Third year Physics student Annabelle, explains what hybrid teaching meant to her, how she managed to carry on lab work from home, and the support she received for her online exam
When I came back to University for my third year in September, I didn’t really know what to expect, I don’t think anybody did. Once term had started, there were some big changes to what the norm had previously been. For one, all of my lectures were now online: there was a mix of pre-recorded videos and live lectures. The benefit of this was that there was no longer a commute in the morning so an extra hour in bed! Also, the recorded nature of them allowed me to be flexible and plan around any exercise or activities I wanted to do. Next was tutorials. For the first few weeks of term they were online, but I was then able to have in person tutorials. This was really valuable, and it also gave me a chance to see my fellow classmates. I found it challenging not being able to socialise with my cohort as much as usual, so I really appreciated my involvement in extracurricular activities to provide that social aspect to my week.
Prof Richard Blythe talks about plagiarism and why you will be asked to complete an Own Work Declaration before uploading your exam script.
Absent are the rituals of filing quietly into a cavernous exam hall, fiddling with the gummed flap on the front your green exam book, and being subject to the piercing stare of an invigilator as they make sure you answer the questions without any outside help. However, there is much that will still be the same. The format of your exams is unchanged, so past papers will still give a clear guide as to what to expect. You will still be under pressure to complete your answers within the allotted time, and will also have to contend with uploading your solutions at the end. And most importantly of all, you are still expected to answer the questions without outside help.
Your exams are approaching. You have been planning, revising and studying, so there is little more you can do, right? Regardless of how much effort you have put in beforehand, your exam performance on the day is also important to help you maximise your chances of exam success.
Here are Dr Ross Galloway’s top 12 tips.
1. Read the whole exam paper before doing anything else
It’s the classic exam tip, and with good reason. As the old military maxim says, time spent on reconnaissance is seldom wasted. It will give you an overview of what you’re going to have to do, and your subconscious will start processing the later questions even as you do the early ones.
2. Think about the big picture when choosing which questions to do
Most of your exams will offer you at least some choice of questions to tackle. Don’t pick them just based on which of the opening sub-parts you prefer. Assess the whole question: which ones can you do the greatest amount of? Continue reading “Maximise your chances of exam success”