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February 2013 Update from Gleim

posted Feb 15, 2013, 10:54 AM by Cedar Rapids IMA

It is that time of year again. Not everyone starts the year by making a New Year's resolution, but I say there is no time like the present to set goals for what you want to accomplish in the year to come. You may set a goal to become a CMA or maybe to finish all your CPE well before the end of the year (nobody likes spending the holidays cramming in hours of continuing education).

 

I know in the past I have shared my tips on how to make goals and keep them. I think now would be an ideal time to revisit these tips and even update them a little.

 

1. Think positive. A positive, can-do attitude is a necessary first step for success.

2. Make your goal realistic. Don't set unrealistic goals that set expectations too high because you will only become discouraged when you aren't able to meet them. On the other hand, don't set too low of expectations, as that will lead to procrastination and ultimately to failure in accomplishing your goals.

3. Write it down. Put your goal on paper and map out how many hours per week you are going to devote to studying or how many hours of CPE you will complete each month.

4. Share your plans. Tell your friends and family that you may need to sacrifice time with them in order to pass the CMA exam. Remind them that a CMA certification will lead to better job security and the likelihood of a raise, and I guarantee most will gladly let you off the hook.

5. Reward yourself. Candidates have shared stories of rewarding themselves with an ice cream or a small treat, and others reward themselves by having a night out with friends. Any reward will do, but it works best to determine what the reward will be before you start so you have something to look forward to.

6. Be flexible. If your plans change or all the little things in life get in the way, keep an open mind, adjust your schedule, and keep working toward those goals.

7. Stay motivated. Remember, after you pass the exam, you will make more money, it will be easier to find a job or get a promotion, and you will gain a sense of accomplishment and pride for passing this difficult exam. In the area where you study, keep a picture of the car you want, your dream vacation spot, or your family as a reminder of what will be accomplished once you pass the exam. When you grow weary of studying or making sacrifices, look at these and find the motivation to continue on with your studies. And for those who need to complete CPE by the end of the year, keep reminding yourself of all the time you will have at the end of the year to enjoy New Year's celebrations, family gatherings, and other festivities.

 

Gleim is committed to helping you accomplish your goals in 2013. Your Cedar Rapids IMA Chapter has partnered with Gleim to ensure your success on the CMA exam! Working together, we will provide the necessary tools to prepare you for this difficult exam. Visit gleim.com/IMAChapter for more information on how Gleim can help further your professional development.

 

As a Cedar Rapids Chapter member, you receive significant discounts on the Gleim CMA Review materials and Gleim CPE. Contact Melissa Leonard at 800.874.5346 ext. 131 or melissa.leonard@gleim.com <mailto:melissa.leonard@gleim.com> to take advantage of the offer or if you have any questions.

 

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Melissa Leonard

Chapter Coordinator

melissa.leonard@gleim.com

 

Gleim Publications, Inc.

4201 NW 95TH Blvd.

Gainesville, FL 32606

800.874.5346 Ext. 131

Fax 352.375.6940

 

Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm

 

Please visit our home page:

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October 2012 update from Gleim

posted Oct 18, 2012, 7:49 AM by Cedar Rapids IMA   [ updated Oct 18, 2012, 7:50 AM ]

Prepare for Success Essays

 

Melissa Leonard

CMA Product Manager

 

As I talk to CMA candidates about their concerns, hurdles, and successes with the CMA exam, they often are confused by why the ICMA has included essays on the exam, and they are concerned with how they should go about preparing for this portion of the exam.

 

Knowing why the ICMA requires written-response questions can assist in understanding how to prepare for the essays. Written-response questions provide a comprehensive way to more effectively test advanced skills, such as the ability to evaluate a given set of data, make a judgment given alternative solutions, or justify a selected course of action. While these skills can be tested through the use of objective questions, the written-response questions more closely reflect actual business situations where a written or oral response would be expected.

 

Now that you understand why you must answer essay questions, let's discuss how to answer them. Practicing the essay questions throughout your review will go a long way in helping you be successful on this portion of your exam for two reasons.

 

First, Gleim emulates the exam environment. So, when you complete any of the essays in our Gleim Online or Gleim Essay Wizard, you gain experience with the format and tools you will be required to use when answering the essay questions on the actual exam. When you take the actual exam, you will want to spend time answering the questions, not figuring out how to use the software or determining what the ICMA is looking for or trying to ask. If you practice, you will minimize the number of surprises on exam day.

 

Second, it is imperative that you practice the essays so that you have an idea of the types of questions you will be asked during your exam. This knowledge and the skills you have acquired during your preparation will only help, never hurt, your exam scores.

 

Share your success! Maybe you have already passed the CMA exam and would like to share with others the tactics you used to pass. Email Melissa Leonard at imachapters@gleim.com with your questions and feedback.

 

Gleim is committed to helping you become a CMA. Your Cedar Rapids IMA Chapter has partnered with Gleim to ensure your success on the CMA exam! Working together, we will provide the necessary tools to prepare you for this difficult task.

 

As a Cedar Rapids Chapter member, you receive significant discounts on the Gleim CMA Review materials and Gleim CPE. Contact Melissa Leonard at 800.874.5346 ext. 131 or melissa.leonard@gleim.com to take advantage of the offer or if you have any questions. Visit www.gleim.com/IMAChapter for more information on the CMA exam or how Gleim can help you pass on your first attempt.

 

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Melissa Leonard

Chapter Coordinator

melissa.leonard@gleim.com

 

Gleim Publications, Inc.

4201 NW 95TH Blvd.

Gainesville, FL 32606

800.874.5346 Ext. 131

Fax 352.375.6940

 

Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm

 

Please visit our home page:

http://www.gleim.com

 

September 2012 update from Gleim

posted Sep 10, 2012, 11:51 AM by Cedar Rapids IMA

Melissa Leonard

Gleim CMA Product Manager

 

Summer is over, and the new IMA Chapter year is starting. All the excuses for why you don't have time to study have now gone back to school. No more summer vacations, family gatherings, or beautiful summer days to distract you from your professional goals.

 

What can a CMA certification do for you?

 

First, passing the CMA exam is a huge personal achievement. It takes a lot of discipline and dedication to study after work and sit through an examination. But, once you've conquered the first part of the exam, your momentum will carry you through the remaining part. You will feel on top of the world when you have completed both parts. This positive attitude will manifest itself in both your personal and professional endeavors.

 

Second, it will generate many professional opportunities.  Preparing for and passing the CMA exam will increase your professional knowledge, skills, and abilities, thereby rendering your services and expertise more productive and valuable.

 

Third, your commitment and drive will not go unnoticed. The ambition and work ethic that is required to attain a certification while also balancing professional and personal responsibilities demonstrates to your supervisors the energy and determination that you possess, not to mention the new skills you have attained. Even if your employer does not acknowledge your certification directly, they will notice your hard work, effort, and refinement of skills.

 

The IMA reports that those who are certified increase their career earnings by approximately $500,000. It's a great investment to your professional career!

 

Gleim is committed to helping you accomplish your goal of passing the exam and becoming a CMA. Your Cedar Rapids IMA Chapter has partnered with Gleim to ensure your success on the CMA exam! Working together, we will provide you the necessary tools to prepare for this difficult exam.

 

As a Cedar Rapids Chapter member, you receive significant discounts on the Gleim CMA Review materials and Gleim CPE. Contact Melissa Leonard at 800.874.5346 ext. 131 or melissa.leonard@gleim.com to take advantage of the offer or if you have any questions.

 

 

Do you have feedback on what you have read or suggestions on future topics? Maybe you are studying for the exam or have recently passed and want to share tactics you used. Email Gleim at imachapters@gleim.com with your comments.

 

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Melissa Leonard

Chapter Coordinator

melissa.leonard@gleim.com

 

Gleim Publications, Inc.

4201 NW 95TH Blvd.

Gainesville, FL 32606

800.874.5346 Ext. 131

Fax 352.375.6940

 

Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm

 

Please visit our home page:

http://www.gleim.com

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