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Wes Borland
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2015/02/28 10:38:19 (permalink)
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Study Skills

Hi All,
 
I'm starting an accountancy qualification through my employer. I'm going down the home study route to begin with but may go for tuition later.
 
For students past and present what methods worked well for you during your studies?
 
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    Wes Borland
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    Re: Study Skills 2015/03/01 18:47:55 (permalink)
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    I'll let this die, but just in case anyone missed it.
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    Re: Study Skills 2015/03/01 19:09:16 (permalink)
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    Pomodoro by Francesco Cirillo combined with GTD (getting things done) by David Allen - got me through a lot of exams and general life organisation.
     
    Pomodoro is on wikipedia
    GTD just google, if you like it and have an iPhone/Apple stuff look at the omnigroup for practical implementation.
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    Re: Study Skills 2015/03/01 19:34:02 (permalink)
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    I was learning nuclear crap when i was in the navy i found mind maps works well. If you brain works like that theres a few youtube videos. Its all about colour and word association. I still use it now pretty much every day i use words colours and numbers to help remember things i need to do at work and at home. Works well.

     
     
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    Re: Study Skills 2015/03/01 22:12:37 (permalink)
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    When I did my accountancy exams I just left it until 4 weeks before the exams, took off my 4 weeks of study leave and did the studying beginning to end then.
     
    Do not recommend that method. The material is so boring it's hard to stay motivated for a whole month.
     
    The best method is to study for 10-15 hours per week while you're working, and then take off the time before the exams to cram.
     
    If you can find the motivation to study the world's most boring subject after doing the world's most boring job, you're better man than me. I couldn't manage it. Scraped a pass in the 3 exams then got the **** out of there and started doing physics instead.
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    Re: Study Skills 2015/03/02 14:45:50 (permalink)
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    profplums
    Pomodoro by Francesco Cirillo combined with GTD (getting things done) by David Allen - got me through a lot of exams and general life organisation.
     
    Pomodoro is on wikipedia
    GTD just google, if you like it and have an iPhone/Apple stuff look at the omnigroup for practical implementation.



    I know of GTD buy haven't looked into it further. I started using the Pomordo technique when I was procastinating during a previous qualification. It's a great tool.
     
    Smokey87
    I was learning nuclear crap when i was in the navy i found mind maps works well. If you brain works like that theres a few youtube videos. Its all about colour and word association. I still use it now pretty much every day i use words colours and numbers to help remember things i need to do at work and at home. Works well.



    Thanks I actually heard abour mind maps on here way back in 2006! I drew paper mind maps for my revision in my last year of university. For my previous qualification I used Mindodmo.com as I wanted to do my notes in a mind map format rather than have a key words/images mind map on a sheet of A4 to jog my memory.
     
    I've actually downloaded imindmap 8 from thinkbuzan.com. Have to say it's excellent and worth the £.
     
    I find the main use of mind maps is that it makes making note taking more fun. I find it much easier to sit down and do the work using mind maps rather than typing notes in a Word document.
     
    sillynarbie
    When I did my accountancy exams I just left it until 4 weeks before the exams, took off my 4 weeks of study leave and did the studying beginning to end then.
     
    Do not recommend that method. The material is so boring it's hard to stay motivated for a whole month.
     
    The best method is to study for 10-15 hours per week while you're working, and then take off the time before the exams to cram.
     
    If you can find the motivation to study the world's most boring subject after doing the world's most boring job, you're better man than me. I couldn't manage it. Scraped a pass in the 3 exams then got the **** out of there and started doing physics instead.



    Cramming and I don't get on together. Yeah I'm aiming for ten hours per week then hopefully less cramming at exam time.
     
    I don't work in accountancy but the qualification will help me do my job better. I find business & finance really intersting so I'm motivated to do the job and a qualification which will help me do my job better.
     
    Thanks for your replies.
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    Re: Study Skills 2015/03/02 15:32:38 (permalink)
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    profplums
    Pomodoro by Francesco Cirillo combined with GTD (getting things done) by David Allen - got me through a lot of exams and general life organisation.
     
    Pomodoro is on wikipedia
    GTD just google, if you like it and have an iPhone/Apple stuff look at the omnigroup for practical implementation.




    Unrelated to studying but I'm researching productivity in general as I need a kick start at work.  I need to finish the book I'm on first but next on my list is GTD.
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    Re: Study Skills 2015/03/02 16:37:34 (permalink)
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    I find business and finance interesting too but accountancy exams are not interesting. Particularly the early ones. Just get in as many hours as possible is my advice. None of the material is conceptually difficult, it just requires you sitting down and going through it and making some good revision notes.
     
     
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    Re: Study Skills 2015/03/02 21:40:22 (permalink)
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    sillynarbie
    I find business and finance interesting too but accountancy exams are not interesting. Particularly the early ones. Just get in as many hours as possible is my advice. None of the material is conceptually difficult, it just requires you sitting down and going through it and making some good revision notes.
     


    Yeah fair point. I found Law interesting but when I had to get right down into the detail and cover the "drier" subject matter as part of my degree it became a bit of a slog.
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    Re: Study Skills 2015/03/02 23:00:27 (permalink)
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    It's been a while, but I always did ok in school and at uni.

    I used to pick a date when I'd start revising and wrote out a daily timetable from that date to the end of my exams, giving each day a subject that I would study for that day.

    Then would start by making a list of all the things I'd need to know for each subject. That was probably the first session or two per subject.

    After that I'd study by doing a mix of trying to memorise things and doing past papers, with the balance swinging from memorising to practice papers as time went by.
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