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by ACCA student blogger Shahroze Naeem

Lots of students today face a shortage of time to study and prepare for exams. When I was preparing to take four exams last December, I had the same issue. Knowing I would have to come up with a plan, I decided to use the following three tips to draft an effective study schedule:

1. Prioritizing the subjects

There is always that one subject which is harder than the rest. If you too feel you need to devote more time to a particular subject, prioritize it for the first three months of your preparation time. Study more of it and try to go through the complete subject syllabus within those three months.

This will help restore your confidence and provide you ample time to revise the tougher bits of that subject in the last three months. Now that the tougher subject is prepared, you can focus on the other subject(s) in the second half (the last three months) of your preparation time.

2. Prioritizing the hobbies

I had a lot of activities going on with friends, family and relatives. When I decided to sit four exams, I knew I wouldn’t have time to enjoy all those activities. I decided to prioritize what mattered most. I came up with a well-defined schedule that clearly stated what I could do during the week without harming my study schedule.

A lot of ACCA students make study schedules, but our hobbies are just as much related to our exam success as our preparation for the exams. It is time you define what matters most for you and get to enjoy those hobbies.

3. Having a study buddy

I prepared for my exams along with my sister and therefore we both were on the same page. We decided to be study buddies and help each other by sharing useful notes, tips and little tidbits of information that were important with each other. There is loads of information in our study texts, and missing even the slightest bit can contribute to failure. With a study buddy, chances of missing anything are reduced.

This helped me and my sister a lot and we were very confident regarding our exam success when the time came.

Good luck with your studies.


If you don’t have a study buddy, why not join the ACCA Learning Community and link up with other students studying for exams and share your tips and ideas for successful revision.


Six effective study tips

soramsey —  22 January 2014 — 13 Comments


by ACCA student blogger Elyse Burns-Hill

1. Shake things up

Changing the places that you work can actually help you recall. Your brain works by spatial connections; so you will naturally remember things based on where you were at the time that you learnt something.

2.  Make flash cards

Reducing information that you need to know into something short and sweet will make it easier to remember. If you can, draw funny pictures to complement the information you need to know – again using pictures to remember uses your spatial memory.

3. Keep testing yourself

When you do practice questions, don’t use the books every time. Try doing it yourself with bullet points, then go back and see what you missed. You’ll learn a lot quicker this way.

4.  Sleep

Staying awake all night consuming caffeine will not help you learn. In fact, it will do just the opposite. Make sure you get enough sleep as it ensures your brain resets itself and has enough energy to keep up with all that you are learning.

5. Get rid of distractions

Mobile phones are the worst, especially if you have a smart phone with Facebook or Twitter – turn it off! At the very least put it on silent (turn vibrate off as well) and put it upside down on your desk.  If you let things distract you constantly, it prevents you from entering that “study zone” as I like to call it. Try to prevent, remove and block out any kind of distraction that might affect you while you study.

6. Mindset

This is probably the most important thing that you can do for yourself when studying.  Put yourself in the right place in your head. You aren’t studying because you have to; you are studying because you want to. Figure out why you are doing these exams and why you want to pass. Get yourself fired up to want to pass.

Please share your tips on how you study effectively in the comments below.

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.

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!