Working life can be stressful enough without the burden of CIMA exams. While trying to juggle other responsibilities, it’s incredibly easy for working CIMA students to think ‘I can always do my revision another time’. But can you leave your revision until the last minute and still get the results you want from your CIMA exams?
The short answer is no, this kind of studying won’t work for your CIMA exams. Many of us know what it’s like to spend a sleepless night before an exam going over and over study notes – I did it myself once or twice during during my degree! However, as well as being very unpleasant and stressful, this kind of studying doesn’t work very well, according to science.
Revising over a short period of time without breaks is no good for knowledge-retention. One prominent example of this comes from Sheffield University, where research showed that leaving a day between practice sessions of a game was a much better way to learn skills than continuously playing the game.
Information will be retained better if you give yourself significant breaks between study periods for your CIMA revision. Continuous studying might feel like it will help, but your brain won’t absorb the information well unless you give yourself some breathing time.
Having said that, you need to make sure you give yourself sufficient study time to cover all the material and still have the learning breaks that your brain needs. That’s why Astranti’s CIMA Case Study courses, which are packed of resources and come with a detailed two month study plan, are a great way for you to retain information ahead of your CIMA Case Study sitting.
You can find Astranti's Case Study Course here.
For those of you studying for CIMA OT exams, I would suggest you also get hold of your study material months before the exam, to make sure that you have enough time ahead of you to study the material with adequate breaks. In case you didn’t know, Astranti offer free study texts and mini-mocks for all CIMA Objective Test subjects as part of the professional qualification, so these resources would be a good place for you to start your long-term revision plan. You can find those here.
It’s true that you might pick up a few things from continuous, last-minute study and it’s certainly a lot better than walking into your CIMA exam without knowing anything – however, I’m sure none of you CIMA students would be silly enough to do that!
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By Sapphire Plant