Are small details hindering your ACCA success without you realising it ? Study environment seems like a minor thing, but getting it wrong has big consequences. Here are 5 ways to create a productive ACCA study environment..
1. Get the light right
This seems very basic but the right – or wrong – light makes a big difference to your concentration and fatigue. It can be very distracting if the light is too bright, too dull or even flickering, for example. Make sure the light in your ACCA study environment is suitable for daytime and evening, or even sunny and dull days. You might not notice if the light starts fading during the day, and suddenly you’re squinting and getting a headache because the room is too dark.
2. Organise your space
We all have different preferences. Maybe you study best with your desk at a window, or maybe the window is a major distraction – only you know. The important thing is, to be honest with yourself, and to create an environment that’s optimal for you. Pick somewhere you can set up, that’s your place to study undisturbed. Having a clear study area can help you get in the zone when you sit down.
3. Don’t get too comfortable
Being uncomfortable is no fun, but you don’t want to be too comfortable either. If you’ve ever tried reading notes while lying on your bed, you’ll be intimately familiar with this! You should treat studying like work. Get up, get dressed, sit at a desk and actively apply yourself.
4. Consider studying with other people
Studying for ACCA can be a very lonely experience – but the journey doesn’t have to be. Even if you work better alone, having a support network of other people who understand the challenges you’re facing can be invaluable. Reach out to friends or even strangers who are in the same position as you. You could study together, swap notes, discuss topics or questions you have in common, or even just share your experiences. You might even split topics between you all and then swap notes, to save time. The point is, to build your support network because there will be tough days on your ACCA journey – and your network can help you pull through.
5. Join an ACCA approved learning partner
It is highly recommended you to join an approved learning partner for the ACCA course if you plan to pursue it alongside your job as this increases your chances of performing better and concentrating on things that matter the most. While some may choose to prepare on their own, this will significantly increase the commitment of your most precious resource – time. Also given that some exemptions may be applicable for you and there are various practical techniques involved in ACCA, it is advisable to be well-prepared and aware.
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