The 6 parts of self-study scheduling

soramsey —  3 April 2014 — 15 Comments


by ACCA student blogger Adhitya Fadriansyah

Part 1 – Exam Result

It is never easy to hear the bad news if you’ve failed an exam. It is normal to feel sad, disappointed and angry, always remember: ‘Edison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.


After receiving the result, if I fail a paper, I write down what I think caused me to fail and which area of the syllabus I need to concentrate more on. If I pass, I will download the syllabus for the future papers and try to look for a combination that works for me best.

Part 2 – Planning

I start with downloading all the materials related to the paper I’m going to take from the ACCA website (syllabus, examiner reports, past exam papers, technical articles, etc). Downloading it is only the first step; the next step is to set your goals and plan your monthly or weekly activities.

Part 3 – Study Text

I only use learning materials from an ACCA Approved Learning Provider; it gives me the confidence of knowing what I will face in the exam.

To finish reading a 500 page-long study text in a month, I set a target of reading around 17 pages a day. It seems a lot -but do not wait to start; the longer you delay it the more pages you will have to read beforehand. If there is an area you do not understand quite well – ask your mentor, ask your tutor and ask your colleagues.

Part 4 – Revision

Having read the study text, it is now time to test yourself. It is very important to get used to the question type and the exam requirements. I will usually try at least one mock exam – 3 hours of writing and 15 minutes of reading and planning time.

Part 5 – Exam

Here comes the big day. Take good care of your health and ensure you have enough rest the night before the exam; plan your travel to avoid traffic. It is better to arrive earlier rather than having to rush to the exam hall and start the exam in a bad mood. Bring your ID and your exam docket and make sure you have a complete set of stationery – you don’t want to run out of pen in the middle of an exam, do you?

Part 6 – the most important part – HOLIDAY

After all that long hours spent studying, I choose to take a month away from all the books and spend my time with my family while waiting for the results.

That is how I plan my approach to an exam. The most important thing is to plan your work and stick to your plan. Wish us all the best of luck for the upcoming exams.


15 responses to The 6 parts of self-study scheduling


    its a very good plan , but what about working 12 hours a day with this schedule ?

    its frustrating I know , but I need a plan to suit me for studying while working 12 hours :(


    Great advice. Practical too. Thank you very much.


    Thanks for sharing, Adhitya. But you mention nothing about how you actually remember everything it is written in the 500 pages of a study text. Is it enough to only read once? Do you take notes? How do you find the questions first days when you start revision?
    Thank you, Georgeta


    is the advice practical for a student who is taking three papers and working full time?

    M. Udaya Kumaran 4 April 2014 at 9:24 am

    thank you very muhc for good advice.


    Very Cool Advice thanks


    After following all those steps mentioned,ur success in exams are most………………….!


    @sherif: I know how you feel, sometimes we all have long working hours. It depends on your study style that suits you best, personally I would prefer to take a rest after long working hours and spend all weekend studying. My brain couldn’t take it if I push it after long working hours.


    @pan : you’re very most welcome
    @Georgeta : Honestly, I prefer to grab the concept rather than remembering everything. Not all word-by-word exact answer will be required during the exam – and not all material is going to appear in exam question. it is obviously would be better if we can read through the text more than once. I don’t only read but taking my own notes during my reading session. The first day of revision is usually very challenging ( I often peek at the answer during the first session – its a bad habit and i know :p ). but again, doing the revision over and over again will help you feel comfortable and help you getting used to the question type in the exam and know how to answer them


    @irfan : well, I am currently taking three papers and working full time and yes, the pressure is far more heavy now ( i usually take 2 papers max in one exam sitting)
    @M. Udaya Kumaran & Ycsun: you’re welcome, hope it is useful for you
    @pa: to be honest, I do experience failure in the past exam but mostly those are because i do not plan very well or do not follow the rules that i set during the planning


      Thank you Adhitya for this write up, Am a runaway student trying to find my way back to ACCA. I have experienced too much difficulties and setbacks writing ACCA exams and honestly I have given up…..I went on vacation recently to the UK and met an old time friend who finally passed his last paper in 2013 diet exam and he’s now an affiliate.

      For the umpteenth time, I want to try the December exams. (I have 3 tough papers to go) I want to start preparing now, few hours a day, a step at a time….I hope my efforts will eventually be rewarded.
      Thank you for your advice!


    Great advice. Practical too. Thank you very much!

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