If you don’t pass your ACCA exams first time round, it is tempting to stick your hand down or distract yourself with your job or social life, but it will not help you to overcome the exam failure.
When you don’t get the results you want, the first thing to do is to assess why you failed and what you could change to do better the next time.
There are many reasons that cause you to fail in your exams, but in general, these are the main culprits:
These are all key points to address when you are revisiting your study process to increase your chances of success.
Improve your understanding
Another issue could be that you didn’t fully understand the theory that you had studied, making it hard to write an exam answer. For many ACCA topics, you need to know the “why” as well as the “what”. Without that underlying knowledge, you will find it difficult to answer exam questions, so practise as much as you can and debrief the answer to gain a better understanding. The more you practise, the more you will improve.
Having a good exam technique means being able to effectively convert your understanding into solid marks.
Commitment and time
Commitment is especially important, as it affects your priorities – so make sure to put your studies as close to the top as possible, balancing it with other parts of your life in order to pay more attention to your studies. Immerse yourself in your studies and make sure other people in your life understand how important it is to you.
In a similar vein, ensure that you make time for your studies. Keep a diary with a revision plan and stick to it – and if you can’t stick to it, adjust it accordingly.
Practicing at least one mock exam – preferably more – will help you develop an exam strategy where you know what to do in each part. Time yourself and accept that you don’t need to achieve perfection: all you need is a reasonable answer that covers all the relevant points.
Mistakes can be blessings in disguise, giving you an opportunity to improve. Once you begin to do well, you will become more optimistic and more motivated, leading to another success and a constantly reinforcing circle of beneficial outcomes. Get started and turn your ACCA failure into a positive result.]]>