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Getting a failing score on BEC was the day that I (almost) gave up.
After taking ( and failing) my latest exam, I took a break to consider if I still wanted to continue this process. I technically don't need the designation, I want a career in Internal Audit, so a Certified Internal Auditor designation would suffice.
I have not added up the amounts, but I'm pretty sure I have spent well over $1500 on exam fees and study materials. I have also missed out on countless hours of family time and hobbies that I love.
I wanted to quit, and I almost did.
Determined to give it the old college try ( and with the encouragement of my husband and friends) I picked up my AUD materials (I recently failed that test too) and started to re-study.
I was doing really well on time studying for AUD, reading and answering MCQ, at a really fast rate. I had been through this material before so I acquitted the speed on recognition. But what I slowly started to realize was that although I recognized the material, I didn't really know the material. I could not answer a question using flash cards if it wasn't multiple choice. If I read a term, I could not recall what it meant or was associated with unless I was given a few choices.
I had been over this material countless times, what was my problem? Why could I not retain this information.
I took another break, and looked at how I was studying. It went like this, read the material, answer the questions. Move on to the next topic.
Hardly any review
I slowly came to the realization that I have wasted countless hours getting familiar with the material, but never really taking the time to actually LEARN.
I had been so wrapped up in the quick, efficient and easy ways to study that I had read about, that it never dawned on me that it was not the right way for me to learn.
I need to learn, not simply review.
At this point, I am almost 1/2 way through my AUD materials. I have decided to stop, start over and actually learn instead of coasting though the materials.
I haven't studied hard enough, I have not given it 100% and I know I need to stop trying to take the easy route.
I need to learn the hard way.
Anyone else ever get the feeling that they were just going through study material instead of actually learning the material?