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Mini-Module: Preparing for Exams and Online Exams


Skills for Learning LogoIntroduction

This mini-module should help you to prepare more effectively for your online exam, both when revising before the exam, and when working during the exam. 

Most of the pre-exam preparation strategies are the same as for conventional exams. 



Definition of online exams

Online exams are when students work unsupervised, usually with a time limit, at home.

BUT, there are many different ways to do this, so the details may vary a lot. Bearing in mind this variation, it is important to make sure you know exactly what you have to do and what you are not allowed to do. Check with your lecturer and make sure you have read the guidance you have been given.

Often, there are no rules about the type or amount of materials you can use – but check this with your lecturer too.

As students often have free access to materials during online exams (and so they can look up anything), examiners do not usually focus on testing your memory.


Managing four key areas

Diagram illustrating that Stress, Time, Learning, and Motivation are all connected

To prepare effectively for the exam and to perform at your best during the exam, you will need to manage the four key areas of:

  • Stress,
  • Time,
  • Learning, and
  • Motivation.



These areas all interact: for example, if you manage your Time badly, your Stress will go up and your Learning and Motivation will go down. 


Now find out what you know about preparing for take home exams. Here are some questions for you to answer, either from your knowledge, or by working it out for yourself. 

By choosing the correct answers, you will build a list of true sentences about preparing for and doing exams.

Which areas were easy? Which areas do you need to find out more about?

Now, choose the sections (1 to 8 on the left-hand menu) that you need to do. 

Of course, you can also work through all of them step by step.