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How to Study
Insurance Institute of London Revision Lecture
Xchanging Building
1.15pm, Monday 21st January 2008
How to Study & Revise
for your CII Exams
Len Wilkins FCII, Consultant
& Chris Paine Dip CII, Consultant
Chairman : Mr Richard King BSc (Hons) AMIMA ACIArb
Senior Consultant, Helix UK Limited
IIL Revision Lectures are kindly sponsored by Xchanging
With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute
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How to Study
Introduction
пѓ� CII has introduced important changes to
structure of obtaining CII qualifications
пѓ� CII constantly reviews syllabus content
пѓ� No comments on syllabus changes today
пѓ� CII has now taken over responsibility for
Lloyd’s Training Centre & their courses
пѓ� Please contact CII Face-to-Face Training
for ACII Revision Days on 0207 283 3117
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How to Study
New CII Designation System
пѓ� Award in Insurance (FIT)
пѓ� Certificate in Insurance (Cert CII)
пѓ� Diploma in Insurance (Dip CII)
пѓ� Advanced Diploma in Insurance (ACII)
пѓ� Beyond that is CII Fellowship
пѓ� MSc in Insurance and Risk Management at
Cass Business School
пѓ� Chartered Status & Chartered Firm Titles
� New CII Faculties – Underwriting, Claims,
Broking, London Market
пѓ� CITIP & Certificate in Contract Wording
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How to Study
I don’t want to do this –
don’t worry, nobody does
� You’re not going to believe it, but studying
can be fun
пѓ� For those of you used to studying, some
thoughts
пѓ� For those of you who struggle, or are
studying for the first time, some ideas !
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How to Study
Firstly, why people fail !!
Research has show that students fail CII
exams for three reasons
пѓ� ONE - they did not PREPARE
пѓ� TWO - they did not FINISH examination
paper
пѓ� THREE - they did not PRACTISE answering
questions
You have been warned – so you need to
study properly to avoid these traps
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How to Study
How to Study
� We’re going to look at :
Studying
Recalling
Reviewing
Revising
Although CII exams are not typical academic
exams, exam techniques still vital – please
attend “How to Pass Your CII Exams” here at
Xchanging at 1.15pm on Monday 18th February
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How to Study
Five Golden Rules to Studying
�Rule One – organise yourself
пѓ�Rule Two - activate your brain - find out
what motivates it - if you’re bored, so is
your brain !
�Rule Three - you can’t revise until you’ve
learned your subject - you should allow
eight weeks to revise
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How to Study
Five Golden Rules to Studying
пѓ�Rule Four - if your existing study methods
don’t work, perhaps it’s time to find new
ways of learning
and lastly, and perhaps most importantly,
пѓ�Rule Five - promise yourself you will
study NOW and not day before exams
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How to Study
Step One
пѓ� Decide on correct examination route :
пѓ� Award
пѓ� Certificate
пѓ� Diploma
пѓ� Advanced Diploma
пѓ� Decide number of study subjects - no more
than two at any one sitting, please
пѓ� Establish how long it will take to study
various subject levels
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How to Study
Study Time & CII Credits Required
пѓ� Cert CII Average 50 hours ( 40 credits)
пѓ� Dip CII
Average 96 hours (110 credits)
пѓ� ACII
Average 120 hours (290 credits)
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How to Study
Step Two
пѓ� Buy stationery supplies
пѓ� Pads, pens, highlighter pens
� Drawing pins or �Bluetack’
пѓ� Sticky tape
пѓ� Tape recorder
пѓ� Old posters or flipchart
пѓ� Now make up study plan allowing for
study and play time – then STICK TO IT !
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How to Study
Step Three
пѓ� Start with copy of syllabus. CII grades it, so
see what's important and what extra reading
is recommended
пѓ� Exams set from syllabus, so make sure you
know what is important and how much
detail you need to know
� Shame to study something CII doesn’t worry
about or removed from syllabus two years
ago
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How to Study
Step Four
пѓ� Look at previous exam guides for past
two years (last four exam sessions)
пѓ� Look at topics that have been used for
compulsory questions, essay questions
and short answer questions
� Produce list, grid or �matrix’ of what
comes up regularly and what never
seems to be examined
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How to Study
Time to make plans
� Obtain copy of CII Examination Guides provide hints, tips and answering �styles’ –
only official source of CII questions
пѓ� ВЈ9.00 + VAT from CII website or CII e-mail for
members (ВЈ10.00 + VAT for non-members)
пѓ� www.cii.co.uk or customer.serv@cii.co.uk
пѓ� CII Customer Services 0208 989 8464
пѓ� Talk to others who have taken exam recently
and pick their brains – now you know where
to focus your mind !
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How to Study
Time to make plans
пѓ� You need to plan your time
пѓ� Work out when you are most responsive to
new ideas - weekends, early mornings, late
at night
пѓ� How much time will you need ?
пѓ� Fit studying around work, social life,
holidays, study assignments, revision times
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How to Study
Time to make plans
пѓ� Do this and you will accept study time
more easily, realise your aims are feasible
and stand chance of keeping your sense
of humour (and your partner’s support)
� Once you’ve made this plan, KEEP TO IT !
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Weekly Time Plan
How to Study
пѓ� Weekly Study Time for each Subject Level
� Cert CII – Total Study 35 to 50 Hours
пѓ� 3 to 4 hours a week
� Dip CII – Total Study 100 to 150 Hours
пѓ� 6 to 8 hours a week
� ACII – Total Study 120 to 150 Hours
пѓ� 8 to 10 hours a week
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How to Study
How to Plan
For example :
пѓ� Starting in October for April Exam
пѓ� Mid-September to Mid-December = 13 weeks
пѓ� January to February = 8 weeks
пѓ� Revision should begin on or near 1st March
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How to Study
Step Five
пѓ� Assess syllabus and course text-book to
see what study time required. Don’t allow
set time for each chapter. GRADE the
subjects into degrees of difficulty :
� HARD – much thought & concentration
пѓ� DIFFICULT - some hard work
пѓ� EASY - needs revising, simple background
reading
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How to Study
Step Five
пѓ� Now allocate your time over these
subjects on 3:2:1 ratio
пѓ� 3 hours for hard
пѓ� 2 hours for difficult
пѓ� 1 hour for easy
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How to Study
It’s up to you
пѓ� Try to get face-to-face tuition. If not, arrange
own your study group at work
пѓ� Continuous Assessment Assignments
пѓ� Time to start studying. Scan-read book,
ignore bits you don’t need. Take text that’s
important to you and rephrase words into
your own style. Summarise text passages
пѓ� Get friend to ask you questions, check your
answers and assist your revision
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How to Study
Don’t just write notes
� Don’t just write notes - use colours,
pictures, boxes, rhymes - anything to help
your memory and give your brain
something tangible to hold on to
� Use your imagination – even write your
own short questions in margin
� Use unrelated items – any form of thought
association
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How to Study
Don’t just write notes
� Put important points on “flash” cards,
posters or notes suitable for you - use
acronyms, phrases, triggers
пѓ� Tape main points of a passage and replay
them - use gags, music, sing to the text
пѓ� Could you forget principles of FSMA 2000
sung to �I will Survive’?
� Play Insurance �Mastermind’ or �Scrabble’
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How to Study
Making notes will give your brain
something to retain when it gets
DIFFICULT
пѓ� MOVEMENT
пѓ� EXAGGERATION
пѓ� Make it INTERESTING
пѓ� Make it FUNNY
пѓ� Use MNEMONICS (system for improving
memory)
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How to Study
Anyone for Tennis ?
� If you have partner in life, don’t forget
about them
пѓ� Are they supportive - ask them to test
you
пѓ� Get them to use flash cards
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How to Study
Stupid, but it works !!
� Before you start, say out loud : �I am going to
pass this exam; in fact, I am going to get a
distinction’
(Okay, you might have to stretch truth there)
� Don’t get bored - give your brain variety
пѓ� Work personal reward system
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How to Study
Revision
пѓ�Passive Revision - learning, reviewing
notes, re-expressing facts, concepts and
ideas
пѓ�Active Revision - answer questions,
memory �joggers’ - words, rhymes, tapes,
flash cards or notes for key points and
legal cases - put them round house - mind
maps to link things together and above all
practise under exam conditions !
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How to Study
Revision
пѓ� Use continuous assessment facilities or
correspondence courses, On-Line help such
as CII ed, CD-RoM & Interactive, Key Facts
Booklets, Distance Learning, CII Revision
Days and CII Knowledge Services – again
please contact CII Face-to-Face Training
пѓ� Plan your revision - prepare timetable that
includes work and leisure, then stick to it
пѓ� Remember, you need somewhere quiet, free
of distractions, equipped with study space
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How to Study
The end is in sight, so keep going
пѓ� Revise in attainable chunks - not whole
syllabus all at once
пѓ� Study for 40 minutes - revise and review for
40 minutes - 15 minute reward break - then
repeat process
� Lastly review key points you’ve learned for
5 minutes - technique will help put facts into
your long-term memory – start all over again
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How to Study
The end is in sight, so keep going
пѓ� Just before you go to bed, review key points
of all facts you’ve learned during session
� LASTLY, don’t forget to set alarm clock for
30 minutes earlier than usual - revisit key
facts from previous day
пѓ� You will be amazed how many facts you
remember !
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How to Study
Remember ……..
пѓ� Practise writing answers - you will find out
what you don’t know! Would you have
passed your driving test without driving a
car first ?
пѓ� Thousands of people pass CII exams every
year and every year CII appoints hundreds
of new ACII’s, Dip CII’s and Cert CII’s
пѓ� Remember, one day this could be
…………..YOU !!!!!
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How to Study
Co-Authors of this Presentation
Len Wilkins FCII
SICAT Training Consultancy
Telephone
01451 821063
Mobile
07970 668849
E-Mail
lenwilkins@btinternet.com
Chris Paine Dip CII
Independent Training Consultant & Advisor
Telephone
01923 775049
Mobile
07770 671840
E-Mail
painefamily@supanet.com
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