind developers that care much
about students who are addicted to their
mobile phones. There are lots of
productivity apps that will help
mathematicians get stuff done as quickly
as possible; anytime, anywhere. While the
pre-installed calculator may not have
advance functions, I can bet Android,
Windows Phone and iOS and BlackBerry
have quite a handful of scientific
calculators in their respective app stores.
Go explore your store and see if that app
you need is there. Should be!
Your mobile phone as a Literature
At least I know Aldiko Reader for Android
and Bookvise Reader for Windows Phone.
These are great electronic book readers
you can have on your most loved phone.
While you are in the car, bus or
somewhere alone, you can help yourself
by getting familiar with the world of
literature – obviously by reading
‘meaningful’ books that can help your
vocabulary and knowledge in English
language overall. Remember, no one can
escape writing English Language in JAMB.
Your mobile phone as a Jotter:
Fine, you can’t afford to carry books
around because they are too heavy or you
just don’t want to carry anything. But your
phone will be in your pocket right? Good!
There are apps like Evernote, One Note
and others that can come in handy when
you need to jot something you found in a
friend’s Chemistry or Accounting textbook
as the case may be. Some phones have
notepads installed therein; if not, search
the apps market where you found
Facebook and WhatsApp *winks*, you’ll
definitely find a note-taking app you can
carry everywhere.
Your mobile phone as a Dictionary and
There’s no escaping ‘nearest in meaning’
and ‘opposite in meaning’ questions in
your English exams. Find a suitable
dictionary for your phone. A good student
takes note of new words and lookup the
meaning in a dictionary. That’s how it
should be. Fortunately for you, most
mobile phone dictionaries have Thesaurus
inbuilt which will show you the synonyms
of a particular word. Easy peasy!
Your mobile phone as a Live Teacher
Google, Bing and Yahoo are your friends
when it comes to finding something. A
student once told me she learnt how to
solve questions that involves Kinetic
Energy and Potential Energy via the
internet – Physics! Is there a topic you feel
you’re not sound enough? Check the
internet; some people have explained it
there for you. It’s either it becomes more
complex or extremely easy to understand!
Today, there are numerous videos on
YouTube teaching you various subject
topics. Why don’t you find more of these
videos instead of the latest music video (at
least for now)? Also, you can talk to your
subject teacher through the internet –
thanks to that same Facebook and
WhatsApp you make use of everyday!
When something is not clear, take a
picture of what you did and send to your
teacher for clarifications. Cool right? Bet
you never thought of it!
Your mobile phone as a Quiz Master
You’d never really know your stand in a
particular field unless you are tested. I can
assure you that you will find one or two or
more quiz applications in your app store.
Most come in form of games and others
are text documents. Regardless, get
yourself as many quiz apps and test your
knowledge on subjects of your choice.
Alternatively, you can create chat groups
of like minds and people of similar interest
to exchange questions and observations
as you study. Facebook and WhatsApp
groups are very good for this purpose.
Your mobile phone as your Time
Everything we do in life is in one way or
the other related to time which cares for
no one. Let me help you – set an alarm/
reminder for any free time of the day
which will be your study time. Whenever
this alert pops up, always respect it. Try to
give yourself ‘self-discipline’ in that
aspect! Respect that alarm and make sure
you study. Do this every day until the D-
day and you’ll see for yourself that this is
actually a good practice. Need I remind
you that time wasted can never be
redeemed? Study now so that you don’t
have to study again.
What do you think people? Isn’t your
mobile phone awesome? JAMB goes
paperless for ease of examinations; you
too can go paperless for ease of success.
Start making use of your phone for
goodness. Quit wasting your time on it
doing other things!
I wish you all the best in the forthcoming
exams and don’t forget to say thank you to
your mobile phone when your great
testimonies appear. It sure helped in one
way or the other

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