Tag Archives: Post-Secondary

Tips to Increase Your Final Exam Performance

The end to another academic term is quickly approaching… along with the stress of writing final exams. If you have to write exams and are feeling nervous, overwhelmed, and exhausted from studying, these are some useful tips from examtime to perform at your best on exam day.

The Night Before
You want to have your exam day planned out beforehand so you can focus on remembering the important information you studied.

  • Check the time and location of your exam
  • Set an alarm to wake up early
  • Collect materials you will need to bring to your exam tomorrow
  • Get a full nights rest (8 hours is recommended)

Exam Day
Make sure you start your day off right. If you’re feeling confident and refreshed before you write your exam, chances are you’ll perform better.

  • Wake up early and prepare for your day (taking a shower can help your body wake up)
  • Have a balanced breakfast (try to eat some fruit, for example, a banana)
  • Grab your exam materials (remember to bring your ID, translators, etc. if required/permitted)
  • Leave early (unexpected events happen all the time; you don’t want to be late)

Starting Your Exam
You have prepared for this moment. Focus your mind and get yourself prepared to ace this exam.

  • Write your name on the exam paper and make sure you have all pages of the exam
  • Read through the exam to get an idea of the content and length of each section
  • Plan your time and focus the majority of your time on the heaviest weighted questions
  • Start answering questions you feel most confident about (leave the challenging questions for last)

Finishing Your Exam
You’re almost done! Just a few more questions and you can leave feeling great.

  • Ask for clarification or assistance if you don’t understand a section/question
  • Pay attention to the time and pace yourself
  • Review your work to ensure you answered all questions correctly
  • Stay to the end of your exam period (review your work multiple times to catch silly mistakes)
  • Hand in your exam feeling confident that you did your best work

Congratulations!
You just finished your exam and can now move on with your day and enjoy the rest of the spring/summer!

I hope these tips were helpful and reduced your fear of writing exams. If you still have any concerns, feel free to post them in the comments or contact your institution’s help centre. Best of luck with your exams and the end of your semester!

The Single Most Important Factor for Success

Have you ever wondered what determines if an individual is academically and/or professionally successful? One would assume intelligence, time management skills, or wealth are all possible factors… but surprisingly those don’t take the top spot. Angela Lee Duckworth, a psychologist from the University of Pennsylvania, just might have the answer. Check out this 6-minute TED Talk to hear her story.

What are your thoughts?

  • Do you think passion and perseverance are crucial for success?
  • Do you think there is a more important factor for success?
  • Can you think of anyone who embodies this factor?

Technology Will Change Education

I came across an article earlier today on how technology will change education. The article provided insight on how technology has changed almost all aspects of our lives. It goes on to state that education has always revolved around a teacher formally instructing students in a classroom setting, but with the emergence of interactive, adaptive learning software, technology could dramatically change the entire learning process. This relates to my recent post about how online learning allows students to be more self-directed and learn at their own pace, as opposed to an instructor’s pace. Although there are barriers to the use of technology in education, I agree with the author, in that it is very likely the implementation of educational technology will increase and expand sooner rather than later.

What are your thoughts on the use of technology in education? How do you think education will be impacted over the next few years? I will leave you with one quote from the article that really stood out to me and leave the rest of the reading to you,

We very well may be at the cusp of a revolution in education based on technological change.

Click here for the full article.

New Module Annoucement – Science-Zone: Lab Reports

Lab Reports

The Academic-Zone team is proud to announce the release of Science-Zone: Lab Reports, our first science-focused module! This module is intended to provide an general overview of the key components in a post-secondary level lab report. It covers topics such as introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, and abstract. This module has a variety of videos and practice exercises to keep students engaged!

As development continues we hope to create more concentrated Lab Report modules for specific disciplines like Chemistry, Biology, or Physics!

Got an idea for product development? We’d love to hear it! Send an email to academic-zone@brocku.ca!

Numeracy-Zone Updated

The Academic-Zone team has been working hard to serve your needs better! We recently updated all three of the Numeracy-Zone modules (Calculations, Algebra, and Statistics), and they will be available to all of our users this upcoming school year. The Numeracy-Zone modules are now filled with interactive exercises and activities to keep the learning fun and interesting!

Numeracy-Zone

The Academic-Zone modules are dynamic, offering a unique user experience. The interactivity allows information to flow both ways within the module. Students can view the material and concepts, apply their new knowledge directly in the resource, and most importantly, obtain feedback to improve or enhance their understanding of the concept.

Make sure to check back to find out what else is happening with Academic-Zone.

Want more information on Numeracy-Zone? Send me an email at academic-zone@brocku.ca!

Academic-Zone Attends Symposium on Learning Outcomes Assessment: Practically Speaking

Two members of the Academic-Zone team will be attending the Symposium on Learning Outcomes Assessment: Practically Speaking on April 22 & 23, at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. The symposium gathers post-secondary instructors and educational developers from across Canada to share their experiences and expertise on the assessment of learning outcomes.

The symposium is sponsored by:

  • Council of Ontario Universities
  • Ontario College Quality Assurance Service
  • Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer
  • Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance
  • Canadian Publishers’ Council

The event will include numerous interactive and in-depth concurrent workshops and visual poster sessions focused on examining the learning outcomes assessment process.

Click here for more on the Council of Ontario Universities and the event
Click here to find out more about the event
Click here for the program schedule

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Academic-Zone Attending 3rd Annual Educational Technology Summit

Academic-Zone Attending 3rd Annual Educational Technology Summit

Members of the Academic-Zone team will be attending the 3rd Annual Education Technology Strategies for K-12 Schools, Colleges, and Universities Summit on Tuesday February 26th and Wednesday February 27th 2013. The Education Technology Summit is “an exclusive forum that provides knowledge and insights for education technology professionals and educators on strategies to build 21st Century schools. Attendees will walk away with the tools they need to redefine the education and learning paradigms of their institution.” The conference is organized by Strategy Institute. Strategy Institute has been a facilitator of information sharing for over 15 years. They provide education decision-makers with the knowledge and tools they need to cultivate an engaged and creative learning environment for all Canadians.

This year’s agenda has a bountiful list of education leaders from across North America that will be speaking on education technology throughout the two day event. The main topics of discussion for this year’s conference are listed below.

Source 12 strategies to enhance teaching and learning:

  1. Redefine outdated teaching models to enhance personalized learning
  2. Bridge the transition gap to post-secondary education
  3. Embrace BYOD and build it into your curriculum to enable new learning opportunities
  4. Get a handle on your performance measurements through data analytics
  5. Improve learning outcomes through the integration of emerging technologies
  6. Secure faculty buy-in with effective professional development tactics
  7. Leverage the interactive value of social media to create a connected classroom
  8. Enable peer-learning and class-collaboration time with flipped classrooms
  9. Source scalable and cost-effective solutions to your education technology deployments
  10. Innovate how you teach and engage students with game-based learning methodologies
  11. Support new learning environments for your students with MOOCs
  12. Make the case to fund your technology deployment projects under tight budgets

Click on the following link for more information:

Education Technology Summit Website
Education Technology Summit Online Brochure
Strategy Institute Website