My first semester concluded yesterday with the final exam. For me, this is the first time appearance in Open book exams. Initially when the semester started, I was so happy that open book exams would be easy since we can write exams with the help of books. But now I have realized that these exams are often harder than regular exams, there won’t be much use of carrying books! For some of the papers there was no point in opening any book. However, my first advent with open book exams was pretty good and my learning can be summarized as below :)
- Be aware of the time constraint and be specific on what to write.
- Keep a tab on time closely as you write answers. The problem with an open-book exam is that you have access to so much of information that you could write forever.
- Pay more attention to quality of content than style.
- Talk to the professor well in advance and ask what all material can be brought into examination hall.
- Study hard for the exam, there is no short cut for success!
- While preparing for the exams, try to mark or create a cheat sheet that will have index for all the topics which you think might be important for exams. This will greatly help while writing the exam!
Have you ever taken an open book exam? What are your thoughts on these kind of exams? Feel free to add your comments on how should one prepare for such exams.