Studying for a Finance or Business Course?
Regular study forms a large part of what’s required for the successful completion of a finance or business course. Studying is a strategy that can affect the outcome of your course and, as such, it requires planning, as well as determination, if you are to get the most out of your study periods.
But before you get to the nail-biting stage of how to approach the task of regular study, think about what you actually want to accomplish from the time you set aside to study, and how you can achieve maximum productivity in that time.
Tortoise or Hare? There’s no Magic Formula.
Like most things in life, there’s no magic formula to studying, and a practical approach is far more likely to work for you than any quick-fix method. Simply setting aside some regular time to tackle the task of studying is the most important thing to do first, and once you’ve made the leap into that commitment, you’ll soon find that study becomes a regular routine, rather than a chore.
Don’t fall into the trap of following study-plans that seem to say a lot, yet tell you nothing. Instead, focus on more realistic suggestions that can help you to form good study habits, and keep you on track with your course.
Study Tips for Your Finance and Business Course
1. Tweak your surroundings.
Limit your distractions as this will eat up your study time and leave you feeling frustrated. Ideally, if you have a space you can use solely for studying and for no other purpose, then every time you approach that area, your mind will switch into study-mode more easily. If space is limited, aim to reduce your distractions by removing the radio, television, or other items that you’re likely to reach for.
2. Cumulative study for real progress.
Finance and business are two disciplines that require determination and focus to be successful. Often what you study in the early stages of your finance or business course will be the building blocks onto which the weightier knowledge will be laid. Build your knowledge base carefully, and don’t be tempted to skip through any early chapters in your course if you don’t want to come unstuck later.
3. Pay attention to note-taking.
The world of finance and business is laden with terminology that you will have to familiarize yourself with correctly. Accurate note-taking is one of the easiest ways to get to grips with terminology, as you can work it into your studies and learn how to apply those terms to each particular situation, and in the correct way. Furthermore, studying these terms carefully will give you confidence to speak about the subject, and ask your tutor questions.
4. Join a study group.
Studying alone will most likely be the way you study for the most part, but have you thought about getting together with other students to broaden your studying scope? More often than not, and in any group situation, there will be a mix of skills and different understandings of the subject matter you are studying. Getting together in a group can be beneficial to your study progress by uncovering areas of weakness that you were unaware of.
5. Use past examination papers to build your strengths.
Your tutor will most likely use mock exam papers in your course, and picking out questions from past papers to test your strengths and weaknesses – is one of the best ways of measuring your progress on your course. You can work through your answers with your tutor and apply extra focus on the weak points identified.
Preparing for your exams
Now that you’ve put the work in, you’ll be well prepared to sit your exams with confidence, and knowing that you’ve put the necessary hard work into your study time to achieve the most desired result. Remember, the more you involve yourself in study, the more you will retain and the stronger your pyramid of knowledge will be when you take on your exams.
About The Author:
Amy Harris writes for Financial Training– which helps British and international students find the right financial courses in the UK (such as ACCA courses, business degrees & AAT courses). She is an American expat who enjoys helping people with their education and career search.