A well-known saying is “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Planning and time management is a key to success. It helps you to complete your course in time and save time for revision. If you don’t plan and study haphazardly, there are more chances that you may not be able to complete your course before the exam. We all have busy lives and sometimes that means that certain tasks can fall to the bottom of the list. I would love to say that studying for an insurance exam is the most riveting task in the world but surprisingly not everyone seems to think so.
If you are planning to write your exam in December, you have hopefully already been dedicating time to studying. But if you haven’t been giving your exam as high of a priority as you should be – don’t worry!! It is absolutely not too late if you start making your exam part of your daily routine.
One of the first important steps you must do in the planning process is to discover your time commitment. Pull out your text book and look at the number of chapters as well as their length. Just as us facilitators do in the discussion classes, separate the information into manageable segments. This might mean each chapter is a segment or it may mean that each section of a chapter is a segment. Do what works for you.
Now that you have broken up the book, get out your calendar. Looking at your upcoming commitments, schedule yourself time to work on each of these segments. The next step is easy and difficult all wrapped in one – write this schedule down!!! It is easy to say that you will commit one hour per day after dinner on studying but unless it is written down and you are accountable for it, it is easy to just let the time get away from you. Sharing this schedule with your family and friends will also help others remember when to give you quiet time to work on your course.
If you are struggling to find focused time to study, look into registering for the IBAM Study Groups coming up to give yourself some of the dedicated time that the exam requires for successful results.
Studying for your CAIB or CPIB exam can be a stressful for insurance brokers. The main thing to remember is to always approach and exam seriously and to commit to the process. These are all university level courses that will need time and effort dedicated to them to in order to ensure success.
Over the next few weeks as you prepare for your upcoming exams, I will let you know some key pieces of information that you should keep in mind when you are preparing to write. Do you have a hint or trick that has worked well for you in the past? Please let me know!! I would love to pass the idea onto other brokers to help them make the best of their CAIB experience.
Looking for individual help preparing for the CAIB or CPIB exams? IBAM is hosting informal study groups building up to the December 2013 exam sitting. Contact the IBAM office for more information on how to register.
Happy Halloween Everyone!
Scary Halloween Fact for the Day – The upcoming CAIB and CPIB exams are a mere 34 days away!! Have you been on top of your studying for your exam? Don’t worry… if you are nervous about the exam, you are not alone.
IBAM wants to help ensure that you have the best possible chance at success. Are you struggling with a chapter that you missed a discussion group class for? Preparing for the exam via Self-Study and are unsure of the exam format? Working on a rewrite and want to bounce ideas off someone to ensure that you are giving yourself the best outcome? If so, you should thing about registering for one (or all) of the upcoming Study Group Sessions being held at the IBAM office located at 205-530 Kenaston Blvd in Winnipeg.
These sessions are informal group work periods where an accredited CAIB and CPIC facilitator will be on hand in a quiet environment to help you with any questions or problems that you may be encountering. The cost is $30 per session and is payable by Visa, MasterCard and Company Cheque.
The upcoming session times are:
To register for these session, select the registration form below and once it is complete you can send it to Katrina Hueging at the IBAM office. If you have any additional questions about the Study Sessions, please feel free to contact the IBAM office at 204-488-1857.
Best of luck on your exam!