1. Understand the problem. Do a mindmap to better your understanding.
2. Use your own word.
3. Answer within the context and objectively considering the textbook, and lectures. In case you are using external materials, provide details of assumption(s).
3.1 Use diagrams and tables whenever possible.
4. Answer from a manager’s perspective unless the question asks you otherwise.
5. Identify and answer with important factors in mind.
6. Avoid superlatives and ambiguous terms like basically, perfect/proper, best and the similar. Consider replacing them with in essence, standard business process, standardized process, best practice guideline and one of the best.

. Study in short chunks of time (e.g. 30 mins). Reduce multi-tasking during the study.
. Dedicated space for study. Consider not using this place for entertainment.
. Understand the Recognition and Recollection is rather different. Rearrange the content and find new relationships among them.
. Take notes as you study. Identify the problem areas. Color-coding your notes can help.
. Consider what could be a question that can be asked to evaluate your understanding.
. Facts needs to be memorized and concepts needs to be understood.

Ref: Marty Lobdell - Study Less Study Smart

Get a synergy :)

  1. Engage group members- do activities together. 
  2. Print out the required document.
  3. All members create mind-maps on the document. Meet to discuss the mindmap.
  4. Get a review of the map from peers- faculty and all.
  5. Review map and create your presentation from the map. Elaborate the presentation to create your report.

Consider a Presentation

A presentation will give you necessary feedback.

You can check any grade after one week (of submission) in the office during any office hours. These grades will be posted online approximately within 3 weeks.

GA Rubrics

You can use the rubrics to better ascertain the grades you might get in a GA

Final Grade Calculation

During the final week, all assignment grades will be posted online. It will be posted in a (approximate) sequence like this

  • Attendance posted
  • Quiz grades posted
  • Midterm and bonus grades posted
  • Lab and bonus grades posted
  • Group Assignments and bonus grades posted

You can review while the grades are getting posted. After all the grades are posted, you will get 1 day for a final review.

Your grades will be weighted as described in the course outline. Curves might be applied in line with the department policy. The total and letter grades will not be posted online as it is against the NSU policy. 

If you have a dispute during this time, please review the dispute resolution section.

Prioritizing your study

You should prioritize such that you get better grade (and understanding!) comparing to the number of hours you study. Refer to the textbook(s) and research online if you find difficulty understanding a topic. Make a list such that you can get clarification from your faculty.

  1. Do a Sample exams- print out one of the sample exams and writing answers on it.
  2. Follow the IOAs. If you were assigned IOAs, 90% or more question will be from the IOAs. There could be simple modification to the IOAs yet the ideas will be the same. This means you have to read the questions carefully to ensure you are answering correctly.
  3. Follow the slides. Understand the diagrams. Often the slides has limited information- only the top-level ones. If you feel getting lost- go to the textbook(s). You will need the textbook to better understand the slides particularly on topics you are not very comfortable.
  4. Read the textbook. There is no better way to understand the topic and you will be confident with your answers. You can supplement slides with Wikipedia and your goggle-research.

Other great ideas:

  • Create cheat-sheets as you study
  • Practice solved problems in the book (if any)
  • Practice assignments (if any)
  • Use Wikipedia and/or Google to get additional insight on a problem

Question Pattern

There are typically Multiple Choice (MCQ), true-false fill in the gap, short question, and analytical questions in the exam. These questions are similar to IOAs. Also sample questions are available in your course page.

Instructions for during exam

  • Read the question at least twice to understand it and answer accordingly (objectively).
  • Keep the readings (textbook, lectures) in mind and/or provide details including any assumption(s).
  • Select the best. Use the blank-side if you need additional space and make sure your reference it.
  • If a question asks for explanation, provide an example.
  • Fill in your NSU ID (on the bottom).
  • Do not write you name anywhere in the exam-book and/or answer sheet.
  • Turn off you cell phone during exam.