Studying for professional accountancy exams can be daunting and surely needs some special technique to master. But, firstly, I would like to congratulate you for taking the bold step of registering for an Accounting professional exam. Accountancy is undoubtedly one of the most respected professions in the world. – Although a kind of difficult to get into the folks, but once you are there, you are already in the super-high way to great opportunities.
Having said that, let’s get down to the business of the day- learning studying for your Accounting professional exam. (ACCA, CIMA, ICAN, CPA, ICAA, CISA etc).I have to warn you at this point that for this tips you are going to get here to work for you, some kind of investments need to be made; monetary especially.
It won’t do you any good trying to study volumes of books for your Accountancy professional exams when you have just about two-three months to the exam proper. Hey! I am not against having good books with large volumes. In fact, you need to see my personal library. All am saying is that you need to study it when you few months to go for the exam.
The first studying material I recommend you use is downloadable accounting audio books. Browse through the catalogues of any of the professional body’s accredited publisher and make your choice. A lot of benefits go with audio books. Some of them are listed below;
- What you hear someone say tend to stick more in the brain than the ones you read. Note however that this is not supposed to be a substitute for quality tuition if you have the opportunity of getting one.
- You can easily download you audio book into your ipod or Mp3 device that you can easily carry about. While your mates/ colleagues are busy listening to the latest music in town, you are busy enriching your brain. You can even be listening to the lecture(s) while you take your nap. (The subconscious never sleep you know?) This is what I call “the gizmo study” LOL!
- You can re-enforce your learning process by playing the audio-book repeatedly. All you need to do is copy the audio-book into your system or other playing device of your choice. You can also buy some e-books that you can study on the go using your mobile device.
- You never loose any valuable time due to environmental circumstances. You cannot complain of traffic when you have your ‘gizmo’ downloading powerful lectures into your head.
Another kind of study material I recommend is the key-point study material. This can be called any name by depending on the tuition provider that prepared it. The advantages of this include brevity and conciseness. Portability and easy to read is another great advantage of this. There is this believe that people tend to appreciate and enjoy reading when the volume is manageable.
Another study tool (in fact, the most important) in your preparation phase is; Revision and Exam kits. The benefits of this material cannot be over-emphasized. No matter how prepared you think you are for accounting/ accountancy professional exams without practicing past/ pilot questions of the governing professional body is just like one living in a virtual world. I know you must have heard this time without number but, I have to join the league of those that have been saying it so that you don’t say you weren’t told. PRACTICE! PRACTICE!! PRACTICE!!! Is the backbone of mastering Accountancy. And the good news is that most of the Exams and Revision kits are not highly voluminous.
I need to say this before I forget it – one loophole you should try to avoid is what I call the complacency zone. This is a very dangerous zone to be. It can lead to you into believing to be what you are not. Also, try and get the necessary motivation needed to hit that exam once or once more.
I can almost assure you that if you apply the tips you get here and other relevant ones, ONLY one thing will happen. Haba! Don’t ask me what as if you don’t know. Ok! I will tell for the benefit of doubt; SUCCESS will be assured and don’t forget to invite me to your success party.
To your success!