My professor has "implied" that I cheated on an exam. To make the long story short, I answered 2 questions on the exam that looked really similar to the responses on the internet that was shown to me by the professor, and he/she said it will be reported to the Dean to have them take appropriate actions.
However, I adamantly informed my professor that I did not cheat, but rather researched online before the test about some topics that I thought was going to be on the test, and I pretty much memorized it by repeating it over and over again, so in case, there was something related to those topics, I can just write down when I memorized (even if they are not right), but just hoping for some points.
But yet the professor said my responses looked way to similar to the ones online, implying that i was using the internet during the exam to look up answers.
However, I got a pretty extremely low score, even less than an F on the exam, because I didn't study the right materials. I was studying the topics that the professor did not test us on.
If I wanted to cheat, I would have gotten a better score than an F. In fact, I would have gotten an A because the questions can easily be found online, but the professor just said there was too much similarities between mine and the websites that were shown to me.
I have a good short term memory, where I can memorized thing pretty well if I take a test immediately after that.
If I have to go among board members, how should I prepare my case? Or is this a lost hope for me?