KM1 Study and Test tips

Submitted by Nicolabell on Tue, 05/21/2019 - 16:09

Useful resources for KM1

  • Read through the syllabus* - this will inform what you need to read up on within the Developing Information Systems book and elsewhere.

  • I also used the City and Guilds syllabus here. Have a go are writing the answers for the question sheet as that’ll solidify things in your mind.

  • Do Josh’s online version of the sample test paper questions - especially read up on what you got wrong, both online and in the book. I believe he used the sample questions available on the City and Guilds site to build this, but double check there aren't any new ones.

  • Do the sample papers available here - again, read up on what you got wrong.

  • When reading through the Developing Information Systems book, read through the glossary; it’s really useful.

  • These are Mark's suggestions for which chapters are useful in Developing Information Systems, but the general advise is to give it all a read:

"Chapter 1 (skim over the offshoring/outsourcing section)
Chapter 2 - very important
Chapter 3 - at least the introduction
Chapter 4 - first couple of sections
Chapter 5 - at least first section (definition)
Chapter 6 - there is some information in this chapter about UML and agile
Chapter 7 - skim read
Chapters 8 & 9 - these are relevant chapters
Chapter 10 - skim read
Chapter 11 - relevant, re testing models etc
Chapter 12 - first couple of sections
Chapter 13 - relevant
Chapter 14 - skim
Glossary - worth revising
hope this helps, but no guarantees, I really recommend reading it all!"


General revision ideas that work for me

For written resources; you could read a bit every night before you go to sleep - apparently more info is retained this way.


If you’re finding it increasingly difficult to concentrate on what you’re reading, do something else for 5-10 mins and come back to it. It’s hard to concentrate for more than 45 minutes at a time anyway. Maybe it’s coffee or crumpets time. Alternatively, you could study using the Pomodoro Technique in bursts of 25 minutes, so that you know you only need to concentrate really hard for that length of time before crumpets.


Reward yourself for concentrating and not procrastinating! Down time feels even better when you feel like you’ve made a step forward. For me, rewards for doing work used to generally be the next episode of a box set I was getting through at the time, but more recently it’s either been fun craft time whilst listening to fav podcasts, socialising, or stepping outside for a bit.


Also v important - put your phone on silent and put it on the other side of the room while you’re learning. Better still just throw it out of the window / into a lake.


General test strategy that works for me

On the day there’s a tutorial to get you used to the test software - this isn’t counted in the overall test time of 1 hr. The test software allows you both amend your answers and tag / review unanswered questions, which is really handy.


When you start the test, read every question and make sure you really understand what you’re being asked.


If you’re absolutely absolutely certain of an answer, answer it then and move on. If you’re not 100% but you’ve got a good idea, flag it and also answer it so you can come back and review what you’ve put. If you’ve no idea, just flag it and move on until you’ve read through every question thoroughly at least once. My first go through took me very roughly half an hour, giving me another 30 mins to take another look at the questions I wasn't sure about, but don't worry if you end up doing this faster or slower.


Once you’ve read every question and answered everything that you can, run back through those that you weren’t 100% sure of and see if a re-read gives you any more certainty. Un tag any more that you’re now more sure about. Once you’re happy with these move on to those you didn’t answer at all, and see if you can get any further with those.


Re-run through the questions until you’re happy with what you’ve decided for everything, and just give your best guess for anything you’ve no idea about!


Staying relaxed and re-reading each question and answer a good enough amount of times to be certain you know what’s being asked is probably the best advice I can give.


Good luck!!


*I dunno how up to date this file is so you'll need to make sure you've got the most up to date version.