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Thursday, 29 October 2020

How to Avoid Delays in Your OAU Postgraduate Programme (TAGS: OAU, PG, NAIRALAND, POSTGRADUATE, OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY, POST GRADUATE FORM)


How to Avoid Delays in Your OAU Postgraduate Programme

You must have been told something or read something about how OAU is a wrong place to take a PG programme if you like your time; everyone has been told something like that, which is why it’s really hard to find a person who is not skeptical about taking a PG programme in OAU; everyone believes it’s going to be really slow. The thing is, this is mostly true, and as I have written in a previous article on this topic, OAU Postgraduate College (PGC) would give you what you let her give you, that’s just it. But for the sake of people who might be finding it difficult to understand that statement, let me from experience share some tips with you on how to avoid OAU PGC delaying you on your PG programme.

You have to know that funding is the core of the factors delaying OAU PG students on their programmes; the college’s payment system makes it difficult for your programme to move forward when you are owing the school any Kobo. For any major advancement to me made on your programme, you have to be owing the school nothing. Most of the students are always owing the school, this is why they spend several years doing a programme they are supposed to do for just 4 or 5 semesters, or even drop out of the programme; this is just the truth. To avoid this factor affecting you, you need to either already have almost all the money you will be needing for the whole semesters of the programme or have a solid means of making money so your school fees wouldn’t be a problem every time it’s time to pay. If you pay on time, you are most likely to complete the programme, and you are very likely to complete it as at when due or very close to when due.

Your availability is another factor that will define how fast or delayed your OAU PG programme would be. If you are the type that’s always gone because you are engaged in other things outside of Ife, the tendencies is too high your programme can't be completed when you ought to complete it. If you will have to travel down for your academic activities and leave as soon as you are done, it’s very impossible you’d finish your programme on time. From my personal observation, OAU PG students who stay on campus have a very good chance of finishing their programme on time, the ones who stay in and around Ife also have the fair chances of finishing on time, but the ones who have to travel from very far away to come do something about their programme in Ife are likely to not finish on time, or not even finish at all. If you have other things far from Ife which you must attend to physically every day, please plan a leave or get an assistant before joining the OAU PG programme. You don’t want to start and not finish after putting a lot of resources in the programme.

Another thing that delays people on their OAU PG programme is their research or long essay (for those who do not have to carry out a research). I'm of the thought that OAU lecturers generally like to make you think researches and long essays have to frustrate you, as the frustration is what makes the research or essay look credible to them. So whether you like it or not, you are going to be really stressed out by your supervisor(s), and this frustration is going to make you leave your work untended to a lot of times, and for every day you leave your work unattended to, you are by yourself extending how long your programme would take. Just be on your research or essay always, try to have a cordial relationship with your supervisor. Talk to people in your department and at the PGC about your programme, and seek for help every time you need one.

Sometime soon, I will be publishing more of the things to avoid so your OAU PG programme wouldn’t be delayed. Just look forward to more write-ups on this topic. And if you need to talk about anything on your interest in any OAU PG programme, contact me on +2348139534187, let’s talk about how PEC can help you facilitate your programme somehow.




Tuesday, 27 October 2020

When you Have Changed Your Choice of Course in your UTME but the Old Course is Still Reflecting on Your OAU Post-UTME (Nairaland, google, oau, postutme, post jamb, cut off, post ume, google, deparment, jamb caps)

When you Have Changed Your Choice of Course in your UTME but the Old Course is Still Reflecting on Your OAU Post-UTME

It is very normal that between when UTME results are released and when admission offering is over, applicants will have the need to change their choices of institution or/and courses, it’s very normal. But I have to tell you that this is one of the very rampant but overlooked reasons why a lot of people lose their admission—especially when it has to do with OAU. Read me right please, changing your choices of course within OAU is not a problem at all, it only becomes a problem when you do the changing of course at a wrong time; and there are so many wrong times to change your course if you are aspiring to be offered an admission in OAU.

Let me start from what should have been the conclusion, if you have applied to OAU but you wish to change your course you chose originally, the best time to do that is between when you register for your UTME and before your Post-UTME result is released. Anytime outside when your Post-UTME results are released would mean the new course you changed to will not reflect on OAU’s portal, and if your new course doesn’t appear on OAU’s portal it means you can only have your old choice of course you changed from on your portal, and that is what OAU would use to consider you for admission. If you are not qualified for the old course that’s appearing on your page, you just might lose your chance of getting an admission offer.

This is because OAU only considers you for admission based on the department you chose, in fact the first choice of the departments you chose, not the second (the reason for this is explained in this write-up: These Things About OAU Departmental Cutoffs ). This is why many people who change their course to another course with lower cutoff after the departmental cutoffs are released and they realize they don’t have the cutoff for the original course they chose end up not getting admitted. This is because the new course will not reflect on OAU’s portal. For emphasis, OAU only receives UTME data from JAMB twice before the admission seasons is over: the first time is always before the beginning of the Post-UTME registration, and the second time is always after the Post-UTME is written and it’s time to upload results; any modified data after this time wouldn’t get to OAU.

By the way, this should let everyone who just changed their course close to when they registered for their 2020 OAU Post-UTME and the new course is not showing yet that the new course will still show; as soon as OAU receives data again from JAMB. So calm down if you in in this situation. If you are one of those people who would wait till when the departmental cutoffs are released before doing their changed of course, please don’t do this to yourself—unless of course your legs are very long. I believe you know what I mean by that.



Thursday, 15 October 2020

Migration Credentials Evaluation: Why Always WES? (TAGS: OAU, NAIRALAND, TRANSCRIPTS, CERTIFICATE, WES, IQAS, ICES, ICAS, EVALUATION, IELTS)

 Migration Credentials Evaluation: Why Always WES?

Most people don’t get confused on which of all the evaluation bodies recognized by CIC to go for when they want to evaluate their credentials for migration purposes, reason being that you can’t just jump into wanting to process traveling abroad; you must have been talking to people about it, and when you talk to people about what you need to do on your processing, they just tell you either what they heard people did or what they have done themselves, or maybe what they plan doing when they are ready to do such thing too. So it’s like a certain set of information being passed down from generation of people with the same pursuit to another generation and so forth. It’s just rare to have a person who is really serious about their traveling processes and they don’t already know what they want to do and how they want to do it—even before they begin the process. So choosing one from all the available evaluation bodies cannot be a thing of urgency; which if you think deep about—in this case of credentials evaluation and having to choose the same evaluation body everyone chooses—this could shield you from wanting to know about other evaluation bodies and what benefits they have better than the big guns.

I have been in the business of facilitating academic and traveling documents for a while now, and I have talked to a lot of emigration aspirants who believe WES is the only credential-evaluating body, which is always funny to me—especially when they are really adamant about what they know—because there actually are dozens of other evaluation bodies that could be as beneficial as WES or even better. Having done a lot of documents facilitation for a lot of WES-loving clients and hearing feedbacks from them, I can say categorically that WES is the fastest of all the evaluation bodies recognized by the CIC right now—provided your institution doesn’t delay in getting your credentials to them. Also, it is just possible that WES is the cheapest of them all—all other things being equal (other things like: how many credentials you want to evaluate, the kind of evaluation you want to do, how you want your evaluation delivered to your institution). I guess these basically are the reasons why people often go for WES and always advise others to go for WES too, then shielding them from wanting to know what’s up with other evaluation bodies. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, sometimes, it’s just better to go with the modus operandi than try to go a strange path and then you end up being the one from whose mistake everyone would have to learn from. But then, let me still try to point out to you the good sides of a couple of credential-evaluating bodies.

Closely, IQAS is as used as WES, also, it’s almost the same cost, almost the same style of payment, but not as fast as WES. But IQAS is really better for people whose institution delay in the delivery of credentials—which is a thing with most of the Nigerian schools. This is so because if the delivery of your credential to WES has taken more than 3 months, your attention time will have to “loop” when your credential is eventually delivered—especially if it is delivered in hardcopy. Normally, the attention time for your documents is within 21 days after the delivery of the documents, but when your documents took so long to deliver, at any office, you shouldn’t expect your application to still be “right on the desk” anymore, right? This is why it will have to take more than 21 days now; it may be another 7 days added, it may be another 14 days, but there will surely be more days added to your attention time. Whereas, if you are using IQAS, no matter how long it takes your school to deliver your credential, your attention time would not have to “loop”; your 14-21 days is still your 14-21 days. So for emigration aspirants having deadlines to beat, IQAS might just be the best option of an evaluation body.

There are other CIC-recognized evaluation bodies that are not even popular at all—this could be because they suck or whatever, I can’t tell, but of them all, I can tell that the reason why ICES is not popular is not because they suck. ICES is faster than either of WES and IQAS (yes!), responsive customer services and all. Only that ICES is way more costly than WES and IQAS, as—contrary to how WES and IQAS does their charging—each document you want to evaluate at ICES will add extra charges to your expenses, which makes it that as WES and IQAS average around $200 and $210, ICES averages around $240 and $250. I know that’s a lot of difference in cost, but I'm sure you will get what you paid the extra charges for. I'm not sure of this, but I’ve been hearing ICES evaluation has wider credibility and validity, as it is a government-controlled evaluation body; this would be beneficial to emigrants who want to school over there when they get there, as it opens you to more schools and higher chances of being offered an admission.

The thing to take away from here is: it just doesn’t have to always be WES, investigate a lot of evaluation bodies before you settle for one, check out the one having the qualities that suite better what you are trying to do with your credentials and the timeline you’ve got. Also, if you need any help or information concerning your emigration processes, you can contact our 24/7 available line +2348139534187. Wishing you the best of luck in the endeavors.




Monday, 12 October 2020

Problems You May Encounter With OAU Post-UTME Registration and the Solutions to Them (TAGS: NAIRALAND, GOOGLE, OAU, ADMISSION, POSTUTME, POST JAMB, CUT OFF, OBAFEMI AWOLOWO, IFE, FIRST BATCH, SECOND BACTCH)

Problems You May Encounter With OAU Post-UTME Registration and the Solutions to Them

As the application for the OAU Post-UTME for the 2020/2021 applicants goes on, it has to be noted that the situations that lead to “Not Admitted” can start from as early as when the candidate is doing their registration. There are errors that could cost a candidate their good chances of being admitted—even when they have scored the good scores everywhere. You have to be meticulous about everything from the application to the submission of your exams; after all, these are parts of what the Post-UTME screening is meant to confirm—whether you indeed deserve to be admitted to OAU or not, and any mistake at all could make you unworthy of OAU. What are these mistakes? Let’s see.

First of all, if you are an applicant using “Awaiting Results” for your application, please take note that you can only be able to submit the application because you have been given a grace till 28th of November, 2020 for which you must have uploaded your results to the school’s portal. Failure to do this by then could make your screening invalid—lest OAU extends the date (especially in consideration of the SSCE candidates who just wrote their exams not quite long and they are currently awaiting their results). Just do not make the mistake of not returning to the school’s portal to upload your results; admission cannot be offered to you lest all your results are screened.

For the Direct Entry (DE) applicants, whether you will write an exam in the screening or not cannot be confirmed yet, but don’t let that stop you from preparing as though you already know you will be writing the exam, and most importantly, if your transcripts from your previous qualification are not already delivered to OAU’s admission office, please make sure that is done as soon as possible. The DE admission is almost 100% based on the transcripts and not really on the Post-UTME results. You cannot be admitted if your transcripts are not delivered to the admission office, and in fact before the admission processes begin. If you delivered your transcripts or you are delivering it by yourself, be sure it is delivered to the appropriate office. If your previous school has delivered it or is delivering it for you, please find time to go to the admissions office to confirm the delivery, or you find someone who could do that for you. Whichever way, just make sure you confirm that your transcripts are delivered to the school. For JUPEB DE applicants, your JUPEB results must be submitted to the admissions office; most JUPEB applicants don’t know this, they just do the registration and keep expecting admission and not get admitted in the end.

If you can escape any of these mistakes, you are one step closer to being offered an admission. Just be smart with every other thing you would be doing concerning your admission and everything will be alright. And if you need any assistant, any information on your admission processes, don’t hesitate to contact +2348139534187.



Thursday, 8 October 2020

OAU Postgraduate Programmes that Slow? (TAGS: NAIRALAND, GOOGLE, OAU, POST GRADUATE, POSTGRADUATE, PG, ADMISSION, FORM, APPLICATION, NETQUE, EPORTAL, OAU WEBSITE)

OAU Postgraduate Programmes that Slow?

The most popular thing known about the OAU PG College (PGC) is how very slow their programmes have been believed to be, this belief is even more popular than the college itself, and it spreads even wider every day that now, there can rarely be found one person that doesn’t think OAU PG programme isn’t so good with time, and this is even differently believed from the belief that OAU as a whole is slow. But is OAU PGC actually that slow? Or even any slow at all? Flow with me as I tell you things about the PGC that you might never hear from elsewhere.

Though there is just nothing you can tell anyone to convince them that OAU PGC is only portrayed to be slow, and not even slow at all, but that is just the truth. The PGC is troublesome; they will stress the bejesus out of you. If you know how to get on the troubles and stresses and beat them, they will have zero hold on your programme, but when you allow these troubles and stresses frustrate you and make you procrastinate and abandon what you should do ASAP is when everything about your programme becomes really sluggish.

Apart from the mentioned, money is another thing that makes people abscond from their programme or end it later than supposed. There was when you could run your PG programme in OAU from beginning to the end without paying a dime, only that before you are cleared for graduation, you have to have paid every dime you are owing the school up. When the college eventually stopped that kind of payment plan and attach how your programme moves forward to how you pay your school fees is when people began to have problems with the speed of their programme. This means if you are owing the school any penny, your files are not moving to the next stage, and the longer your files wait unmoving, the more time your programme takes.

Most people who come to OAU for their PG programme come because the fees are low compared to most schools, and yet, most people still don’t pay these fees promptly; they don’t pay until it’s running really late, which causes a lot of delays and turn back to affect the timeline of their programme. But bad as it gets, these people will graduate or dropout and never mention that it’s their fault that their OAU programme was delayed, they will only sing one song—the well know song: OAU PG is slow!

I have been to the college and ran a programme or two there, so I know what I'm talking about. OAU PGC has it’s many problems—I'm not disputing this, but slowing students who pay on time and do what they need to do on time is not one of them. If you want to fly, the college helps you fly, if you want to crawl, the college helps you crawl; that’s how it works here. The OAU PGC is not even affected by most of the things that affect OAU as a whole—not strike, not even an elongated academic calendar. Even during the holidays, you are still running something on your programme. So there is no such thing as the school is on strike so my programme is affected.

If you like to go to OAU PGC for a programme, don’t let what people say about the college discourage you; just make sure you already have your money for how many semesters your programme would run, or you have a sure source of generating such money, so it just comes as soon as you need it. If you do this and do your work diligently, and have a fruitful relationship with your supervisors, your 4-semester programme will end at 4 semesters—I promise you, or at most 5 semesters, and that would be in case you encounter some problems along the line.

If you want to know more about OAU Postgraduate College, OAU PG programmes, or you need any help on anything relating to the college and PG admissions, and the processing of transcripts too, or the delivering of your application documents to the PGC and your department, you can contact me on +2348139534187.



Monday, 5 October 2020

These Things about OAU Departmental Cutoffs

These Things about OAU Departmental Cutoffs

If you are an OAU aspirant or a relative of one, at some point just after the UTME or after the Post-UTME, you will definitely type something like “OAU cutoff mark” in the Google search engine, just because you want to know your admission fate or that of your ward. This is okay, only that most people don’t get to know OAU has never and will never have a departmental cutoff for a particular admission year until after the Post-UTME has been done and the results analyzed. This means if you are a 2020/2021 OAU aspirant, you have to know that whatever cutoff you’ve been seeing everywhere online cannot just be the cutoff OAU is using this admission year.

However, you can use the genuine ones of the spreading cutoffs as a guide to help you know what the cutoff of your choice of department circles around per admission year. Though while you do this too, you still have to be very careful—especially if you are still preparing for the Post-UTME—so that you will not see cutoffs from long ago that’s making you feel like your admission is already assured so you don’t need to work harder in preparation for the Post-UTME; there are years when some internal and external factors will cause a great hike on the cutoff of a particular department. Example of such years and factors was when the Faculty of Law lost their NUC accreditation, and thousands of people who choose Ife Law every year had to choose English Language now—to join the already-too-much applicants who originally choose English Language every year because they don’t want to go to another school for Law—causing the total applicants for English to be too much, and needing to be cut down by all means, then resulting in English Language having the cutoff that’s competing with that of Medicine and Surgery. If any applicant had relaxed because they’ve seen online that the cutoff of English Language is always around 60% and they had already gotten the good O/Level and UTME score points, then the cutoff for the year comes out and it turns out to be 80%, wouldn’t that be a problem?

So, when you see all these cutoffs online released even before the Post-UTME is written, just kindly understand that: first, they are likely to not be genuine, and when they are genuine, they are definitely from the past and most definitely not the cutoff your department would use this current admission year. I repeat, OAU will never release the departmental cutoff until after the Post-UTME is written and the results analyzed. In fact, it is from this results analysis they get the cutoff of each department from, and the formula for getting it is: TAS/TNC=AS

Where:

TAS = total aggregate scores (gotten by adding what all the candidates who choose this department scored in their aggregate)

TNC = total number of candidates who chose this department and participated in the screening).

AS = average score (which would be the cutoff for the particular department this calculation is carried out for).

This system of getting the cutoff is why OAU does not like to consider the candidates who change their choice of course after the Post-UTME has been written and the results have been released for admission to the new department they changed to, and also they don’t like to consider for another department the candidates who didn’t make the cutoff for a department they chose (unless a slot is used for such person). All these happen because it would affect the credibility and validity of the system of getting the cutoff such department is using. It might even affect two departments—the department the candidate changed from and the department the candidate changed to.

If this article was insightful enough to help you in anyway, please share with your friends who might need to know this too. If you have anything you need to know more about OAU admission or you need any help on it, you can contact us on +2348139534187. Remember to submit your email address in the box at the top of this page so you can be getting our updates delivered to your inbox as soon as we publish them. Wishing you the best of success in the admission processes.