Thursday, 21 September 2017

Kick-start your revision - using algorithms!

What is one of the most important inventions of the 20th Century? Computers. It seems that in the modern day the whole world is computerized - your CIMA exams will even need to be sat using a computer! We rely on computerized systems so much because they are infallible, in a way that other human-controlled systems are not.

Sometimes, when work or revision is stressful, we all wish we could perform tasks as well as computers can. But what can we learn from these devices and how can this help your CIMA revision? Read on to find out...

Computers have been programmed to complete tasks using the best and most efficient algorithms possible. If we want to achieve tasks with anywhere near the competency that computerized systems do, then we need to use and stick to our own algorithmic processes!

In my experience talking to students, when it comes to your CIMA revision, figuring out a repeatable routine that works for you is essential. Your own revision algorithm could be something as simple as using Astranti's printable study text like this:
  • Read an area of the study text
  • Convert the key points into your own words
  • Test your knowledge on this area without looking at your notes
  • Highlight any areas of the text which you need to learn more thoroughly 
Once this is completed you can repeat the process, over and over, until you know the CIMA material well. I'm sure you will have your own versions of this, but it's useful to notice the revision patterns that work for you and then repeat them as much as you can.

Here is another example of a useful algorithm, which involves a wider range of CIMA study materials, including Astranti's mocks and exam practice kits.
Again, repeating this process is a guaranteed way to make sure all the information is absorbed ahead of your exams. Take it from me, using algorithmic methods in your revision could mean the difference between a pass and a fail!

If you have any of your own revision algorithms to share, please get in touch - you can follow us on Twitter here or like us on Facebook. We look forward to hearing from you, until next time, happy studying!

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