Advice for a newbie!

Hello everyone!


I have just started my HRM Level 5, and I wanted to see if anyone had any tips on how to manage such a detailed qualifcation, whilst managing an ever changing work landscape that can throw up issues at any time.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!




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  • Hi Jonathan,

    This is a great post!  I am starting the same course in July, I appreciate it is early days for you ... but would love to hear if there is anything I can be doing in advance of starting?  Good Luck with the course - where are you studying?

    Thank you for the tips too.

    Kind Regards,


  • Hi Jonathan

    Just make sure that when you start your course work you do not have any distractions.  I found that booking a whole day to go through the course work left me tired and bitter ;-).  I would recommend you have 3/4 hour slots, write down all of your referencing notes as you go along so that when you get to the assignment it's virtually written.  Also, start to write down everything you do in terms of 'what have I done today that was new' this can then be added to your CPD.

    Hope that helps and good luck!!


  • Hi Jonathan

    What I found worked for me was to identify my optimum time for studying I am definitely a lark not an owl it takes me twice as long to get 'stuff' done in the evenings.  I also had a default diary like Debbie where I allocated blocks of time each week.  Not sure you will like the idea of this I used to get up very early on Saturdays and work through to late morning.  By which time my partner had usually woken up!

    He has just completed his PhD and he swears by the pomodori technique to manage his time which really helped him focus, details here:

    I hope this helps

    Kind regards



  • Hi Jonathan,

    I'm on the level 7 at the moment, and I understand where you are coming from. It is difficult managing work and study, however, but the way I try to manage it is by planning a study diary. I have a separate diary and I work out from my learning path how many hours I think I need on each piece of work plus research etc. This seems to work for me, as I then have a plan each week with a list of what I have to achieve. Since I started in September 2014, I have only to re-visit it on two occasions due to higher work demands or those of a personal nature which have caused disruption.

    I have also printed a year calendar of dates to stick on my work notice board, so that when I have my rare lunch breaks, I can do a little bit then and know what I have to work to at any one point in time.

    I hope this is of some use, if you are a person who likes to be organised, this might well work for you.

    Good luck


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