How I passed the ICAEW (ACA) exams
The short answer? Study efficiently, effectively and take good advice from appropriate people!
I was not the kind of student who would study hours on end. During high school and university, I was never the role model of a student in terms of studying. I was more interested in experiencing life! (Immaturity is what my parents used to call this)
Luckily during my Chartered Accountant course, I was disciplined, followed my specific set of rules and remained highly focused and confident throughout. This happened as a result of being exposed to self-development books and seminars which changed my perspective 100%.
In addition to what lecturers taught in class, these points helped me thrive throughout this 3-year intense course:
- Goal setting: I genuinely believe that goal writing is one of the most valuable gifts anyone can give themselves. Goals not only give us a sense of direction, they also give us such a psychological boost when accomplished. During the exam period, set daily goals as well as big goals for life after your exams. E.g. Owning your own audit firm when you are 30 years old.
- Space organisation: Similar to a surgeon performing an operation or a chef working in the kitchen, productive people make sure their tools are in proper position before they begin their work. The same principle applies during the exam period.
- Mind organisation: Your belief will drive your actions, and recent science has shown that we can actually change our beliefs. So it is to your advantage to believe you can do it. Just put in the effort and most likely you will!
- Self-motivation: “The greatest leaders of business, industry and finance, and the great artists, poets, musicians and writers all became great because they developed the power of self-motivation.” — Napoleon Hill
- Practice being efficient and productive: There is absolutely no need to overtire your brain in non efficient ways. For example if you don’t understand an accounting rule, lower your ego and call a friend or your tutor.
- Boost your confidence when the exam day is close: I would only watch motivational movies and listen to boosting music the day before an exam. Don’t believe me? Ask my roomate at the time!
I understand that there are so many other aspects to passing the ICAEW exams, but I have learned that a well-rounded person can produce well-rounded results.
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