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October 15, 2018 at 7:05 pm #478632terrytteralli
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I failed P2 in March – 45%. Quite comfortable with most of the material but I must have done really badly in the 2nd half of the exam as I was so confident after the 1st question.
Having read the specimen paper SBR is more like the 2nd half so am concerned with my exam technique – and lack of past papers available.
I passed AAA in Sept (avoided SBR’s 1st sitting!) so at least kept my knowledge of standards somewhat intact.
I’m funding it myself so wondered if anyone had advice on whether I need to pay for a full tuition (around £800) or the best way to self study without spending too much?
I definitely need help with exam technique although not really a fan of revision courses quite close to the exam, as I like to do question practice on my own.
ThanksOctober 17, 2018 at 4:52 pm #478961l_ACCA
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Maybe it will not answer your question but I will share my view and experience. Hopefully it will be somewhat helpful.
I just finished my fundamentals level and I am preparing for SBR exam in December. I spoke to few of my colleagues at work who are ACCA qualified (one of them is FCCA) asking if I should take a revision course, if it’s worth it. And all of them told me that, in fact, the revision course is more important than the tuition one. Tuition phase you can do it on your own by reading books, articles, listening to opentuition tutorials. No real need to spend £800 especially if you already covered the material before, but… the exam technique and question practise is paramount, hence, in a way, taking the revision course is more important, especially in the professional level. This is because during the revision course tutors give you some helpful tips. If you are worried or not sure about your approach to questions you can always get their advice. I booked a BPP revision course for my Dec exam and in addition to attending revision classes, I also get an access to online tuition materials, i.e. pre-recorded tuition lessons. They are very useful when you get stuck on some topics and you need clarification or simply a refresher. You also get access to an online forum where you can asks tutors for help if you don’t understand something. I’ve been studying with BPP for almost all of my exams. I like them.
You mentioned that you prefer doing question practise on your own, which is fine but what I experienced, is that during the revision class, most of the questions you do do it by yourself and in addition you get a walk-through afterwards with the tutor which includes some helpful advice on how to approach that particular question, what to look out for etc.
Again, this is my own view and experience, you don’t have to follow it. But I hope whatever choice you make it will help you with your exam preparation and you will pass in December 😉 I genuinely wish you well.
P.S. I am only talking about BPP because the experience I had with Kaplan was years ago and I can’t really compare the two. Especially after Kaplan changed their online interface which I found completely non-user-friendly. Hence I stuck with BPP.
P.S. 2. I fund my studies myself too since day one :/ It is very expensive indeed because I always take tuition and revision courses. Taking into account all other commitments in my life I find it difficult to do self-study hence I have to enrol to a structured course to keep me on track.
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