March 1, 2017 at 12:49 pm
I have studied with the Exam Kit by Kaplan and the book for my E1 exam. Other E1 Takers have advised me to focus on the exam practice test because without practicing them, I would fail.
Thus, I practice and practice the exam kit questions. During my endless practice, online and offline, I always passed my exam by more than 75%, sometimes even by 95%. I reckon that was because that after a while, I knew the questions and answers by heart. Yet, yesterday, I attended the real exam, and sadly, I failed.
Can you please give me any advise how to improve my learning methodology?
TinamusicMarch 1, 2017 at 5:56 pm
Sorry to hear of your disappointing result.
I think you might benefit from another practice book, eg BPP’s, so that you haven’t learnt questions and answers by heart.
Do not mark your answers on the book, but list them somewhere else so that the book stays unmarked fro future attempts. Mark which questions you got right and don’t visit them again for a while. Concentrate on understanding why you got some answers wrong: don’t learn the answers, but try to understand what your error was, if necessary using this as an incentive to go back to parts of the text/notes. Leave them a few days then go back and you should gradually be able to whittle down the wrong ones.
Then you might be able to revisit the Kaplan questions having probably forgotten some answers. If possible, completely eliminate clues as to which answers you previously chose.
Remember also that CIMA has a practice exam on their site.September 13, 2017 at 2:51 pm
I’m like you in that I quickly learn the questions/answers.
My tactic is to avoid question practice using the kaplan exam kit, mocks and test-yourself on-line questions until the last week.
Focusing on learning, and more importantly understanding the textbook content during the course. Using the textbook questions for practice at this point as they are broader and give more understanding. I also use the BPP app for question practice at this point to allow quick tests when I have half an hour such as lunch or travel.
The above has been my approach for F1, P1 and E1. So far I have passed F1 and P1 with top marks (well if the weighted marking is to believed), so I am hoping this approach works well for E1, I have the exam this week.
If anyone reads this, I hope it helps.
But remember, everyone works differently so don’t rely on someone else’s methods if they are vastly different to how you study as they will likely fail in this case.
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