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How to Study Insurance Institute of London Revision Lecture Xchanging Building 1. 15 pm, How to Study Insurance Institute of London Revision Lecture Xchanging Building 1. 15 pm, Monday 21 st 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 Updated C Paine January 2008 1

How to Study Introduction Ø CII has introduced important changes to structure of obtaining How to Study Introduction Ø CII has introduced important changes to structure of obtaining CII qualifications Ø CII constantly reviews syllabus content Ø No comments on syllabus changes today Ø CII has now taken over responsibility for Lloyd’s Training Centre & their courses Ø Please contact CII Face-to-Face Training for ACII Revision Days on 0207 283 3117 With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 2

How to Study New CII Designation System Ø Award in Insurance (FIT) Ø Certificate How to Study New CII Designation System Ø Award in Insurance (FIT) Ø Certificate in Insurance (Cert CII) Ø Diploma in Insurance (Dip CII) Ø Advanced Diploma in Insurance (ACII) Ø Beyond that is CII Fellowship Ø MSc in Insurance and Risk Management at Cass Business School Ø Chartered Status & Chartered Firm Titles Ø New CII Faculties – Underwriting, Claims, Broking, London Market Ø CITIP & Certificate in Contract Wording With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 3

How to Study I don’t want to do this – don’t worry, nobody does How to Study I don’t want to do this – don’t worry, nobody does Ø You’re not going to believe it, but studying can be fun Ø For those of you used to studying, some thoughts Ø For those of you who struggle, or are studying for the first time, some ideas ! With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 4

How to Study Firstly, why people fail !! Research has show that students fail How to Study Firstly, why people fail !! Research has show that students fail CII exams for three reasons Ø ONE - they did not PREPARE Ø TWO - they did not FINISH examination paper Ø THREE - they did not PRACTISE answering questions You have been warned – so you need to study properly to avoid these traps With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 5

How to Study Ø We’re going to look at : Studying Recalling Reviewing Revising How to Study Ø 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. 15 pm on Monday 18 th February With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 6

How to Study Five Golden Rules to Studying Ø Rule One – organise yourself How to Study Five Golden Rules to Studying Ø Rule One – organise yourself Ø Rule Two - activate your brain - find out what motivates it - if you’re bored, so is your brain ! Ø Rule Three - you can’t revise until you’ve learned your subject - you should allow eight weeks to revise With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 7

How to Study Five Golden Rules to Studying Ø Rule Four - if your How to Study Five Golden Rules to Studying Ø 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, Ø Rule Five - promise yourself you will study NOW and not day before exams With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 8

How to Study Step One Ø Decide on correct examination route : Ø Award How to Study Step One Ø Decide on correct examination route : Ø Award Ø Certificate Ø Diploma Ø Advanced Diploma Ø Decide number of study subjects - no more than two at any one sitting, please Ø Establish how long it will take to study various subject levels With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 9

How to Study Time & CII Credits Required Ø Cert CII Average 50 hours How to Study Time & CII Credits Required Ø Cert CII Average 50 hours ( 40 credits) Ø Dip CII Average 96 hours (110 credits) Ø ACII Average 120 hours (290 credits) With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 10

How to Study Step Two Ø Buy stationery supplies Ø Pads, pens, highlighter pens How to Study Step Two Ø Buy stationery supplies Ø Pads, pens, highlighter pens Ø Drawing pins or ‘Bluetack’ Ø Sticky tape Ø Tape recorder Ø Old posters or flipchart Ø Now make up study plan allowing for study and play time – then STICK TO IT ! With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 11

How to Study Step Three Ø Start with copy of syllabus. CII grades it, How to Study Step Three Ø Start with copy of syllabus. CII grades it, so see what's important and what extra reading is recommended Ø Exams set from syllabus, so make sure you know what is important and how much detail you need to know Ø Shame to study something CII doesn’t worry about or removed from syllabus two years ago With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 12

How to Study Step Four Ø Look at previous exam guides for past two How to Study Step Four Ø Look at previous exam guides for past two years (last four exam sessions) Ø Look at topics that have been used for compulsory questions, essay questions and short answer questions Ø Produce list, grid or ‘matrix’ of what comes up regularly and what never seems to be examined With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 13

How to Study Time to make plans Ø Obtain copy of CII Examination Guides How to Study Time to make plans Ø Obtain copy of CII Examination Guides provide hints, tips and answering ‘styles’ – only official source of CII questions Ø £ 9. 00 + VAT from CII website or CII e-mail for members (£ 10. 00 + VAT for non-members) Ø www. cii. co. uk or customer. [email protected] co. uk Ø CII Customer Services 0208 989 8464 Ø Talk to others who have taken exam recently and pick their brains – now you know where to focus your mind ! With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 14

How to Study Time to make plans Ø You need to plan your time How to Study Time to make plans Ø You need to plan your time Ø Work out when you are most responsive to new ideas - weekends, early mornings, late at night Ø How much time will you need ? Ø Fit studying around work, social life, holidays, study assignments, revision times With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 15

How to Study Time to make plans Ø Do this and you will accept How to Study Time to make plans Ø 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) Ø Once you’ve made this plan, KEEP TO IT ! With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 16

Weekly Time Plan How to Study Ø Weekly Study Time for each Subject Level Weekly Time Plan How to Study Ø Weekly Study Time for each Subject Level Ø Cert CII – Total Study 35 to 50 Hours Ø 3 to 4 hours a week Ø Dip CII – Total Study 100 to 150 Hours Ø 6 to 8 hours a week Ø ACII – Total Study 120 to 150 Hours Ø 8 to 10 hours a week With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 17

How to Study How to Plan For example : Ø Starting in October for How to Study How to Plan For example : Ø Starting in October for April Exam Ø Mid-September to Mid-December = 13 weeks Ø January to February = 8 weeks Ø Revision should begin on or near 1 st March With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 18

How to Study Step Five Ø Assess syllabus and course text-book to see what How to Study Step Five Ø 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 : Ø HARD – much thought & concentration Ø DIFFICULT - some hard work Ø EASY - needs revising, simple background reading With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 19

How to Study Step Five Ø Now allocate your time over these subjects on How to Study Step Five Ø Now allocate your time over these subjects on 3: 2: 1 ratio Ø 3 hours for hard Ø 2 hours for difficult Ø 1 hour for easy With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 20

How to Study It’s up to you Ø Try to get face-to-face tuition. If How to Study It’s up to you Ø Try to get face-to-face tuition. If not, arrange own your study group at work Ø Continuous Assessment Assignments Ø 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 Ø Get friend to ask you questions, check your answers and assist your revision With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 21

How to Study Don’t just write notes Ø Don’t just write notes - use How to Study Don’t just write notes Ø 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 Ø Use your imagination – even write your own short questions in margin Ø Use unrelated items – any form of thought association With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 22

How to Study Don’t just write notes Ø Put important points on “flash” cards, How to Study Don’t just write notes Ø Put important points on “flash” cards, posters or notes suitable for you - use acronyms, phrases, triggers Ø Tape main points of a passage and replay them - use gags, music, sing to the text Ø Could you forget principles of FSMA 2000 sung to ‘I will Survive’? Ø Play Insurance ‘Mastermind’ or ‘Scrabble’ With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 23

How to Study Making notes will give your brain something to retain when it How to Study Making notes will give your brain something to retain when it gets DIFFICULT Ø MOVEMENT Ø EXAGGERATION Ø Make it INTERESTING Ø Make it FUNNY Ø Use MNEMONICS (system for improving memory) With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 24

How to Study Anyone for Tennis ? Ø If you have partner in life, How to Study Anyone for Tennis ? Ø If you have partner in life, don’t forget about them Ø Are they supportive - ask them to test you Ø Get them to use flash cards With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 25

How to Study Stupid, but it works !! Ø Before you start, say out How to Study Stupid, but it works !! Ø 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) Ø Don’t get bored - give your brain variety Ø Work personal reward system With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 26

How to Study Revision Ø Passive Revision - learning, reviewing notes, re-expressing facts, concepts How to Study Revision Ø Passive Revision - learning, reviewing notes, re-expressing facts, concepts and ideas Ø 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 ! With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 27

How to Study Revision Ø Use continuous assessment facilities or correspondence courses, On-Line help How to Study Revision Ø Use continuous assessment facilities or correspondence courses, On-Line help such as CII ed, CD-Ro. M & Interactive, Key Facts Booklets, Distance Learning, CII Revision Days and CII Knowledge Services – again please contact CII Face-to-Face Training Ø Plan your revision - prepare timetable that includes work and leisure, then stick to it Ø Remember, you need somewhere quiet, free of distractions, equipped with study space With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 28

How to Study The end is in sight, so keep going Ø Revise in How to Study The end is in sight, so keep going Ø Revise in attainable chunks - not whole syllabus all at once Ø Study for 40 minutes - revise and review for 40 minutes - 15 minute reward break - then repeat process Ø Lastly review key points you’ve learned for 5 minutes - technique will help put facts into your long-term memory – start all over again With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 29

How to Study The end is in sight, so keep going Ø Just before How to Study The end is in sight, so keep going Ø Just before you go to bed, review key points of all facts you’ve learned during session Ø LASTLY, don’t forget to set alarm clock for 30 minutes earlier than usual - revisit key facts from previous day Ø You will be amazed how many facts you remember ! With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 30

How to Study Remember ……. . Ø Practise writing answers - you will find How to Study Remember ……. . Ø Practise writing answers - you will find out what you don’t know! Would you have passed your driving test without driving a car first ? Ø 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 Ø Remember, one day this could be …………. . YOU !!!!! With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 31

How to Study Co-Authors of this Presentation Len Wilkins FCII SICAT Training Consultancy Telephone How to Study Co-Authors of this Presentation Len Wilkins FCII SICAT Training Consultancy Telephone 01451 821063 Mobile 07970 668849 E-Mail [email protected] com Chris Paine Dip CII Independent Training Consultant & Advisor Telephone 01923 775049 Mobile 07770 671840 E-Mail [email protected] com With grateful acknowledgement to The Chartered Insurance Institute Updated C Paine January 2008 32