Plan, plan, plan! – create essay plans based on previous questions and learn them. CIPS members can download exemplar papers and markers reports from the CIPS website under Study Support.
Time – start revision early! Learning a little bit each time and allowing time to repeat and review will help your brain to store more detail in the more reliable long-term memory.
Learning outcomes – the exam will test all learning outcomes within the unit content. Make sure you know them.
Read the question: Take time to read the question – read it at least twice. This is essential! The purpose of the questions is so you can:
- Demonstrate your knowledge & understanding of the subject
- Show that you can follow instructions when answering questions
Remember – the examiner does not know you. Give examples and demonstrate your knowledge just like you would in a job interview.
Identify what is being asked of you:
- Which learning outcome/s does the question relate to?
- What key issues is the question asking you to write about?
- Check the number of marks allocated to the question – this will help you to establish how much information they are looking for
- If the question asking for a certain number of examples make sure you provide the required amount!
- If the question relates to a case study, make sure you refer to the relevant content of the case study in your answers.
Command words – make sure you know your command words so you know exactly how to answer the question.
Keep it real! – whenever possible relate what you have learnt to real organisations and use these examples to demonstrate to the examiner your understanding. Read magazine articles and watch the news – Supply Management online is a great resource.