Written by Yaw Agyei
A typical class at Politecnico di Milano (Polimi) runs for 4 hours. And it is not strange to have classes every day of the week. So, in order to better prepare for an exam, one has to get to studying right from the start. Or else, a pile of slides will be waiting for students during the examinations month. It can be a terrible situation to be in.
Polimi has multiple dates for examinations for each course. For instance, a student can register to take an exam during the second session if he has not adequately prepared to take it during the first. One advantage is that a student who has registered for a first session can go in just to have a look at how it’s structured and leave the exam room to register and take it in the second session.
From my experience, first sessions are usually relatively easy and are close to each other on the exam timetable. A student will feel the exam is relatively easy, if he begins preparing for it at the start of classes. Another advantage of the multiple exam dates is that it helps students to better schedule the dates for taking their examinations so that they have enough time between them.
Oral examination is a very popular way of assessing students at Polimi. Paying close attention to every word a professor says in class and understanding very well concepts and theories can make all the difference in an oral exam. Oral examinations can supplement written ones and sometimes are the only way by which students are assessed. This can be daunting for students who come from countries in which this method of assessment is not popular, but nothing is impossible.
It is worth noting that in Polimi, students are at liberty to refuse their exam scores if they feel they can improve upon it at a later exam date.