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What science teaches us about studying for ACCA

Richard Clarke

What science teaches us about studying

And how you can use it to help you pass :)

A study by the Association of Psychological science backed up all other recent studies - basically telling us what the good tutors know already - the best students practice and recap!


So what techniques are best?

  • Testing yourself - particularly using MCQs

    This works because it practices recall (what you have to do in the exam) and it also teaches you what you don't know (but thought you did)

  • Recaps

    Distributed learning as they call it - means you forget less and it stays in your longer term memory


What doesn't work at all well

  • Re-reading material

    - the brain needs to be engaged and practice what will happen in the exam - re-reading does little of either

  • Highlighting text

    - this is even worse - as the highlighted areas have no context for the brain to work with

So put those highlighters down and get onto the testing centre - and exam centre

The classroom section does all of this for you plus the recaps too - so see you there

Scientifically yours

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