An important part of preparing to write the regulatory examinations, concerns your mental approach. In an interview with Moneyweb, Paddy Upton, the mental conditioning coach of the Proteas had the following to say:
Mental conditioning is a label someone gave the thing that I do. I’m not quite sure whether it is that, but to get anybody, sport or outside of sport into the best possible space, there are a couple of things that are really important, like preparation. There’s no differentiation – we’ve been through exams before. If you’ve studied the whole book, you go in with a very comfortable, confident, clear mind-set. If you’ve cut corners, you go in with less confidence. So in order to be mentally strong or conditioned, you need to prepare properly, you need to understand your own game really well, you need to understand your strengths really well and be able to play to those strengths.
His basic approach consists of two elements: you have to understand what you need to know, and you need to prepare for the actual exam paper. The questions were developed using the qualifying criteria and the applicable legislation. While using plain language study material is very important to assist understanding, you also need exposure to the legal documents, which are often written in a far more former style.
If you use both in preparing for the regulatory examinations, you not only increase your chances of passing – you actually acquire the knowledge to put into practice what you have learnt.
Leonardo da Vinci added a further spin to this: Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.
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