Study skills

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Ways to study for ACCA exams
The way you study for your exams has a direct impact on your exam result, so choosing how to study is a significant decision.

Essential revision technique
Revision guidelines for students studying for their 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.

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.

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

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

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?

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

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?

Perfect exam preparation
Have you got an effective revision strategy?

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

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?

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

For the BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes:

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

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

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