How to Study for JAMB and Pass Excellently

In this post, I will show you practical tips on how to write and pass JAMB 2021 and score high. I have also included essential strategies on how to study JAMB English, Physics, Government, Biology, Literature, Chemistry, etc. and recommended textbooks.

For many years, I struggled to pass my Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) exam. It would not be an understatement to say I got JAMBed by JAMB back to back for many years.

At a point, I could not understand why I always get low scores. Sometimes I scored below 200. I was desperate to get a good score enough to secure admission into the University. 

I felt like a loser as I also began to look dumb to everyone back at home.

In secondary school, I performed well in my exams. I am not a lazy student. So, the problem was not that I could not read and understand.

As I look back today, I now realized that for the many years I struggled with JAMB, I used the wrong strategies. I would not want any student to go through my painful experience.

Whether you think you are a bright or an average student, you will find this post helpful. 

By the way, I’m currently a student at the University of Nigeria

You see if I could make it. You too can get high JAMB score to get you admission into the University or Polytechnic of your choice. 

Trust me there is no big secret or trick to scoring above 300 in JAMB. It boils down to your study technique and commitment.

If this is your first JAMB, then I pray that you pass your JAMB in one sitting once and for all. 

Also, if this is not your first exam, I am optimistic the strategies in this post will help you conquer JAMB. 

Have it at the back of your mind that JAMB is not too difficult to pass.

Now let’s go into the business on how you can excel in your forthcoming JAMB examinations.

If you have any question, do let me know in the comment box. I will respond to you as soon as possible.

12 Tips on How to Pass JAMB Excellently

  1. Study JAMB Syllabus and Brochure 
  2. Get Recommended Text Books and Materials
  3. Get Rid of Distraction
  4. Create The Perfect Study Environment
  5. Read and Study Effectively
  6. Identify Your Weakness
  7. Practice JAMB Questions
  8. Online CBT Test Practice
  9. Believe in Yourself
  10. Attend JAMB Tutorial
  11. Care for Your Body and Health
  12. Stay Informed On JAMB News

Study JAMB Syllabus and Brochure 

The first thing you must do as a JAMBite is to study the official JAMB syllabus and brochure. A common mistakes students make is to be ignorant and not analyze the brochure and syllabus.

The JAMB syllabus contains all the topics that you must study for your examination. It is a comprehensive guide on how to read and score high.

Inside the syllabus, you will see statements like the candidate should be able to know this and that. 

It gives you an important clue on what you must know for your CBT exam.

JAMB brochure gives you information about the courses offered at the different Universities, Polytechnics, Monotechnics and College of Education

  • Before you register for your JAMB, check out the correct subject combination for your preferred course of study.

Note that high JAMB score with the wrong subject combination will give you nothing.

How to Get JAMB Syllabus and Brochure to Study

Ensure that you check out these two materials. It is the first step before you begin preparations for your examination. It will make a lot of difference.

Many Nigerian students fail the JAMB exam because they read gigantic textbooks. Materials meant for PhD students at the University.

Reading complex and irrelevant materials will not help you score high in JAMB. It is necessary to get the official recommended textbooks.

Inside the JAMB syllabus, you will see a list of recommended textbooks you should read. For example, JAMB recommends Ababio’s New School Chemistry for science students.

You do not have to buy all the recommended textbooks. You would end up not covering anything and spend a lot of money. One text is enough for each subject. Go for the one that is easy for you to comprehend.

For science students, here is a list of text I will recommend that you supplement with your textbooks. 

Use of English
  • The Invisible Teacher of JAMB’s Use of English by Dele Ashade
  • A-Z English Textbook by Dele Ashade 
  • A-One English by Dele Ashade

Publisher Contact: 08038414863 / 08124566384 / 08181969947

  • Lamlad’s SSCE & UTME Chemistry by F. O. Ayinde and F. O. Asubiojo
  • New School Chemistry for Senior Secondary Schools by Ababio, O.Y
  • Senior Secondary School Physics by Okeke, P. N and Anyakoha, M.W
  • Lamlad’s SSCE & UTME Physics by O. Ajaja and H.B. Olaniyi

Publisher Contact: Little by Little Plaza Ajilosun Street, Ado-Ekiti.

Phone: 08060445443 & 08035672129

  • Explicit Biology by O.J. Olaoye

Publisher Contact: 08069451567 & 08024761905

Location: Lagos, Nigeria.

  • Integrated Mathematics Textbook by Afolabi J.R

Note that some of these textbooks are not available in bookshops nationwide. 

A few years ago, I had to order Explicit Biology and Invisible Teacher from the publisher in Lagos. It was because no bookshop in my city had the book in stock.

I went the extra mile to get these books because of recommendation from Medical students on Nairaland. 

Funny enough, I used Lamlad’s Chemistry to also study in my first year at the University here in UNN.

For Medical aspirant I recommend you check out the Nairaland Medical Student and Aspirant Thread.

The textbooks are of immense benefits for every science students taking JAMB this year. You will thank me later. 

If the books are not available in bookshops in your area, contact the publishers. Use the contact info I have provided above. They are not expensive, typically within the range of two thousand Naira or thereabout.

You can get Explicit Biology on Amazon

  • The Invisible Teacher of JAMB’s Use of English by Dele Ashade
  • A-Z English Textbook by Dele Ashade 
  • A-One English by Dele Ashade
  • Essential Oral English for Schools and Colleges by Caesar, O. J.
  • Comprehensive Government for Senior Secondary Schools
  • Essential Government for Senior Secondary Schools by C. C. Dibie.
  • Practical Guild in Literature
  • Exam Focus Literature-in-English
  • Study the Bible with JAMB syllabus
  • Essential Economics for Senior Secondary Schools
  • Comprehensive Economics

Get Rid of Distraction

An effective way you can prepare, study and score high in JAMB is to get rid of distractions. 

WhatsApp and Facebook are the major distractions facing Nigerian students. Many students find it hard to focus while studying without getting distracted. These distractions are buzz on social media.

Getting rid of distractions is not as easy as it may sound. Addiction to these apps is never an easy habit to drop.

To get rid of distractions, you must do away with anything that would hinder your study plan. You have to stay focused and discipline yourself.

Here are tips on how to get rid of distraction while preparing for JAMB.

  • Go to the library to study and do not go along with your Android or iPhone.
  • Study in a calm environment.
  • Get enough sleep before your study time.
  • Do not study on an empty stomach.
  • Switch off your data while studying.
  • Resist the urge to check out your WhatsApp messages during study hours.
  • Cultivate the habit to use social media only on weekends.
  • Make yourself unavailable to friends who would distract you from your study.
  • Get a good recharge lamp to study at night.
  • Study with table and chair.
  • Inform your parents you need alone time to study.
  • Don’t do house chores during study time.
  • Study in a well-ventilated room.

Create The Perfect Study Environment

Creating a perfect study environment is necessary to get an excellent score in JAMB. You must find out which environment best suit you to study. A serene environment helps you to read and understand.

It is not advisable to study while lying on the bed. Study with a table and chair.

A recommended study environment is libraries, University or Polytechnic campus around your house. You can try out public secondary schools on weekends. Ensure that the location is safe. 

Even in your house, you can create a place that is perfect for you to study with minimal distractions.

Read and Study 

Reading or browsing through the topics in the JAMB syllabus is not enough. You have to study deep to understand the subject that you are reading.

Do not read topics like some kind of romance novel. You must read every page of your textbook with an understanding. JAMB questions may come from in-between the lines. No topic in the syllabus is irrelevant. The questions can come from anywhere.

One mistake I made during my JAMB days was always trying to cover the syllabus in a short period. Nobody will give you an award for finishing the JAMB outline in one month.

Never you make the error of trying to exhaust the syllabus so that you can brag to your friends that you know how to read. 

Understanding what you are reading, clicking the correct option on the day of your examination is the whole essence to study.

Have a good study strategy and time management technique. It will help you prepare for your exam. Starting to prepare early is an essential key to get an impressive score of 250 and above.

Identify Your Weakness

As you study for your exams, you have to identify your weakness. You must recognize those topics that are proving difficult to understand. 

Never try to abandon any topic because you are unable to understand them. It will shock you that a lot of questions would come from such areas in your exam.

Do not avoid difficult topics. The best strategy is to go to YouTube, search for videos on the concept. You’d you will get an explanatory video to clear up your confusion.

You can also search for such topics on Google search with your phone. Read the results you find. You would see a good explanation.

Also, you can search for a person around your area to put you through on difficult topics. You’d be glad you tackled your challenges.

Practice JAMB Questions

Practising JAMB questions is a necessary study technique for every student. It is an effective strategy to get an outstanding performance in JAMB. 

Practice JAMB questions so that you can get familiar with the exam format. Without practising these questions, you would not have an idea of what to expect in your exam.

Practice questions serve as a guide to gauge your level of preparedness for the exam. As you answer the questions, you would be able to test if you have understood what you have been reading. It is an effective way to pinpoint your weakness.

Every year students make the mistake of cramming past questions like current affairs. It usually ends in premium tears for these students. 

As you study the syllabus, test your performance with past questions and answer. Learn how to solve problems and not cram answers to questions. 

Get a correct copy of JAMB past questions and answers. The question booklet you buy must have an explanation for every answer, not options only.

JAMB Online CBT Test Practice

JAMB online CBT test practice gives you a familiar experience like the main exam. JAMB CBT apps are stimulation to the exam.

For online CBT test, I recommend that you use MySchool. 

I recommend the MySchool classroom because you can interact with other aspirants in Nigeria. Some of the interaction and arguments would help you to get a better understanding of topics.

You can check out other CBT practice websites or apps on Google Playstore.

Believe in Yourself

Believing in yourself is an essential key to succeed in your exams. Do not look down upon yourself that you cannot score above 300.

You may not have attended the best Secondary schools, but you have a high chance to succeed. Do not allow your environment to limit your potentials.

Students who go to fancy High schools are usually high confidence that they would blast JAMB. They prepare and write their examination with an inner assurance of success. 

Believe in yourself that you can pass the Joint Admission Matriculation Board Exam.

Attend JAMB Tutorial

Attending JAMB tutorials can assist you with preparations for your exams. Lesson centres teach you topics that you don’t understand. Also, interacting with other students could serve as a form of a morale booster. 

But sometimes, these tutorials can be a source of distraction. Many JAMBites go to these lessons to show off their latest gadget and fashion style.

Whenever you find yourself in such tutorial centres, try to stay focus or quit. 

Care for Your Body and Health

Good health is necessary to pass your exam. If you fall sick a few days before your examination, all your effort may go down the drain.

As you study, make sure that you take good care of your body and health. Do not starve yourself to death because you are preparing for JAMB. 

You can look healthy and still be a serious student.

A high energy level and a top-notch frame of mind are necessary for your preparations.

Routine exercise is compulsory for every student. It helps your brain to work more effectively. You would begin to find it easy to recall all that you have read. Exercise for at least 20 minutes every day.

You can dance to your favourite music in your room in the evening as your exercise routine. Always engage in physical activities to improve your physical and psychological health.

Stay Informed On JAMB News

As you prepare for your exams, you must stay informed on JAMB news and update. You must know the requirements for registration when to print your exam slip or centre for your exam. 

Do not stay in the dark. You don’t want to end up missing important JAMB news update.

Join my Facebook group to receive updates from JAMB and other admission news. 

Another source of information is the Newspaper, Television, Educational blogs, etc.

Guidelines on How to Pass JAMB Physics

To pass JAMB physics, study with Okeke and supplement with Lamlad’s Physics. You can also use any other textbook recommended that is easy for you to understand.

Physics in JAMB is theoretical and mathematical. Study your textbook and practice with past questions.

Do not cram the answers to calculations. What you would want to do is to understand how to solve physics calculations. Concrete understanding of topics enables you to tackle questions in any format.

Do not join the bandwagon of students who say physics is not possible to understand. 

Seek for help on YouTube, search topics on Google for better comprehension. Also, you could find somebody who would teach you even if it means to pay the fellow.

Practical Steps on How to Pass JAMB Chemistry

Chemistry in JAMB covers both the organic and inorganic sections. I understand that many secondary schools do not teach organic chemistry. Many teachers do not have grounded knowledge in the aspect of organic Chemistry.

Ababio’s Chemistry is one of the best textbooks out there to understand chemistry. 

Make sure that you get Lamlad’s Chemistry. It is compulsory if you are looking at scoring 80/100 and above. 

In my last JAMB examination (you know I wrote JAMB plenty of times), I used only Lamlad’s Chemistry for my preparation. 

The result still gives me premium joy till today. I can’t wait to hear your testimony.

Advice on How to Pass JAMB Biology

JAMB biology is straight forward. Study all the topics in the syllabus. You would get an outstanding performance.

Also, I recommend that you get Explicit Biology to supplement your textbook. Trust me, with Explicit Biology you will score 75/100 and above.

Strategies on How to Pass JAMB English

English in JAMB covers comprehension/summary, lexis and structures and oral forms

Did you attend a local secondary school? You will have to put in more effort to study and pass the use of English.

Invisible Teacher textbook teaches you tricks on how to pass JAMB use of English.

How to Pass JAMB Without Studying Much

You cannot pass JAMB without studying much and hardworking. You must read, understand and cover the syllabus to pass the exam.

There is no shortcut to success. It is not possible in a national board exam. If you cheat or impersonate in the CBT exam hall, you may end up in prison. Do not bring shame and reproach to your family.

Read and Read, Pray and Pray.

JAMB Cheat Site

There is no authentic JAMB cheat site. Whatever you see online is created by scammers. They intend to lure students to part away with their parent’s hard-earned money.

Every year, JAMB optimizes its system to remove any loophole. Do not fall for scammers. There is no JAMB cheat site.

JAMB Score Upgrade

JAMB score upgrade is a fake scheme promoted by impostors. Your JAMB score cannot get upgraded by any individual claiming to work with JAMB. Whatever that you score is what you will see in your result slip. Study effectively to score high in JAMB.

  • I would love to hear from you in the comment box. Ask me any question. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Good luck with your examination. It is my prayer that your efforts turn to great success. 

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16 thoughts on “How to Study for JAMB and Pass Excellently”

  1. Hi I love this but still confused and scared of failing the exam and the exam is near but I can’t see my self that I have study hard what can I do

    • Hey Blessing,

      It is okay to feel scared about the JAMB exam.

      What you need to do at this stage is to identify your fears. Why do you think you are not prepared for the exam?

  2. I really enjoyed this!! I want to study medicine but my first jamb had a cripple of 263, it was sadly not enough for me. I’m reading for this year but I seem very much discouraged, your article was just what I needed. 💖💖

    • Obinna, I’m glad to hear from you.

      I wish you success in your JAMB examination.

      Ensure that you study the recommended textbook. Also, keep a positive mindset.


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