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Staying motivated at exam time

soramsey —  28 November 2013 — 1 Comment

by ACCA student blogger Mike Tye

Often around exam time when friends are carrying on their daily lives, getting home from work and doing whatever they please, whilst I’m getting home from work and hitting the books I ask myself, ‘why bother? They’re getting on in life just fine without extra qualifications…’ so this post is going to be about why I put myself through the perils of extra study, especially with the extra pressure at exam time.

Firstly, and I imagine for most people – it’s money!  When the ACCA did a salary survey they found that 61% of their members received a pay increase in the previous year. You may even be in the fortunate position where your employer offers a direct pay increase for every exam you pass!  You can apply this monetary benefit to your individual circumstances as motivation. So if you have a family you provide for, that extra money could go towards them. Alternatively if you feel like spending the extra money on going out, then use that as your motivation. Everyone’s different, but think of the actual gain you will get from a good salary.

Secondly, it sets me ahead of the competition. At the end of the day, if you’re going for a new job then you’re effectively just a piece of paper (your CV) until you get into the actual job interview. You and your friends may know that you’re a hard worker but the potential employer will be looking at cold hard facts, ie your qualifications and experience. It will also be of benefit to your job security, if staff costs are getting too high then employees may start to get laid off.  By having the ACCA Qualification, you can offer your employer not just accounting skills, but you’ll have a background in corporate law, tax, audit etc.

That also leads me onto my final point, the fact that it is such a broad qualification. The skills you learn along the way mean that you don’t have to be just an accountant for your company, you might also lend a hand to friends with tax advice, you might help your company in producing budgets or you might get involved in internal audits.

Further study also influences my personal life, in how I approach problems or situations. The difference is quite amazing between now and when I was younger, especially since taking on the Oxford Brookes BSc degree and the Research and Analysis Project needed to achieve this.

This leads me nicely back to the beginning of this post. When I come across a problem, I can draw on the experience I’ve gained from either my studies or completing the RAP. So when for instance, I start to ask myself about why I’m putting myself through the anguish of all of this extra work, I look at the above positives and it gives me the drive to carry on.







by student blogger Ng Jia Wen

Food in Malaysia can be found in abundance and I have to say that the food here is really unique. I suppose it’s a privilege as well that if you are hungry at 4 am, you can still find food outside of your house and more importantly it’s really, really delicious. However, most of the food that tastes nice in Malaysia, or in any part of the world for that matter, is the usually the food that does more harm than good for our bodies.

To avoid falling ill at exam time it’s vital for you to keep healthy with a balanced diet. With the additional pressure that you are consciously (or subconsciously) inflicting on yourself, your body will be impacted by the stress too.

During exam time, your eating habits can slide. This temporary ‘disorder’ will appear without you realising it, as you will be busy revising. It then magically disappears once the last exam is over.

Students tend to fall within one of two groups. One group is the ‘under eaters’, who will not eat much all day, and the other is the ‘over eaters’, who will do the opposite. The former lock themselves away in their favourite rabbit hole and constantly study, rarely eating. The latter constantly crave snacks and drinks while they study. Half of the time that they spend on study, they will be eating.

Both lifestyles will damage the body. Under eaters will drastically lose weight and lack the energy the brain needs for revision, becoming exhausted easily. Over eaters on the other hand, will gain weight gradually and tend to be sleepy, with less energy for revision. If you are neither of the two, you must be practicing a healthy lifestyle and diet. Good job! Give yourself a pat on your back.

But for those of you who do fit into one of those groups, how do you overcome the problem? Well, an under eater should ensure that they make time to eat at least 3 meals a day, by putting these breaks in their study schedule. An overeater on the other hand, should put a limit to their number of meals per day, again by scheduling these breaks in.

As for me, I used to be an under eater when I was in high school but now I am more inclined to be an overeater. Right now I am making a conscious effort to control my cravings. So if I crave ice cream now, I’ll only reward myself the next day, after I have studied hard on the day I craved the ice cream.

Of course, alongside your healthy diet, regular exercise and 9 hours of sleep per night will also help you feel your best during exam time.

Till the next time – study hard and eat your vegetables!