Exams are something that elicits a wide range of emotions for online college students. One example of such emotion is anxiety because of the role it plays in their academic progress. Nevertheless, there’s nothing to worry about if you study well and apply the following techniques.
Before the exam
You have to know when and where you need to log-in to take your exams. Sometimes a proctor is also there and a share screen technology is used to prevent cheating. Prepare for those.
Know in advance what format the exam will be. It’s important to know if multiple choices are involved or if there’s an essay. This way you can adjust how you study for exams.
Try practice tests to see if you’ve studied enough. There are many tools or sites online that offer practice tests. However, they may be vastly different from how your instructor will present your test. Still, some practice is better than none.
During the exam
Pay really close attention to the pace at which you are answering questions. If the test is timed, then make sure to answer hard questions later. Skim through the exam site and answer the ones that are easy first.
You will often write essays using a different program like Microsoft Word. If there’s a space in the test website provided for essay writing then use that. Also, if there are any technical issues you need to inform your proctor or instructor, whoever is online overseeing the exam.
After the exam
Take time to self-assess and reflect on your answers. If there are questions you weren’t able to answer then you now have a clue on what to focus on. Let each exam teach you what you need to improve on when studying.
Sometimes the results and grades are immediately available. If they are, look them up to see how well you did. If you’re not happy with your exam results and don’t know where to improve, send an email to your professor.
You can read more about simplifying your study process in online colleges here.