by ACCA student blogger Ng Jia Wen
A small time has passed since the last ACCA exam session has finished and I’m sure everybody has moved on with their busy lives. Me? I am having a semester break, but I will be busy preparing my Research and Analysis Project (RAP) for the next deadline. This is the final project that when added to my ACCA exams means I achieve a BSc degree from Oxford Brookes.
I evaluate my performance after each exam session to see if I’ve done enough preparation to score the magic number or beyond (50%). I will now give you a rough example of how you can do one of these.
Step 1: Identify which exam you would like to evaluate
I would normally evaluate my performance mentally, but you can put pen to paper. It builds up the learning process and you will remember lessons learnt better.
As for me, I attempted exam paper P1 and exam paper P3 for this session, and P3 is earlier than the P1 sitting. I will evaluate these in the order of the dates of the exams.
Step 2: Review the amount of effort you put in for a subject/paper
This is important as passing can only be achieved through hard work, although not all papers require the same amount of effort (as some subjects you will be better at than others).
The next step is to review your entire study period and determine how much time you put into the papers and compare this to how much time you needed to put in. For me, I spent a LOT more time making sure that I pass P3, to the point where I neglected P1.
Step 3: Evaluate the questions that appeared in the exams
Depending on the level of effort you have put into preparing for the exam, the questions that appear in the exam should be easy, or comparable to walking in hell.
What I really mean is that you need to review if you did enough practice to answer the questions, how much of the paper you attempted and if you had enough time to complete the paper. This step is difficult, as it requires you to be really honest with yourself.
I found P3 a LOT easier after I put in the effort. However, I got stumped at P1, because the questions were worded in a way which got me confused. For both papers, I ran out of time before I could finish the paper.
Step 4: Compare your study effort to how difficult the questions were
This is where you compare steps 2 and 3. More often than not, a question is difficult to answer because we did not put enough effort in studying for the exam.
This is a crucial step as it would help you for step 5, to review what went wrong in this last study period.
Step 5: Review faults and change for the next exam session
This step is hard as you need to be honest with yourself again. For example, I realised I spent more time on one paper than the other. So in future I will create a timetable that splits my time equally between the papers I am sitting.
I also realised I did not spend sufficient time practising past exam papers prior to the exam. So in future I will put aside more time for this.
That is it from me. Until then, study smart and take care of your health.