It's a fact of life that some people seem to have been born lucky. If they are running late, for example, their train or bus is magically running late too. They are never without an umbrella on the day it rains out of the blue or they always have just the right pair of sunglasses in their bag when the sun is shining bright.
Another example of luckiness is when people pass their exams with flying colours...or is it?
A lot of students will come out of the exam and say that the final result is down to luck. If they pass with flying colours, it is because they had a lucky charm on their exam desk. If they don't do so well, their reason for failing is attributed to a simple lack of luck.
But is this really the case? It's unlikely to be! As the famous quote goes, 'the best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.' This is especially true for the Case Study exams, a time when the pressure is on and you show all of the knowledge that has been stored in your brain for the last couple of months.
Here are a few tips to ensure that you do well in the exam, without relying on your lucky charm:
1). Practise, practise and then practise some more. A lot of knowledge can be learned through regular repetition. If you are reading the study text, practising with the mocks and studying the pre-seen materials on a regular basis, your brain will soak up the information like a sponge in water. Try and set aside some time for daily revision if you can. Not only will it help to have a set time for revision, but it will also structure your time and allow you to do other things during the day.
2). Learn your strengths and weaknesses. Do you find Ethics a breeze, but struggle with your industry knowledge? Pin point the key areas that you need to improve on and work on these a little more than areas you find easier. Don't just focus on one aspect though, because you could find that you are only revising a tiny part. Think of your revision as like a quilt or a scarf. If you stitched some threads together, it would not end up being the complete product. Likewise, if you only study one theory, you will not be preparing for the full exam.
3). Be resilient. Even if you are finding the revision hard going, please don't give up. It's hard now but it will be worth it in the end! Just think of the future when all of your hard work pays off. Good things don't always come easily, but they are always worth working hard for.
4). Have the right materials. This is where we are here to help. Astranti is made up of a team who have years of experience in accountancy and finance. Using our knowledge, we have developed materials that are specifically designed to help you achieve big things.
Preparation is a lot more useful than pure luck, and here at Astranti we believe in providing the best materials.
You can find out more about our OCS pre-seen products here: http://www.astranti.com/cima/operational/ocscourse/preseen.html