- October 17, 2022 at 9:17 am #668988norvydasParticipant
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Good Morning All
Firstly, I would like to say a massive thank you to all OpenTuition tutors for not only giving up their free valuable time to create new content but also for staying active on the forums and responding to all student queries.
I have started my ACCA journey in February 2019 and decided to self-study as I didn’t want to spend extortionate amount of money on tutoring.
After receiving my books from Kaplan, I then started searching for videos on YouTube that had some exam tips, and this is how I came across OpenTuition.
I can honestly say that without the support of OpenTuition I wouldn’t have gotten as far as I did, nor I would have completed the qualification as quick as I have.
I have always ordered books from Kaplan (ordered once from BPP but did not like their layout) and have watched OpenTuition lectures and read their notes.
My revision plan for every single exam was the same;
1) Watch OpenTuition lectures at 1.5 speed
2) While I am going through the lectures read the revision book (Kaplan)
3) Once I finish lectures & reading revision book I then do the following;
4) Read through the book again, but highlight important areas and type them out in my own ‘notes’ file
5) Read through OpenTuition notes and again type most important areas in my own ‘notes’ file
6) Around 2 weeks before exam date, I will rewatch all OpenTuition lectures at 2x speed and go through my notes every single day until I pretty much know what the next topic is in my notes without even needing to look at it
7) 2-3 weeks before my exam I will also concentrate doing mock exams on ACCA website, I will try to do either full exam in 1 day or half 1 day and other half the other day
8) I know examiners say you shouldn’t do this, however, I noticed that it helped me massively. A day before I do my mock, I would go through the answers of the exam, this would allow me to understand what type of answer examiner wants and how it should be layed out.
If I am honest, I never used Kaplan revision condensed notes nor their exam booklet as I found that ACCA platform offers better exam experience. I have only used their tutoring book.
I have passed every single exam on first attempt, surprisingly, all my professional stage exam results were 70%+, whereas my F papers were 50-60% at max, very odd, however I did find professional stage exams way more interesting than F papers!
I have revised 5 days p.w, spending anywhere between 1.5-2h per day max as I noticed my concentration levels decreased after 2 hours. I am also in full time employment in financial sector therefore my time has been somewhat limited for revisions.
For my 2 optional papers I have chosen APM and AAA (UK Version) the reason I chose UK AAA is because when I was studying SBR I chose UK version of it by accident instead of INT so I thought I may as well do UK AAA.
Overall, it has taken me 3 years and around 8 months to complete the qualification, granted I did take 1 year break from studying. I have never attempted to do 2 exams in one sitting as due to home commitments I felt that I wouldn’t have enough time for the revision.
Therefore, anyone that is trying to complete ACCA, do not give up, know that there is a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’! Use OpenTuition resources as their are invaluable!
Thank you to all OpenTuition team again!
NorvyOctober 18, 2022 at 4:43 pm #669217Kim SmithKeymaster
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Our warmest congratulations! Thank you for sharing your success story, I am sure it will be an inspiration to many – reinforcing the messages that ACCA is “a marathon … not a sprint” … and that a slow but steady approach is preferable to “biting off more than chew”.
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