How to maintain concentration during CMA – India exam preparation

Becoming a Cost and Management Accountant means that you have earned a highly valued professional credential from the world’s most respected management and accounting competency organization. It puts you in a stellar league of just over 85,000 highly qualified professionals from around the globe. It almost guarantees you higher earning potential when compared to non-certified professionals.CMA professionals in India can choose from a whole spectrum of extraordinary job opportunities.

If you are an aspiring CMA (INDIA) or ICWAI professional, unnerved by the Herculean reputation of the exams, we’ve got some good news for you. With the combination of the right strategy and some diligence, there’s no reason why you can’t clear the exams in your first attempt. The first step, of course, is to have a clear idea of what the course and the certification is about, and to develop an interest in what you’re studying. Beyond this, if you’re struggling with your preparations and having a hard time maintaining concentration, here are some tips to help you out.

  1. Schedule, Schedule, Schedule

The right kind of scheduling is an important part of any endeavour. Whether you are preparing for your exams part time or full time, having a strict timetable can save you a lot of stress at the end, while helping you conquer your entire syllabus efficiently. A timetable can also help you identify at what times during the day you’re most alert and productive. This helps youutilize your body’s natural rhythm to maintain concentration and study more effectively. If you are having trouble sticking to a timetable, using a timer can prove handy.

  1. Get the Right Coaching

The right advisors and coaching team can have a game-changing effect on your CMA goals. Joining a reputed CMA course can help you clear your syllabus step-by-step while gaining a deeper understanding of the most important concepts. The coaching institute can also guide you through solving practice papers and previous year questions. It is also a place for you to connect with fellow aspirants and engage in group studiesand revisions before your exams.

  1. Stay Away From Digital Distractions

For all the engagement and easy connectivity that they provide, digital technologies can be a bane for a student in the 21st century. E-mails, social media and the internet in general is a vast and tempting labyrinth that can distract you for hours. All it takes is your momentary response to a notification. To maintain focus and concentration, find a nice, quiet place to study – free from digital, physical and audible distractions and interruptions.

  1. Effective R&R

The right kind of relaxation can be godsend for your concentration. Everybody has a natural work cycle, striving beyond which, they start getting fatigued and unproductive. Once you identify yours, it’s necessary to take regular and intermittent short breaks. These breaks should be used efficiently instead of surfing the web or catching up on social media. Doing yoga, meditation or solving puzzles like Sudoku can also help improve your capacity for concentration and memory.

  1. Smart Recharge

Just like any taxing physical activity, studying for long periods of time can tire your brain and drain your mental capabilities. This is why it is important to recharge and replenish your mind every study cycle. Avoid fried, oily and sugary foods and adopt a diet rich in healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. Too much of coffee or tea can also be bad for your concentration. To ensure that you don’t burn out and stay alert during the day, make sure that you get enough sleep and physical exercise.

For all the flak that they get about their difficulty, CMA (INDIA) exams are not that hard to crack. All you need is a well-thought out strategy, a bit of time investment, the right coaching and some dedicated, concentrated studying. We wish you the very best for your exams!