Why I’m not concerned with you doing the recommended reading

Jan 11, 2021 | Blog, Featured

I know this may be a slightly controversial post, but I am personally not a fan of creating a situation where my students are forced to read CIPS recommended reading.  Now this is not to say that I don’t want them to do any reading, or that I am advocating to you to not do any further reading.  I simply in the slightly pretentious apprentice tv show way of speaking, want you to work ‘smarter’ not harder.

The truth is we all learn in different ways, due to home pressures, our preference of how to learn and let’s be honest a limited amount of time in a day.  I am well aware that the most of my students are working professionals, many with families and many commitments.  It is a big ask to get people to read the CIPS text book as well as other theorists book’s that may be the size of a very small house.

Reading is a passive learning approach, and as I mentioned previously to help memory we need to make it active.  We do this by creating notes, in our own words – summarising and paraphrasing.  I suggest to my students that they use the texts book not as something to necessarily read cover to cover, but instead something to delve into to get further information on certain topics.  This can also apply to any of the recommended reading.  Most people would not have the time to read multiple texts cover to cover but to delve in to read more about certain models or concepts that you are struggling to understand can be a better use of your time.

Also I think it would be fair to say that academic texts are not always written in the easiest of ways to understand.   Virtual learning has come a long way over the last couple of decades and probably even more so through the Covid pandemic where we have been forced to rely on virtual learning.  Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of YouTube.  I use it in my lessons almost every week and there are thousands and thousands of videos on there to help explain difficult concepts and models.  It is a sifting process sometimes to find a video that is produced in a way that works for you, but there are lots of options on there.

 Remember that it is all about finding the best way to study for you.  There is no one size fits all.  Extra research will help, even if this is reading Supply Management Magazine, falling down a procurement hole on twitter (it does exist believe it or not!) or trawling through YouTube videos.  Good luck with your revision and if you find any entertaining examples or videos to help explain CIPS concepts please let me know!