CIMA Management Case Study – Tuition Videos

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The case studies are difficult to pass with around 40-50% of people typically failing each sitting.

That’s rarely because people don’t understand the theory – they’ve proven they can do this at the objective test exam stage.

It’s not because people don’t know the pre-seen – most people research this very well.

It’s primarily because people don’t fully understand what it takes to pass a case study.

They don’t know how to:

  • produce answers that meet the examiner’s needs
  • play the role assigned in the exam
  • plan effectively
  • manage their time to create balanced answers
  • write answers that score high marks

Having helped thousands of students to pass the case study, Nick Best, Astranti’s Managing Director, has pooled his 12 years of experience teaching CIMA case studies and produced over 10 hours worth of video content to show you exactly what you need to pass your CIMA case study exam.

Why use Astranti tuition videos?

Learn what it takes to pass

  • Understand what the examiner says you need to do to pass
  • Learn how to play the role you are assigned in the company
  • Develop the key skills necessary to score highly
  • Learn the typical reasons people fail and how to avoid these mistakes

Perfect your exam technique

  • Master your time management – one of the key reasons why students fail the exam
  • Develop your writing style based on what the markers say you should and shouldn’t do
  • Learn how to create effective answer plans

Maximise your marks

  • Review past students’ scripts to learn from their successes and failures
  • Examine the examiner’s reports to see what the examiner is saying about the exam
  • Learn how to review mock exams so you improve from mock to mock
Find out more and watch our sample videos
Part 1 – What does it take to pass the exam?
  • Video 1: The keys to passing the MCS
  • Video 2: The exam
  • Video 3: Your role
  • Video 4: How to analyse the pre-seen
  • Video 5: Identifying the requirements
  • Video 6: The examiner’s advice
  • Total running time: 3 hrs

Sample video 1:
Keys to passing

Sample video 2:
The exam

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Video 1 – The keys to passing the MCS

What are the most important factors in passing the CIMA management case study exam and what do you need to do to achieve that? Our first video answers these key questions as well as providing a general introduction to the exam.

Video 2 – The exam

In order to pass the exam, you need to understand what it looks like! We review the nature of the exam and run you through what you will be faced with on exam day.

Video 3 – Your role

CIMA provide you with a ‘role to play’ for your exam. What is that role and what does this mean for the way you answer the questions in the exam? The examiner has commented that people playing the role well score more marks, so this is critical to you passing.

Video 4 – How to analyse the pre-seen

The CIMA examiners regularly comment that people do not use the pre-seen information enough in their exam. We provide a step by step approach to analysing the pre-seen to get the most from it which is useful to those people who don’t use the Astranti case study analysis.

Video 5 – Identifying the requirements

The examiner’s most common criticism of student scripts is ‘not answering the question asked’. The problem is people not properly identifying the requirements – it’s harder than it sounds! This video shows you how to avoid this most common of errors.

Video 6 – The examiner’s advice

At the CIMA conference, the examiner provided her top tips for passing the operational case study exam as well as the key mistakes most commonly made. We examine her comments so you can write a script that does all the right things required to maximise marks earned.

Part 2 – Exam planning and writing
  • Video 1: Why you must plan your answers
  • Video 2: Lessons from student scripts
  • Video 3: Planning practice
  • Video 4: Writing approach
  • Video 5: The 8 stages of exam planning
  • Video 6: Writing practice
  • Total running time: 4 hrs

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Answer planning

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Lessons from student scripts

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Video 1 – Why you must plan your answers

Planning is one of the keys to passing the CIMA management case study, yet most people don’t plan. In this video, we outline why planning is so important and why it is key to passing.

Video 2 – The 8 stages of exam planning

Our 8 step planning approach ensures you create answers that meet all the key requirements the examiner requires from a script. Follow these steps as the first stage in producing an excellent answer.

Video 3 – Planning practice

You will only excel at planning through practice. Having been shown how to plan, it’s now your turn!  We provide a question for you to plan, run through the solution and show you what an excellent plan for that question would look like.

Video 4 – Writing approach

Using the right writing style makes a significant difference to the mark you score. So what is the style you should use that will enable you to score the most marks from the ideas you generate? This video demonstrates the style that markers say helps them give you the most marks.

Video 5 – Lessons from student scripts

We examine a range of student case study scripts. You will see the good scripts, so you’ve got a clear idea what to produce in the exam, and the bad scripts, so you can learn what not to do!

Video 6 – Writing practice

Can you produce a script like the good scripts you’ve just been shown? You will be given a question and will be shown how to evaluate that script to ensure you are writing your answer in a way that is scoring the most marks from the points made.

Part 3 – How to score high marks on the pre-seen
  • Video 1: The examiners’ analysis of a real student script
  • Video 2: How is the MCS marked?
  • Video 3: The marking grid
  • Video 4: Review of examiner post exam reports
  • Video 5: Time management
  • Video 6: Preparing for the exam
  • Total running time: 3.25 hrs

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Real script analysis

Sample video 2:
Exam reports

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Video 1 – The examiner’s analysis of a real student script  

There’s nothing better than hearing what the CIMA examiner wants from your case study exam. Luckily the examiner has provided us with an analysis of a real exam script with her commentary on what’s good and how it can be improved. We analyse this script and her comments and pick out the key learning points so you can produce a script which meets her needs.

Video 2 – How is the MCS marked?

By understanding how the management case study exam is marked, you can tailor your answer to ensure you pick up all the key marks and miss out things that aren’t scoring well.

Video 3 – The marking grid

Our marking grid is tailored to give you feedback on the key areas of exam technique required to pass the MCS exam. In this video, we review each of these key areas and show you how to use the feedback given from your marked mocks to improve.

Video 4 – Review of examiner post exam reports

At the end of each exam, the examiner provides guidance on the key strengths and weaknesses in that set of exams. By examining a range of reports over a number of years we learn what she is looking for from your script, what you need to do to score well and what traps you need to avoid. We also examine how her feedback has changed over the years so you understand her current thinking.

Video 5 – Time management

The most important skill to master to pass this exam is time management. That’s not just us saying that it’s the top answer to the regular post exam poll we conduct of our students. Why is this so important and how do you master your own time management in the exam? This video will show you.

Video 6 – Preparing for the exam

As you approach the exam what do you need to do to prepare in the best way? We will guide you through the steps you need to take to ensure you pass.

What our students say
Please see our Live Testimonials Page for all our latest testimonials. Here are a couple of examples:
“From operational to strategic level I have used the Astranti videos in preparing for my case study exams. In all these exams I passed first time, a clear indication that you guys are doing a great job. It made studying CIMA an interesting journey. Today I celebrate passing the SCS (with a score of 95) and looking forward to becoming a CIMA member. Very happy and thankful as well.”
Muchengeti Chimhamhiwa

Passed CIMA SCS, February 2017

“The case study courses provided by Astranti prepare you very well for the exam. An essential part of passing the case study exam is a structured, balanced approach with strict time management. Astranti exactly prepares you for this. I really recommend the feedback for the mock exam by an assigned marker. This is of enormous help to understand your weaknesses and how you deal with structure and time management!”

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CIMA Case Study Student, June 2019

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