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If you are sitting exams in December, you are probably now entering revision mode. So how do you plan to revise? Do you have a successful revision strategy? Here are some useful tips.

1. Perfect Exam Preparation

Having an effective revision strategy can go a long way to making the whole revision phase less stressful. Read our article on Perfect Exam Preparation to find some ideas on how you can achieve this.

2. Looking into the past

Past papers are an essential tool for exam preparation. It’s possible to increase your marks substantially simply by improving your understanding of what the examiner is looking for. Many examiners and markers say that failing to understand the requirements of the question is a major contributor to missing out on easy marks – and ultimately to failing a paper. Including past papers as part of your revision will help you gain a general sense of how the exam will be structured, allowing you to allocate time effectively on the day, after reading through the paper.

3. Study buddies

Whether you study in a classroom or by yourself, study groups can bring lots of benefits. So even if there are times when you prefer to work alone, you should explore the possibilities. Study groups can provide a forum for discussion where you can share concerns, ideas, difficulties and multiple perspectives. You can learn from each others’ strengths and weaknesses, as well as finding out what you don’t know by reinforcing what you do know. You can join the ACCA Learning Community and or form your own group with your fellow ACCA students.

Good luck with your revision.

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This post was originally published in ACCA Potential e-magazine 

Why is it that when there is something that we have to do, we find a million other things we ‘need’ to do first? It is not easy juggling your deadlines all at once; add in paid work, socialising, keeping fit, responsibilities and family. Good time management isn’t just about being able to make a study timetable or work schedule. It’s important to learn how to use the time you have effectively.

Try the following tips to improve your time management:

* prioritise your tasks

* be self-motivated to get your work completed

* get yourself organised so that you don’t waste time looking for things

* develop your study practices so that you use your time efficiently

* stay informed about things like timetables, submission processes and deadlines

For a quick fix to get your time under control try these 5 steps

  1. List everything you need to do

Listing what you need to do is the first step in taking control instead of being reminded and overwhelmed at the thought of everything you still need to do.

  1. Organise under three headings – now, soon and later

Prioritise deadlines into what needs to be done now or perhaps can wait to be done ‘later’. You might be lucky and find that it does not need to be done after all.

  1. Break down big tasks into smaller steps

Try breaking down your tasks into smaller chunks, taking a step at a time, rather than aiming to complete the whole task all in one go.

  1. Tick off what you have done from your ‘now’ list.

It feels good when you get one piece of work done and helps you relax to work on the next piece calmly, even if it was something you were avoiding. If you get stuck, ask for help or go back to the basics and build from there.

  1. Make a plan to tackle the other tasks and put them in order of priority.

Plan what you have to do and when it needs to be done by. Make sure you check the deadline dates and word counts, you are not expected to do more than the scope that is set out for you.

Download the free ACCA student planner app for the iPhone and the Android – this may help keep you organised, so you have student information at your fingertips.

by ACCA student blogger Elyse Burns-Hill

There are 3 parts to my advice on passing your exams first time;

 1. Start your revision early

When you start the taught phase of your course, this is the time to start thinking about revision. The first thing I do is put together a timetable, that way I can see whether I will have enough time at the end to do all my revision.

It’s the worst feeling in the world when you realise you don’t have enough time to revise everything before the exam. It increases stress levels and you don’t study as effectively as a result.

 2.  Practice, practice, practice

This point explains itself really – practice. Download the past papers and answers from the ACCA website and ask your tuition provider if they have practice questions and answers.

Work through every question you can. If they’re full essay questions, just practise writing out a quick essay plans, but make sure you write out full answers to some of them. You still need to practise the timing.

Don’t forget that it is just as important to go through your answer when you’ve completed it. Look for things that would have picked up extra marks – every mark counts!

3. Be healthy

This means the standard advice of drinking plenty of water, eat a varied diet (cakes and chocolate are fine – just in moderation!) and get enough sleep.

However, the other side of it is the pampering and enjoyment of life. Make sure you do the things that make you feel good; hanging out with friends, going to the cinema, candle-lit bath/shower (brilliant de-stressing technique!), whatever you enjoy doing. You need the downtime from study to stay productive and successful.

For more study tips check out the ACCA website

I hope you find this advice useful, and feel free to ask questions or share your study tips below.