Top tips and my online exam experience
Everybody's life has been drastically affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes students. The last year has been difficult for us to return to University in order to take our examinations as usual. We were forced to do online assessments. This semester, it appears, will also be conducted online.
Online examinations can be daunting as they are unknown to so many people. My friends agree that they have really helped alleviate exam stress, allowing students to study for subject knowledge and not just pass exams.
After having taken many online exams to date, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share some of my experiences with you and to offer some helpful tips for the future assessment period. .
How to study for an Online Exam
Online exams have proved to be very beneficial for me. I find that I am less concerned about the practicalities and more focused on revising. I appreciate taking the time to research and learn about topics, instead of memorising information in order to pass a test.
If your exam is open-book, I recommend you take advantage of this opportunity to get a better understanding of your subject and broaden your knowledge. It's also helpful to distill the content into clear and understandable notes. This will make it easy to find information during the exam and help you build a library of materials for the future.
It is important that you remember to revise, even for online exams. An insufficient amount of preparation will only lead to excessive stress during the exam. Take comfort knowing that you have the power to conquer the exam, possibly more than you ever thought.
Where can you sit for your online exam
Perhaps the most strange thing about the online format is sitting at my desk instead of in an examination hall. I found the online format to be very beneficial and felt less anxious. It was a perfect exam environment, without intimidating invigilators, no exam hall, and with hundreds of students tap their pens.
Even though you may be in your own home and comfortable, I encourage you to dress appropriately, eat well, and have a study area that is suitable for your needs. Double-check your internet connection before you begin. Make sure everyone knows how to lower the volume. You can remain calm and keep your eyes open for any technical issues. They will accept that complications can arise with technology and will not penalise your for anything beyond their control.
Online exams are not meant to replicate traditional exam formats. However, the beauty about this assessment method is that it allows you to control your surroundings. It is important to feel comfortable, even if this means you have a cup of tea or a hot water bottle nearby.
When can you do your online exam?
Sometimes I feel so rushy in traditional exams that it is difficult for me to think clearly and compose a coherent answer. An online exam is much easier because I don't have to answer as many questions in a short time. My answers are also more thought out and better structured.
Expect to take several days to finish all your exams. Rome wasn't built in a single day. It is important to spend the time to review them. You need to give yourself frequent breaks to allow your brain to reset. You can take the extra time to reflect on the questions and to find the best answers.
There is some debate about whether online exams are just as effective as regular format. Personally, I love the online assessment system. I find it less stressful and less complex. It also assesses skills beyond memorization. These exams were not enjoyable, but I found them to be as good as they could be.
Be calm, be prepared and do your best. You can do it all online and in person.
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