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by ACCA student blogger Naresh John

Hi all… it’s been a while since I last interacted with you guys. Since exams are over, I figured we should refresh ourselves with a different topic.

Many of us are pursuing the ACCA Qualification while working. A critical factor of being successful at studying ACCA is managing to balance your career with your studies. This is quite a task for me, as I’m sure it is for some of you as well. So I want to share some top tips on what I do to achieve this:

1.     Schedule your time adequately – and stick to it

Having a full-time job and pursuing a professional qualification on a part-time basis tests your time management skills. Overcome this challenge by developing a schedule that allocates specific time slots to work or study, ensuring that there are no overlaps. Always remember to have a buffer area in case anything unexpected happens

2.     Gain support from various influences in your life

We cannot achieve our goals if we do not have the support of those who have an impact on our lives (parents, relatives, employers, spouses). Communicate your goals and objectives to them so that they will be a pillar of support to you (e.g. your employer giving you time off to study, your parents picking you up from classes etc). This will be especially important if at any point you doubt yourself or want to quit.

3. Manage stress 

Stress is an inevitable part of life. Doubling your daily workload means you need to be smarter about managing your stress levels. Various activities can help you do this:

  • Take breaks during daily activities. This is the most underrated means of reducing stress in my opinion. It helps you recollect your thoughts so when you re-start you will know what to do to achieve what you intended.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’ll keep your brain in top condition to handle the increased workload. Exercise and eating healthy will increase the levels of oxygen going to the brain which should improve your memory and keep you calm.
  • Include leisure activities in your daily routine: even though you are pursuing a goal, it’s not your entire life. You still need leisure activities to help rest your mind and keep it responsive.

I believe that these tips, combined with a healthy appetite for pursuing your studies will contribute greatly to a work/study/life balance. I hope that this article can assist everyone trying to achieve this.

Till next time!

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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.

Aim

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.

Aptitude

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.

Work

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.