3 tips to help you pass exams first time

soramsey —  19 September 2013 — 16 Comments

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

This point explains itself really – practice. Download the past papers and answers from the ACCA website and ask your tuition provider if they have practice questions and answers.

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.

For more study tips check out the ACCA website

I hope you find this advice useful, and feel free to ask questions or share your study tips below.


16 responses to 3 tips to help you pass exams first time


    i liked da last point


    great ideas thnkz.


    am in love with ‘Be healthy’ but practice practice practice is much better..


    good tips! Thank you!


    I want to do but can’t do?


    positive points

    syed osama ahsan 9 October 2013 at 6:33 pm

    nice tips :)


    What a great tips and Thank you.

    Khan Quintoline 10 October 2013 at 11:28 am

    I have a study program but don”t really know why I can’t follow it. Your tips are really impressive but some people think that hanging out or trying to do some of the things you like most are a disturbance to your studies and may lead to failure.thanks for the tips


    Dts great :)


    nice tips thanx


    I too like the tips? any one with a timetable that would be followed in balancing work and life?


    I’m a new ACCA student doing the exams for the first time. Over the last couple of weeks i’ve been trying to get advice and ideas from people who’ve done it before and yours ranks the first. Great article. I agree with being healthy, for me working out (exercises) is a great de-stressing activity.

    andrew williams 25 August 2014 at 10:54 am

    good sleep,diet,practices are grate tips. thanks!

    Ruan van Wyngaard 12 October 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Thank you for the great advice.


    Thanks for the advise Elyse :)

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