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by ACCA student blogger Elyse Burns-Hill

When you start the ACCA Qualification, you will make some sacrifices for a few years. How much of your time and energy is spent studying depends entirely on you and what you want out of this qualification.


Some students choose to aim high; they want to be a prize winner or at least get marks in the high 80s or 90s. These students are likely to spend hours practising and revising. They need to know all the little details to get those top prize winner marks.

Others (most of us) simply want to pass; which for us ACCA students is a 50% mark. If all you want to do is to qualify, then you can afford to put a little less time in. Don’t forget though, you do still need to show that you understand the work and are able to apply principles.


Our brains are all programmed slightly differently, which means we need to put in different levels of work to get the same result.

Some people prefer the numbers-based exams, others prefer word based. Depending on your strength, different amounts of time and practice will need to be put in.


If you are working at the same time as studying, it’s hard to fit in the study around a normal working day. You need to find a timetable that works for you; if getting up an hour early works better than trying to concentrate in the evenings, then do that. It takes discipline, but the reward in the end is definitely worth the effort.

Relaxation time

Whatever your aim or aptitude, you still need to take time out. Make sure you take time to do things you love doing; going for dinner with friends, quiet night in with a movie and popcorn, or simply having a hot shower where everything outside the cubical just melts away.

By doing these things you allow your brain a period to re-energise and you remind yourself that there is something outside of your ACCA studies.

How do you balance life and work with your studies? Please share below.