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
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.
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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?