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by ACCA student blogger Pantelis Fouli

Today is a fresh new day, full of countless opportunities and possibilities!

Exam results have come and gone. Congratulations to those of you who passed, and congratulations to those who have attempted your exams, deferred your success to the next sitting and have learned valuable lessons in the process

If you didn’t achieve your exam goals this time around, don’t forget to be:

  • positive – as the great Napoleon Hill said: ‘Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve’. Surround yourself with positive, like-minded individuals who can help you remain positive
  • persistent – ignore the naysayers, stick to your plan of action and execute it with a laser-like focus and conviction. Never give up!
  • patient – there may be exam sessions where you are not as successful as you hope to be… we all want to achieve our goals today! But as Anthony Iannarino said in his recent blog:
    Anything worth accomplishing takes time and energy. It takes consistency. Longer term, sustainable results are the results of doing the right thing, which always includes a few fundamentals that most people find unpleasant, over a long period of time. 
  • Do you have your steering wheel turned in the right direction?
  • Have you kept it that way long enough for the wheels to finally grab and begin to move you in the direction you want to go?
  • resilient – if you find yourself doubting your capabilities, stop, pause and forget the big picture. Instead, try to focus on your own exceptional, small, but meaningful achievements to date. That will put everything into perspective
  • adaptable – as a student, never be too big to ask questions… that’s what our tutors, mentors and peers are there for. Remember that an open mind is a receptive mind.

Anyone wishing to get in touch with me is welcome to connect with me via LinkedIn – though please include in the personal message that you are an ACCA student.

Until next time…


by ACCA student blogger Pantelis Fouli

As we approach the December exams our ‘inner chatter’ and doubts may be starting to creep in and take over. Perhaps you may be telling yourself ‘I won’t be ready’, ‘Perhaps I’ll hold off taking my exam until the March session’, ‘Missing one exam sitting won’t make a difference’… and so on. But if we spoke to our friends in the same way that we speak to ourselves at times, we would have no friends.

There is a quick three-step formulae outlined by one of the best personal development coaches in my country that states the following:

  • Do less. Think about the famous 80/20 rule, where 20% of our efforts in any particular endeavour is responsible for 80% of our deliverables. For us, as ACCA students, what does this mean practically? It means that our exams are now our priority. Delegate what you can to family members and friends in order to lighten the burden on yourself, enabling you to focus on your studies.
  • Be present. When Warren Buffett and Bill Gates were asked about their number one strategy for achieving all that they have, their answer was the same: Focus, focus! Be present in the moment!
  • Disconnect. We live in an age of continuous distraction where it’s virtually impossible to remain focused on our revision without being tempted by Facebook and Twitter. Therefore, to avoid all temptation, switch off your phones, tablets and PCs and focus on the task at hand.

Here are some practical tips:

  • Schedule your revision time and stick to it – consider that ‘the things that get scheduled are the things that get done’.
  • Wake up an hour earlier. Get in that extra one hour of study while the world still sleeps.
  • If you can, cram in 30 minutes of reading time during your lunch break.
  • Focus on the task at hand.

Let us all pull together for the final push of the year, let’s cram in our study sessions, let’s sweat a little more over the next few days… it will all be worth it come exam time next week.

You are never alone – remember that we have our exceptional ACCA Learning Community that is both a wealth of knowledge and support.

Anyone wishing to get in touch with me is welcome to connect with me via LinkedIn – though please include in the personal message that you are an ACCA student.

Best of luck to you all!

by ACCA student blogger Kevin Bradfield

How does one get the drive to continue studying after having failed the same exams consecutively?

One needs to reconsider the strategy being employed. From my personal experience, I have studied the text and syllabus for an exam only to end up failing.

I decided on the resit to scan through the study text and the syllabus and felt I was more than ready for the exam, especially as it was a resit.

However, I failed again. What was I doing wrong?

A suggestion a passed finalist gave to me was to discard all the prior knowledge I had on the subject and to start over, as if I was taking the exam for the first time. She implied that I was going into the exam with ‘preconditions’.

I think this piece of advice is a good one, but after having extensive knowledge of a subject, it’s difficult to do.

I will, however, try this advice, and see how it turns out. I would encourage anyone who is in the same position to try and do the same too.


by ACCA affiliate blogger Farisa Najam

My feelings a week before the exam results are not only full of fears, but also full of anxiety. We all work very hard for six months to pass. Passing or failing these exams makes us feel positive or negative about ourselves. It affects our confidence and makes us worry about how others might react to our results.

ACCA students taking exams have to go through this phase twice a year (soon four times a year thanks to the new exam sessions!). No, I will not tell you to relax and not to worry because I have been in the same boat and you definitely cannot control your natural emotions. Hopes should always be high.

I always had a really panicky feeling before checking my exam results. Well, that’s pretty natural. I always used to think why did ACCA release results so early before I could get to pray properly! It was always difficult to make a decision whether I should go ahead and enter for my next exams or wait until the results.

While waiting for results and taking classes, I always had nightmares about my upcoming results… Would I pass all papers?

A week before the results, I also had nightmares that I marginally failed by scoring 49% or that, at times, I had just passed with 50%. Trust me, the fear of flunking at 49% used to stay with me until that moment on results day when I checked my emails, scrolling down with my eyes closed and heart beating heavily.

The moment of relaxation after seeing myself PASS is unexplainable. Every ACCA student must have gone through this and new ACCA students will definitely experience it. My only advice is to surround yourself with family or friends, go out for the day, do what you love to do, and don’t spend your time worrying about something you cannot predict.

Remember, even if you fail, never give up because FAIL means First Attempt In Learning.

Good luck!

Don’t forget to share your experiences with us. How do you tackle the anxiety or fear of exam results?


by ACCA student blogger Shahroze Naeem

If you didn’t pass your exams, then it’s understandable that the recent failure you suffered has affected your morale. Some of us might even be thinking about a possible Plan B. But failure is not about giving up.

The essence of failure is in defining victory. After all, if we did not fail from time to time, victory won’t seem so sublime, would it? If you have recently suffered from exam failure, here’s how to get your game face back on:

1. It’s just another day at the field
Even if you have failed a couple of examinations, it’s just another day at the field. Don’t make it worse on yourself by thinking about it too much. Focus on how you will make it better. It’s now that you plan the next examination session and stick to it from Day 1.

You don’t have 6 months to prepare – it’s 4 months for preparation and 2 for revision, if you intend to plan it right. If you’re studying ACCA’s professional subjects, those 4 months will actually define how well the remaining 2 will go.

2. Set your goal
The first thing on your plan should be your goal. Your goal is not to score a 50. It should be to score as much as possible. Students that wish to just cross the boundary are the ones that flunk the most. Ensure that you cross the 50-score mark by miles the next time.

3. Be confident. You don’t need a Plan B
Quitting is never an option. If you have failed, it’s time to get back up and prove you have what it takes to succeed. I have seen many students switch their professional subjects and suffer defeat time and time again. Don’t baffle around – instead, define what you want to become and pursue the relevant subject.

Re-sitting is not a bad thing. Wandering around and constantly changing your professional subjects is. Be confident and say goodbye to any Plan B.

Good luck for the next exam. More power to you all in 2015.