By ACCA student blogger Mike Tye
Whether you are intending on taking 1, 2, 3 or 4 exams papers in one session, chances are you will have some sort of schedule that you try to stick to. Different people will inevitably have different ways of doing this, maybe just a simple thought in your head – learn the materials then do 2 weeks of practise questions before the exam. Personally, I find being able to organise revision around my life rather than my life revolving around revision is the major plus point of self-study.
I print out a countdown of days until my exams then mark various points at which I want to have finished certain objectives. For instance, I see each exam as having a learning and a revision period so mark off when I want to have completed the learning part and revision part of each exam. This means that if something comes up like wanting to watch the footy (football) on a Saturday afternoon, I can quite happily watch that rather than having to go off to revision classes. Then as long as I am still meeting my time objectives, no harm is done to my revision!
Organisation (in theory!) means that you can keep stress levels to a minimum as you get nearer to exam time. If everything’s planned out, you’ll ensure you don’t miss any topics or devote inadequate time to any areas of study.
As examiners guidance is always saying, make sure you don’t leave any areas out or try to question spot (which is when you try to guess what questions are most likely to be in the paper and just prepare for answering these) as it won’t work in the exam. By organising and planning your time effectively, you can make sure you cover all areas and give yourself the best chance of passing.