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by ACCA student blogger Adhitya Fadriansyah

Hello everyone, how was your exam results? Did you pass all the papers you took? Congratulations to all of you who passed them all. Unfortunately for me, I took three professional papers and was only able to pass one of them, almost got a pass mark for another paper and got way below the 50% pass mark for the last one. In this article, I would like to share what I think was causing the failure, how I coped with the result and what I plan to do next.

What went wrong?

Bad planning – remember the previous article I wrote on self-study scheduling? I overlooked the part where I need to balance between workload and study time. For better planning, you may want to create a consolidated schedule between your study plan and your workload in the office. I miscalculated the part where there was an increasing workload in the months nearing the exams. For me personally, I would think twice if I should take more than two papers in one sitting (especially if you are working and self-studying).

How to cope with failure?

Share with someone – it is very relieving to share your difficult moments with someone. It can be your spouse, your family, your colleagues or even your boss. I am very lucky to have a very supportive manager. This is what she said when I told her that I only passed one paper:

You just need to keep trying. Do not get stressed out, it is a great experience. We need to be able to smile at our failure to overcome them successfully. So smile and try again!”

Her email really made my day – it makes me even more motivated to pass the ACCA exams.

Just keep remembering the reason you decided to study with ACCA in the first place. I always go back to The reason for my motivation article I wrote late last year, to help me keep motivated.

Think on the bright side. Think of it the other way around, focus on your success rather than your failure. I am now one paper closer on passing all the required papers on my journey to becoming an ACCA member! Yes, I did fail two papers and only passed one, but that only allows me to learn more and prepare better for the upcoming exam.

What’s next?

Have a better plan and learn from your past mistake – do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again. Remember Dory, the regal blue tang fish from Finding Nemo? Yes? Well ‘just keep swimming, just keep swimming’ and eventually you will reach your final destination. Enjoy the journey, no matter how difficult it might be.

I would love to hear your experience, please share them and let’s pass the ACCA exams together!


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By ACCA student blogger Pantellis Fouli

Hi guys. Greetings from hot and sunny Cyprus. I hope that now the dust has settled after receiving your results and that you are all en route to preparing for the ACCA exams in December. The December sitting for me will be P2 and I now need to make a time line for consistent and focused study and then stick to it. The only time I can study is weekends. I am not as brave as most; where I can come home from work between 19.00-20.00, see the children, then buckle down to a study session, so I opt for Saturday and Sunday mornings instead.

When I wake up early on the weekends to study, what drives me? Is it the faces of my 2 daughters sleeping, knowing that by obtaining the ACCA Qualification I can offer them a better future? Is it remembering how I felt when I received my last ACCA pass? I assume for us all it’s a mixture of recollections and emotions but let me also share with you a story that inspires me.

I had the pleasure of working with a young man who had 7-8 years of solid accountancy experience, but was never fortunate enough to embark on a journey to become qualified for his experience. Seeing that his colleague (me) decided to restart his ACCA mission after an 11 year layoff coupled with a few pointers in the right direction from me made him decide to pursue ACCA. I put him in touch with the right people who immediately agreed to assist him in obtaining his ACCA Qualification. The organisation saw how driven he was and agreed to assist him financially also. He made a study plan to attack F2 and F3 first. What I saw unfold before my eyes was quite remarkable.

I saw a young man who usually preferred the night life of Cyprus to studying in the evening, apply himself, attend classes and study hard over the weekends.  This for me was very inspiring because it just goes to show you that the phrase ‘where there is a will there is a way’ is true.

A few weeks ago when he received his results, he passed his first 2 ACCA papers with flying colours. He was on top of the world and so was I, because I felt very fortunate to have been a part of his joy and success. So the moral of the story here is that when we seek help and assistance, in whatever we do and when we take the first step to assist someone else, it truly comes back tenfold to you.

So let’s spread the word regarding ACCA. Let’s give our friends and colleagues (who may be thinking of starting ACCA, or may have quit) a push in the right direction. You may be surprised by just how much you will be inspired.

Till next time!