What Effective Online Exam Prep Looks Like - MedCerts

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Whether you’re gearing up for a final university exam or a professional certification test, success often depends on proper preparation. As the education sector embraces online learning, the nature of exams has evolved and introduced new challenges.

This article explores how to prepare for exams, unraveling strategies you can use to stay focused and perform optimally. Join us as we delve into effective exam preparation tips that will help in your academic and professional goals.

Understand Expectations and Exam Structure

Comprehending your instructor's expectations and the structure of the impending assessment can guide your online exam prep. Begin by understanding its genre, language, scope and scoring method. Time management is also crucial. Identify when the exam becomes accessible, the allotted time for completion and whether it allows breaks.

Find out the nature of questions awaiting you as they can be multiple choice, short answer, synthesis or application. Does the exam allow consultation of course materials or any form of external reference? Mastering these intricate details lays the foundation for a strategic and confident approach to conquering your online exams.

Delve into Course Objectives and Themes

Reviewing your course objectives and themes is another important step in your online exam prep. What topics do you need to cover by the time you sit for your exams? Scrutinize the significant reading points and highlight the most pivotal ones.

Afterward, summarize the main ideas and guiding principles defining the course to form a mental map of its scope. This review will help you to organize notes later and forge connections between concepts that seemed unrelated.

Prepare Summary Notes

Creating summary sheets helps elevate your understanding of course materials. As you immerse yourself in revision, go beyond passive absorption by compiling lists of crucial terms, definitions and formulas. These summaries provide a compressed yet comprehensive overview for last-minute reviews.

To begin this process, organize your notes systematically, aligning them with the course's thematic structure. You can use diverse formats such as study charts, tree diagrams, concept maps or reference sheets to condense information effectively. With exams approaching, these meticulously prepared notes can empower you to navigate tough questions with confidence and ease.

Test Yourself With MedCerts Tools

Strategic use of cutting-edge tools becomes key during effective online exam preparation. At MedCerts, we offer a suite of resources designed to elevate your readiness. You can dive into our study review questions that are embedded strategically after each module section. These practice exams reinforce learning as they foster active engagement by prompting you to come up with your answers.

In addition, you can explore our online resource center and forums. The virtual haven is brimming with immersive learning materials and tutorials on course concepts and problem areas. It provides an interactive space for exploring content, reviewing questions and sharing challenges with peers.

Study With MedCerts: Elevate Your Exam Prep Journey

In your pursuit of effective exam preparation, MedCerts stands as a beacon of excellence, redefining the landscape of online learning. Our instructional design embodies the 12 Elements of eLearning that promote a dynamic learning environment. We ensure students not only absorb knowledge but also offer practice exams to reinforce learning. Enroll today in one of our 60+ online programs for a transformative learning experience.

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Written by Julie Campos
Vice President of Student Success and Career Services

Julie Campos is the Vice President of Student Success and Career Services at MedCerts. She brings over 14 years of experience in Online Higher Education in both Student Support and Enrollment and started her career at the University of Phoenix, serving most of her tenure as a student-facing leader.

Julie has her Bachelors of Liberal Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas at El Paso, and her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Her areas of expertise are student support in online higher education environments and working with nontraditional students. At MedCerts, she is focused on creating a pro-active student central support model for MedCerts students to reach their goals and has developed the MedCerts Student Support and Outreach Model, created MedCerts Student Success Advisor reports and Dashboards, as well as the Student Success Advisor Playbook. Her proactive approach to student support has been crucial in meeting MedCerts’ student’s needs, as well as completion and certification goals.

Julie has three children – a 10-year-old son and 12- and 4-year-old daughters, who keep her and her husband busy with sports. She is also an avid crafter with an entire room of her home dedicated to the hobby. In her free time, she enjoys teaching wreath making and even has a few “how-to” YouTube videos on the subject!

Published on March 27, 2024


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