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How to Use the Materials
These Official CIMA learning materials brought to you by Elsevier/CIMAPublishing and Kaplan Publishing have been carefully designed to make your learning experience as easy as possible and to give you the best chances of success in your
computer based assessments.The product range contains a number of features to help you in the studyprocess. They include:
a detailed explanation of all syllabus areas;
extensive 'practical' materials;
generous question practice, together with full solutions;
an exam preparation section, including a suggested approach on how totackle the pre-seen information, both before and during the examThis Study Text has been designed with the needs of home-study and distance-learning candidates in mind. Such students require very full coverage of thesyllabus topics, and also the facility to undertake extensive question practice.However, the Study Text is also ideal for fully taught courses.This main body of the text is divided into a number of chapters, each of which isorganised on the following pattern:
Detailed learning outcomes
expected after your studies of the chapter arecomplete. You should assimilate these before beginning detailed work onthe chapter, so that you can appreciate where your studies are leading.
Step-by-step topic coverage
. This is the heart of each chapter, containingdetailed explanatory text supported where appropriate by worked examplesand exercises. You should work carefully through this section, ensuring thatyou understand the material being explained and can tackle the examplesand exercises successfully. Remember that in many cases knowledge iscumulative: if you fail to digest earlier material thoroughly, you may struggleto understand later chapters.
. Some chapters are illustrated by more practical elements, suchas comments and questions designed to stimulate discussion.
. The test of how well you have learned the material is your ability to tackle exam-style questions. Make a serious attempt at producingyour own answers, but at this stage do not be too concerned aboutattempting the questions in exam conditions. In particular, it is moreimportant to absorb the material thoroughly by completing a full solution thanto observe the time limits that would apply in the actual exam.
. Avoid the temptation merely to 'audit' the solutions provided. It isan illusion to think that this provides the same benefits as you would gainfrom a serious attempt of your own. However, if you are struggling to getstarted on a question you should read the introductory guidance provided atthe beginning of the solution, where provided, and then make your ownattempt before referring back to the full solution.The final two chapters of this Study Text provide you with the guidance youneed. They include the following features:
A brief guide to revision technique.