By Lowell Aplebaum | International Facility Management Association
Oh Association Law Handbook – the love/hate relationship we have….
Perhaps I have been coddled by being out of school for too many years. Outside of reading I have had to do for my professional life (yay meeting status reports and market research) I have had my choice of books. I am not afraid to say – yes, I prefer to read pieces with a narrative. When I read, I like to disconnect from the world for a few moments and enter a story in a different setting with interesting characters – whether they may be historical or fictional. There is a certain satisfaction to engaging in a story arc – from introduction to conflict and climax to resolution – that I do not think I truly appreciated until I started studying for the CAE.
And then came the Association Law Handbook (and its sidekick, the Association Law Handbook Update).
There is no doubt that I am learning new association-related concepts and practices everyday from my CAE prep readings. From my ability to answer new questions correctly I can see that the knowledge absorption I need from these pieces is happening. Nowhere is this more true than the Association Law Handbook. On the path to become a CAE, and to grow in my association career, the laws and practices delineated in this book are frequently pieces of information that I did not previously know. I appreciate the quality of information that I am experiencing and that I think will help me in the short and long run. The quantity is a bit overwhelming, but that too is simply a necessary part of the process. The setting of the information however – that is where I have started to stray.
Everyone has their own mental cues on how they remember information – some people make a song or a rhyme, others use repetition and flash cards. For the Association Law Handbook I have found myself taking each piece of information and playing it out in my head like we are in Judge Judy’s Courtroom. From the bailiff and court stenographer to the lawyers and the Judge herself, I am somehow making this informational piece of work into the narrative I need.
So the point? I think that more than simply informational, what we can learn in CAE prep has to be internalized and not just memorized. From the situational presentation of actual CAE exam questions to the hope that what we are learning is going to serve us as practical knowledge for years to come – everyone needs to be able to internalize this information. For me, I find myself daydreaming of running a CAE review course where we hold mock-trials reviewing some of the most prevalent concepts in the Association Law Handbook….do you know how you best internalize your data?
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