Preparing for online exams
Getting startedExams will be taken at your place of residence and most will be open book so you will be able to consult sources to answer questions. There is some important information you need to know before preparing for the exam:
What type of questions will the exam contain?
(e.g. multiple choice, long answer questions (LAQs) calculations)
- How many questions will I have to answer?
- Will questions or topics be given before the exam?
- When will the questions be released?
How long will the exam last?
(some online exams are 2 to 3 hours long, others allow a longer period of time)
- Is there a word limit for each answer?
- Do I need to provide a reference list?
- When and how will I submit the answers?
Institutions should ensure that these details are clear but you should contact your department if in doubt. It might be useful to tabulate this information for each of your exams:
Preparing for take-home examsIf memorising information is not your strength, an open book exam gives you an opportunity to do well. But to excel, it is still necessary to understand the course material and prepare thoroughly. You shouldn't radically change your revision strategy, but in many cases, the emphasis moves from memorisation to the creation of accessible sources or notes. Here are some ideas for doing this.
Preparing core texts for quick referencingScan a key textbook for the most relevant information and mark the appropriate pages in the text with labels that stick out from the body of the book. Key information on each page can also be highlighted.
Create an alphabetical and thematic index of a core textLabels used in preparing textbooks can have key words written on them. However, to reinforce knowledge you can create an index of the key information. In this strategy, the labels are numbered and an index that cross references the numbers is created on a separate sheet of paper.
The index can be alphabetical or thematic. Making an alphabetical index will help you quickly identify and locate key points in the text. Making a thematic index (where numbered references to the text are grouped according to common themes or topics) will help you think about applying information in relation to a specific question. If you create an index digitally, print it out in preparation for the exam.