For the Practitioner Exam Only
For the Practitioner exam, don’t forget these three additional preparation points.
Tabbing your manual
You can put sticky tabs on the page edges of your manual to help you find things quickly. Remember though that you can’t add extra information, just the name of the item. So, a tab on the page that lists the risk actions may be helpful. You’ll be able to find things in the manual anyway by flipping through, but if you can save a few seconds each time you need to find something, that mounts up to a worthwhile amount of time over the course of a two and a half hour exam. That time can be used for scoring marks, not trying to find things and discovering that they’ve been left out of the index to the manual (sad, but true – they really should have got John Wiley and Sons to publish it!).
Tabbing is a very personal thing. Some people use a single colour and tab up just a few essential items. Others visit the supermarket and get kits with different colour tabs, and then have the tabs running along the top and bottom of the manual as well as down the side. Someone on one of my courses did this recently, and I think the manual could have been submitted as modern art for the Turner Prize – it was certainly more attractive than a sheep cut in half or an unmade bed. In short, do whatever works best for you.
Knowing where stuff is
A really key point for Practitioner: know where stuff is. Don’t waste time trying to work something out or trying to remember detail ...