The 10 C’s to help you when studying for a recruitment qualification

We have had over 86% success rate for students who sat their qualification with the Institute of Recruitment Professionals, however from time to time we all need a little help! We wanted to share with you our top 10 study tips to help you understand how to learn and improve your memory to ensure you achieve exam success!


Good luck to all our students taking the Certificate in Recruitment Practice (QCF) and Diploma in Recruitment Management (QCF), you can do it! For more information about IRP Qualifications visit

1. Clarify

Make sure you are clear about coursework requirements, dates and deadlines. If you are unsure about anything, please contact your study coach/course trainer without delay.

2. Calendar

Plan your study time carefully. Produce a personalised study plan at the start of the programme and allocate dedicated time slots for when you will sit down and study over the coming weeks. Build in time for the unexpected and consider your other personal and professional commitments. Be sure to commit to your plan and not leave everything to the last minute!

3. Coursework

Your study plan needs to include time to read the course book, learn the materials, and complete the tasks and coursework. These activities will all be helpful in preparation for the final exam.

4. Comfort

Find a suitable place to study, where you can concentrate and avoid distractions. Everyone learns in a different way, so consider the study techniques that have worked best for you in the past. Be aware of your limitations, take regular breaks to avoid overload.

5. Collaboration

Gain support from others. Those around you can be of great assistance, allowing you time and space to study. They could even test your knowledge of the materials!

6. Chunks

Break down the learning materials into smaller sections. This will help you to cover the materials in a more manageable and digestible way.

7. Catchwords

Create rhymes or mnemonics eg Never Eat Shredded Wheat has often been used to remember the points of a compass (North East South West). This technique can be useful to remember lists or processes.

8. Colour and Creativity

Use highlighters, underlining, sticky notes or coloured index cards. Pictures and illustrations can also help you to visually learn. Find out what works best for you.

9. Communicate

Remember to call or email with any queries or problems during the course.

10. Checkpoints

Monitor your progress against the goal you have set in your study plan. Are you on track? If so, celebrate. If not, you will need to catch up as soon as possible, so be sure to reallocate your time.


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