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Challenges Faced By Students During Research For Their Final Year Projects

29 Jul

Expert Author Samuel Nengolong

It is common knowledge in Nigeria as a nation that every first degree seeking individual (undergraduates) at the tail end (final year) of his/her stay in the tertiary institution of learning, must as a matter of fact undergo one of the must “dreaded” and strenuous part of schooling (some students go ahead to hire a writer to carry on their research(es) for them, popular known among the educational populace as project or Final Year Project.

Many things come together to form the criteria for setting apart who was successful in his stay in school and otherwise. Continuous Assessment, Test, group work(s) and at times personal research then the mother of all, exams. All these are more or less, the yardstick for weighing the “bright” students from the “dull” ones.

Where do final year projects come into the picture and why? We will take a close look at it below.

Tertiary institutions are structured to be the last point of training of professionals (undergraduates) who will duly fill in the vacuums, if there are any and they make up the manpower industry. None can be a lawyer, doctor, sociologist, engineer, architect without proper training in the University.

That being said and done, let’s take a quick look at one of the most vital and important part of this aforementioned training.

FINAL YEAR PROJECT TOPICS.

What entails a final year project topic or research?

The definition of the word project as provided by the Oxford advanced learners dictionary will not serve our purpose for this article.

The final year project is the culmination of the degree – it gives students a chance to demonstrate all they have learned. The project module is very different from other modules. The project tests students’ ability to: design, engineer and evaluate quality systems, research their chosen subject area.

This final year project research works, just like every other part of schooling has in its own stead some difficulties attached to it.

One of which is the nature of the final year project topics.

The difficulties attached to this is not far fetched as, even though every project topic is important but we cannot deny the fact that there are some very difficult phenomenon that will serve as a bone in one’s research.

For instance if one’s final year project topic has a lot to do with the menaces of cultism and it’s effects on the student population in Nigerian tertiary institutions, we cannot dispute the obvious fact that it is a very important topic but the process and research will perhaps be a herculean one. How to go about this topic may not be the problem, but getting first hand information will seriously be an issue.

Another difficulty faced by students is accessibility to important (undergraduate) research materials. It is a bitter truth to state that some tertiary institutions in Nigeria have substandard libraries and old books. Where students cannot get access to updated books, they will by extension find difficulties in getting adequate information vital for the undertaking of their final year project.

Another difficulty faced by students is the nature of some of their project supervisors.

Supervisors are meant to supervise, support, advice and aid students in the course of their research but some of this supervisors only frustrate the work of the students. Some students pray fervently they escape some particular lecturers as supervisors when they finally get to the promise land.

A lecturer’s strict nature coupled with their high taste of judgmental nature may scare students in the course of their project. I’ve seen situations where supervisors cancel the first submissions made by their students for very trivial reasons which could be easily corrected.

Another difficulty faced by students is the approval of final year project topics.

This should normally take effect as soon as possible so that students can have enough time to make research, conduct interviews and make questionnaires so that they can catch the early worm but at times, for no concrete reasons the approval gets delayed for way too long and when it finally gets approved students may not get enough time to execute the projects judicially.

Another difficulty faced by students to be honest is the procrastination on the students part.

Time management is one of the most imperative factors to be duly considered by students in school but some of the students procrastinate and when it’s almost time for submissions then they rush, rush and rush their work. No it won’t work well that way. It won’t.

In a situation where ones final year project requires oral communication, relating with people who may not be learned or literate per-say, may be little bit of a problem. I know of a lady whose final year project was to be executed in a remote village and she was to conduct an interview with a faction of the villagers. Communicating with the women was a serious problem for her.

Just like every other phenomenon in life generally, difficulties are sure to come our way. Even roses have thorns.

It’s only a matter of hard work and dedication that can ease the stress that comes along with projects. Being in the know of the challenges and the very importance of projects in molding students and preparing them for what to expect in the wider world and to be specific their field of professionalism, tertiary institutions may want to go back to the drawing board and conjure up ways to ease the stress students face during projects and also find means of getting the best out of students in the course of this important exercise.

Nobody loves low grades and the heavy credit load a final year project carries alone scares students into doing virtually everything in their power to make sure they pass and pass very well.

Nigerian students hardly get marred by difficult situations, they always find a way to make things happen.

Tough times don’t last but tough people do, and this by no means is justifying the neglect on the part of both students and teachers in this situation.

When we all do what we have to do, then we can bring into reality that which we’ve always dreamt of.

For further enquiry, reach me via email nensamuel[at]gmail[dot]com

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Finance Tips I Wish They’d Taught Me in College

25 Jul

College was a great experience for me. I got my journalism degree, honed my skills at the student newspaper and learned the art of finding parking in front of the student center around noon.

Once I left college, I realized one thing all my college classes had not given me: a basic finance education. With that in mind, I’ve put together a series of tips I really wish I’d known sooner.

Establish Credit

In the first days of freshman year, students are often besieged with offers asking them to take out a credit card. This happened to me, but I didn’t want to take risks on unnecessary debt by putting something on the plastic that I didn’t immediately have the money for.

It seemed like a responsible move at the time.

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How Teachers Can Use Twitter To Motivate Students

22 Sep

We live in a globalized world, where social networks play an important role. Many people think that social networks can be used only at work or at home, but nobody thinks about the importance of social media in the classroom. For example, Twitter is a tool that can be used by teachers to keep their classes engaged and up-to-date on the technologies of the modern world. Twitter can become so interesting for students that they may start opening the page “My Twitter account” more often than “Order a custom paper” on their laptops/smartphones.
We hope that you know what is Twitter used for and we propose you to read about some ways of using Twitter that can help teachers to motivate their students:
1. Due dates & Quizzes
Students often forget the main dates of their exams and the due dates of the assignments therefore educators can post some tweets to remind students about what has to be done and till what time. Moreover, who does not like quizzes? Posting a couple of quizzes every day can boost work of the students’ brains. However, it is recommended to ask students to participate in quizzes only after the end of the school day (they can do it at home not to be distracted from studying).
2. News
If you are a teacher, consider subscribing to popular educational Twitter accounts and to account about news on different topics. It is better when the topics are biased and controversial because students can read the articles about the events from both sides (“for” and “against”), compare and take the side, which is a right one for them. Contrasting different perspectives of the real life examples makes students thinking more about the issues that happen around them on a daily basis. Moreover, consider creating education Twitter chats to boost communication skills of your students.
3. Career list
Ask each student to make a list about his/her future career goals. In addition, they can change their minds and information in these lists as often as they want to. Thus, you can not only make them motivated in meeting their goals and realizing aspirations but also see what the trends in the classroom are. Moreover, it may be fun to read this list several years after, when all the students will be working to see what expectations embodied and what did not.
4. Events
Teachers can make tweets about interesting educational events or useful courses that their students may be interested to visit. Moreover, teachers can encourage their students to donate some money to some charitable organizations. However, it is recommended to make a note that before making a donation, youngsters have to ask their parents if they can do it because some families may live on the last money and simply cannot afford making donations.
5. Live tweets
Sick children and parents can see the classroom, trips and news of the school even from their homes if the teacher posts some pictures with descriptions. Moreover, you can use some education hashtags that can make a search easier.
Thinking about those, who cannot participate in a school life is important!
6. History
Children can add some quotes from historic figures or tweet their photographs and biographies. In addition, the Twitter page can pretend to be the page of a famous person or a fictional character. Improve creative thinking of your students!
7. Research
Students can simply tap some key words in the Twitter’s search engine and find microblogs on the subject of interest.
8. Review
Students can write their microblogs in Twitter on any of the media study classes. For example, in the literature lessons they may write reviews on movies and books.
9. Parents
Parental support may seem to be too hard for some students. Thus, teachers may post the parents’ opinions on where to go and what to do anonymously.
10. Design
Students can choose a background of the classroom’s page by themselves. It may be even better if each of them will add something special and unique to this picture.
11. Weather
Teachers can set up Twitter feed where students can discuss the weather patterns and make notes on them. Students can find all the necessary information on Google Maps and Google Earth.
12. Videos
Use Twiddeo to post some videos about the upcoming events, trips or other things and issues that may interest students and can broaden their knowledge.
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There are so many ways to use Twitter for the education purposes that may be not only useful but also fun. Do not limit your imagination! In addition, read some tips for writing an effective essay that can help your students to write creative microblogs in Twitter. Good luck!

 

 

Easy Recipes For Quick Student’s Breakfast

14 Sep

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Every student knows how hard it is to keep a healthy diet during an education process. Furthermore, eating at least three times a day seems to be impossible. However, you have to remember that during the college life it is necessary not only thinking about where to buy an essay but also you have to think about healthy breakfast to eat each day to stay in a good shape and to be happy.

Here are Top 5 easy recipes that will not take too much time to cook:

  1. English-Muffin Egg Pizza

This pizza can be cooked in about 5-7 minutes. Moreover, you may probably like the fact that they are rich of protein and do not include meat.

Firstly, you have to hard-cook one or two eggs (depending on the size of the eggs and your taste).

Secondly, peel and slice them and place them on the top of the halves of an English muffin.

Thirdly, shred some mozzarella on top, drizzle it with olive oil and slice tomato.

Lastly, broil this pizza.

Enjoy!

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  1. Yogurt & Granola Parfait

Feel as if you eat dessert instead of a mainstream breakfast. Get a dose of calcium and energy boost in the morning to be active all the day through. It takes about 1-2 minutes to prepare this meal.

Put the granola inside a parfait glass and then pour the yogurt on it.

If you like syrups, drizzle it on top (maple syrup is the best choice).

Palatable and luxury!

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  1. Panini with Egg and Prosciutto

This version of sandwich can be cooked fast (approximately 10-15 minutes) and is super delicious. If you do not like prosciutto, you are more than welcome to replace it by ham or salami. Be creative!

Whisk together salt, pepper and eggs in a bowl.

Melt butter and pour it into the bowl with the eggs.

Scramble until it will be cooked.

Put the eggs on the halves of the bread.

Place prosciutto and cheese on top.

Cook the sandwich in the pan with butter until the cheese melts

Yummy!

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  1. Sweet Buns

Make your buns unique using an exceptional topping or a muffin tin. Create sweet buns with your own signature of taste.

Oven has to be heated to 375° F

Drop some butter on each compartment of a muffin tin.

Put the slices of banana on top and put half spoon of brown sugar (it is more expensive than white sugar but better as well).

Put a biscuit on top of each bun.

Bake around 10 minutes (check the color, it has to be golden).

Release your sweet buns when they are cooked and serve them warm.

Have a good meal!

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  1. Apricots & Almonds Farina

Eating warm dish with the melted sugar while the weather outside is rainy and windy…What can be better? Yep, nothing!

Boil the milk and a bit of salt in a saucepan.

Simmer this mixture in the farina and whisk for 1,5-2,5 minutes.

Pour into bowls and put apricots and almonds on top.

Do not forget to add some sugar (You will be amazed how fast it melts…mmmm…).

Bon Appetit!

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