I recieved a message from one of my lovely friends in Namibia, also a CIPS student. This was a question about TIME TABLE and what to use.
These are my thoughts on time tables and how you can make the most out of the little time we have as you prepare for CIPS November 2015 exams on Self Study.
Monday – Friday 1.5HR of study per day
*Read through 1 Chapter per day beginning to end – take short notes and take the short true/false tests that come at the end of each chapter and also read the chapter summary that comes at the end irrespective of how bored you feel.
*Best to study after you get home from work straight away before getting distracted with other tasks OR before you sleep or even early morning – everyone can be different due to schedules and preferences. I normally study the minute i am home from work mostly so that i can get it over and done with. Please note you must study daily.
Saturday 1.5HR of study morning
Saturday 1.5HR of study afternoon
Sunday 1.5HR of study morning
Sunday 1.5HR of study afternoon
*Assuming that you don’t work full day on Weekends. Please also note this is 1.5HR of study without any breaks, just put all your focus in there without rushing yourself.
Using past papers to accelerate your Study
On completion of studying the course books you can now look at the past papers. Test yourself like you are sitting for a real exam and mark your answers based on the Examiners reports. Where you fail go back and understand why. Also please look for trends in the past papers because there certain sections/topics that are always repeated.
Using Short NOtes to accelerate your Study
Continually review your short notes as pointers to help you remember facts. Remember you can carry these with you daily because you will have pockets of empty time along your day.