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by ACCA student blogger Hafeez Adeboye

December 2013 exams are a few weeks away. Oh, how time flies! It was barely a year ago, December 2012 I was retaking my F8 and F7 papers. And in June 2013, wrote F9 and P1. Now in December 2013, I will be advancing my journey towards completing the ACCA Qualification and achieving ACCA membership.

My previous failures in my penultimate year have taught me the need for effective time management and adequate preparation. You must learn to plan your time around your life style and cultivate the discipline to stick to it.

Planning your time is one thing, managing it is another entirely. That is why you need discipline. After all, in my opinion you only need about 185 hours of study time per exam paper. This sounds like a pretty small fraction of 2,304 hours available between results release and the next exam session.

The 185 hours includes working on past exam papers, study and revision. Modest though it appears, this is actually no mean feat for a working student such as myself.

One setback I face is getting my study leave approved by my employer, because I occupy a sensitive role. So it’s sometimes hard to leave early enough to prepare for my exams. This puts a lot of pressure on my time. Discipline was what got me through. Because of it, my preparation was adequate – as my results reflected; I have not failed a single paper since.

Now I am approaching my final preparation for the December ACCA exams. Kindly join hands in wishing me good luck in my papers, as I do the same for you. I know some don’t believe in luck. Well, I do. And I wish you a lot of it in your exams.

Reflecting on the last year

soramsey —  15 August 2013 — 3 Comments

by ACCA student blogger Naresh John

Hey everyone!  It’s that time of the year again… exam results time! It’s a time that some of us dread, but it is inevitable. We all hope that we are successful in our exams. This period also makes you reflect on your journey so far, as well as looking ahead to what the future holds.

For me personally, as someone who studies part-time, it has been a year filled with ups and downs both as an ACCA student and as a professional.  As a student, the highlight of this past year for me was being informed that I came top of my region (the Caribbean) for my exam mark in Paper F4 – Corporate and Business Law. I scored 90 marks in this exam and it truly came as a surprise for me that I was the local top achiever. I was overwhelmed by this – it really renewed my belief in myself.

Professionally, this year was quite pleasing as I was acknowledged by superiors for skills that I possess, which lead to me taking on more responsibilities. It made me feel a sense of pride and importance in what I do.

Life is a rollercoaster, and so I also did encounter some bumps along the way. One such encounter occurred in my studies this past term where I was pursuing the paper P2 – Corporate Reporting. As some of you may know, that paper is quite voluminous! During the course of the term I got demotivated, didn’t show much interest and so I fell behind in my studies.

I picked myself up though. With about two months to go till the exam, I did a lot of work, inspired by the mark I got in F4. I pushed myself to the limit and prepared myself for the exam as best I could. The day of the exam, I vowed never to let myself be overcome like that again…

Looking forward to the upcoming year, I first await to receive my results for the P2 paper (let’s hope for the best) and in the December exam sitting I will attempt paper P1. As far as my career goes, I am looking to shift professions to one in which I can apply the learning from my ACCA studies as I feel that I have matured significantly.

I hope this blog post triggers you all to engage in some reflection too, as I believe that it’s not just our brain that is required in exams, but also a clear mind and a healthy body.

Till next time fellow students, God bless!