by ACCA student blogger Elyse Burns-Hill
There are 3 parts to my advice on passing your exams first time;
1. Start your revision early
When you start the taught phase of your course, this is the time to start thinking about revision. The first thing I do is put together a timetable, that way I can see whether I will have enough time at the end to do all my revision.
It’s the worst feeling in the world when you realise you don’t have enough time to revise everything before the exam. It increases stress levels and you don’t study as effectively as a result.
2. Practice, practice, practice
Work through every question you can. If they’re full essay questions, just practise writing out a quick essay plans, but make sure you write out full answers to some of them. You still need to practise the timing.
Don’t forget that it is just as important to go through your answer when you’ve completed it. Look for things that would have picked up extra marks – every mark counts!
3. Be healthy
This means the standard advice of drinking plenty of water, eat a varied diet (cakes and chocolate are fine – just in moderation!) and get enough sleep.
However, the other side of it is the pampering and enjoyment of life. Make sure you do the things that make you feel good; hanging out with friends, going to the cinema, candle-lit bath/shower (brilliant de-stressing technique!), whatever you enjoy doing. You need the downtime from study to stay productive and successful.
I hope you find this advice useful, and feel free to ask questions or share your study tips below.