Exam

Right then, the Exam is over and I’m pretty relieved about that…But…

I spent about 5 days of the last 3 weeks without doing any revision at all, after having had a knock on the head and suffering with concussion.

We had 21 Case Studies to get through and there’s 16 books to read as well as your own notes. However, I found that the Case Studies themselves were the best form of revision – looking up only the information you’re going to need for each Case Study is better than trying to know it all !
(Particular thanks to fellow students Mark and Niki for getting through most of the Case Studies – this helped me and the other students immensely, and if I pass, this will be partly down to your help during the revision period)

Into the Exam, and after sitting down at the obligatory school desk on the nice plastic school chair, we started the Exam. Turn the paper over, and Case Study 1 is okay; not quite the one I wanted, but acceptable, and I feel that I can deal with this one and score a few marks. Case Study 2 is ideal, again not the one I expected, but the mix of financial stuff (P&L, ratios etc.) and managing change/people things is right up my street.

Arghh!!! My luck has run out on Case Study 3 – in my top 3 of ones I did not want to turn up and I get distracted for a minute – it’s all marketing & advertising type stuff for the main question – I’d have preferred Customer/Quality stuff for this section.

So cracking on with the first two Case Studies, I’ve completed both of them right on the hour for each one. So I have a full hour for the last one. Completed this one in the last hour, and didn’t have to resort to “note form” (making notes for the marker, saying you’d run out of time, but this is what you’d have written about). I think I’ve done alright, but I know for the first question on the last Case Study, I missed the point and generalised rather than picking up on key course concepts. I should score a few marks, so hopefully this will be enough to pull me through. Results come through in 8 weeks…

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