I've recently taken up studying for the TOEIC, or the Test of English for International Communication. A few weeks ago, I was asked to help translate a contract from English to Japanese for a famous Japanese artist. I thought it would be a fairly easy task, but boy, was I wrong. It took hours to fully translate 6 full pages of material. Even though I am a native English and Japanese speaker, this job made me realize how much I lack in my translation skills. So, I visited the bookstore near my work and picked up a TOEIC study book which includes business terms in both English and Japanese.
So far, I've been studying for a week, and I love it. First, I'll go through a few pages of terms, and if I can't read the kanji, I'll underline those words and look them up in my electronic dictionary later. Once I do that, I make my flashcards (very tedious, I know, but it's useful). I'll pull out my flashcards during my commute to and from work, or if I have some time to kill.
I wasn't originally planning to study for the test, but after buying this book and learning/reviewing terms for a week, I feel like I have a pretty good chance of passing the test.
Are you currently studying for an exam, or something you are passionate about? Do you have any studying tips or tricks? Let me know in the comments :)