Monthly Archives: August 2014

First Veritas Question Bank: WAEC past questions with answers

Anyone who has ever sat for an examination and had access to past questions and answers of same exams in the years before knows the value of such material. For one, past questions and answers help students have a fair idea of what to expect and how to deal with those challenges.  Not only do those issues include question types and formats, but also how best to manage time while taking the examination in question. As such, it is important also to be sure of the source of the past resources that one uses.

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Here are a few quick benefits of past question and answer tools:

 

–        they help you find out what you already know and what you don’t know

–        they help you practice time management in the exam hall

–        they help you get a better understanding of the exam topics

 

First Veritas has an electronic product, Question Bank, a student examination self-preparation tool

which provides past questions and answers to WAEC examinations over the past 20 years. The team at First Veritas actually have high profile experience of twenty years in the publishing field, making the brand a trustworthy one.

 

Question Bank is an electronic resource – installable on your Windows PC. It provides:

 

–        revision tests, practice tests, and exams

–        study tips

–        you can select different subjects, exam years, and time frames for each test you want to take in Question Bank

–        the Question Bank itself has a built-in usage guide

–        being electronic, wear and tear that traditional paper resources are subject to is eliminated

 

Question Bank is a great support tool to prepare for WAEC in the 21st century. Your children are able to use the tool they are already familiar with – the PC or laptop – to polish up their preparation. It does not replace the need for the student to study. Every student preparing for any exam has to have a fair grasp of the subjects being covered in order to get the best out of past questions and answers. Any student who has done that will benefit immensely from using First Veritas’ Question Bank.

 

For any enquiries, please call 08104039756.

When Children Question Everything

It is commonly accepted that kids say the darndest things (Bill Cosby’s Show; anyone?). It is also known that

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kids ask questions about anything and everything. Some times, those questions are pretty uncomfortable, and sometimes embarrassing. There is often the temptation to brush them off and send them to go play a game or get some work done when they start pushing along certain lines. They are kids, after all.

 But perhaps, we can use the natural inquisitiveness of our children to help them learn to think and analyze. Can it be that we can find a place of balance in which we let kids be kids without stifling their curious and exploring minds?

 Experience hows that kids who question and poke at everything possible tend to develop into adults who can think through situations and concepts better. While it may be scary for some parents, it is also true that children who are much more outgoing, and often pushing the boundaries and crossing lines, tend to grow up into adults who are able to take the bull of life by the horns. They tend to be able to thrive even against the greatest odds. They are used to not conforming and taking no for an answer.

 It is that place of balance where we teach children the place of order and authority, yet let their minds and bodies roam in adventure and exploration that guardians, parents and teachers must find in raising and training children. Some parents lock down the child completely, insisting that a child’s place is absolute submission. Such children often grow up timid and incapable of coping when life’s storms hit. Other parents just let the child have their way a hundred percent. Usually, such kids grow up to become delinquents. Both approaches are fraught with problems. The place of balance is needed.

Do you remember how your parents handled your questioning everything and pushing boundaries? As a parent, how do you cope with this need to strike a balance?

Balancing the Holidays with Fun and Learning

It is still holiday period and students have lots of time on their hands. There is TV, perhaps their greatest interest at this time. Many kids want to wake up in the morning, plant themselves in front of the television and surf channels all day. When TV is unavailable – perhaps because public power fails – they almost always turn to their gadgets for games: PSP and other gaming consoles, mobile phones and tablets. Yes; our kids are the most digital generation ever. They never get bored with a gadget around.

But there is more to life than electronics and it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to help their children strike that balance and learn the fact.

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Regulated Fun Time

Parents and guardians need to help draw lines and schedule their time. It is a good idea to let children have play time, but it is a bad idea to let them have unrestricted, unregulated play time. It is also a good idea to schedule different types of fun activities, some of which are beneficial to them in other ways.

Physical Activities

For example, how about implementing some time for physical sports and games? Running, jumping, skipping, table tennis, football, and basketball are examples of physical activities that we can engage our children in. It isn’t a bad idea to take long walks with the children in the neighbourhood or the park as well. The huge benefits include sharper mental faculties and healthier bodies.

Books!

Yes; books are a fun way to learn. Take a trip with the kids to the bookstore and have them pick story books and novels that interest them (you can order from First Veritas’ selection too) , then schedule days and periods to read out loud to one another. You can alternate reading: you read a chapter and then your child reads the next chapter. They have fun sharing the moments with you with stories and fictional characters that they like, and they improve on their vocabulary and speaking skills at the same time.

There are other fun ways to engage the children during holidays. Perhaps you have a few that you have implemented yourself. Do share in the comments section below.

Why We Must Invest More in Primary Education

We shall kick off today’s topic with a quote from an article that we saw yesterday on the subject of education:

“People with decent primary and secondary education are more likely to be the outliers that will thrive in spite of the university they go to. It may sound elitist but (if you were not one yourself), you probably remember that classmate at university (or three, or five or twenty), who struggled not only with grammar, but also with grasping every material concept your lecturers tried to teach. People who would throw a tantrum if they could not record the lecturer verbatim. People who had not learnt how to learn.”  Source: How Much Does a Bad Education Cost?

The above quote so captures part of the essence of what is wrong with the Nigerian education system as it is: we are not providing a solid foundation for students and the workers of tomorrow because our primary education is weak. It is at this level that the core tools that are essential to a lifetime of learning and skills development should be imparted. Once that stage is flawed and ineffective, pretty much nothing else works well going forward. Here are the key issues:

  • Children who do not get quality primary school education are more likely to struggle through secondary school, university and whatever vocation they pick later in life.

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  • Those who learn good comprehension skills, good study habits and good analytical skills at the primary level are likely to stand out even if what they are later exposed to at the secondary and tertiary levels are substandard systems. Why? They would have learnt the basics. They would have developed the drive and the skills required to learn by themselves.
  • This also often means that even as workers later in life, when in a less than ideal situation, they are able to display greater initiative

In architecture and building circles, it is a fact that once the foundation of a building is weak or bad, it doesn’t matter how grand or beautiful the structure built on it is, the building will fail. That is the very reason why we all – parents, guardians, educators and government – need to invest more in primary education right now. As it is, what we have on ground now mostly means that we will continue to churn out graduates who are unemployable and who are incapable of innovation on the job.

How Can Slow Learners Be Helped?

It can be a very frustrating experience teaching, training, instructing and observing the student who is unable to grasp the subject quickly or even at all. Every teacher or instructor faces this scenario at some point in time. There is that student that is slow to assimilate, process and apply information. In some cases, there are those who are unable to grasp certain things at all.

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Looking through report sheets of various students over a period of time, one can easily conclude that some students are just not bright. What does the teacher do in such a situation? The most important thing to note is that a slow learner is not necessarily a dumb person. Perhaps this is not quite his sphere of intelligence. Perhaps his potential is a little different. Perhaps he has been lazy or hasn’t paid attention.

 

Praise Effort, not Results

Where a student has been diligent, the first thing we must do is praise their efforts. Yes; the results may be poor and unworthy of praise, but the effort put in by the student is worthy of commendation.  Be sure to note the distinction though: praising poor results is not only wrong, but will further ensure that the student does not do better. But by all means, do commend any god efforts.

 

Encourage Diligence

The student needs to be encouraged to put in more time and effort. While intelligence and natural ability are attractive, more often than not, hard work can catch up and in some cases overtake those.  Help build their self-confidence by pointing out that they can excel if they put in more effort.

 

Give Extra Attention

The teacher or instructor needs to pay extra attention to the slow learner and help them make progress. There is no easy way around it. But the true teacher will go the extra mile for the reward of seeing their student do well. Draw up some extra time for them. Give them extra reading to do. Sit with them to explain the difficult things to them. Make them comfortable. The teacher needs to be their go-to person when they get stuck.

 

All things being equal, with a little assistance from a teacher who cares, even slow learners can produce some really amazing results.