by ACCA student blogger Adhitya Fadriansyah
Part 1 – Exam Result
It is never easy to hear the bad news if you’ve failed an exam. It is normal to feel sad, disappointed and angry, always remember: ‘Edison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.’
After receiving the result, if I fail a paper, I write down what I think caused me to fail and which area of the syllabus I need to concentrate more on. If I pass, I will download the syllabus for the future papers and try to look for a combination that works for me best.
Part 2 – Planning
I start with downloading all the materials related to the paper I’m going to take from the ACCA website (syllabus, examiner reports, past exam papers, technical articles, etc). Downloading it is only the first step; the next step is to set your goals and plan your monthly or weekly activities.
Part 3 – Study Text
I only use learning materials from an ACCA Approved Learning Provider; it gives me the confidence of knowing what I will face in the exam.
To finish reading a 500 page-long study text in a month, I set a target of reading around 17 pages a day. It seems a lot -but do not wait to start; the longer you delay it the more pages you will have to read beforehand. If there is an area you do not understand quite well – ask your mentor, ask your tutor and ask your colleagues.
Part 4 – Revision
Having read the study text, it is now time to test yourself. It is very important to get used to the question type and the exam requirements. I will usually try at least one mock exam – 3 hours of writing and 15 minutes of reading and planning time.
Part 5 – Exam
Here comes the big day. Take good care of your health and ensure you have enough rest the night before the exam; plan your travel to avoid traffic. It is better to arrive earlier rather than having to rush to the exam hall and start the exam in a bad mood. Bring your ID and your exam docket and make sure you have a complete set of stationery – you don’t want to run out of pen in the middle of an exam, do you?
Part 6 – the most important part – HOLIDAY
After all that long hours spent studying, I choose to take a month away from all the books and spend my time with my family while waiting for the results.
That is how I plan my approach to an exam. The most important thing is to plan your work and stick to your plan. Wish us all the best of luck for the upcoming exams.