Ever since the worldwide lockdown began in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students had to adapt with the implementation of online classes. Being a student myself, I had to undergo a new learning experience at home, which has been extremely tough, especially when it comes to online examinations.
There is a misconception that online examinations are easier compared to face-to-face ones, as students are allowed to refer to their study materials most of the time and are taking their tests at the comfort of their homes. However, in reality, many students are obtaining lower grades when sitting for online examinations as the papers have become much more challenging.
So, if you’re a student who is struggling to maintain your grades, here are 3 steps to score in your online examinations:
Step #1: Pay attention throughout your online classes.
Paying attention in class is the key towards obtaining good grades. This is because it makes your self-study time so much simpler once you have already understood the concepts being taught in class.
However, it is definitely a challenge to concentrate in class at all times. In order to do so, do ensure to minimize all the possible distractions around you. For instance, avoid scrolling through your social media during classes no matter how tempting it is.
If you find yourself struggling to maintain your focus, do some stretches as it increases your blood flow and hence, helps you to concentrate well during classes.
Besides, lecturers tend to share useful tips before an examination so, you may lose out on that benefit if you do not pay attention when your lecturer is speaking!
Step #2: Find a suitable study technique.
Different people have different study techniques. Remember, just because a certain study mechanism works for your friends, does not necessarily mean it will work for you. This is due to every individual having a different learning style.
For instance, note-taking is one of the most common and effective study techniques for students. However, if you are an auditory learner, reading your materials aloud would be a better approach, rather than writing notes.
Hence, it is crucial for you to try out multiple study methods to identify which type of learner you are, and then apply the method which works best for you.
Step #3: Go the extra mile.
Reading your lecture notes for examinations may not be sufficient at all times. In regards to online examinations, many lecturers out there are testing their students’ level of understanding by asking ‘out-of-the box’ questions.
Hence, it is highly encouraged for students to go the extra mile by doing additional reading using textbooks, rather than just studying from the lecture notes provided. You could also make an initiative to set appointments with your lecturer if you do not understand a certain subtopic.
Lastly, put in the extra effort to practice past year questions. It is pointless to keep reading your notes if you do not know how to apply the knowledge in order to answer your test.
Therefore, doing past year papers enables you to familiarize yourself with the pattern of questions because oftentimes, the questions asked in your examination are usually similar with the previous tests.
Plus, answering past year questions enables you to understand the correct techniques of answering your exam questions which will help you to score.
These are three simple, yet effective steps in order to score for your online examinations. As difficult as online tests may be, we have to accept the fact that this is the new norm of learning.
The sooner we adapt to it, the easier it is for us. Hopefully, these methods turn out to help all the students out there, just as much as it has helped me!
Neha Singh is a content writer under Headliner by Newswav, a programme where content creators get to tell their unique stories through articles and at the same time monetize their content within the Newswav app.
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