By Morgan International Staff Writers
Studying for a professional certification program is unsurprisingly going to be rather different than a full time academic program. Most students will have a full time job and be trying to fit study around that and all of their other obligations. We are specifically interested in how to effectively prep so that you make the most of the limited time you have in live classes. Making best use of this time will also lay the right foundation for your own study plan. The good news is that the tips we are about to provide are relevant to whichever program you might be pursuing, including the CMA, CPA, and CFA.
Read the material
You will almost always have some pre-reading and perhaps even an exercise to do. It may be tempting not to do the work and ‘wing it’ in the session. However try and find time somehow – perhaps in your work lunch breaks. By not preparing it is not just you that will suffer, but you are likely to hinder the rest of the class too.
Concentrate on the topic at hand. It might be tempting to dive into other chapters – but ensure before you do that you have prepped thoroughly for what is due to be covered in your session.
Jot down questions
As you are covering the material before the session you are likely to have thoughts, questions, and/or queries. Make a note of all of them to take with you. The likelihood is that most of them will be covered off by the tutor, but have a quick check through your list towards the end of the session just to make sure. If not, raise your hand and ask.
Sometimes it can be challenging to find the time you need to do your prep when you have a really busy schedule. However, if you don’t do it, you will find yourself paying for it in additional time needed to catch up later down the line.