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ACCA prizewinner Reena Mehta-Jagatia offers her tips for exam success

December 2016

In the ACCA June 2016 exams, Reena Mehta-Jagatia achieved the joint-highest mark worldwide for paper P2. Here are some of her top study tips…
• Get into a routine right from day one of the course: It is easier to try to allocate a portion of time per day or week rather than let time slip away from you – then you have to cram just before the exam window. I tend to create a detailed plan and schedule of my time into the exam window. On this plan I mark when my classes are, when my mocks are due, when I have days off work, etc – this allows me to see at a glance where I am and what I should be working on.
My schedule, where possible, also sets out which areas of the syllabus I am covering in class, so I can go back to certain topics if needed. All of the live classes I attend are recorded, allowing me to go back and re-visit the sessions I participated in – this helps me go back to specific topics.
• Start exam standard questions from day one: I find you can only see if you have learnt something by testing yourself, and it is never too early to start testing yourself. Whether you use your exam kit or past papers I would recommend attempting (and marking) exam standard questions right from day one of your course. When you mark your own work it will show you which areas you need to then focus on.
• Submit homework and extra questions: Building on point two, make use of your training provider and tutors – submit homework and extra questions for marking.
• Get comprehensive feedback from your mocks: It is really important to get good feedback on your mock exams, as it allows you to see which are your strongest and weakest areas. This analysis should then allow you to build a mini revision programme where you go back to the areas of weakness. At HTFT we get three mock exams all marked and annotated, along with recorded debriefs that we can re-watch over and over again.
• Prepare revision cards from day one: As you go through your tuition phase start building your revision cards. Your revision cards can cover key definitions, equations and rules – ready for you to apply during the revision phase.

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