Virtual classes and subject assessments
Students can often wonder if taking the course online is for them. Concerns around support are occasionally raised prior to enrolling. Will it be a lonely experience and who can I talk to if I have a question or how do I know I’m making progress?
Thankfully taking the course online doesn’t mean a life of solitary study. A dialogue with students is opened between them and their subject tutor from the start.
One channel of this dialogue is the weekly Virtual Classes. These are live online sessions presented by the subject tutor. This is where you will log on at a set time to see and hear your tutor go through topics covered in the previous weeks. Throughout the session you can type in any question you may have to your tutor.
The real value in these virtual classes is created by you, the student and your fellow participants. It’s important to remember that there is no such thing as a stupid question, and by putting yourself forward you’re helping yourself and your fellow learners.
Virtual Classes can be accessed through your student Moodle account. We’d encourage you to attend them as best you can to get the most out of your course, but if you can’t make an evening we record them and they’re available to watch again the following day.
It’s a good idea to write down any questions you might have for the tutor as you watch the lecturers and study in advance of the classes.
As you progress throughout the year it’s important to test your knowledge. Your final grade is based entirely on the end of year exams and your record of work experience (if you’re in your final year) but what about the proceeding months?
Your subject tutors set three assignments in the year, for every submission they will grade and offer valuable feedback for you to measure your progress by. These aren’t compulsory but offer you the chance to improve and tweak your work.
With a few of these under you belt you can go confidently into your end of year exams having made it through the dress rehearsal. Again you’ll be given a grade and helpful feedback.
You don’t have to wait until the mocks to test yourself in exam mode. Your My Revision tool in Touchpoint is there to generate an endless amount of exam style questions by which you can mark your progress.
There are also five years’ worth of past papers along with solutions and examiners comments to help you along the way.
As the saying goes, ‘practice makes perfect’.