December 7, 2007, 7:00 am

MBA : The Best Game Plan in 3 steps

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: MBA
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For the very first time in my life, I felt that I learned something after doing an assignment for my MBA finance class. For most of the time I have been at school, the only thing that mattered is the mark that you are getting. As I have already written about the fact that MBA grades are meaningless on this blog, you must think that there is another reason why I am doing it. Since I am really learning something, I do feel the added value of having a MBA. Now that I am approaching the end of my first session, I think I developed a nice and workable game plan for the upcoming trimesters.
Read, read, readThe very first thing one must do during his MBA is to read every single book, chapter and page related to his classes. After the first two months, there is little time left for reading as you have to start your assignments and presentations. Therefore, you must take the reading out of your way and fast. As nobody told me that upfront, I learned it the hard way. The last chapters of each class were left unread as I had to get going with other stuff.

Work harder for your presentations and other assignments

This is really where you can get something out of your MBA. Many people do the minimum required or try to outsource this part to other members of their team or to bachelor students. They will surely get the grades, but this is all they will get. One day while we were in class and everybody was trying to have as less work as possible, I simply said : “If I wanted a MBA diploma with easy marks, I would have written a cheque!”. It is the truth for the MBA but also for several other things in life: you will get out of it as much as you had put in it.

There are no needs to study

Say that again? Yup, you do not need to study to get a MBA. As my dad always tell me : “Son, don’t work harder, work smarter”. If you read everything at the beginning of your session and you put a real and honest effort in your assignments, there are no needs to study for your final exam. All teachers agreed to leave us the right to use our notes and our books during the exam. Therefore, you need to know the basic theory and how books are written. You will be able to verify the details once you know what is the question.

Anyway, this is what I will try for my final exams in two weeks and I will post my results in January so you will be able to assess if my method is good or not 😉

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