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Good luck to everyone preparing for their end of semester assessments over the coming weeks. If you have an exam coming up, whether it’s an on-site or take-home exam, make sure you read through the following top tips and advice to help you #StressLess and feel prepared…

6 top tips for your exams

No matter what exam you’re taking, there are a few tips that should help you feel prepared in the run-up and on the day of the exam.

  1. Check the time and date of your exams. Make sure you know when and where your exam is going to be via the exam timetables.
  2. Revise in advance of your exam. Remember to check out the range of online modules and resources available via the Learning Skills Hub to help you prepare.
  3. Show up for your exam! It may sound obvious, but whether you’re doing an on-site or take-home exam, make sure you attend at the allotted time.
  4. Refrain from cheating. By taking the exam you are declaring that it is entirely your own work.
  5. Follow the instructions given to you. Make sure you read all the instructions given to you on your exam, and if in an on-site setting, be sure to follow any instructions an invigilator provides.
  6. Finally, if you have any issues, just ask. If you’re doing a take-home exam a representative from your course/module will be available to answer any questions if you believe there is an error in the paper. These contact details will be posted to Blackboard. If your exam is on-site, then you can put your hand up to speak to an invigilator.

Specific advice for take-home exams

Here are 3 specific top tips for if you’re completing a take-home exam:

  1. Check your computer. It is important to sufficiently prepare your computer. Ensure that you can access your Module Blackboard and find the Take-Home exam area. If something isn’t working for you, you’ve still got a chance to report it early. If you do encounter any technical issues during your exam, your exam cover sheet will inform you of who to contact. Notify them of the situation as soon as you can and take a screen shot for proof if possible.
  2. Have the necessary materials to hand. Make sure you have your Smartcard (Student ID) ready in case this is required on your script and ensure you have access to all key learning materials that you are permitted (books/e-books, articles, and links to your module Blackboard). Stationary and other things should also be at hand, such as your glasses, pens and pencils, and a drink etc.
  3. Save and submit your work. Whilst completing your take-home exam, ensure to save your work on a regular basis. At the end of your exam, remember to save and submit your work on Turnitin within the time restriction.

Space on campus for take-home exams

If you have a take-home exam but need an alternative location in which to complete it, help is at hand. Three rooms in Augustine House – AH1.21, AH2.23 and AH3.22 – have been reserved for this purpose for the duration of the Calendar A assessments (10-21 January). Spaces are limited, so you will need to book in advance.

To do so, visit MyBookings and click the tile marked ‘BOOK A SPACE ON CAMPUS FOR TAKE HOME EXAMS’. You can then reserve a space, and the length of time you need it for, as you would for any other non-teaching space. Click here for a complete user guide for MyBookings.

You can either bring your own laptop and connect to Eduroam, or there are limited numbers of University PCs available if you reserve a space in AH3.22.

Students on Calendar B will shortly also be able to reserve space in Augustine House and at Medway, ahead of their own assessments (7-11 February).

Please note that these rooms will not be staffed, so if you believe there is an error in the paper please contact the representative from your course/module. These contact details will be posted to Blackboard. For all other queries, please contact the i-zone on i-zone@canterbury.ac.uk.

Specific advice for on-site exams

If your exam is taking place on campus, please wear a face covering for the duration of your exam. Examination rooms will be regularly cleaned, and rooms may be colder than usual due to increased air flow, so please wear appropriate warm clothing.

Staff and students are advised to take a lateral flow test at least twice a week. If you have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 you will have to self-isolate. Please notify your Course Team if this is the case, and inform the University as soon as possible by completing this form so that we can support you.

As a reminder, we have a range of measures in place on-campus to keep everyone safe:

  • Face coverings – all students, staff and visitors must wear a face covering when inside all university buildings unless medically exempt or on their own in a room.
  • NHS COVID App – download the app and check in using local QR codes. 
  • Keep your distance – respect others’ space. You may choose to limit the close contact you have with people you do not usually live or study with. 
  • Ventilate rooms – keep windows open and ensure there is plenty of fresh air. The more fresh air you let into enclosed spaces, the less likely a person is to inhale infectious particles. 
  • Wash your hands regularly – use the hand sanitizers and cleaning wipes provided.  

Remember to make sure you: bring your Smartcard (Student ID), that drinks are in plastic bottles or cartons with no notes or writing on them, that you have any pens and pencils you may need (but not in a case).


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