Can you tell us more about yourself?
I am from Bristol in the UK, I’ve worked for nearly five years in various roles within what is now the Lloyds Banking Group, but have very recently secured a Financial Reporting role, something I’ve been working towards for some time. I home study using resources from Kaplan and Open Tuition along with taught revision courses and Question days at Kaplan in Bristol.
Many students are working just like you, how do you balance between studying, job and private life?
I think this is the key to exam success for me. Allowing for sizeable chunks of personal time at regular intervals throughout the study process is actually very achievable if you start early and plan well. Having a healthy, stress free mind leading up to the exams is certainly something I would attribute to my success.
Do you get support from your firm?
I’m lucky enough to work for a company that is very supportive of those studying towards ACCA and other accountancy qualifications which relieves some of the pressure at exam time. Providing that the candidate meets specified criteria both study leave and costs are provided for.
Which Study Texts and/or Revision Kits did you use, or find most useful in your studies?
I use Kaplan for study texts and revision kits.
You have scored such high marks, many students must wonder what is your study technique?
I go through the study text, making sure I understand things as I read them. I then attend a taught revision course to consolidate my knowledge before starting question practice. I then spend a week or so before the exam breaking subjects down into buzz words and memorise them to use as a structure to answers I write in the exam.
What do you think was the most important factor in your success in your ACCA exams?
I would say it was a combination of things. Keeping to a schedule, working hard, understanding the material and entering the exam with confidence and a positive attitude. I think if people enter an exam thinking they will fail they are more likely to do so.
How did you find out about OpenTuition and how much do you think OpenTuition resources helped towards your success
I find on occasion that the study text alone is not enough to really understand a subject. I came across OpenTuition whilst searching online for additional resources to supplement my knowledge and have used the articles and forums since to gain a greater depth in some of the subject areas that are more complex.
Thank you for your time and again congratulations!