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Returning to study

At Kaplan we understand how to make your study effective and we do all we can to support individuals and their success. The following 2 sections are ideas and techniques to support those who are returning to study after a long or short break.

Help with returning to study after a short break

In this section we run through some tips to help make returning to study easier.

Revise your exemptions

Prior to starting your course or self study, brush up on topics/subjects that you received exemptions for. You may find you are 'rusty' on these areas, yet they do form the underpinning knowledge of more advanced papers.

Make time to review these areas so you start your new papers with solid underpinning knowledge. ACCA students often struggle with some of the more advanced P papers (particularly the option papers) because their underpinning knowledge is weak.

Plan your study time

Make a study time table as you start your studies. Realistically decide when you can study during the week/evening and weekends. Warn family and friends that you are out of action so they buy into it. Set a realistic study time-table (covering learning, question practice & mock exams) and stick to it throughout your course preparation.

Little and often

Don’t expect to start studying and know/understand everything straightaway and get all questions right. It takes time and lots of practice. It is a marathon not a sprint. So start working from the beginning and work consistently over the months to your exam, little and often and build on your knowledge. Do not leave things to the last 2/3 weeks – this approach does not work with professional exams.

Use your free time

Use all available "free time" e.g. lunch breaks at work, train journeys. It is easy to practice multiple choice questions, or learn calculations in this 'free' time. You'll be amazed how useful and how effective short knowledge bursts can be – and over a sitting how many additional study hours you can find by using these 'free' times.

Use all resources available

Whether you are on a course or self studying with course material, there is a wealth of free resources out there for you to use. For example, Kaplan study tips has lots of useful articles - masterclasses, study techniques, past exam reviews, etc.

Returning to study after a long break or career change

It's not uncommon to take a well earned long break from your studies. Whilst it can mean your well rehearsed technique and the topics you once knew inside out are now a faded memory at Kaplan we know how to combat this.

Don't take on too many subjects in first session.

Start with 1 or 2 subjects and see how you get on managing work/study/life balance. You can then assess how many papers you can sit once you have a better idea of how much work is required.

Brush up on topics or subjects that you received exemptions for.

You may find you are 'rusty' on these areas, yet they do form the underpinning knowledge of more advanced papers. Make time to review these areas so you start your new papers with solid underpinning knowledge.

ACCA students often struggle with some of the more advanced P papers (particularly the option papers) because their underpinning knowledge is weak.

Little and often

Don’t expect to start studying and know/understand everything straightaway and get all questions right. It takes time and lots of practice. It is a marathon not a sprint. So start working from the beginning and work consistently over the months to your exam, little and often and build on your knowledge. Do not leave things to the last 2/3 weeks – this approach does not work with professional exams.

Make a study timetable as you start your studies

Realistically decide when you can study during the week/evening and weekends. Warn family and friends that you are out of action so they buy into it. Set a realistic study timetable (covering learning and question practice, mock exams) and stick to it throughout your course preparation.

Use all available "free time"

For example, lunch breaks at work, train journeys, - it is easy to practice multiple choice questions, or learn calculations in this 'downtime'. You'll be amazed how useful & how effective short knowledge bursts can be – and over a sitting how may additional study hours you can find by using these 'down' times.

Use all resources available

Whether you are on a course or self studying with course material, there is a wealth of free resources out there for you to use. For example, Kaplan study tips has lots of useful articles - masterclasses, study techniques, past exam reviews, etc.