06 Feb 11 Ultimate Strategies for Excellent Results in CA – Foundation
CA – Foundation is the first level in the Chartered Accountancy Course. For students who enroll for CA Course, ICAI (Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) conducts this course twice a year. There are both objective and subjective type questions in CA Foundation Examination, here 2 subjects carry objective type questions and 2 carry subjective type questions.
Nowadays, Practice does not make one perfect anymore “Perfect Practice Makes Perfect”. In this article we will talk about 11 ultimate strategies for excellent results in CA – Foundation.
CREATE A CLEAR STUDY PLAN
Here is some food for thought, remember the 6 P’s “Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance”.
Only top 10 % of students create a study plan, creating a study plan puts you in the category of these top students.
Clarity is no. 1 quality of top performers in any field or discipline.
Create a study plan where you allot specific time for specific subjects. Now you need to decide your stronger and weaker subjects. Do not ignore either type of subjects. You are free to shift the timing of studying, but give full attention to all of them.
Create and maintain a record for timing and process of studying. One of the best thing that you can do is to divide the plan into finest of activities. Note all the details of your activities e.g. Topics, subjects, chapters and units to you have study etc.
FOLLOW THE PLAN
“All good things come to those who persevere”
Start by following the smallest steps of the plan. This will give you enough motivation and idea
There is no use of creating a plan if no one is going to follow it. Here is where your will power comes in handy. You must show determination by following your study plan.
READ THE STUDY MATERIALS CAREFULLY
“Harder things are done the least but, they provide the most”
There is much more there is to study material than just questions and facts. How you explore and utilize the study material often becomes the differential point between the topper and the normal pass out student. You must understand the value of deep study. Don’t slack off just because you think that you know about the topic. Think practically and deeply about application and importance of the chapters and concepts.
USE SELECTIVE BOOKS FOR REFERENCE
If you want a good score, you need to deeply understand the important points and topics of the subject. But if you use multiple books for reference, there will be a language difference which can create confusion.
Ask your seniors, mentors or fellow students about the books and materials which they use as a reference material. Then select the ones with the language and description which you are comfortable with. “Excess of anything is bad”.
PREPARE YOUR OWN NOTES
There is no alternative of preparing your own notes. The best part is that you create them in your way and you can understand them easily. You revise the content as you prepare the notes.
All the toppers create their own set of personal notes as it makes revision easy for them. As they say “Winners don’t do different things, they do things differently”.
“Consistency is the key to success”
You don’t need to study 10hrs straight every day, start with taking little steps with studying 1hr per day. Show consistency. Then after you can concentrate for longer period of time, increase the duration of sessions. Do this slowly and steadily and you will start feeling changes.
Remember, today’s topper was once a common student.
EFFECTIVE TIME MANAGEMENT
“How you manage your time determines the entire quality of your life”:
Effective time management is the key for acing any test. How you handle your study time and how handle yourself in exam-time determines the entire quality of your performance.
Here are some important points to consider:
- Set a time limit for solving questions – this will help you to keep control over the pace of exams bet it simple test or main exams.
- Set a time limit for revision – To get a good idea about your speed. Speed is the key in achieving good marks in any exam.
- Set a time limit for your study session and increase it gradually.
- Set a time limit for each subject regardless of the fact that it is your strong or weak subject.
Pay attention to your study plan and time utilization and how they synchronize with each other. It can be a major deciding factor in your performance.
BALANCE SELF-STUDY & CLASSROOM STUDY
Self-study and classroom study both have their importance. But do not neglect one while preferring another. Mix both study modes, you will see the difference in your results as well as your performing capabilities.
Don’t hesitate to ask your faculties, seniors or even classmates for help. They can help you clear your doubts. After that, self-study according to your study plan and take time to evaluate yourself.
Mock test are a great way to prepare for the main event. You don’t need to over exert yourself with stress about examinations. Take a mock test, get a score and take time to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. You have to make sure that you also check out the papers from previous years.
CREATE AND FOLLOW HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
“A healthy mind resides in a healthy body”
Here are some great practical tips for you:
- Maintain a healthy sleep pattern – do not oversleep and do not under sleep.
- Avoid overuse of social media and internet.
- Maintain a healthy diet – avoid junk food and street food.
- Take some time for yourself and your hobbies, to keep your mind from getting overstressed.
- Exercise regularly.
PRACTICE ANSWERING WITH PRECISION
“You can only do things the way in which you practice them”
Accuracy is the key for writing a great answer. If you blindly follow some pattern without learning about the answering pattern, then, you are taking an unwanted risk. Write clear and precise answers and avoid overwriting. Read the question carefully before answering. It’s ok to take time and read the questions at your pace; this will help you in answering the question properly.