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8 key tips to excel in online exams
Summer is approaching, with longer days and shorter nights. Exam season is rapidly approaching for students around the world.
If you are sitting exams in a normal calendar year, all that is required to pass an exam is to review and show up when it’s due. Now that many exams are conducted remotely, you need to do a bit more planning.
This is your first online exam.
Here are our top tips and tricks to help you succeed with online exams.
- Instruct students to be productive in revision and exam environments
Your first step is to create your revision and exam environment.
Each person is unique and each situation is different. Living with others who work remotely or are studying at home can make this difficult. Ideally, any space that is quiet and private can work.
Flat surfaces are essential to be able to work. To make a solid surface to work on, you can use anything from garden furniture to cabinets and even stacked boxes.
Wear headphones and ask for help if you need to work in a group space.
- Notify your relatives and household members about your exam results and study schedule
Inform everyone that you will be taking exams at least one day in advance. This will ensure they have enough time to plan for alternative arrangements and will minimize interruptions.
It is a good idea to determine the quietest hour of the day for studying in a communal space. Wearing earplugs is a good idea if you work in a noisy area.
- Online exam conditions: Try a mock-paper
Mock exams are a great way to practice for in-person exams. Ask your tutor, lecturer or professor if they can give you a practice exam with the software you will be using.
Set up exam conditions, and you can use your study space to determine if it works.
This is a great chance to verify that your area has an adequate internet connection. Also, you will be able to focus and navigate the exam software.
- Make sure you do software checks every day
Be ready to go 45 minutes before the exam starts.
There may be pre-exam inspections depending on which online examination portal you’re using. Some of these checks include scanning the room with your laptop’s camera and holding your ID card up in front of the camera.
It is vital to check that both your microphone (webcam) and internet connection are functioning properly. These will be used by most portals to ensure you aren’t cheating. However, if your internet is constantly dropping off or your camera isn’t working you might be flagged for suspicious behaviour.
- For technical issues, know who you should contact
Even with all the checks made and practice runs done, things can still go wrong. But don’t panic! Do not panic! Your tutor should be able to give you the contact details of someone who is available to help you if necessary.
To make it easy to reach them, save their phone number. You will be able to contact the invigilator, and your exam might be halted while the issue’s resolved.
- Wear comfortable clothing
We all know that the best thing about online exams is your ability to show up in your pajamas.
Be aware that you can’t leave your room during the exam. You should wear something you like and that keeps you warm for the duration.
Check the exam guidelines ahead of time. Just like in-person exams, there may be items you cannot wear. These can include coats, hooded sweatshirts, and watches.
- Take breaks if multiple exams are taking place
If you were taking individual exams, you would undoubtedly take a moment to talk with your friends after each one. This is possible, and it’s a good idea!
Once you have submitted your answers to the exam, you can get some fresh air by calling a friend and asking them how they found it.
This will allow for your mind to be quietened for a moment and you can get some rest before you start your next exam. You need to drink water to maintain focus.
- Keep track.
It is important to treat it just like any other exam.
To make the exam easier, scroll through the pages to review all questions. This will give you a better understanding of the questions so your brain can form answers.
Invigilators or large clocks would be used to remind you when it is time for a normal exam. It is important to keep an eye on the clock and track time regularly so that you don’t suddenly run short.
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