Revision Day School

Had a good day at the OU today and in one way it has eased the worries over the looming exam, but in other ways it brought about other fears.

There will only be 3 weeks in which to look at the Case Studies when they are released next week – there’s 21 of them, so at a rate of 1 per day you could get through them. But then you have to revise as well in that time, so the task is almost impossible.

During the day we tackled a sample Case Study from the Exam. In the exam, they give you 3 Case Studies, and two questions are asked for each Case Study – you have to tackle all Case Studies and all questions. You have 3 Hours for the Exam, so that’s 1 Hour per Case Study (30 minutes per question) – by the time you’ve read the Case Study and made some notes/plans, the estimate is that you have 10 minutes per question to write it all up. That’s some tall order – today we took an hour to read and plan the Case Study and with the material we gathered, it would have taken 15 minutes to write up each question.

To break it down properly, I think you’d have to spend the 10 minutes write-up (for each question) like this (2 minutes for each item):

  • Analysis
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendation
  • Advantages/Disadvantages
  • What else you would have put in if you had time (bullet points)

Once I get the Case Studies, I’ll have a go with the above formula and see how it goes. It’s going to be tough, but then again, if it wasn’t, then the qualification wouldn’t be worth having 😉

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