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Exams and assessments for students on distance learning courses

Exams and assessments can be stressful and may feel more so in the current circumstances, even if you are used to studying at a distance. The Library has created this helpful checklist to get you prepared.

Studying for exams and assessments at a distance

Revision tips

Revision support is available from our Library and Academic Support Team with some top tips:

  • Try to avoid working in spaces that may make you feel sleepy or easily distracted.
  • Use apps (like Cold Turkey) to block distracting websites and social media or get someone else to hide your phone while you revise.
  • The Pomodoro technique for time management can help you focus, but allows time for plenty of breaks.
  • Check what revision support is available from your tutors, or maybe organise your own revision group via Skype or MS Teams.
  • Create a timetable to take control of your workload and set SMART objectives to stay on track.
  • Use mindmaps to help and even try teaching the cat or your family to check your understanding.

The team are running weekly online sessions to help answer your academic skills, revision and referencing queries. Tuesday 14:30 – 15:00, book via MyHub. There is also useful revision skills information on their exam webpages

Be prepared

Make sure you know

  • The date and time of your exam and double check all the information and instructions you’ve been given before you start.
  • What you need in order to complete your exam. Is it open book? Have you got all the information and resources you need?
  • How to log in to MyBeckett to access relevant files before your exam starts.
  • How to submit online via Turnitin or Blackboard if you have to submit your completed exam or timed assessment.
  • What format a video presentation needs to be in, and what the process is for submitting your completed video, if this is how you are being assessed. Check the details with your lecturer.
    • Our Digital Learning Team have some useful guides on submitting videos via Blackboard and via YouTube.

During the exam

When you are taking an online exam or assessment remember to:

  • Keep track of time during the exam, most systems have an onscreen timer.
  • Read each question more than once, make sure you understand what is being asked.
  • Look at the amount of marks there are for each question and answer accordingly.
  • Most online exams allow you to go back to the question so if you don’t immediately know the answer you can go back to it. The instructions at the start of the exam will let you know if you can do this.
  • Keep support contact details to hand so you can get help if you experience any technical issues.
  • Check your answers. Don’t click submit until you are ready, you can’t go back once you have selected submit.

Support and Wellbeing

  • Look after your wellbeing. There’s support and help available from Beckett Advice and Kooth Student, a free online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service.
  • The Library is also able to help with any Library and Student IT advice.
  • Make sure you take regular breaks, keep hydrated eat regularly, and try to get out for your hour of exercise if you can.
  • Have a listen to our Spotify playlists. There’s one to relax to and one to motivate you!

And finally, Good Luck!

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