by ACCA student Elyse Burns-Hill
The first three papers of the ACCA Qualification are multi-choice, so I’m going to share with you a few bits of advice that will help you study and pass these papers.
F1 is very theory based, so you need to find a way of remembering the information. I find mind maps a very good way of remembering as I’m quite a visual learner. You could also try drawing pictures, recording yourself speaking your revision notes or writing out notes over and over.
I would encourage you to try a few different things at this stage; it’s an opportunity to try different revision techniques while the work isn’t too difficult. You won’t have time later on to be trying to figure out your best revision methods.
On the numbers side of things; practise. Try and work through whole questions, so you fully understand each part. Also practise multi-choice questions to get used to the style of the exam.
F3 is basically bookkeeping. I can give you no better advice than to get your head around double entry. It will help you with this paper and every ACCA paper afterwards. There are apps out there that can help you learn and understand.
As for F2; lots of question practice so that you have a very good understanding of what you’re doing.
Computer Vs Paper
You can choose whether to take these exams on paper in June or December, or as a computer based exam (CBE) at any time. If you think the computer will distract you, go for the paper exam, or if you don’t want to wait for June or December; take the CBE.
As always – questions or comments welcome!