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Can the ifs School of Finance learning tips help you pass your CeMAP or DipFA?

As the leading financial training academy in the UK, Training Wizard ( gives students the tools they need to pass mortgage adviser courses (CeMAP) and financial adviser courses (DipFA). Training Wizard works with the ifs School of Finance in accordance with its code of conduct and utilising its training materials and guidelines. Here, Training Wizard shares the ifs School of Finance learning tips which could help you achieve that all-important pass grade.


The ifs School of Finance has devised learning tips especially for the FSA approved level four financial adviser qualification (DipFA), but the tips could just as easily be applied to studying for CeMAP or indeed any adult learning or general memory improvement. The idea behind the learning tips is that attempting to memorise information without putting it into practical or relevant context is ineffective. The best way to learn something is to relate the information to existing knowledge. Applying this approach is particularly helpful for those undertaking financial adviser training, as once qualified they will be interpreting information and applying it in the most practical and relevant way possible to their clients. Here are the learning tips which will help any financial student relate new information to existing knowledge in order to form patterns in their mind which will assist in recalling that information:


Learn actively

Instead of trying to learn impassively or by rote, work with the material by asking yourself how it relates to your own experience, whether you agree with the information or concepts presented, and highlighting what you believe the key points of the material are and how they build on what you have learned up until that point. Once you have finished going over a certain section of information, summarise that material, compile your own glossary and underline or highlight the key areas.

Use information to study in this active way

There are ways to study which are similarly active and which will help you recall the information you have learned actively more easily. Write down key points in the material on index cards and keep them with you during the day. You can re-read them quickly in non-study moments; when you’re on public transport for instance, or when queuing in shops. Use memory joggers such as pictures or mnemonics and write them on post-it notes where you’ll see them all the time, on the fridge or the mirror, for instance.

Develop your memory

Effective study is based on the ability to develop quick recall of knowledge and skills that have been newly learned. To do this, use the information regularly, by re-reading it, writing it out, using active learning study methods, etc. Repeated recall creates strong patterns in the mind. Also, link the new material to other information you have already learned as it has been proven that these links make recall easier.


Following the ifs School of Finance learning tips could make studying for your DipFA or CeMAP qualification that bit easier, helping propel you towards a rewarding new career all the sooner. Find out further information at