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    tonymc
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    Hi,

    I am new to ACCA and was wondering how many hours people spend per week on studying? I am currently doing F5 & F6 and currently spend around 7-8 hours a week, is this enough or too little? Obviously it will need to be wayyy more nearer the exams!

    Thanks


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    marky123
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    Depends what you are comfortable with and how hectic your lifestyle is lol!
    Each year I aim on doing two exams in June, and one in December (or using Dec for resits if necessary). So far Ive passed everything on the first attempt so fingers crossed.
    I start studying for the two June exams in January and spend 8 hrs (2 hrs per night Mon – Thur) then give myself Friday night off. Up until about 4 weeks before the exams I only study on Sat/Sun if theres something I want to go over or if Im at a loose end.
    After the June exams, I have a break and start studying again in August for the Decemeber exam.
    During July I try to get some PER done.
    Hope this helps!
    Good luck.


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    Talha BT
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    It depends on how do you do it. I study an hour from Jan-Feb, for each paper (1 hr for each paper, like 1hr for F4 and 1 hr for F6) revising all the days work. From March I pick up my pace, doing Past Papers and checking out Examiner Reports studying my answers with examiners reports. and in April I include time attacks on my studies, writing my answers in given time.So I start with an hour/paper and in May it turns into a five-six hour episode. Been doing this since O’ Levels. It has helped so far, But maybe you should plan something that suits you. You should choose your own timings BUT on daily basis. The time should be when your mind is charged (in morning, or if you are working some where then take a nap for an hour or two and then saddle up.) because you don’t have to learn the study material by heart, you need to understand it and practice on it so that you have extensive knowledge about the paper and you can clear the subject on exam date. A cup of tea is always cheering. And be confident during your practice runs of past papers. A lot friends I know, get into trouble because they panic, if you can’t work out an answer, leave it, move on completing your paper as you can always grapple with it in extra time after you’ve completed the rest of your paper.
    Hope you perform well this June.
    Best of luck!!!


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    jaypatel
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    Interesting you mention this.
    I am logging my study time for two exams, on the basis that I think each exam requires roughly 100 hours in total of study time.
    I guess it’s largely dependent on what is considered effective studying, ie gazing out the window doesn’t count.

    F6 was the first exam I did. And personally I think it’s a good one to start with. Both papers are tough, but at least they’re interesting. They also mix element of knowledge and application as well numerical. My tip would be to get quick, confident and accurate with the numerical elements. Up to the point where you almost do it without thinking. That way in the exam you may have little more time to check.

    Good luck.


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    csol
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    I just want to say to everyone who wrote about their study techniques, I am planning to adopt your suggestions so I can complete all my ACCA exams. I was planning to give up. I started in 2007 and i only passed 1 exam – F8, got exemptions from the Level 1 from doing CAT. ‘I’m planning to go to University in September. I have 5 years left so I want to complete it hopefully. Any suggestions will be welcomed.


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    wasimkhanwazir
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    1 to 1.5 month daily 6 hrs for each paper enough


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    Anonymous
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    Hi members, I have read all your comments and they are very useful. I am returning to studying after many years away :(. Aiming to do two exams per sitting starting this December.
    Was thinking of doing F4 plus one other, any suggestions which one will go best, I have already completed F5.
    Thanks


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    Middeoacca
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    Just thought I would balance these answers and say I dont pick up the books until one month before and do 1 hour per day and then 20 hours the weekend before the exams, couple in the morning before the exam (Mneumonics etc). Terrible preperation in comparrison to the above people and I wish I was more like that. I have passed 9 out of 10 so far but no great scores, scraping through.


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    Anonymous
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    This sounds good but not sure if I would have such a ghost success rate. Is this because you have other committments – I have two children, do voluntary work and work full time !


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    Anonymous
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    hi,

    I recommend to everyone taking some time off to finish your exams – i took 6 month off and I did 6 papers (dec – 2 papers, june – 4 papers) in that time…


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    salle205
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    i do on avarege 9-11 hr per week in Mar & Apr and 30-35 hrs per week in May & June and i work full time, so its a matter of commitment and how many hours you are comfortable with.


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    oukassou
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    Having my exam in 10 days time but can’t focus or concentrate anymore. Can’t do more than 4 hours a day :( I feel that Ian not motivated enough help plssssssss :(


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    mbidimbom
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    it does not really matter much how much time u spend studying.what really matters to me is how much u able to grasp for all the hours.Studying to me is all about learning and application.it is always good to make sure that the little u grasp should be able to influence the way u think and express yourself from that moment onwards.In this way u may not need to spend so much time studying but instead applying u study each time


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    yonseyonse
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    What is most important is for you to have knowledge of how the exam comes like. Then work on your strengths and weaknesses../


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    lalain
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    Hi how much time should a FIA student spend per week ?


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    nishta87
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    Hi any one can upload his or her time table i want to have an idea am very bad on time management thanks in advance


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    matsikoane
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    Marky 123

    Lucky you by passing everything how do you study I understand you give 2hrs per paper for 4 days a week how do you do within that 2hrs reading or doing practical question please answer me dear


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    sohail88
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    yes. within that two how you do it? i mean just reading the study text, notes or kit what??


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    marky123
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    Ok lets see what I can do.
    Its hard to say really.
    The first rule, and you MUST stick to this one rigidly, is be firm with yourself. Do not allow yourself to slack – if you really dont want to study one night – you must make the time up another day.
    The first thing I do is (using a spreadsheet) I make a timetable from the day I start studying right up to the day before I do the exam.
    I split this into segments of how I want to study. Typically 7pm-9pm Monday to Thursday, I NEVER study Friday evenings – that is my night off..
    I then split the weekends into an optional session Saturday am/pm for reading or question practice, and Sunday the same.
    Then I mark onto it the days I know in advance I am going to be tied up and cant study.
    I try to allow at least 3 weeks for revision and question practice.
    I also log everything so that I can see where my time is going and what I need to concentrate more on.

    From a study point of view, When I do theory I read and make my own notes from textbooks (Usually Kaplan), and I also follow rigidly the Opentuition lectures.

    I am studying F9 at the moment on the same basis.

    Hope this helps

    Best of luck to you all :-)


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    marky123
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    PS Ive tried to upload a copy of my timetable but not sure how to do it?

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