How to be successful when taking the ACA course
Have you ever taken on a challenge with the goal of not achieving it? Probably not. Most people set out to meet their goals and succeed. Every year we have hundreds of candidates register for our Accredited Claims Adjuster course. While some have great success in completing the course and passing our final exam, we do have a few who struggle somewhat for a variety of reasons.
The key to success can be summed up in one word: Preparation. To have success in taking our course and passing the Florida Department of Financial Services All Lines Adjuster Exam for the 6-20 ACA designation, it all begins with preparation. Though the testing process can be intimidating, particularly if you are working full or part time while studying, giving yourself enough time to review, comprehend and understand the material will allow you to do your best. Looking for more ways to be successful in taking our course? Continue reading for additional ways to set yourself up for success.
How to prepare?
Your preparation for passing the exam doesn’t begin when you schedule the test. Once you know how you study best, make sure you stay on top of your notes. You should also have the necessary materials readily available and are able to study somewhere quiet and free of distractions. Staying ahead is much easier than catching up.
Determine how you work
Do you find it difficult to get yourself started? Once you get started do you rarely notice the passage of time? Do you find it easy to sit down and work for hours but after the day has passed realize you didn’t actually accomplish much?
It isn’t a surprise that different people work differently. Figuring out how you work best is critical to your success. Perhaps setting aside a designated time and blocking it out every day will help you get started. If you find yourself losing focus, you might benefit from planning short, regular breaks into your study plans at an interval that fits you best. You may need to learn the spacing from trial and error. Some people find an hour to be the right amount of time, others find 30 minutes the perfect amount of time to dedicate to studying before standing up and stretching or getting a drink of water. An additional tip is to not be swayed by how others study. While taking advice and recommendations may help you, trying to force someone else’s study habits into your own studying style is asking for everything to be harder than it should be.
Maybe early morning before your loved ones wake up is your best time of day. Possibly the evening when everybody goes to bed is the optimal study time for you. You may have to try difference scenarios until you find the right mix.
Don’t set your sights on perfection at the expense of success
Understanding and applying the content is critical to your success on the ACA exam. You can also study by spending time reviewing example questions. Instead of getting caught up in making sure each of the practice answers is perfect, focus on what you missed and why.
Making flash cards could be a great way to review terms and laws. Maybe you recite what you learned lesson by lesson to a friend or family member who will lend an ear. Usually, people who have mastered a lesson can explain the information in their own words to somebody else.
Don’t study at the expense of the rest of your life
Licensure exams across the board are stressful and intense and it takes hard work to pass them. Even if your study style lends itself to locking yourself in a room and staring at your notes for hours on end, do not do it! You should also have time set aside to switch off your study brain and let the concepts set in. Some people find success by studying and then exercising or studying and then cooking. Find the right combination that lets you get into a schedule.
There are hundreds of study methods, it’s a matter of finding the right fit that will work for you and your schedule. For more tips on how to be successful when taking our 6-20 Accredited Claims Adjuster course or for more information on our course offerings and how to earn your 6-20 ACA designation, we invite you to call our Clermont, Florida office at 1-800-309-2459 or read more about the accredited claims adjuster certification process on our website.
In Florida, once you earn your 6-20 accredited claims adjuster designation, you can apply to the state for your all-lines adjuster license. This will enable you to work on home insurance claims, auto and RV insurance claims and property insurance claims. Once you earn your all-lines adjuster license, you will have the flexibility to work as a staff claims adjuster or an independent insurance adjuster. Register today for our 6-20 ACA designation course and get started on taking your career to the next level!