Writing Take Home Exams!
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Writing Take Home Exams! Some Thoughts Gillian Calder Agenda 1. Few Caveats 2. Why a Take Home Exam? 3. Just Another Day at the Shop: Exams in Context 4. A Duck is a Duck (Or How is the Take Home Exam Different?) 5. Three Big Tips 6. Over to You… Objectives demystify basic strategies and tips challenges and pitfalls brainstorm Caveats* *(fancy Latin word meaning academics always start presentations with apologies) • different professors, different views • talking vs. doing Why a Take Home Exam? 1. What scares us most about exams? 2. You think that’s scary? a. Gillian’s torts exam story b. Gillian’s admin law exam story Just Another Day at the Shop (Or Putting Law School Exams into Context) • continuation of the law school enterprise • go into that room by yourself for three hours with a pencil • application of legal principles to new facts • putting your skills to work What Does a Take Home Exam Test? is prepping for exams what you do in the two week period before exams? -- no! best learning is deep learning testing what you have learned by: – going to class – reading – organizing – applying and practising A Duck is a Duck (Or How is the Take Home Exam Different) Are the Types of Questions Different? no! evaluating your learning knowledge questions application questions identify the issue; identify the authority look at both sides come to a conclusion Are the Expectations of my Professors Different? no! have you thought about and learned the material? pay attention to pages/word count more reflection; less clutter Do I Prepare Differently? no! study for exam with questions in hand use time wisely make sure notes are complete focus on synthesis remain curious Do I Write the Exam Differently? no! (o.k., that’s a small lie) goal: demonstrate your knowledge read carefully, reflect answer only the question asked pay attention to word count/page limit re-read; review set aside pure writing time re-read; reflect edit sleep; eat; stick to your schedule Three Big Tips 1. Prepare an Outline 2. Organize Your Answer 3. Think Ahead Prepare an Outline: Or Getting All the Marks 1. Get a feel for the exam: value 2. Jotting: don’t lose your thoughts 3. Focus on the question: answer the question asked 4. Make an outline 5. Double check: go back to the question Organize: Or don’t lose marks because you didn’t organize 1. Answer the question 2. Be concise 3. Keep your analysis of an issue in one place: Ha! 4. Use a sensible framework 5. Clearly identify your issues 6. Write to space allocated Plan Ahead 1. The dog ate my computer won’t fly 2. Common pitfalls are the same Over to you… Thanks and Best of Luck!!! We are all in this together.