DESIRE : The first thing you must have as a student who wants to score as high as 280 and above in this year's U.T.M.E is the desire to do so. Infact, you must have a burning desire and an acute fighting spirit as this will help you study hard and consistently to accomplish your goal. I know a lot of average students who scored 280, 283, 290, 300 e.t.c due to their burning desire and strong determination to have an oustanding score and I also know some academically profound students who scored as low as 180, 190, 203 e.t.c due o their non challant attitude, lack of burning desire and over-estimation of their abilities. So therefore, if you wanna score high in this year's U.T.M.E ignite the fire in you and develop a strong desire and will to do so.
TIME CREATION : Secondly, you must help yourself by creating time for yourself. I know that a lot of students who take U.T.M.E every year are usually engaged in one work or the other e.g Teaching, tailoring, catering e.t.c in order to gain some money to take care of some financial bills without depending on their parents. They over concentrate on this jobs and this leaves them with little or no time to study. So, they end up having scores below the cut off mark for their desired course or having mediocre scores. Do not allow this to be your portion my dear jam bites, you can always explain the need to study to your parents or guardians so that they can help you talk to your boss or employer to reduce your working time, so that you can have time to study effectively. Be wise, don't allow lack of time to make you stay at home for another 365 days.
GET THE RIGHT TEXTBOOKS : U.T.M.E is a highly organized computer based examination that makes use of recommended textbooks to set it's questions and they have done you a great favor by informing you about these textbooks. Make research on the Internet, buy these textbooks, study them effectively and give your testimony of scoring high in U.T.M.E. A typical example of these textbooks is the INVISIBLE TEACHER of JAMB's use of English textbook by Dele Ashade. Oh my goodness!!! If you study this textbook well jamb is already in serious trouble.
GET THE EXAMINATION SYLLABUS : The use of U.T.M.E syllabus is very essential for any student who wants to score 280+ in the examination. The syllabus is just like an expo that gives you the insight of the topics you will find questions on in the examination. I can assuredly say that if a student covers 85% of the syllabus, scoring 280+ in U.T.M.E is inevitable. So, get the syllabus through the Internet, write or print it out in hardcopy and use it as a scheme for studying.
USE OF PAST QUESTIONS : The U.T.M.E pat questions should be the best friend of any student who wants to score 280+ in U.T.M.E. for decades now, Jamb has been giving questions from the same set of topics. A close study of the past questions revealed that Jamb repeats questions every year but they usually change their choice of words while repeating it. So, get your latest past questions today at the bookshop. I can proudly stand and boldly say that if can cover 90% of your past questions, scoring 280+ in jamb is inevitable.
CREATE A STUDY SCHEDULE : This simply means that you should study according to your own laid down schedule that suits you well. I'll advice to create a study timetable if you don't have one and study your four subjects equally without emphasizing on one or two of them, leaving the others unattended to. To score 280+ in jamb you have to score a minimum of 70 in your four subjects and this can be possible if you do not lay emphasis on one or two subjects than the others.
UNDERSTAND YOURSELF : This is also very essential if you want to study effectively and score above your expectations in U.T.M.E. As a student, you should know the time,ethos and condition that enables you study effectively. For instance, some students read during daytime because they assimilate better during that time while some students are somewhat nocturnal and prefer night reading. Also, some students can study in any environment whether noisy or silent but some can only study in a quiet environment. So you should know what works for you particularly without emulating what others do to study because what works for them, might not work for you.
INVOLVE GOD : No matter how you effectively follow the above strategies, if you do not involve God then all can be in vain. Involving God would not only help you during U.T.M.E but in other stages required to pass to gain admission successfully. A lot of students studied hard and had the inclination to score 280+ but sickness did not allow them write the exam, some read well but were hindered by system problems in their examination center and ended up scoring low and so on. So, you need to pray fervently to God because he is the one who can make you stand, survive and give you the spirit of great academic excellence in your academic endavours. Also, never make the mistake of praying fervently without reading effectively because God hated lazy people and as Benjamin Franklin did in one of his quotes " heaven helps those who help themselves". Which means, as pray also study effectively trust me, SUCCESS IS INEVITABLE. if I had this kind of exposure when I wrote U.T.M.E I would have scored above 283 in the previous utme. Lol but still, all thanks to Almighty God