Week 19: Revision Week 4

Hanging in there? We are almost there! In a couple of weeks you will get your life back, and if you have followed all instructions so far I am pretty confident you will never have to hear from me again. Fingers crossed. I am in the unusual situation that my success criteria is not to have repeat customers. Please remember to record your results in your week 18 progress report.

The week to come:

Let’s continue where we left off last week. This week we are covering the 303 end of chapter questions and 98 LOS in readings 37-49. As we discussed the previous weeks if you have maintained your question log, you may be able to reduce the number of end of chapter questions to go through to e.g. 250, 200 or maybe even less. This is the reason why I have been trying hard to pursuade you to keep it up. It really pays off in the end.

Again please make sure that you pay attention to the end of chapter question explanations in the curriculum books. This is the most important aspect of the revision process, especially for those questions that you struggled with. If you are pressed for time (like most candidates) skip the explanations for the questions that you got right, but read the explanations for the questions that you got wrong twice and slowly for maximum comprehension. Studying these explanations in detail remains the most efficient use of your time at this stage, as the process will isolate many of the insights that you are still struggling with and that could thus provide a marginal improvement to your exam score. Once you have revised the end of chapter questions, make a note in your question log of the questions that you are still struggling with. Work your way through this reduced list of tricky questions. If there are any challenging questions left after the second iteration rinse and repeat until you are able to answer every single one with confidence.

If you have followed along with the program you should have created your very own flashcards covering all LOS across the curriculum. Revising your answers to the LOS is slightly less straightforward than for the end of chapter questions, as the curriculum books do not provide guideline answers, but the mere process of revising your flashcards should help pinpoint areas of weakness at this stage. List the LOS that you are completely clueless about (hopefully that is not going to be many at this stage), and if you have got the time dip back in and read small passages targeted to the individual LOS (you should have the relevant page numbers written on the flip side of your flash cards). Sometimes the answers can be found in the chapter summaries as well.

This week we are continuing to cover 5 examples from reading 2 each day (10 if you are targeting to get though them twice). As discussed previously, it is likely that a large proportion of the estimated 36 ethics questions on the exam will be based on examples similar to the ones described in reading 2, so a solid understanding of these provides one of the most favorable trade-offs between effort and likely impact on the exam outcome.

Exam day replication:

Once again spend your Saturday working through 2 uninterrupted mock exam sessions. Find a quiet area with a desk and a chair (maybe in a public library or somewhere else where you cannot be disturbed), switch off your mobile phone and bring only the mock exam, some paper, pencils, an eraser and your calculator. The morning session should run uninterrupted from 9 to 12, then take 2 hours break before sitting down for the afternoon session between 14 and 17. When done mark your score and redo the questions that you answered incorrectly until you can answer every question on the test accurately. Please remember to record your results in your week 19 progress report.

Week 20 is our fifth and final week of revision in phase 2.

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