Introduction and overview

Being able to study effectively is an important – some might say vital – asset for anyone working in the 21st Century financial services industry. Study is not limited solely to academic advancement or attainment of qualifications, although for many financial services professionals, this is a key feature of their employment.

Studying is about acquiring new information and knowledge and in a professional context, being able to practically apply what has been learned with positive results thereby turning knowledge into skill.

Being able to study effectively is being able to learn effectively. It involves valuable life skills such as self-discipline and self-motivation, time management and organisation, ambition and perseverance.

For some, the need for study skills will arise as a result of a wish or an obligation to complete a professional or academic qualification.
For others, the need arises from continuing professional development (CPD) responsibilities or from professional day-to-day duties.
For the rest, study skills are a requirement because they choose to study for pleasure, self-development or progression.

In this lesson, we are going to introduce you to the principles and practice of study skills. When you reach the end you will:

  • Know how to prepare yourself for study
  • Be able to identify and discuss learning preferences and your own preferred style
  • Be able to implement practical suggestions for organising and carrying out study

Throughout this lesson, we will include activities, reflective exercises and testing where appropriate, to aid your learning.