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Do you have problems to start studying for your upcoming CIMA exam? Do you find it super difficult to just sit down and start revising? There are many challenges and frustrations to overcome when studying for your exams and believe me I’ve been through them myself. I will show you here what are my personal tips to fuel your motivation to study.
It can be immensely tough to study when you can meet your friends instead, or your favourite TV show is on, or you have the pile of laundry to do that just cannot wait any longer. That may sound funny but my house always looks so clean and I do plenty of laundry when I have to study. Believe me, I’m definitively NOT a cleanliness freak, but when I have to start studying, there are tonnes of excuses why I should postpone the studying phase for another day or two... or ten… Don’t tell me you don’t have your own excuses!
On top of that, we also have the time constraints placed on us from busy days at work and the demands and desires to spend time with family. Therefore, the temptation to procrastinate and feel sorry for yourself is far easier and longer lasting than will power alone to get you hitting the books.
Based on my own experience, those are the
5 tips to help you ease the pain and start studying:
I strongly believe in the power of our minds.
Why are you studying in the first place?
What is the main benefit that you want to receive from your studies?
How will you feel when you finally accomplish your goal?
Visualize your end goal, write it (them) down on a post-it and stick it to your desk or computer’s screen. It will help you get back on track when you feel like quitting each studying session.
Ok, so for instance, I’m the creative type, I literally HATE repetitive tasks. For me the word “routine” was my biggest enemy when I started my professional career. But then I got kids and the inglorious routine just saved me. Knowing what I was supposed to do during the day gave me that piece of mind.
The same applies to studying. I created a schedule of what I am supposed to accomplish every day. First few days were difficult, but then you just get into a habit of studying and starting learning is not really so hard anymore.
I hope you find it useful and those tips will help you become more productive while preparing for your CIMA exams.
Good luck everyone and let me know in the comment section below what are your tricks to keep the motivation levels high.
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