Six effective study tips

soramsey —  22 January 2014 — 13 Comments


by ACCA student blogger Elyse Burns-Hill

1. Shake things up

Changing the places that you work can actually help you recall. Your brain works by spatial connections; so you will naturally remember things based on where you were at the time that you learnt something.

2.  Make flash cards

Reducing information that you need to know into something short and sweet will make it easier to remember. If you can, draw funny pictures to complement the information you need to know – again using pictures to remember uses your spatial memory.

3. Keep testing yourself

When you do practice questions, don’t use the books every time. Try doing it yourself with bullet points, then go back and see what you missed. You’ll learn a lot quicker this way.

4.  Sleep

Staying awake all night consuming caffeine will not help you learn. In fact, it will do just the opposite. Make sure you get enough sleep as it ensures your brain resets itself and has enough energy to keep up with all that you are learning.

5. Get rid of distractions

Mobile phones are the worst, especially if you have a smart phone with Facebook or Twitter – turn it off! At the very least put it on silent (turn vibrate off as well) and put it upside down on your desk.  If you let things distract you constantly, it prevents you from entering that “study zone” as I like to call it. Try to prevent, remove and block out any kind of distraction that might affect you while you study.

6. Mindset

This is probably the most important thing that you can do for yourself when studying.  Put yourself in the right place in your head. You aren’t studying because you have to; you are studying because you want to. Figure out why you are doing these exams and why you want to pass. Get yourself fired up to want to pass.

Please share your tips on how you study effectively in the comments below.


13 responses to Six effective study tips


    I think m just addict to texting, so instead of writing status or post sth on FB, I write SMS n save into draft. This is for post after I finish my reading. So I don’t need to worry who gonna like or seen my status at all.


    i am somali student,and i like to joint acca so how i can register


    Hi! Thank you for the good tips. But I don’t quite understand point 3 which you say when practice questions, don’t use the books everytime, use bullet points instead. What do you mean by this? An explanation would be very well appreciated. Thanks again! :)


      @Adam,i think what they simply mean is when doing practice questions don’t try to make life easier for yourself by referring to your books for the answers but instead make bullet points in answering and refer to your books after your answer is complete.

    Rezaul Haque Efat 23 January 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Thank you very much for such kind of good tips.Keep up :)

    Bernard Simwanza 24 January 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Thanks so much, on my way to put them into practice.


    Thank you so much for your tips, Elyse. It will be really helpful for me. I also do study overnight and get up late in the morning…but now trying to wake up early and change my this bad habit.




    Great study tips. I’m preparing for UGC-Net exam. I take at-least 7 hours sleep in night. and 5 hours study with 10min breaks after one and half hours. I likes your tips and I’ll change my study schedule as per your tips. Thank for helpful post.


    when a person works full time , 6 days a week , then one cannot get enough time to have enough sleep and at the same time study. what should such a person do?

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