5 Textbooks Every Secondary School Science Student Must Read in Nigeria

Must Read Textbooks For Science Students

Being a science student comes with a big challenge beside you need a good grade in science subjects to get admitted in university.

The same goes for art students but if you are from science background and you are planning to study Medicine, Pharmacy or some engineering programs in Nigeria university, it is hard because you are competing with the best in a country where more than a million write  university entrance exam.

For you to be on top of your grade, you need to read textbooks that will help you master the in-and-out of all the science subjects you need.

Factors like the nature of the school you attend, quality of science teachers in your school and  how equip your science lab is; are important contributions your school can offer you  in order to see you succeed but the major bulk lies in you.

It is impossible to master a subject or even a single topic in a subject without reading much about it. Apart from what you have be taught by your teachers in science class, you have to dive more deep and understand the concepts behind each topic and your teachers are always willing to help you if you encounter any problem or needs more explanation on certain topics.

As a science student in senior secondary in Nigeria,  the choice of textbooks you read can help your improve in a given subject.

This post is about 5 textbooks every science student in Nigeria must read. This is easier said than done.

In as much as I understand how important it is to read these textbooks or related textbooks, it is always difficult when a students can’t avoid to get these books.


Don’t Feel Discourage

We are all human and it is very easy for many people to lay claim with reasons why they were not able to accomplish an important task in their educational career. For you to be successful in life, you must have an inner drive in you that will always push you beyond the horizon to achieve your goals.

By now you should have known why I asked that you should not be discourage. I understand that our circumstance are not the same as students. Some students are from a poor home and their families might not afford to buy some of the books for them and some may give up because there is no way to get access to these books.

In addition, many schools do not have a functional library where students can borrow or even spend time read some books that they could not afford to buy.

Even our state and federal library might not help in some cases to provide you with the textbooks you need. It is hard though but don’t let it become a good excuse  you will anchor your misgivings.


5 Textbooks You Must Read as a Science Student in Nigeria

This list of 5 textbooks is basically for science students in Nigeria but if you are looking for a comprehensive list of recommended books for both junior and senior secondary students in Nigeria, I will suggest you read one of our post about this topic below.


[Related Post: Recommended Textbooks for Secondary Schools in Nigeria]


You must have been done reading our previous post, continue to see five textbooks you must read before your WAEC exam as a science student.



New School Chemistry for Senior Secondary Schools by Osei Yaw Ababio

Chemistry subject is a must for all science students and chemistry might be in the heart of your future studies in higher education. Many students dislike chemistry for different reasons but if you take your time and read this chemistry book chapter by chapter you will end up falling in love with chemistry.

This book popularly known as Ababio in reference to the author name have stand out as one of the  best chemistry textbooks in Nigeria in particular and west Africa in general.

Written in a simple and easy to understand English, Each chapter invites you as a reader to familiarized yourself with different concept and methodologies in chemistry. The photos in the textbooks are colored and each chapter builds on the previous chapters and are chronologically arranged.

This book is among the best books I used in my chemistry class in senior secondary.



Senior Secondary School Physics by P. N. Okeke

P.N. Okeke is a house hold name in senior secondary physics. It did not come to be what it is  just because the name of the author is so sweet to pronounce but this book did a good job in making hard to understand physics concepts easy even for a beginner in physics.

It starts with the basics or fundamental topics in physics and continuously build on as you read more and more. Before you will get to advance physics concepts, you must have gotten a good foundation that will make it easy to understand the advance topics.

There are other good physics textbooks out there now but P.N. Okeke still holds the mantle in senior secondary physics and it is one of my must read textbooks in physics.



Modern Biology for Senior Secondary Schools by Saronjini T. et al

Senior secondary biology is one of the best subjects to study in school when you have a good textbook like modern biology for senior secondary school. Biology is not so abstract. The subject deals with topics inside and around us. It does not involves huge mathematical equations or expensive logic.

Modern biology is one of the books that I will say it was well written. It covers most of the topics you need to understand for your WAEC, NECO and JAMB exams.

you must read this book, try and see if you can borrow it from your friend or school and give it a try if you don’t have it already.



New General Mathematics for Senior Secondary Schools by Channon et al

Mathematics has caused many students nightmare and it is among the top subjects students fail in their final certificate examination.

Why do they always fail mathematics in exam? Read this post to understand why.


[Related Post: 4 Reasons Why Students Fail English and Mathematics]


New general mathematics is at the mercy of students who really want to learn mathematics, enjoy and understand it. It covers all the topics you need beside each topic has so many example on how you can use formulas to solve mathematical questions. This is will make you think in maths and help you overcome the fear of mathematics as a hard subject.


English Language

Intensive English for Senior Secondary Schools by Benson Olukpe et al

Just like mathematics, English language is also a subject that most secondary school students battle with a lot. It does not seem that the subject is hard but due to massive failure of English language every year, most students have been cut up with the fear that it is very hard to pass.

Intensive English textbook has made everything so easy to understand and covers many topics and each topic provides you with examples and exercise you will practice on.

The good thing is if you read this book in and out and with the help of your teacher, you will come to like English as a subject and realized how easy it can be.


This list does in no way rank these listed textbooks as the best among others in related subjects. It is just to emphasis the quality of the content and how the information on these books can help you improve on each of the subjects.

If you know or have read any book that you feel every science student in Nigeria need, please do kindly share it with us.

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8 Responses to “5 Textbooks Every Secondary School Science Student Must Read in Nigeria”

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    Feb 26. 2015

    That is good

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    Dec 12. 2015

    is this the best 5 textbooks in nigeria


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