I’m not the best student in the world. In fact, I’m average, or maybe even below average. Studying has always been a struggle especially if I’m studying a course or topic that I’m not interested in. And, unfortunately, I’ve failed many exams in my quest for success.
It’s not that I have not tried.
I’ve tried several study methods and study techniques and I’ve taken and re-tried several examinations over the years. Some of the exams were not that difficult. They were relatively easy, but my technique was problematic.
As time went by, I became more and more frustrated as I realised that I was studying my eyeballs out of their sockets and I was still failing miserably.
Then I had a break through.
The Break Through
It came when I took the Project Management Professional (PMP) examination. I had enrolled in classes with an excellent teacher, but I still had to work hard on my own. After I failed the PMP on my first try, I decided that I would not fail again. It was an expensive exam and I needed to pass on my next try.
So I got to work.
I created an outline of all of the knowledge areas and project management processes and started filling in the blanks. I used various scenarios that put the concepts to work in a creative way. In my mind, I could see how the topics would look if they were played out in an organisation.
It was a long and painstaking process. Every free moment that I had was dedicated to studying. I studied early on mornings before I went to work. I studied at lunch time, sitting at my desk and going over what I had done in the morning. And then, I studied when I got home, and did not go to bed until the early hours of the morning.
But guess what. It worked. I passed the exam with flying colours.
My Mistake With the Performance Management Exam
My mistake with the Performance Management examination was that I did not use this technique from day one. You see, I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Accounting and Finance and I was intimidated by the ACCA.
I saw Accounting as this big bad John, whose only aim in life was to make me miserable and to confuse my poor brain. Yes, I knew that if I conquered it, I could knock off some goals and dreams.
But it got the better of me.
I failed the Performance Management examination several times before I finally found my groove. Writing out my notes on this blog was the perfect way to go through every nook and cranny of the syllabus. But then to get that information to stick in my head, I applied the concepts to an organisation that I created.
This is exactly how and why the Performance Management Case Study Guide was created.
The case study teaching method falls into the category of interdisciplinary learning and encourages analytical skills. It is used to create linkages between topics and real life situations. Just like I did for the PMP exam, the Performance Management Case Study Guide embraces problem-based learning.
Benefits of Learning With Case Studies
There are several reasons why case studies are so successful for students. Firstly, they allow students to gain an appreciation for problem solving and how situations can be approached and dealt with successfully.
Secondly, the case study can bring a bit of excitement to the topic. Admittedly, some of the Performance Management topics are not that exciting. But wrapping them up into a tangible scenario brings them to life and highlights how important they are to the organisation.
Thirdly, as I mentioned previously, the case study marries theory with practice. Students are introduced to the core topics on one hand, and then they see the topics at work in the organisation. This allows for a clearer understanding of why the topic is important and how it impacts the organisation.
The Performance Management Case Study Guide
I’ve received many questions about this case study guide, and now it’s finally here. Thankfully, I was able to create a guide that covered every last item on the Performance Management syllabus. Because this guide was on the cards for a while now, I’ve decided to offer a beta version for sale at a specially discounted price of only $27. Click on this link to purchase your copy now.