The lure of willow on leather
CII blogger Oliver Swinburn is pulling out all the stops to keep his revision going now the cricket season and some welcome sunshine have arrived…
Hello again! Since my last blog the summer has finally arrived, which for those of us that are studying means motivation becomes that little bit harder. Everyone wants to
be outside, making the most of the British weather (when the sun does come out), and juggling studying with other commitments is always something that I personally struggle with, especially when it’s nice out.
This summer, I have the extra commitment of captaining my local cricket club. Picking the side, doing the admin and organising training all takes up time and then when it comes to playing at the weekend it often takes a whole day. Trying to study afterwards is never very appealing. When you weigh it up – a few beers with the team to celebrate a victory, or heading straight home to read a book – there is only really one winner. This means I need to be much more efficient in using the time that I am able to allocate to studying, maybe squeezing in an hour here or there on lunch breaks or in the office before work starts. And on the other hand, when our team is on the losing end, getting my head down into a book can prove a welcome distraction to take my mind away from the disappointment.
My studies are moving forward and I am onto my next subject. Although I am working towards my advanced diploma I have chosen a diploma module – commercial insurance contract wording. It helps to broaden my knowledge and keep options open while being the most efficient way of making up points to achieve my end goal and completing my ACII qualification. As I have said before, there are plenty of options to take advantage of with the CII and you are given a wide range of subjects. Make the most of these options and the choice on offer by taking those that help your job role and those that you find most interesting, because generally they are the ones you find easier. With my studying, I have tried to avoid things too similar or repeating topics, to make myself adaptable and keep my studies varied.
PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS
Each of the modules you take can differ in the way they are assessed, so it’s important you work with a studying technique which suits you. Most diploma modules now have both a coursework-based and exam-based version. Throughout my studying I have tended to favour exams but from when I started my CII qualifications, coursework modules have helped me structure my studying and given me either an exam to work towards at the end or a deadline to meet.
As usual, I wish good luck to those taking exams and for those of you like me that have coursework deadlines to work to, keep going!
THREE THINGS TO TAKE AWAY
- Early bird – Try studying first thing before work when your mind is fresh
- Totally topical – Mix your subjects where possible to keep your studies varied
- Cooking the books – Studying in the sun can be fun (just remember the sunscreen!)
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