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Study tips for MBA students

The idea of taking an exam is something that most people dread, and for some, it prevents them from applying themselves well during examinations and results in bad performance. Examinations are however not such a nightmare if adequate preparation and commitment is put into preparing for them. They are necessary to complete your final mark for each module, ensuring that you become proficient in your chosen field of study and teach you valuable life lessons like working and thinking analytically under pressure.

When preparing for major examinations such as those for your MBA, it is of utmost importance to adequately prepare. Examinations at this level require students to apply themselves and demonstrate thorough knowledge of their modules and how this knowledge can be applied to practical managerial and leadership related situations. Obtaining an MBA degree requires much hard work and devotion, and how you prepare for your exams can ensure that you pass your examinations with good marks.

Establishing the best study time for you

It is important to establish the best time for you to study. It is best for some students to study at night, whilst others find that at this time they are too tired after spending the whole day at work. Others find it is better to wake up early in the morning and study before they embark on their daily routines. Once you establish the study time that works for you, it is important to maximise this time and study as much as possible when you are most alert. This will ensure that you cover more material and that you actually understand what you are studying.

It is usually necessary to read over your study material more than once. This requires that you allocate enough time to do this if you need to go over your study material a few times. Setting in place a study schedule helps with this, where you allocate certain chapters to the hours that you have available. This will keep you keep on schedule and ensure that come examination time, you have read all of the material you need to adequately prepare. Making notes will also help you remember information and visualise it better.

Study Groups

Studying with your classmates in groups can also be a good way to study. It is more beneficial if you join the study group once you have gone through all your study material by yourself first, and you use the hints and tips from the study group to add on to what you already know. Though you may understand some parts of your study material, there may be other parts that are completely confusing to you. This is where it comes in handy to have a group of people to study with who have a different outlook or understand the material better than you. This can work in reverse as well. You can contribute knowledge that you have to help others who do not understand.

Maintaining the balance during examinations

It is important that during examination preparation time, you get enough rest and sleep. A common mistake many students make during this crucial period is to eat poorly and unhealthily. Junk food, lots of chocolate, energy drinks and crisps are often eaten in place of normal meals to keep energy levels up. However, this is not only harmful to your long-term health, but can also negatively affect your exam performance.


Examinations are necessary and at an MBA level, they require application of what you have studied. Always try to give examples when asked to explain concepts and ensure that you plan ahead and study well in advance so that you are not in a panic as you go into the exam room. If you establish the best time that you can study and make good use of this time; attend group discussions if you feel they help you; maintain a healthy lifestyle whilst you prepare, you will be in the right mindset when you go to write your examination. On the day, make sure you arrive at the venue well in advance, to ensure you avoid disturbances such as traffic, and to ensure you are calm before you write. Prepare well and you will write well!
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