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13 May 2020

Library advice on preparing for your exam replacement tasks

Who doesn’t love the idea of an online, open-book exam? Having access to notes and relevant texts while doing your exams may sound like a dream come true, but there are some pitfalls you should keep in mind.

Deep knowledge, not simple facts

First of all, your online exam replacement tasks are designed to test applied knowledge rather than memorised facts and figures that you can easily look up. Also, the tight timeframe will make it impossible to scour your unit text or check your notes for every question. Imagine your precious exam time ticking as you find the relevant resource, read it until you understand, and then apply the concepts to a complex question.

Resource access limits

To make matters more nail-biting, some of those resources could be library e-books that publishers have locked down to a few users at a time ­– and you might miss out!

Time goes by fast

When you’re logged in to the exam replacement task, you will want to spend that time figuring out what the questions are and then applying the knowledge you gained during the trimester to answer them. The notes and resources you need should only be referenced when you’re really stuck.

How to prepare

The Study Support team has put together a range of resources to help you prepare for your online exam replacement tasks. You can visit their site for more information.

We suggest you:

For any problems getting access to relevant resources or for tips on managing that information, get in touch with the library. We are here to help you succeed.

Good luck with your exams!

Originally published on Article, the Deakin Library blog.

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