Once she committed to completing her studies in 2017, Tiisetso had one guiding question she asked herself every day: "What is the best possible use of my time right now?" This question guided her day-to-day action and ensured she stayed committed … and stayed studying.
Sometimes we sit and we think 'why did I even start studying'. You feel a bit low because your exams is three weeks away and you just cannot seem to grasp some concepts. I know, I have been there. So from one student to the next below I share some of my study tips (I am not the best student but the below helps me hopefully it helps you too).
The best advice that anybody can give you to pass your exam is QUESTION PRACTICE. I know you may think but, I have done that, my question to you would be, have you really sat down and done it and if yes, how has that been working for you?
They say if you want something done, give it to a busy person.
I was curious about that this week when I interviewed Badibanga Promesse, the Regional Vice President of Africa for the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. Badibanga recently passed his CIMA
Strategic Case Study exam first time
, so I threw the question at him.
You wouldn't be wrong to think of Nafisa Kistan as someone who sits in the front row of life. She's at the front of the queue. She's just one of those people who is ahead.
Shortly after having been accepted into the institute as a CGMA, Nafisa was selected to be the speaker at the CIMA
Annual Graduation Ceremony. At the same time Nafisa was selected as the new Operations Case Study lecturer at IBTC, about to take on a challenging new position and applied to start her ACCA
studies. It's not uncommon for things in Nafisa's life to all happen at the same time … just to keep it real.
So, you’ve passed your Objective Tests. Congratulations! Now it’s time for the next hurdle - the Case Study Exam. How are you feeling? Nervous or confident? We bet you’re feeling a little unsure as to what to expect and how best to prepare.
The truth is that there’s a magic formula. There’s a right way to do it and then there’s a hard way to do it. Are you on the right track or the hard track? There’s still time to find out and we’ve prepared some tips for you:
First get the basics right:
- To start off, it’s always best to revise the key concepts from each of the pillar subjects. Know your PEST, Porter and SWOT.
- Know the pre-seen case study in depth (line-by-line, paragraph-by-paragraph) – we really do mean in-depth!
- List the most likely issues you expect to come up in the exam (key issues facing the company now or in the future)
- Try to match concepts from your pillar subjects to the issues.
- Practice answering questions and do timed mock exams.