Ok, lets cut the crap shall we, seriously, we’ve got a tip to help you do just that and allows you not to be afraid to cut bits out of an assignment. Not only that, but now we are a few weeks away from submission, we concentrate on what you should be focusing on.
Before we get into any of this we’re talking to Korbinian Lehner, who is a Senior Digital Native for Telekom Deutschland (you may know them better as T-Mobile). Korbinian opens up the world of innovation in a way you may never have considered before and does this through the skills he has learnt and a lot of enthusiasm.
– Innovation is crucial to make forward progress, but this must be done in a structured way in order for us to make sense of it all.
– The two digital trends Korbinian will be looking out for as:
– Blockchain and the speed, plus security this software can provide. Conisder moving house and how complex this is, blockchain has the potential to do all this within days if not hours, safely and securely
– AI (Artificial Intelligence), but not in the way we are probably thinking, but using it for the ability to make decisions and from this generate new and better intel
– Social media has the power not only to connect each other, but connect the information we place in it. This combined with the personal touch and emotional context is as empowering as anything, which we sometimes forget
Top Tip – Cut the crap – Don’t be afraid to cut bits out
This tip sounds very counter intuitive. You’ve written your assignment and added as much content as you possibly can, but the page or word count is giving you grief. There just isn’t enough space to get in all the copy.
Firstly, don’t panic. Secondly, the CIM set the page and word counts for a reason. These are set as this is seen as a desirable length to answer the questions posed in a succinct and comprehensive manor. If you have gone over this, then you simply haven’t been as concise as you need to be. Go back through your answer and look at where you’re are taking some time to get to your main point or where a paragraph offers not much value towards answering the main elements of the task.
Pro-tip – if you really struggling to cut things out, can any of your answer be put into a table, chart, graph or moved to the appendix – The appendix won’t get marked as such, but if you feel the copy is still relevant in the context of the answer then refer to it rather than drone on about it.
Simply cut out the crap.
Assignment / Exam Question – A few weeks away from Submission, what should you be focusing on?
This is a bit different this week as now you are only now a few weeks away from either taking your exam or handing in an assignment. I thought it would be a good idea to recap on where you should be up to and what you should be doing in the lead up to deadline day. There are some fundamentals here that may sound obvious, but can be easily missed when focusing on simply answering the questions and tasks and you’ve been working on for months, so here is my breakdown in the lead up to submission:
– Check you spelling. Evening using a spell checker is not quite good enough as those random words that are misspelt end up actually being words in themselves and not an actual spelling mistake. We have a number of hints and tips to help you here in past episodes, like reading backwards and getting someone else to read it
– Make sure that you haven’t missed a question out, they are in the right order and that each task (task not question), starts on a new page
– Have you used the right font and size? CIM state 11 point minimum and a choice of Arial, Times New Roman or Calibri, with any tables a minimum 9 point
– Use the correct cover sheet that holds all the information the CIM require (this can be attained from your Accredited Study Centre) and that you number each page for ease of reference
– Check your page or word count – Is it drastically under or over….. you may have some issues if it is
– References. A fundamental of any assignment. You must use the Harvard referencing system and reference all works. DO NOT PLAIERISE. Not only is it against the rules, its ethically, morally wrong and makes you just a bad, bad person (a link to the Harvard referencing system can be found in the show notes)
– Please, please make sure your name doesn’t appear anywhere in the assignment paper. This is a massive no, no as it could be seen as you trying to sway favoritism with the examiner
– Are there any final questions you need clarity on from your tutor. Ask them, ask me! That’s what they are there for
– And finally, make sure you know your submission date or exam time and location. Don’t leave it to the last minute, its no good for anyone blood pressure if you do.
Harvard Referencing: https://my.cim.co.uk/media/34817/harvard-referencing-v3-2016-final.pdf
Speed of Thoughts – Bill Gates: https://amzn.to/2vDfYG7
If This, Then That (IFTTT): https://ifttt.com
The Goat Theory (The Monty Hall Problem): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Lb-6rxZxx0