Written By CIA Exam Blogger Tracy C.
Three weeks to go until exam day! This week I’m going to ramp up my studying and devote more time to it. I just finished a busy few weeks of work, but things should be a little slower now. This will give me more time to study in the evenings. I hope to finish the last few study units this week so I can move on to reviewing for my exam.
While studying, I’ve found it to be helpful to write down the key points that I want to emphasize in my review. I’m not a big proponent of highlighting things in my study book. I think if I started highlighting, the entire book would end up highlighted. For me, it is easiest to go through the entire lesson’s materials and make a list of the areas I need to work on. I learn much better from my own handwritten notes. I tend to write things out for myself in ways that are easy to remember as well. I like to write my notes so that someone who knows nothing about internal auditing could understand them. I have a pretty short attention span, so I need to keep things succinct for my review. However, I think the Gleim CIA study system does a great job of that to begin with. The format is easy to study and there isn’t a lot of unnecessary and overly complicated content.
I think the most important tool in the Gleim CIA study system is the audiovisual presentation. I gain a much better understanding of the concept when someone explains it to me out loud, as opposed to strictly reading the written materials. With the combination of audiovisuals and writing down important points, I should be able to easily review for the CIA exam. So by next weekend, I should be finished with the study units and ready to move on to my review.