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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!

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!

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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