Its revision season across the UK and at PayStream our accountants are gearing up for their professional exams, so they will always be able to provide you with the up most support and professional advice.
It's been almost 10 years since I qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant but I still remember some great tricks that helped me get through the exam period. So if you're a contractor currently going through any qualifications here are some top hints and tips for getting through the next few weeks...
1. Plan a treat for when they're over; even if it's something as simple as a trip to the cinema, give yourself something to look forward to that makes you feel that the study is all worthwhile.
2. Get out of the house to revise; don't tie yourself to a desk for hours, vary where you study so you don't get stuck in a rut. One of my favourites was taking a walk while someone else asked me questions from flash cards.
3. Post it's! Put them on the fridge, bathroom mirror or on the back of the front door, you'll be amazed how seeing some key facts when you're just going about you're daily routine will stick with you.
4. Practice past exam papers; it familiarises you with the structure of the paper, the style of the examiner and the language needed to pass the exam.
5. Never study hungry; make your study time count, ensure your concentration is at its peak by eating fruit and drinking water before and during revision periods.
6. Give the phone a rest; calls, texts, social media will all wait whilst you study. Put it on silent or give it to someone else to mind to lessen the temptation to reply whilst revising.
7. Prepare a timetable; it will help you plan your time and ensure that your syllabus is covered. It also helps with the temptation of avoiding the subjects you don't like.
8. Get a second opinion; if you don't understand a topic see if a colleague or friend has a different text that explains it in a fresh way.
9. Don't leave the exam hall before the end of the exam time; even if you've finished the paper with an hour to spare, you can't change a mistake if you realise you've made it when you're on the way home.
10. No post-mortems; try not to compare answers or look back at books after the exam, you can't change it so relax and go enjoy your treat!
And finally, best of luck!