Are you a procrasti-baker or a procasti-binger?

Are you currently procrastinating studying for your upcoming CIPS exams? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, procrastination seems to be a common self-sabotage technique that many students engage in before exams. But fear not, for I am here to give you a little bit of humorous motivation to kick that procrastination habit to the curb!

First things first, let’s talk about the many forms of procrastination that students engage in before exams. You’ve got your classic Netflix binges, your social media scrolls, your cleaning sprees (because who doesn’t suddenly become obsessed with organizing their sock drawer when they’re supposed to be studying?), and of course, the classic “I’ll just take a quick nap and then get back to it” move that we all know never ends well.

But have you ever heard of the “procrasti-bake”? That’s right, folks, sometimes students will even turn to baking as a form of procrastination before exams. Suddenly, making a batch of cookies or whipping up a cake from scratch seems like a much better use of time than studying for that pesky math exam. Hey, I’m not here to judge – if you end up with a delicious treat at the end of it all, at least you’ve got something to show for your procrastination!

Now, let’s talk about the consequences of procrastination. Sure, in the moment it might feel great to put off studying and indulge in some mindless distractions. But when it comes time to actually take that CIPS  exam, you’re going to regret not putting in the time and effort beforehand. And let’s be real, nobody wants to be the person who shows up to the exam feeling completely unprepared and scrambling to remember even the most basic information. Especially if this is a constructive response exam at one of the higher levels such as the advanced or Professional Diploma

So what can you do to avoid procrastination? Well, for starters, try setting a specific study schedule for yourself and sticking to it. Break up your studying into manageable chunks, and give yourself breaks in between to avoid burnout. And if you find yourself getting distracted, try implementing the “pomodoro technique” – work for 25 minutes, then take a 5-minute break. Rinse and repeat until you’ve conquered that study session!  If you want to learn more about this we talked about it on another blog here

In conclusion, dear reader, procrastination may seem like a harmless way to pass the time before exams, but in reality, it can be a major form of self-sabotage. So put down the Netflix remote, step away from the oven, and get cracking on that study guide! Your future self (and your exam result) will thank you.

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Level 3 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M2 & M3
6
15th Jan, 29th Jan, 5th Feb, 19th Feb, 26th Feb, 4th Mar
May 2024
M4
3
15th Apr, 22nd Apr, 29th Apr
July 2024
M5
3
3rd June, 10th June, 24th June
Nov 2024
M1
3
7th Oct, 21st Oct, 4th November
Mar 2025
M2&M3
6
13th Jan, 20th Jan, 27th Jan, 10th Feb, 24th Feb, 3rd March
May 2025
M4
3
7th Apr, 14th Apr, 28th Apr
July 2025
M5
3
2nd June, 16th June, 30th June

Level 6 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M2 & M5
5
25th Jan, 1st Feb, 8th Feb, 22nd Feb, 29th Feb
May 2024
M4 & M7
4
18th April, 25th April, 2nd May, 9th May
July 2024
M3 & M8
5
30th May, 20th June, 27th June, 4th July, 11th July
November 2024
M1
3
10th Oct, 24th Oct, 7th Nov
Mar 2025
M2 & M5
5
30th Jan, 6th Feb, 13th Feb, 27th Feb, 6th Mar
May 2025
M4 & M7
4
3rd April, 10th April, 1st May, 8th May
July 2025
M3 & M8
5
5th June, 12th June, 19th June, 26th June, 3rd July

Level 5 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M5, M15 & M9
4
31st Jan, 7th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb, 6th March
May 2024
M3 & M8
4
10th April, 17th April, 24th April, 1st May
July 2024
M4
3
5th June, 11th June, 26th June
November 2024
M1 & M2
5
9th Oct, 16th Oct, 23rd Oct, 30th Oct, 6th Nov
Mar 2025
M15, M5, M9
5
29th Jan, 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 26th Feb, 5th March
May 2025
M3 & M8
4
9th April, 16th April, 30th April, 7th June
July 2025
M4
3
4th June, 18th June, 2nd July

Level 4 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M3, M5, M7
6
23rd Jan, 30th Jan, 6th Feb, 20th Feb, 27th Feb, 5th March
May 2024
M4 & M6
4
9th April, 16th April, 23rd April, 30th April
July 2024
M8
3
4th June, 18th June, 3rd July
November 2024
M1 & M2
5
8th Oct, 15th Oct, 22nd Oct, 29th Oct, 5th Nov
March 2025
M3, M5, M7
5
29th Jan, 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 26th Feb, 5th March
May 2025
M4 & M6
4
8th April, 15th April, 29th April, 6th June
July 2025
M8
3
10th June, 24th June, 8th July