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Get your brain in shape

We take a look at how a healthy body feeds a healthy mind and, in turn, can boost performance during studies, revision and exams.

How to study on the hop
How much time is really needed to learn a few facts or memorise key data?

Study tips from the December 2013 prizewinners
Prizewinners from the December 2013 exam session hail from around the world. Discover their top exam and study tips. Perhaps their advice could help you.

What’s your learning style?
Understanding how you learn can help you study more effectively. We find out how to discover your preferred learning style and how to develop other study techniques for best results.

Why do students fail their RAP?
A meeting of markers and moderators for the Oxford Brookes BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting recently looked at the reasons why almost half of all submissions still fail. While it is true that the pass rate for resubmissions is much higher (probably due to the feedback given by markers), why is it that many fail the first submission? asks John Playle, the qualification's chief moderator

RAP: choosing a topic and subject organisation
John Playle, chief moderator for Oxford Brookes University BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting, provides expert guidance

Study tips from the June 2013 prizewinners
Prizewinners from the June 2013 exam session hail from around the world. Discover their top exam and study tips. Perhaps their advice could help you

Revise wise
What’s the best way to prepare for exams? ACCA’s director of education, previous prizewinners, premier plus tuition providers, and students share their tried and tested methods for study success

Building on strong foundations
Gareth Owen, ACCA qualifications development manager, explains the structure of the Foundation level qualifications and offers advice on appropriate entry points to offer better employment opportunities, higher exam success rates and promote stronger foundations for further study

5 minute expert guide to language patterns that change minds
In our third article on NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) we look at the ways in which skilled communicators use ‘vague’ and ‘precision’ language patterns to influence and change minds

Project pass notes Research and Analysis Project
John Woodley, ACCA undergraduate programme director at Oxford Brookes Business School, discusses some of the important skills that a student has to demonstrate to pass the Research and Analysis Project

Student life: returning to studies
While over 60% of ACCA trainees are below the age of 30, there are plenty who are older. Student Accountant speaks to two trainees who have come to their studies later in their careers – and finds out about the benefits that experience can bring

Study for success
Prizewinners share some of their study tips that helped them achieve high marks in the exams

Taking responsibility
Ethics, social, and environmental issues are at the heart of the ACCA Qualification. Student Accountant spoke to Clare Minchington, ACCA’s managing director – learning and technical policy, to find out how, and why

3 things you should know about analytical thinking
Skilled analytical thinking – in the exam hall and the workplace – requires you to methodically break down problems, ideas or arguments into their constituent parts, in order to explain why they are ‘the way they are’.

3 things you should know about brainstorming
Brainstorming is a problem-solving technique used by a group of people whose object is to generate a torrent of spontaneous ideas (or even words) relating to a specific objective that needs to be met.

3 things you should know about essay writing
Gone are the days when number-crunching alone could get you through accounting exams.

How to energise yourself
Long, stressful hours in the office, and evenings and weekends spent studying are physically and psychologically draining. We give advice on keeping up your energy levels

How to adapt your learning style
Understanding your learning style is great for self-awareness – provided you don’t narrow your options. Keep an open mind

Problem solved – distance learning
I would like to explore alternatives to classroom training. How do I know if options such as distance learning or e-learning might suit me?

Pre-exam checklist
We provide guidance on preparing for your exams, including what to bring with you on the day, regulations, how to maximise opportunities for earning marks and how to organise your exam answers

3 things you should know about carbon offsetting
What should you know about accounting for carbon offset transactions?

The perfect lecture
Understanding your students’ learning style will help you prepare your lessons and deliver the perfect lecture

Exam technique: seven tips for success
Seven key pointers that will guide you and significantly enhance your prospects of completing your exams successfully at the next sitting

Exam day preparation
Gareth Owen provides guidance on getting ready to sit your next exams, how to maximise opportunities for earning marks, and how to organise exam answers effectively

Studying: preparation is key
Your exam performance will be based on the culmination of months of dedicated study, your revision programme and your exam technique

Page power
We explore the possibilities of speed reading

Answering the question
When answering an exam question, it is important to consider the question requirements carefully to make sure you understand exactly what is being asked. We highlight some common question verbs used in exams

Get your brain in shape
We take a look at how a healthy body feeds a healthy mind and, in turn, can boost performance during studies, revision and exams

Prepare to pass
You have studied each paper in depth – so why fail by misreading an examiner’s requirements? We provide hints to ensure you know exactly what’s being required of you

How to use past papers
Past papers can be valuable revision tools – but used improperly, they can set you up for exam hall disaster. Think on…

Exam anxiety
No matter how prepared I am, I get anxious and sick on the morning of an exam – how can I overcome pre-exam nerves?

Exam performance
You have done the study, but how can you be sure to enter the exam hall ready to perform at your best?

Looking to retake in the next session?
Developing good study habits and exam technique should help turn a fail into a pass and also help you when you move up to the higher level papers

Moving on from a fail
So you did not pass this time – but what can you do to do better next time?

Perfect exam preparation
Have you got an effective revision strategy?

Improve your handwriting
Examiners consistently warn trainees over the legibility of their handwriting on exam scripts. We offer advice on how to avoid losing unnecessary marks this time around

Exam day preparation
Gareth Owen provides guidance on getting ready to sit your next exams, how to maximise opportunities for earning marks, and how to organise exam answers effectively

Studying: preparation is key
Your exam performance will be based on the culmination of months of dedicated study, your revision programme and your exam technique, writes ACCA UK’s head of education Dorothy Wood

Study buddies
Whether you study in a classroom or by yourself, study groups can bring myriad benefits to ACCA students. So even if there are times when you prefer to work alone, you should explore the possibilities

Exam technique: seven tips for success
Seven key pointers that will guide you and significantly enhance your prospects of completing your exams successfully at the next sitting

Degree matters
John Woodley, ACCA undergraduate programme director at Oxford Brookes University, outlines what makes a good project and also gives some reasons why a project might fail

10 ways to study
Adopting an effective study technique is one of the most important ways to achieve success in exams. We asked you for your top study tips and here are some of the best

How to study on the hop
How much time is really needed to learn a few facts or memorise key data? Calum Robson calls time on excuse makers

Problem solved – taking exams
I always lose track of time in exams – how can I ensure I allocate enough time to each question?

 

Last updated: 23 Sep 2014