New Exam Study Techniques to Boost Memorization


ready for cia part 3Lynnel is our CIA exam blogger from the Philippines. She passed Part 1 and 2 a few months ago, and will be taking Part 3 in the middle of this month.

I mentioned in my previous post that there are a lot of terms not only in Management/Leadership but for the whole Part 3, so I researched on how I could easily memorize and understand these terms.

I found one of Ana Mascara’s videos on Youtube, with great tips on how to study smart. She also mentioned that “the more senses you engage in studying, the more you will remember”.

Here are the tips she mentioned in one of her videos:

1. R/S method (Read & Summary)

This is one of the common techniques in active studying, which you read a paragraph and summarize it on your own words what you understand.

2. Memory Boost Technique

this is my favorite one because when you need to memorize a lot of terms, this is one of the most effective methods. What you’ll do is to write the terms you have to memorize on a paper while reading it loudly and once you’re done, you have to write it again without looking at what you wrote. You’ll notice that you’ll remember almost everything you had written, because your mind remembers the gestures you previously did which make you remember more.

3. Talk like a Teacher Method

This means that you have to describe or expound a concept to yourself out loud or you can write it on a paper. You’ll notice that once you did this method, it will be easier to assess what part of the concept you want to describe that you don’t know.

That’s all! I hope these tips are helpful. Wish me all the best for my exam and for those who will also take their CIA exams, I wish you all the best, we can do it!

Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and don’t give up.”

Note from Stephanie

Thanks for sharing and especially Ana’s videos. It’s pretty cool. I have always used Method #1 but never really tried Method #2 and #3 (at least not systematically). It makes a lot of sense and when I have a chance I’ll certainly give it a try.

We have similar methods covered in our CPA site, also backed by scientific research.

Part 3 coming up, all the best to you!

About the Author Lynnel

Lynnel is a recent graduate, with a BSBA Major in Internal Auditing in the Philippines. Lynnel passed Part 1 and 2 on the same day, and Part 3 on her first attempt.

  • N says:


    I am very happy for you as you deserve it! The CIA is an extensive journey but it is rewarding.

    I have sent you a question.. For part 3, I am currently studying from both Gleim and IIA learning system and I feel frustrated because I feel that it will be labour intensive and perhaps confusing.. do you recommend if I just rely on Gelim and the additional materials on the IIA website? or do I have to use the IIA learning system for some topics.

    Please advise because I want to beat myself now.. very confused 🙁

    All the best in your career.

    • Lynnel says:

      Hello N, don’t worry. You’re lucky you have IIA and Gleim material. I already posted my response to your query. I wish you all the best! 🙂

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