Why I’m not concerned with you doing the recommended reading

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I know this may be a slightly controversial post, but I am personally not a fan of creating a situation where my students are forced to read CIPS recommended reading.  Now this is not to say that I don’t want them to do any reading, or that I am advocating to you to not do any further reading.  I simply in the slightly pretentious apprentice tv show way of speaking, want you to work ‘smarter’ not harder.

The truth is we all learn in different ways, due to home pressures, our preference of how to learn and let’s be honest a limited amount of time in a day.  I am well aware that the most of my students are working professionals, many with families and many commitments.  It is a big ask to get people to read the CIPS text book as well as other theorists book’s that may be the size of a very small house.

Reading is a passive learning approach, and as I mentioned previously to help memory we need to make it active.  We do this by creating notes, in our own words – summarising and paraphrasing.  I suggest to my students that they use the texts book not as something to necessarily read cover to cover, but instead something to delve into to get further information on certain topics.  This can also apply to any of the recommended reading.  Most people would not have the time to read multiple texts cover to cover but to delve in to read more about certain models or concepts that you are struggling to understand can be a better use of your time.

Also I think it would be fair to say that academic texts are not always written in the easiest of ways to understand.   Virtual learning has come a long way over the last couple of decades and probably even more so through the Covid pandemic where we have been forced to rely on virtual learning.  Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of YouTube.  I use it in my lessons almost every week and there are thousands and thousands of videos on there to help explain difficult concepts and models.  It is a sifting process sometimes to find a video that is produced in a way that works for you, but there are lots of options on there.

 Remember that it is all about finding the best way to study for you.  There is no one size fits all.  Extra research will help, even if this is reading Supply Management Magazine, falling down a procurement hole on twitter (it does exist believe it or not!) or trawling through YouTube videos.  Good luck with your revision and if you find any entertaining examples or videos to help explain CIPS concepts please let me know!

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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
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July 2025
M5
3
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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
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4
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M3 & M8
4
10th April, 17th April, 24th April, 1st May
July 2024
M4
3
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November 2024
M1 & M2
5
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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

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M3, M5, M7
6
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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