Online Open-Book Exam Guide

Online exam guide giving you all the technical, practical and study tips you'll need to prepare for an online open-book exam.

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Signpost Words Guide

Point the reader in the right direction whilst making connections between ideas and arguments in your essay or presentation.

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Task Words Guide

A list of task words that can be used to help understand assignment briefs

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XMind

Xmind is a concept mapping program, (much like Mindview, Mindmanager, and Inspiration), which allows you to create 'spider diagrams' or 'mind maps' on your computer. Creating a mind map can help you to plan and write essays, revise for exams, and organise large projects.

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Mindmeister

MindMeister is a concept mapping program which allows you to create 'spider diagrams' or 'mind maps'. Creating a mind map can help you to plan and write essays, revise for exams, and organise large projects.

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MindShift

MindShift is a free app designed to offer practical support in relation to feelings of anxiety. Rather than suggesting that you avoid situations that create anxiety, the app guides you towards opportunities to face them in a constructive way.

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Microsoft Word

Word is the foundation for so much of what we do with our computers. Many of the programs described in this page, like concept mapping and text-to-speech programs, work closely with Word. Word is also very familiar. But there are hidden depths to the program and new features are added all the time.

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PEC Handout

Provides a useful and effective way of structuring your paragraphs.

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Cite This For Me

Cite This For Me is a free referencing tool designed to take the frustration out of keeping track of your research and creating bibliographies. Cite This For Me allows you to quickly gather reference information from a variety of sources, and then export these as a fully formatted bibliography using the referencing style of your choice.

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ScreenShades and WindowShades

If you are aware that you have a specific learning difference (SpLD), such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, you may also be familiar with the terms 'visual stress', 'scotopic sensitivity' or 'Irlen syndrome'. These are all phrases that describe the experience of finding black text on a white background difficult to look at for more than a short period of time.

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Merriam Webster App

The Merriam-Webster App (available for Android and iOS) is a free dictionary, much like dictionary.com and its associated apps. There is a free version of the app available which includes many of the features of the paid version.

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Essay Writer 3D

Essay Writer 3D is a concept mapping program, (much like Mindview, Mindmanager, or Inspiration). It allows you to create "spider diagrams" or "mind maps" on your computer. Unlike other similar programs, Essay Writer 3D pitches itself as being a tool specifically for turning your maps into essays, (as opposed to, say, creating a revision map).

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