A day in the life of a full-time ACCA student

soramsey —  27 June 2013 — 29 Comments

By ACCA student blogger Ng Jia Wen

*bzzzz bzzzz bzzzz* For the love of all delicious food in the world, why am I up this early? *presses the snooze button*

*bzzzz bzzzz bzzzz* Okay, okay, time to get up. Note to self – no more studying until 1am! Sleep is important. Wait, what time is it? *gasps* Oh no, I’m late! Okay, quick, breakfast, shower and drive.

Phew – I wasn’t late after all! Managed to avoid the morning rush hour. Traffic congestions in Malaysia can be pretty nasty. I’m rather early for my 8am class, but at least I have time to grab a cup of coffee and catch up on the latest football news with my friends.

It’s my first class for the day. Got to make sure I don’t fall asleep. Today’s class is highly important. Hmm, as a matter of fact, all my classes are highly important, since the exam paper will test us on anything in the syllabus.

Lunchtime! I suppose it is rather abnormal for my institution to schedule lunchtime at 11am, but we’ve pretty much gotten used to it. Today, I decide to have fried rice. With extra cili padi mixed with light soy sauce. (cili padi is a Malay term for Bird’s eye chili. When it’s mixed with light soy sauce, it is a common condiment in restaurants in Malaysia.)

Usually, my second class would begin now, ending at 5.30pm. But today there are no other classes scheduled. So I make my way to my favourite study area in college (which is not the library). It’s the most brightly lit area in college and one of the most cooling.

Right, now it’s time for some serious studying. I start by reviewing what my lecturer taught that day and consolidate my understanding to make sure that what I remember is right. Then I make short notes for each chapter of all the papers I am attempting. These are the best ways for me to remember my material, even though they’re very time-consuming processes.

After some productive study, I give myself a break. I grab a packet of sandwiches and a light drink to keep hunger at bay and to perk up my brain. I also go over to see my friends at their favourite study spots, ask them about a couple of questions that I didn’t understand during class, and have a chat.

Now it’s time to resume studying. The study area is now a little more crowded, as most of the classes have ended. Noise usually distracts me, so I plug my headphones into my mobile phone to listen to music.

Oh, it’s already dark outside! I usually only go home after the sun sets, as the evening traffic congestion would have cleared up by then.

I usually have dinner with my family (yes, I still live with my family) but by now they have finished eating, so I have dinner by myself.

Now I reply to my emails, and write articles for my blogs (if I have any inspiration).

A little more revision won’t hurt… right?

Uh-oh. It’s 1am already? Oh well. I guess tomorrow will be yet another beautiful day. It’s time to sleep.


29 responses to A day in the life of a full-time ACCA student


    I miss being a full time student……… Lucky you cos you’ve got all the time to study


      Hi Efe

      Well, it is a struggle to keep a balance. I have commitments with my family too (being Asian, every member has to play a specific important role in the household), so it is difficult to allocate adequate time to study. But I guess you’re right, full time students have it easier.

      All the best in your endeavors!


      Hi Efe

      Well, it is a struggle. I have to juggle with family commitments (being Asian, every member has a specific important role in the household). But I manage to get by. I guess you’re right though, it is a blessing to be a full time student.

      All the best in your endeavors!


    Very serious focused and inspirational wil surely take sone lessons though its totally hard working and studying


      Hi Kuda

      Thank you! Well, one has to be focused and hardworking when attempting professional papers. But I survive.


    wow i lived almost the same life few years back when i was studying full time. morning class, lunch, read newspapers, start doing up some questions or read up some articles, coffee break, continue to do up some questions, dinner time, go back home, online for a while, sleep.


      Hi Cory

      Wow, that is just about my timetable. *laughs* But yours look more flexible than mine. I have to pencil in other appointments. So my timetable may look rather dull, but I have constant interruptions. Rather jealous that you are able to spend time reading newspapers and articles. I haven’t done that in a while.


    very nice i have to say that i am not as productive as u and used to think i was pretty ok… ur daily routine made me think abt the need to make some changes around me ..so thank u for sharing and good luck. :) btw i feel like some times i want to switch off for a day or two..to store what i have learned… do u do that too or ur focused enough to keep going at it …? any suggestions
    thanks for ur precious time :)


      Hi Nadir

      Thank you for that encouraging comment! I realized that after a couple of semesters in the beginning (when I was attempting the Fundamental papers) I needed more and more time for my studies if I wanted to be REALLY prepared for finals. All the best to you too!

      I try not to cut myself some slack, because I know that once I give room to myself, I will procrastinate and not study until the night before my finals! So I would just keep going everyday (with minimal, but adequate breaks, of course!). But of course, everybody is different. If a day of relaxation works for you, go for it! Everybody is different.

      All the best in your endeavors!


    Do you carry on study during the term break or take a break for some days? And I liked what you said about making notes. I think it’s very useful.


      Hi Anisa

      I don’t study during the semester break, though I’d study for short intervals in my final week of my semester break to get the gears going back again for the semester. I don’t take a break during weekends, (arrest me if you must, I just love studying that much. *laughs*) but I cut down on the hours that I study during the weekends, because of family commitments.

      Thank you! I figured that making notes work for me best, as I can remember better. Do try making notes! I’m sure it is beneficial to you in one way or another.

      All the best in your endeavors!


    Wow ! It’s good to be a ACCA student …


      Hi Osama (I hope I addressed you correctly)

      Yeah, I agree, it is good to be an ACCA student. There may need some sacrifices and choices to be made, but it is still good. I have never regretted choosing to study ACCA.


    nice, very hard working,,,,,,,,, in my life these are mostly May and November,,,,, still i am a full time student,,,,,,


      Hi Fawaz

      I used to be only a hardworking student in May and November initially when I first started ACCA (oops). But I’m not getting the results I achieved, so I decided to put in additional hours. And it did improve! More hours of effort sowed in reap additional harvest. (Oops, being philosophical now, but you get what I mean.)

      All the best in your studies! It is a struggle, even for me too some times. But keep on running!

    FUAD NEHAL USMANI 28 June 2013 at 9:23 pm

    i work in double shifts . 830am-1230pm and 430pm – 830pm , want to appear for F4 MY 1ST acca paper after getting exemptions .pls advice my study plan .i ahve enrolled for kaplan distance learning .Many thanks


      Hi Fuad

      Gosh, that is hard. Well, I have only been a full time student, and I have never started working, but assuming that before 8.30 am and after 8.30 pm is impossible to study, the only time to study would be in between your shifts. But of course, it is based on individual perspective. If you are not understanding your material, then it will be necessary to add in more hours in your studying.

      All the best in your endeavors!


    I am also a full time student. May i ask how old are you? I think i get demotivated sometimes because of my age. B’ut, keep up the good work.


      Hi Carla

      Well…. I’m 20. 21 in January.

      I know how that feels. Sometimes I feel that I am too young or too old studying ACCA depending on the paper I sit, and my classmates. (Now as I am doing professional papers, I tend to feel that I am too young to be studying ACCA.) But think age is just a number (as clichéd as it may sound), and it has nothing to do with the ability to study, because anybody can study hard if they put their mind to it.

      All the best in your studies! Oh, and thank you for the compliment. I will do my best.


    Being a full time student,it’s easy to assume you have enough time to study.You tend to take things lightly at times and before you know it,the day is wasted.I’ve learnt to use my time more efficiently and thanks for this post.
    I’m inspired and motivated i must say.All the best in your professionals.


      Hi John

      I agree. At times, I take things for granted too. I too have learned to resist temptations and only reward myself after everything is over. Thank you for the compliment.

      All the best in your endeavors!


    And us in Zimbabwe wonder …how do they do it grabbing all the awards


      Hi Masibz

      Haha! I have yet to win any awards myself, but my friends have. So it’s a domino effect and peer pressure at the same time.


    thanks jia wen sharing with us :)


    thanks for sharing. keep up the good work :)

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