Due to the social distancing policy in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic, students are now faced with the challenge of having to take exams online. While this change may be frightening for some, with the proper preparation anyone can learn to make the most of this new reality.
1. Strategize what to study
female student writing notes in a notebookIn order to study well for the final exams, a list of the main course topics and textbook chapters to be reviewed can be useful so that you do not get lost along the way. Pay attention to what professors say about the exam format and topics. They may imply that some chapters should be given more importance than others. If so, put the most important chapters at the top of your priority list to evenly distribute your review time.
You can divide this list into different tasks like: “read chapter 8”, “do the practical problems of chapter 11” or “review the notes of chapter 5”, which you can check off as you complete them . This way of proceeding will help you to feel productive or productive, since you will see on the list what has been checked off and what you still have to do.an office space with coffee, laptop and notes
2. Organize a work corner
When it’s time to take your exams, you may find it helpful to organize a work corner that will help put you in the right frame of mind and provide you with a workplace free of distractions. Small tactics like a clear desk and a clean room can help reduce the stress associated with the exam.
In addition, you will need to ensure that you have all the necessary elements to take the online exam, including a good Internet connection and your login credentials at hand. Check your internet connection before your exam. You can also remember to restart your modem to make sure that the network does not drop in the middle of the exam. You will also have to make sure you have on your workstation paper and everything write so that you can think quickly about ideas you may need to jot down.a student is typing on his laptop3. Prepare for the exam format
Exams can include multiple-choice, short-answer, and long-answer questions. There is a big difference between a classroom exam and an online exam: in the latter case, you can write and modify your text more quickly than in writing. In other words, you may have more time to formulate your answers, provided you type faster than you write.
Also, if your exams are open-book, another good tactic is to familiarize yourself with your textbooks and review your notes. You might be even more efficient with an online textbook or digital notes, as you can then use the CTRL-F function to quickly search for a specific topic. You can also copy all of the lecture slides into a single file for easy navigation.A student watches the online video of the presentation on his laptop
Watch online videos to understand difficult concepts
If you find certain concepts difficult to understand, you can find great videos online that can help you further explain a confusing topic. The internet is full of educational videos explaining theories from a different point of view.
An example of a useful online source is KhanAcademy , which provides insight into complex topics like statistics and math. Rather than participating in on-campus discussion groups, these online videos can help you explore a given topic or give you a clearer idea of what the assignment to solve is about.
Also read the advice of Camély Gendron, second-year BCom student, on the Telfer Career Center blog. Good luck with your Telfer Nation exams!