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My top tips for online exams

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Annick Jenkin | English Language and Linguistics Contact Annick
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It is week 10 of term 2. That can only mean one thing. Exam and assignment deadline season is on the horizon. This is an incredibly stressful time for all students let alone with the added pressure of doing it in a pandemic. As like last year, exams are online this year. I experienced online exams last year and have gathered a list together of all my online exam tips.

Make sure you have a reliable Wi-Fi connection. As exams are now completed and submitted online this means you need Wi-Fi and an internet connection to complete your exams and submit them on time. Even though last year we were given an additional upload time added onto the timed exam, you still need to make sure to give yourself adequate submitting time just in case your Wi-Fi drops out and you cannot submit your exam to the university. For example, if your exam has an additional 45-minute upload time added to your exam time, my advice would be to make sure to leave those minutes to upload your exam to the exam portal and not use it as additional time to do your exam. 

Find a quiet but comfortable space to sit your exams. Completing your exams from home or from your university accommodation brings more challenges. Noise, other people using the same Wi-Fi link as you and distractions. I would advise discussing with whoever you live with about your plans and when your exams are, so they know when and when not to make noise and be less of a distraction. I know from my experience last year, revising with my laptop then sitting my exams on a laptop, my back was very sore by the end and I would have a very stiff neck. I would recommend finding a chair and desk that will support your back and is the right height that is comfortable to sit long exams. But, of course, if sitting on the floor or the sofa is better for you then do that; finding a set up that is right for you is so important. 

Just because it is now an open book exam doesn’t mean you can rely on having your notes to help you. This point is so so so important! For some knowing the exams are open book will be a relief but don’t get complacent! Don’t think that you don’t need to revise as much because you’ll have your notes in front of you. Revise equally as much as you would usually for your exams. Your lecturers know the exams are open book. I learnt last year in my timed exams that you simply don’t have enough time to go through your notes trying to look for an answer whilst the clock is ticking down. So, revise as hard as you can and don’t rely on your notes being with you in the exam as they wont help at all, and will just be a huge distraction! 

My last tip is to keep track of the time whilst in the exam. There are no physical invigilators like in a normal exam so there is no one telling you how long you have left. The alternative exam portal does have a timer once you open the exam, so I advise watching that but also setting a timer on your phone or a watch, so you have something physically in front of you showing how much time you have remaining. Remember to also factor in submission time and saving time to successfully submit your exam on or before the deadline time. 

Finally, good luck! There are so many benefits of online exams, from doing your exams in your pyjamas to being in your own environment where you can relax more and have everything you need around you. Remember to take regular breaks around revision and get plenty of rest! 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Annick Jenkin | English Language and Linguistics Contact Annick
Feel free to ask my anything from student life to…
Find out more about me Contact Annick

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