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12/02/2018

[QUICK TIPS]: COMPLETE GUIDE ON WRITING BOOK AND CHAPTER REVIEWS

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Despite the difference in nomenclature, book reviews have, often a-time, been mistaken for book summary. A book review is a systematic analysis of the contents of a book, indicating the thoughts and opinions of the reviewer; a book summary, on the other hand, is a brief presentation of the subject matter discussed in the book.
This article is not bordered on the disparity between book reviews and book summaries, but from time to time, the various tips indicated below will help to show their differences. Below are the important points to note while writing a book or chapter review:

1. INTRODUCTION
The introduction of the book review is almost as important as the book review itself. This is because the introduction is the first point of contact between the reviewer and the reader (lecturer). The introduction has to show how well the reviewer has read the book; it is, more or less, a presentation of the thoughts of the reviewer about the book and if it is not well presented, the reader may lose interest in the review without even looking at a page.

2. ORGANIZATION OF CONTENT
Book reviews are systematic analyses and need to be treated as such. Unlike a book summary where the contents of the book can be interchanged and mixed up in order to give a better meaning to the subject matter, book reviews have to be done on a chapter-by-chapter and point-by-point basis. This implies that chapter one has to be reviewed completely before chapter two is reviewed.

3. TENSE
This is simply the tense in which the review is written. In most cases, books are written in either present or past tense and this always tempts reviewers to do the same thing. However, good reviews are written in present tense.


4. REPORT
A good book review is written as a reported speech; this implies that the reviewer has to make reference to what the author said in the book. For example, book reviews should contain statements with “in the author’s opinion…”; “the author identified…” etc.

5. LENGTH
Most times, students write much more than is needed in a book review. It is pertinent to note that a chapter that has 5 pages cannot be reviewed correctly in 8 pages; the review has to be done in less than 5 pages, preferably in 2. While reviewing a book or chapter, writing more than the pages of the book is most likely to mean that the reviewer does not know how to do a review and this will definitely lead to the student being scored lower than is necessary.

NOTE: Book reviews and chapter reviews are, more or less, the same thing. The only difference between a book review and a chapter review is that book reviews encompass the whole chapters while chapter reviews talk about only the subject matter in the chapter; therefore they should be approached in the same way.

Conclusively, avoid copy and paste as it will definitely reduce the mark that would have ordinarily been awarded to the student for a job well done.
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11/02/2018

[QUICK TIPS]: A GUIDE ON HOW TO WRITE TERM PAPERS

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Term papers are the most common form of assignment given to students. They are an avenue through which the subject matter being discussed can be expressed in a more understandable form by the student. Also, they help the student to make more research about the topic and practice what has been learnt so far.
Although term papers are regarded as the lecturer’s instrument of measuring the understanding of students, they are sometimes not taken very seriously. Some students just resort to copying and pasting from the web, an action that will definitely not produce the required result and still risk putting the student in trouble.
In order to make the most out of term papers, students need to take note of some of these important tips:

1. The Cover Page
The cover page is the page that contains all the details of the author, relevant to the submission of the term paper. The details on the cover page should be neatly arranged, without mistakes.

2. The Abstract
An abstract is simply a summary. When writing a term paper, students should endeavor to include the abstract because this helps to point out, to the lecturer, that the student did the expected things and followed the right processes. An abstract should contain a brief summary of what the term paper is all about and how the study was carried out. This, therefore implies that the abstract may not be the first thing to be written.

3. The Introduction
The introduction is an initial section of a book or article, which presents the subject matter. In other words, the introduction is the part of the term paper that enlightens the reader on what the term paper will be all about. Much care should be taken to ensure that the introduction is not out of context because most times, in trying to introduce the subject matter, the student may end up talking about something else.

4. The Body
This is the most important part of the term paper. It contains a complete description of what the term paper is all about. This part of the term paper should contain minimal content from the internet to avoid plagiarism. Instead, if you need to use the internet, it is more advisable that you read through what you are about to write about and then rewrite it in your own words. The body of the term paper can start with a definition of the key words in the term paper topic, before going on to explain the topic.

5. The Conclusion
This is a statement that can be used to end the term paper. It may be in the form of a closing statement, a decision reached after careful thought or the outcome of a process, act or experiment. The conclusion does not necessarily need to be long, neither does it need to be filled with definitions or excerpts from the body. The conclusion should simply be your opinion of what you’ve been discussing from the introduction.

6. References
References are simply a way of telling the reader (or lecturer) that you did a good research on the topic before you wrote the term paper. The references are a series of books, journals, etc. that were used in writing the term paper. It is important to note that if all your sources were from the internet, then you need to state all the website addresses you used, in order not to commit plagiarism unknowingly.

Most importantly, try as much as possible not to copy and paste!
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10/02/2018

AN M2 STORY -episode one

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Everywhere smelled so different. Not bad, just different. I had never been in a hostel before; I guess that’s why everywhere was so strange and scary. My name is Jeffery, and I’m a very shy kid. I had just gained admission into the University of Uyo (Uniuyo) at age 16 and this was literally my first day at school; I was walking behind my cousin, John, a final year student of Accounting in the same University, and we were headed for his room.

I felt very nervous because I barely knew John. My parents had said a lot of good and bad things about him, so I just didn’t know what to expect; and to think I was just meeting him for the first time and was already following him to his room was enough reason for me to be a little shaky, but what could I do about it? He had said that Uniuyo was “the hustler’s land”, everybody had to find a way to hang on for as long as it took to get that B.sc certificate and this was me, hanging on –I was practically walking into a new life, a new world with no idea of what I was going to face.

We walked into a room filled with a lot of people and about a thousand pair of eyes looked at us –or rather, at me. I was so nervous that I couldn’t look back. I just shuffled after John to a bed in the inner part of the room. My brown box was already resting chiefly on the well-spread bed, but my school bag was nowhere to be found. I suddenly realised John was talking to me, “…my space. This is my locker” he pointed to a tall wardrobe with a grey, wooden door “that’s where you will be keeping all your stuff. For now, just go through your box and take out anything you might want to keep in the locker so that we can keep the box up” he pointed at the space in between the ceiling and the top of the locker, some boxes were already lined up there.

“Okay”. I responded immediately. This was not a time to ask questions; I made a mental note to find out where to keep my towel and sponge after taking my bath. I sat on the bed and this time, I really started to take cognizance of my environment. Some boys at the other end of the room were making jokes with John, repeatedly using the word, “squatter” which gave me a creepy feeling that they were talking about me. I counted the bunks in the room; they were a total of 5, which meant there were only supposed to be 10 people in the room. How come there were so many people? There were 10 lockers, some halved and some full, but one peculiar thing about all the lockers was that none of them was good looking; they all looked worn out, like generations after generations of people had used them repeatedly, without stopping –some were even divided into three, the top half being a small, rectangular compartment with a bolt, the middle being a larger rectangle with another bolt and the third was just a pathetic square that had either come off or was of a different colour of wood!

“How far, you bring sype?” I heard the question two full minutes before I realised the short, fair guy in front of me was talking to me. “Sype”, he repeated “You bring sype?” I looked around, wondering what to say to this guy that was looking at me with a gaze I would rather describe as haughty.

“How him wan take bring sype?” John had come to my rescue. “Person wey never sabi wetin hungry be, wetin wan make am bring sype?” Okay, this new word, “sype” was something a hungry person would have, that meant I didn’t bring sype –I still had a substantial two thousand naira in my pocket and some cash in the bank. I shook my head at the short fair guy and he grinned mischievously, and then said again “Sha, you go show boys love. No fresher fit come this room, no show love”

I was confused. How was I supposed to survive in this place with all these people speaking bad English and looking very intimidating at me; what was John thinking to have brought me to this rough place to stay? How am I supposed to get along with people that are not willing to get along with me? How… “You no for like go baff?” It was John, he was smiling at me from the other end of the room and I felt a little warm.

After spending the next 20 minutes trying to put all my stuff in one place, I was finally shown the bathroom. It was not as bad as I had anticipated, in fact; it was way neater and smelled really nice. There were even showers! I carefully walked from one bathing stall to another, looking for the most suitable one to take my bath in –most of the stalls did not have doors, and the ones that did had broken showers in them. Finally, I saw one that was pitiably able to combine the two: an old, rusty door and a good shower and I walked in, took off my towel and started taking my bath.

Many thoughts began to go through my mind as the water rushed down on my head; cooling off the tension and making me feel better. “I’m finally an undergraduate, life don start”
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06/02/2018

[QUICK TIPS]: HOW TO MEMORIZE THINGS QUICKER THAN OTHERS -VIDEO

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Memorizing things quick help the brain to stay active and sharp. However, many people do not know the right things to do in order to memorize things quicker. These tips will help you pay more attention while you study so that you can memorize whatever you study faster.
 

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