Wow, how exciting for Africa?!
CIPS now have a dedicated office and knowledge resource centre opened in Ghana on 9th October. All procurement professionals are welcome to use the facilities to get more information on qualifications, training and membership benefits.
The only other CIPS office in Africa is in South Africa, this is so significant to the overall CIPS Africa growth strategy. We are a huge number of procurement professionals in Africa this is significant for Procurement professionals. It wil help students with access to books too.
I think next we need to push for an East Africa office 😉
Preparing for CIPS can be tough but is doable. I never failed any exam because I understood that if I prepared poorly I would do poorly. So, what tips worked?
- You have to read each course book cover to cover don’t skip any chapter. Minimum read through is once. Meaning you need to read at least one chapter per day. You can take the short test at the end of each chapter but not necessary. Use study notes in between your day which you skim through during lunch break or when you have even 10mins – it helps you master key areas. Need help here? Drop a line
- Download all past papers you can get your hands on. Look at them only after you are done reading cover to cover. Do not look at them before you finish reading, it will stress you. The past papers are to test yourself, sit mini exams which you will score yourself against examiners reports. When you get questions wrong you must go back to that subject chapter and read that chapter again. You should do past papers 1-2 weeks before the exam week. Doing it sooner will confuse you and will stress you about how much you don’t know.
When you do more than 3 past papers you will begin to notice repetition of questions. However because CIPS can test from any section on the syllabus you have to do a cover to cover read.
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Happy CIPS study season.
I have been able to help many of you with CIPS past papers over the years but I now need your help.
There are many more past papers out there that you have access to that I may not have access to. I need help from a few volunteers to help me update the past papers folders (all levels) on Dropbox with additional past papers (2015 to date?) to make the folders as comprehensive as possible.
Sadly I had also given access to users unfamiliar with using Dropbox and at some point all content was deleted and then later restored-which is tricky because I don’t know what was/ wasn’t returned to the folders.
Please let me know if you would be able to help me get those updates done to help even more CIPS students on their CIPS journey. CIPS students need a lot of help out there, let’s do this!
Honestly, if you are currently in a full-time job, you will find it pretty challenging to maintain a solid study schedule in the week days. So a few tips that I want to share that can work for you the way they worked for me are:
- Schedule your time and use a time table if you must but stick to it. Honestly you have to make time to study that’s the bottom line that you have to keep in your head.
- Study daily, you must. Now for me evenings would work first thing when I used to get home but this can be early morning as well if that will make it work for you.
- Make the most of your weekends, there is so much time. A weekend is a good 48hrs and you can do A LOT in those hours. Sacrifice socialising because there will always be time for that.
What’s your biggest concerns as you prep for CIPS July exams?
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.