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STUDY TIPS IN TIMES OF CORONA

You can find lots of tips that might inspire you during these exceptional times. Explore and use the tips that work for you.

However, not all links are completely corona-proof. There might be some suggestions in the links (not in the text) that are better avoided during these times. Please check Blackboard and your Hasselt University email for recent updates and adjustments about your courses.

 

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How to tackle exams (in distance learning)

Note: On this website you will find the latest state of the guidelines regarding the on-campus exams.

This period of distance learning is also accompanied by new exam forms. Here are some  some tools to get you started!

1. exam preparation
2. types of evaluations

written exam

- multiple choice (true/false)
- open book
- open questions (essay questions, completion or Fill-in-the-Blank, short / long answers,…)
- computational/ problem solving/ case-based/ 

oral exam

- WITH written preparation
- WITHOUT written preparation

alternative forms
- permanent evaluation
- presentation (bachelor / master thesis, ...)
- take-home exam

3. general

1. EXAM PREPARATION

Because of distance learning you may have the feeling that you have been in the 'exam period' for weeks. Your social life is on the back burner, every day at your desk, ... But now that the exams are almost in sight, the goal is to prepare as well as possible for your exam period. Here are some tips to get you started.

- Draw up a realistic exam schedule!
No idea how to start
Read the tips to prepare an exam study timetable or watch this video.

What if you have too many exams in a short time?
Read thes useful tips 

Started too late?
You can find some tips that can help you last minute
- in this video
- on this page

- Don't forget to let others know about your exam schedule.
During this period it will be a bit busier at (student) home, so making appointments is recommended. This allows others to take this into account (eg set your status to occupied on social media and share your schedule with your housemates, so that friends and family members do not disturb you).

- Provide plenty of relaxation.
It is important to charge your batteries every now and then to be able to use it again! Social contact is difficult during this period , but social media offers a solution. But use your smartphone during your break and put it while studying.
How to take a break? This infochart will give you tips and inspiration.

- Plan REPETITION day(s)!
Best study hack ever!
Don't you believe it? Watch this video and find out the importance of repeating, repeating, repeating, ...

- Don't study until a few minutes before the exam.
If you still want to study, repeat the main lines one more time instead of learning new material. 

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2. TYPES OF EXAMS

Each type of exam requires a different approach. Due to current COVID-19 measures, the exam format may have changed, so please check to see what type of exam you will have. The university has chosen to organise exams on campus, but some exams are also possible off campus.The advantage of taking exams at home can be that you are less stressed than on campus, you don't see panicking students walking around in the corridors, no relocation is required, no unexpected problems along the way ... and it is also sustainable!

Below you will find a lot of tips for each type of exam!

WRITTEN EXAM 

- Closed questions (multiple choice (MC), true/false questions) 

Multiple choice exams usually focus on knowing, understanding and applying. So it is certainly not just a matter of factual knowledge but insight can also be questioned. In these times of corona MC exams can also be taken electronic. In some study programmes they are familiar with DOCIMO. In this evaluation tool you take multiple choice exams. You don't only give the correct answer, but you must also indicate how confident you are about your answer (ie the degree of certainty system). This system also uses guess correction, but an incorrect answer can still give you points. So always try to answer the question. 

You can find out how to deal with an MC exams
- on this website
- in this video

off campus on campus

- Check your PC / laptop: sufficiently charged, check network / WIFI, use indicated browser, install necessary software, headset / earphones, ... 
- Mimic an exam situation: switch off your mobile phone, eliminate distractions, pen and (draft) paper at hand, inform others, ... 
- Read guidelines: is there a correction for guessing, can you correct the answers, how much time is foreseen, follow the instructions well in case of supervision, ... 
- Check in which environment the exam will take
place: Blackboard, DOCIMO, ... 
- If possible, take a mock exam in the exam environment 
- Watch the available time 
- Don't panic if you have technical problems: notify the lecturer, take a screenshot of the screen, ... 
- If applicable: forget not to send / submit

- Follow the guidelines regarding hygiene measures, (social) distance, ... don’t forget to bring a face mask 
- Collect correct information about the exam (place, date, ...) 
- Take necessary equipment (laptop, pen, paper, ..) 
- Arrange your transport (car , public transport, bike …)

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- open book exam 

The questions on an open book exam are usually in-depth, they will often not be found literally in the book. Knowledge questions are rarely asked. It is therefore important that you understand everything well, that you can make links and that you have an overview of the bigger picture. 

You can find out how to deal with an open book exam on
this website
- in this video
- listen to the tips of a student

on campus off campus

- Check your PC / laptop: sufficiently charged, check network / WIFI, use indicated browser, install necessary software, ...
- Mimic an exam situation: switch off your mobile phone, eliminate distractions, pen, necessary course material and (scratch) paper at hand, inform others, ... 
- Collect necessary material (handbooks, notes, ...)
- Check in which environment the exam will take place: Blackboard, DOCIMO, Hangouts ... 
- Read guidelines: how much time to provide, which source material you can consult, follow the instructions well in case of supervision 
- Watch the available time 
- Do not panic if you have technical problems: notify the teacher, take a screenshot of the screen,…
- Submit / send exam: where to download / upload, by mail, ...

- Follow the guidelines regarding hygiene measures, (social) distance, ...don’t forget to bring a face mask 
- Collect correct information about the exam (place, date, ...) 
- Bring necessary material (laptop, pen, paper, manuals, course material, calculator, formulary,. ..) 
- Arrange your transport (car, public transport, bike, ...)

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- open questions (essay questions, completion or Fill-in-the-Blank, short / long answers,…)

There are different types of open questions and depending on the question, the length of your answer may vary. how to tackle exams with open questions?
You can find out
- on this website
- in this video
Wondering how to best approach essay questions? Read it on this website

off campus on campus

- Check your PC / laptop: sufficiently charged, check network / WIFI, use indicated browser, install necessary software, ... 
- Mimic an exam situation: switch off your mobile phone, eliminate distractions, pen and paper, bring others informed,… 
- Check in which environment the exam will take place: Blackboard/Toledo, ... 
- Read guidelines: how much time to provide, follow the instructions well in case of supervision 
- Watch the available time 
- Do not panic at technical problems: notify teacher, take screenshot of screen, ... 
- If applicable: don't forget to send / submit

- Follow the guidelines regarding hygiene measures, (social) distance, ... don’t forget to bring a face mask
- Collect correct information about the exam (place, date, ...)
- Take necessary equipment (laptop, pen, paper, calculator ...)
- Arrange your transport ( car, public transport, bike,  ...)

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- Computational/ problem solving/ case-based 

Do not expect exactly the same exercises as in the course, you might be faced with surprises. How do you handle an exam with exercises? Discover it on this website

ORAL EXAMS 

Some like it and some don't.
On this website you will find the necessary tips to successfully complete your oral exam. 

Oral explanation 

- Take time to answer.
- Paraphrase the question to give yourself time to think about the question.
- Do not be put off by the additional questions. If necessary, ask for further explanation of the question.
- Make links between the parts of the subject matter. Give examples.
- End your statement with a decision summarizing your answer.
- Try not to be upset by the teacher 's facial expression or behavior.
- If you don't know the answer, just say you don't know. 

You will learn how your body language can help you during an oral exam in this video

WITH written preparation 

- Avoid full sentences - Limit yourself to a short and structured answering schedule with only the key words, unless the teacher has asked otherwise.  - Keep an eye on the time - Use your oral explanation to demonstrate that you have mastered the subject matter. The explanation is more important than the written part, even if you then hand over the written preparation to the teacher. Also read the tips above under 'oral explanation' 

WITHOUT written preparation 

Moment of truth 
- make a good first impression!
- Enter enthusiastically. That way you come across as confident.
- Watch your body language.
- Look at the teacher.
- Take care of your language

Oral explanation
Read previously mentioned tips under topic 'oral exams'

off campus on campus

- Check your PC / laptop: sufficiently charged, check sound and micro, check network / WIFI, use the indicated browser, install necessary software, headset / earphones, ... 
- Mimic an exam situation: switch off your mobile phone, eliminate distractions, pen and paper at hand, inform others, ... 
- Check in which environment the exam will take place: Blackboard, Hangouts, ... 
- Read guidelines: how much time is provided, is there a waiting area to prepare, enter the instructions properly in case of supervision 
- Watch the available time 
- Do not panic if you have technical problems: notify the teacher, take a screenshot of the screen,…

- Follow the guidelines regarding hygiene measures, (social) distance, ... don’t forget to bring a face mask 
- Collect correct information about the exam (place, date, ...) 
- Take necessary equipment (pen, paper, ...)
- Arrange your transport (car, public transport, bike,  ...)

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ALTERNATIVE FORMS

- permanent evaluation. 

A programme component can also be evaluated at regular intervals. This means that you have to carry out assignments (portfolio, interim tests, paper, reports, etc.) during the academic year. 

- presentation (bachelor / master thesis) 

An (oral) presentation can be taken individually or in group. On this website you will find the step-by-step plan for a successful presentation.

off campus on campus

- Check your PC / laptop: sufficiently charged, check sound and micro, check network / WIFI, use the indicated browser, install necessary software, headset / earphones, ... 
- Mimic an exam situation: switch off your mobile phone, eliminate distractions, pen and paper at hand, inform others, ... 
- Check in which environment the exam will take place: Blackboard, Hangouts ...
- Practice (with group members) your presentation and make clear agreements who prepares which part 
- Read guidelines: how much time foreseen, ... 
- Pay attention to the available time
- Do not panic if you have technical problems: notify the lecturer, take a screenshot of the screen, ...

- Follow the guidelines regarding hygiene measures, (social) distance, ... don’t forget to bring a face mask 
- Collect correct information about the exam (place, date, ...) 
- Take necessary equipment (laptop, presentation) 
- Arrange your transport (car, public transport, bike ...)

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- take-home exam 

Variant on an open book exam is the 'take home' exam. You can follow the same approach for taking such an exam as for open book exams. 

- read these tips
- watch this video
- or read the tips of a student

3. GENERAL 

- Inform yourself 
Make sure you know in advance where, when and how the exam will take place. Changes are always possible. 

- Study efficiently 
Match your study method to the requirements of the exam and the requirements of the professor. What does the professor expect from you at the exam? What kind of exam questions will there be? 

- Read these effective study strategies for during the study period and exams.
- Solve sample exam questions if you have any.
Study actively. Click here for effective strategies. Or watch this videoThe emphasis during your study period is best on memorizing the processed material.
- Check yourself, ask yourself (on the basis of schedule, table of contents, sample exam questions, additional exercises).
- Repeat the course regularly, that improves your memory. It doesn't take long to repeat the table of contents or your mindmaps/schemes can already be a form of repeat. 

- Exam stress? 
It is normal for you to be a little nervous before an exam. Some tension makes you perform even better. Is the stress level high?
Discover ways to deal with your stress in:
- this video
- this website
- this infochart

 




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