11 top tips on surviving your financial planning exams

New Model Adviser®'s Christine Dawson spent some time online asking the next gen Twittersphere for their tips on how they got through their exams. Here are some of the best bits. Enjoy!

Here is Christine's question. Click on to read the responses...

Here is Christine's question. Click on to read the responses...

1. Discipline

Amyr Rocha-Lima, chartered financial planner at Holland Hahn & Wills, said that discipline and good time management were central to exam success:

1.5 Good time management

Christine responded by asking about what it took to be a good time manager. 

2. Sacrifice

Amyr replied by saying that sacrifice was at the heart of his technique:

3. Commitment, drive and belief

Chartered financial planner Alex Slipaczek has just achieved chartered status, and had this to say:

4. Backing from financial planning body:

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) also added its support to anyone sitting their exams at the moment:

5. Revision provisions

Cera Lynne Taylor (pictured), chartered financial planner at Standard Life's national advice business 1825, recommended a spot of light decoration to jog the memory. We like her thinking.

6. The basics

Jacqueline Lockie, head of financial planning at the CISI said she was 'staggered' by the number of candidates who did not do the basics when it came to revision.

7. Preparation

Kate Gannon, chartered financial planner at Manning & Company, replied in a succinct tweet with three top tips:

8. Overlooked techniques

Sarah Elson (pictured left), director and financial planner at Berry & Oak, said that it was important not to overlook the basics.

9. State the obvious

Diane O'Connor, regional sales manager at platform Novia, said that it was important to state the obvious.

10. Honesty is the best policy

Gavin McCarthy, upgrade development manager at Aegon, said being honest with yourself about what was attainable was crucial to exam success:

Use time wisely

IFA firm Redmill Advance had this to say:

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