Things you must do to graduate faster without issues from National Open University of Nigeria
The National Open University of Nigeria is a very unique school that avails you the opportunity to work and learn, the school fees and mode of study is very flexible coupled with its recognition by NUC for her students to attend NYSC,
This has made the school, to be one of the most sort after institution especially for the working class cadre and JAMBITES whom Jamb must have dealt with.
However while it’s very easy to gain admission into the university, Some students have been complaining about how things had gone south for them, in most cases, even the students don’t know what is stopping them from graduating.
In this post, I am going to show you how you can manage your academic life without stress and graduate at the right time
For Undergraduates and Post Graduates
For students in undergraduate level ( 100 – 400 Level), the first mistake you should avoid is; not having a backup of all the credentials you presented during the screening process
When you got your admission in the university, you were required to open a file, and the file contained your admission letter, application form, O level, certificates of origin and date of birth and the Remita ( RRR) Payment.
This is the point where you should start taking actions
To ensure you there is not miss up please make copies of the documents, you submitted and keep one backup for yourself in a separate file
This backup file should be your reference point in the following cases
Missing Results: This is the most commonly EXPERIENCED issue, ordinarily whenever there is an issue like that, your study center will ask you to bring you registered courses printout,
This is to prove that you actually registered for that Course, the catch here is, if you were unable to come along with that, you must re-register the course as carryover but if you can get it
A form will be given to you to fill which they will submit to the headquarters for revisiting and correction
Always Print Your E-wallet in Each Semester
It’s true that the NOUN portal inst going anywhere soon, but for future preventive measures, have your wallet transaction in each semester in your file,
Some students who moved from the old portal in 2016 to the new portal, had some of these challenges, and it was a great battle during their final year clearance,
The bursary unit will check if you made certain payments such as project fees, seminar fees, and other compulsory fees, in their case, they didn’t have the details because the old portal has been shut down
Someone I known had to re-pay for the project fee which was about N15k because he couldn’t provide the wallet details showing that he paid.
2. Keep Tab of your Credit Load
Ordinarily, the total Required credit unit you must attain before graduation is 120 units so each semester you must register a minimum of 15 units and maximum of 24 units, but some times most students will get confused on this
Here is what it means: an average program at NOUN will last for 4 years ( 8 Semesters); the required credit unit you must complete before you will graduate is 120 units = 15units X 8 Semesters
However this is mainly for Compulsory Courses, during your course registration , you will see courses that have “C” on their status , what is means is, these are the courses you must pass before you graduate,
NOTE: you can never graduate if you did not pass all the Core “C” Courses you are to offer either from 100 level or till your final year.
So keeping Tab on those courses will help you know when you are not doing it right, its part the things you must do to graduate without issues
3. Print Out your Result Each semester!
This is another action you must ensure you carry, most times the portal may be under maintenance or some changes may occur, I have seen cases where the student results were missing some courses especially the ones she failed
Printing it will guide you during the times when you had missing scripts or trying to register a failed course.
4. Join Student Whatsapp & Facebook Groups
You can not be a loner, most times what causes students to miss their TMA deadline or examination Date is the fact you are alone, its possible to be all by yourself especially if you are working, besides the school had made it possible for you t download study materials online and study at your own time so most times you may not know what’s happening
When you are in your study center Facebook group or student Whats app Group, You will be kept abreast on the latest happenings in the school such as when the exam is coming, closure for semester registration, TMA opening and closing date and of course when the exam time table will be Out
5. Always Visit The Official Web site each Week
If you can log in to Facebook daily, It shouldn’t be hard for you to visits the NOUN Official Portal at least once a week, even though you are in the groups, some times its right to get the proper information from the horse’s mouth moth and the portal is exactly were you will see it
6. Ensure you finish Your TMA Two Days to the Closure Date
The traffic from more than 500 Thousand students can greatly affect the students portal no doubt, however, most people relax because they felt the deadline is far, only to be caught unawares at the deadline,
Whenever it’s getting to the closure time, the network can be very frustrating and bad, would you rather bank your future on that? it’s better to do it early and score 20 out of 30 that doing it late even without completing it
7. Follow The Exam updates Changes until the Final Time Table is OUT
I have witnessed a situation whereby a student saw a draft time, copied it and went home, Please take not, Draft means it’s still in review and more changes are coming, it’s not the final time table,
Until you see “Final Time Table” do not take any one of the drafts as the last examination Time table to avoid you missing your courses which it will become an automatic carryover
8. Always Come to the Exam Venue 30 Minutes before Time
You may think its business as usual until you come into your exam venue 25 – 30 minutes late, the rule is that you will not be allowed to sit for the exam, this is because between that time and the final hour there are chances that the latecomer might have seen the exam script.
9. If your Caught in Exam Malpractice don’t Try to act Smart
Some students seem like they are fast and smart, most times you resort to self-help by eating or chewing the evidence, this may compound your case, because depending on who caught you, on most occasion you may be spared and pardoned if there is a sign of remorse but when you try to outsmart your invigilators the be ready to dance to the tune
Finally, In any Semester, you feel you not ready to continue, do not bother to register or make a part payment, in the Frequently asked questions I will explain to you where it is so. So there are the 9 Things you must do to graduate without issues from National Open University
You should Also Check out The 2019 National Open University Course Semester / Course Registrations Guide
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I gain Admission into National Open University if my O Level or Degree is Awaiting?
Answer: No, National Open University of today insist you must present evidence showing your statement or result or the actual certificate
Q: Is it possible to change your Course even after getting admission on another course?
Answer: It is a two-way thing, the first criteria depend on the period of the admission given if the desire to change the course came when your yet to get a matriculation number, all that is needed is to drop the registration and refill the admission form
However if you have enrolled maybe finished your first semester before requesting to change, it may not be easy, first, you need to ensure that the programme you are aspiring for, you had all the requirements, you will apply and pay N5000 change of program fee which is obtainable from your study centre.
Q: Can I Defer My Admission if I do not Have Money
Answer: Yes; Each semester you wish to pause, you do not need to write to the school for deferment, just forget about registering on the portal until your ready,
Let’s see it this way; you did your first semester or finished one level and there was no fund to further, there is no cause for alarm, anytime you are ready to continue, all you will do is to log in to the student portal, click on register and fill up your details, and everything will; be reactivated from where you stopped
Q: Can I make a Part Payment until am done?
Answer: I wouldn’t do that! let me explain before you contemplate on making your payments in parts, this should guide you in order not to waste your money
The Deadline for registration. each semester you are expected to pay a compulsory semester fee for old students its N18,000 while new students will pay N36,000, This fee is different from your course registration fee, now,
The issue is; if you paid for just semester fee and was unable to do your course/exam registration due to funds, it means that next semester you are going to pay another semester fee to continue.
it’s advisable to have your complete fund before continuing except on the cases where you are sure to pay up before registration for the semester ends
If there are other questions bothering you, Please use the Comment box to ask and I will get back to you.