As we go into the unfamiliar waters of online exams, we thought it’d be a good idea to share what we believe are some great study tips for preparing for stay-at-home exams.
With a lot of exams allowing for open book, it’s all too easy to accidentally slack off when it comes to reading and studying all of the content. The comfort of having everything available at the touch of command-F can easily become your downfall. An important aspect of preparing for these unfamiliar online exams is that having your notes readily available doesn’t allow you to automatically know a whole chapter, which is why it is vital to keep reading and practising so you understand the content before you start the exam. This falls under another online study tip, which is to be prepared as if it’s not open book. An excellent tactic which is often used for normal open book exams is to do practise exams without the ability to fall back on notes, a simple yet efficient way to make sure you know your stuff without the assistance of notes.
Not all exams are open book, however, and many online exams have students face the challenge of timed conditions. This is where practice makes perfect. Some of the best things you can do to prepare for highly time-pressured exams is to make sure you know how long you have on each question, and that you’re timing how long it’s currently taking you to do practise questions. This way, when you’re in the exam, you feel more comfortable with how long you’re staying on each question.
We hope some of these tips help you face the upcoming online exams and of course, we wish you the best of luck!