As virtual classes have been in full swing since August, exams are now creeping around the corner. Oh, and the exams aren’t in-person, they’re online!
Universities have resorted to an online mode of exams aimed at protecting the health and well-being of students, who are our nation’s future. Currently, exams may seem like a strenuous challenge, however, there is no excuse but to prep, study and achieve high grades.
In a pandemic, online examinations have their own good and bad criteria which cannot be overlooked. Let’s orient the preparation context for online exams, compiled in the best way possible:
- BE INFORMED – You cannot show up to an exam in a state of oblivion merely because it is online. Although online tests save the time of hurried commuting and the likelihood of showing up late, you need to be aware of each online attribute. Firstly, find the details. Speak to your professor to help alleviate any doubts. Seek information including:
- Exam duration.
- Any required screen-sharing, software, or protocol for the professor to proctor effectively.
- Final timetable. (So, you don’t mistakenly follow the tentative).
- If you can skip tough questions to try easy ones then return to the skipped ones.
- Whether it is an open-book and open-internet, open-note only, or strictly closed exam.
Unknowingly, you can’t afford to be complacent, leading to regret.
- INSPECTION CHECK – You wouldn’t want a “Dear student, you have lost signal/low charging. Enjoy failing this exam,” notification to pop up on your screen in the middle of an exam, do you? Better be on the safe side and check your connectivity before the exam begins. Move to the spot where your connection works best. Maintain 2-3 alternative networks procured from a sibling’s hotspot or neighbor, in case your network chooses to deceive you despite its high strength. Lastly, remember to charge your device prior to your exam.
- NEVER UNDERESTIMATE – STUDYING! Online exams are timed and limited duration is provided for completion. Even though you’re at home, you have to complete the exam within the given timeframe. Prepare yourself 2-3 weeks in advance. Opt for simple questions initially, and get back to difficult questions. If it is an open-book exam, you cannot be lenient to look for answers during the exam while your time flies away, resulting in rushed answers and inaccuracies. Go through your book or material ahead of time, and mark the location of important points. Ensure that you understand them to write with ease without worrying about the clock.
- NO TEAMWORK – Online examinations lack invigilators, giving you a clever escape from their glaring stares, and surveillance cameras, but the examiners are smarter, and yet have an upper hand over the students. In simple words, even though you’re working on an exam from the luxury of your home, discussing answers with friends can cause ultimate chaos and consequences when caught. Online exams are structured in a way that each student gets different questions, and if the questions are the same, no two students will get the same order. Take note!
- TECHNICAL MONSTERS – The easiest way to fail an exam is when uninvited glitches show up. In online exams, you won’t be able to get back to the half-answered exam if you happen to lose access to it, and you’re bound to lose points. However, you can take screenshots or capture the issue that arose and shoot it to your professor. Having them informed for clemency is preferable than facing unjust ire for quitting.
Now you are well-educated about the standards of online exams, make sure to prepare, stay ethical, and slay your exams.