In­put Learn­ing Plan­ning To Fail Your AMII/DMII Ex­ams!

In­put Learn­ing Study­ing for ex­am­i­na­tions es­pe­cially the MII pro­fes­sional flag­ship pro­grammes, As­so­ci­ate­ship of the Malaysian In­sur­ance In­sti­tute (AMII) and Diploma of The Malaysian In­sur­ance In­sti­tute (DMII) is not easy. To make things worse, many can­dida

Insurance - - CONTENTS - by Raja Ah­mad Khirud­din AMII, Af­fil­i­ate RFP

Raja Ah­mad Khirud­din points out how to study smart for can­di­dates pur­su­ing the MII pro­fes­sional flag­ship pro­grammes, As­so­ci­ate­ship of the Malaysian In­sur­ance In­sti­tute (AMII) and Diploma of The Malaysian In­sur­ance In­sti­tute (DMII) and suc­cess­fully pass­ing the ex­am­i­na­tions.

What­ever your learn­ing ob­jec­tive is, your learn­ing needs to be ef­fec­tive so that what you learn does not just evap­o­rate. It needs to be ef­fi­cient and as a part-time stu­dent as the ma­jor­ity of you are, your time is pre­cious. You need to use it as pro­duc­tively as you can. The key point that the author would like to em­pha­sise is learn­ing has to be ac­tive in or­der to be ef­fec­tive. You need to study smart, not study hard. It is all to do with your prepa­ra­tion. There are many ways to pass the AMII and/or DMII ex­am­i­na­tions. But with bad ways, you can spend a lot of time and hard work in prepa­ra­tion and you can still fail the ex­am­i­na­tions mis­er­ably! Then, you will start won­der­ing, “What was the MII ex­am­iner look­ing for in my an­swer scripts? I have an­swered ev­ery­thing I knew about the sub­ject very well. And yet, I still failed!!!” Don’t get it wrong. The ex­am­iner has not pre­vi­ously cho­sen who will pass and who will fail. He/she also did not want to fail you. As a pro­fes­sional body, MII al­ways en­sures that the ex­am­iner is given strict guide­lines to fol­low in mark­ing the an­swer scripts. It is all to do with your prepa­ra­tion. Noth­ing else! What ev­ery can­di­dates re­ally needs to know be­fore tack­ling any sub­ject is how to learn ‘how to learn’ for AMII or DMII ex­am­i­na­tions. There are many ways to study. That is why dif­fer­ent stu­dents have dif­fer­ent styles of learn­ing which pro­duce dif­fer­ent re­sults in ex­am­i­na­tions. Many AMII/DMII stu­dents al­ways think that ‘In­put Learn­ing’ (i.e. when you read a book, lis­ten to your lec­turer, take notes when your lec­turer is teach­ing and mem­o­rise facts) is the most im­por­tant tech­nique and of­ten ne­glect ‘Out­put Learn­ing’ (i.e. when you think, re­call your notes and an­swer past year ex­am­i­na­tion ques­tions). In other words, ‘In­put Learn­ing’ or ‘Pas­sive Learn­ing’ is all about in­putting in­for­ma­tion into your head. Un­for­tu­nately, most ex­am­in­ers

are not pri­mar­ily in­ter­ested in how much in­for­ma­tion you have in your head or how much you have man­aged to re­mem­ber.

Prac­tice! Prac­tice! Prac­tice!

There is no right or wrong study tech­nique, but would you ex­pect to be like Dato’ Lee Chong Wei, a pro­fes­sional bad­minton player with­out prac­tice? Would you ex­pect to be a pro­lific writer like J.K. Rowl­ing with­out prac­tice? Then why do the ma­jor­ity of stu­dents ex­pect to do well in AMII or DMII ex­am­i­na­tions with­out prac­tice? Please note that there is a huge dif­fer­ence be­tween study­ing for ex­ams and do­ing ex­ams. By do­ing ex­ams or prac­tis­ing ex­ams you will ac­tu­ally be study­ing for ex­ams. How­ever, by study­ing for ex­ams you won’t nec­es­sar­ily be prac­tis­ing ex­ams. Ex­ams re­ally test how well you have prac­tised do­ing ex­ams! The bot­tom line ac­cord­ing to Robert Seiler in his book, ‘Study­ing For Ex­ams Made Sim­ple’ is your knowl­edge will be as­sessed in the exam and al­though you have the knowl­edge, if you are not able to re­pro­duce what is re­quired of you in the exam, then the as­sess­ment will re­flect your exam abil­i­ties and not your knowl­edge. Ein­stein was a good ex­am­ple of this, as he was in fact con­sid­ered a poor stu­dent be­cause he could not ex­press his knowl­edge in the re­quired man­ner. Robert Seiler em­pha­sises that there is no other way to be good at some­thing other than PRAC­TICE! PRAC­TICE! PRAC­TICE!

Pow­er­ful Exam Tech­nique

Jack­son Ng in his book, ‘You Are A Top Stu­dent’ says that an exam is an out­put learn­ing ac­tiv­ity. It re­quires daily ac­tiv­i­ties. Many stu­dents think that when they read a lot, they are pre­par­ing

Read­ing can­not help you to re­mem­ber. It only helps you to

un­der­stand. Ex­ams are about re­call­ing and ap­ply­ing what you

have al­ready un­der­stood.

them­selves for an exam. Read­ing can­not help you to re­mem­ber. It only helps you to un­der­stand. Ex­ams are about re­call­ing and ap­ply­ing what you have al­ready un­der­stood. “By un­der­stand­ing the ‘whole pic­ture’ in the book and ap­ply­ing im­por­tant con­cepts, you will be able to try out as many ques­tions as pos­si­ble. If you have been do­ing many ques­tions ev­ery­day, rest as­sured that you would cer­tainly score in ex­ams. An­swer­ing ques­tions must be a habit,” stresses Jack­son Ng. As a rule of thumb, an exam is all about marks col­lec­tion. It is about how many marks you can col­lect in a given time limit. Ex­ams test mainly how well we have prac­tised do­ing ex­ams. Ac­cord­ing to an old Chi­nese proverb, “When you hear some­thing ( lis­ten to lec­ture for in­stance), you will for­get it. When you see some­thing ( read a book), you will re­mem­ber it. But only when you do some­thing ( prac­tice an­swer­ing exam ques­tions), will you un­der­stand it.” “Most ex­ams are look­ing for ev­i­dence that you have mas­tered the con­cepts that have been in­tro­duced in the course. They are also look­ing for ev­i­dence that you can suc­cess­fully ap­ply them. In other words, in most ex­ams you are ex­pected to work with the ma­te­rial that you have cov­ered on the course,” say Tom Bourner and Phil Race in their book, ‘How To Win As A Part-Time Stu­dent’. There is no other al­ter­na­tive way, ex­cept to use ‘Out­put Learn­ing’ or ‘Ac­tive Learn­ing’ meth­ods. The best way is to re­ally test your knowl­edge by im­pos­ing exam con­di­tions upon your­self, as close as pos­si­ble to the real thing. Lock your­self in a room for three hours. Set your alarm clock and try to an­swer your past year exam ques­tions within the time set. “You should do mock ex­ams as of­ten as pos­si­ble and be­come an ex­pert test-taker” says Robert Seiler. This method ac­cord­ing to Brian Dun­calf in his, ‘How To Pass Any Exam’, gives a good in­di­ca­tion of the time needed to an­swer ques­tions sat­is­fac­to­rily un­der exam con­di­tions. On the other hand, a self-set mock ex­am­i­na­tion is among the best meth­ods of as­sess­ing the ef­fi­ciency of re­vi­sion.

Just One More Word

Try this method your­self. It cer­tainly works for the author, and it could help you too... And, don’t for­get to write and share with him your suc­cess story. Would you?

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