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I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of living through unprecedented times.  I want my times to be precedented where our government isn’t engaged in a hunger games exercise, or global pandemics, wars and cost of living crises seem to be a constant.

How long does it take to finish your CIPS studies

A popular question I get asked by almost all potential students is how long it will take them to finish their CIPS studies. Now, this is a difficult question to ask because it depends on how much effort you are willing to put in.

How to concentrate on your revision

By far the question I get asked the most from students is how much revision to do for their exams. Now CIPS obviously has its guided learning hours, but I’m a firm believer in that there is no one size fits all approach to revision. It depends on the individual, but it also depends on the quality of that revision.

You’ve Failed an Exam….. now what?

First off don’t panic. Take a deep breath, unclench your jaw. Anyone can have a bad day, perhaps you failed to revise a particular topic or misinterpreted the question. It happens, this does not mean that you are not capable of passing the exam. Here are three steps to follow to make the best of the situation.

Tips for the day of your exam

So, the day has finally arrived. I’m sure you feel dread, butterflies in your stomach. I wanted to write this blog because I see students make the same mistakes on exam day which creates stress. We want you to be the most positive version of yourself on exam day, so we have put together several tips to help you maximise your chance of success.

How to choose the right study centre for you

We are well aware that getting started with CIPS can be a minefield. Firstly there are so many different ways to study, will you choose a classroom in person, virtual, or a more flexible distance learning approach. Then once you have decided this you’ve still got to choose between a variety of different study centres.

Bad Memory – then you need to understand the Forgetting Curve

Memory is something that fascinates me. I wonder if you also feel like your brain is full and to add another topic to remember means that old memories are lost. Our memory is best at remembering events with a high emotional load, in an effort to keep us safe for the future.

Why the neuroscience says our training is the best

Ok, I will admit it. I am a massive neuroscience geek. A total nerd for how our brain works and in particular learns. Memory also fascinates me. So, I have researched and ready the studies out there to see how I could help our students perform better.

The importance of laughter in learning

I have a confession to make.  (Whispers) I am addicted to learning.  The number of courses I have undertaken is probably in their hundreds.  From this, I have seen the good, the bad, and the mediocre when it comes to teaching.  I remember my A-level Sociology teacher so clearly, he made what was occasionally dull material so much more interesting with his wit and sense of humour.  I scored an A on his topic, and I always put it down to his teaching.

Ten reasons you should study with us

I had an interesting call this week.  A potential student called me and asked me to explain to her why she should study with Business Academy Online and not a competitor centre.  I was a little surprised by the question as I believed that our marketing material and social media posts gave all of these reasons.

A secret framework to master your exam technique

Not many people actually enjoy exams, I am one of the rare creatures who loved the challenge of exam. Like a strange unicorn creature, I looked forward to the exam challenge as long as I had done enough revision.

Do you feel like an Imposter?

I remember the day I first experienced severe imposter syndrome vividly. It was the first time that I was delivering a training course. As I stood in front of the group I could feel my heart beating frantically in my chest, my mouth was dry, and a voice in my head repeated these words over and over.

THREE Nonverbal Tips for Negotiation

Negotiation is a concept that is steeped in adversarial attitudes. No matter how we attempt to be collaborative, the fact that we are in a situation where there is likely to be some difference of interests, can lead to a quick escalation in tension.