Intermediate Course - Support Needed

Just Me
Just Me Registered Posts: 4 New contributor ?
Hello all

I am studying for my FRA exams in December 2008 and am getting very anxious about it all. I work full time in a 'hectic' role and trying to study part time is becoming really difficult..... I seem to spend all my free time studying and really trying to keep up with all the work but I am struggling to retain all the information and I am getting very stressed about it all...

My work is paying for my course so of course there is the added pressure to pass.

I am committed to it and see the AAT as a positive thing for me. However, this weekend I spent a lot of time doing questions from past exam papers and really seem to be struggling with the ETB (particularly working out the adjustments for opening and closing stock) and remembering all the steps for accounting for disposal, depreciation etc, despite my spending the time going back over things every week.... I really don't know what else to do and am worried as the exams are not very far way and failing really is not an option...

I don't want to sound like I am 'whinging' on here but I would be really grateful if anyone could offer some tips as to how I could best balance my workload and if there are any good books I could get that would help me to pass!

Thanks x

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  • A-Vic
    A-Vic Registered Posts: 6,970
    Hi Just Me

    Am in the same boat, as per a lot of other people on this course i think all you can do it keep practising the past papers have you tried the e-learning pages? ive found these help me understand a little better also what books are you using?? i use the osborne i used these last year and they got me through.

    heres the link for E-Leaning - good luck hope this helps

    http://www.aat.org.uk/elearning/rt_unit5_fra/
  • Esme
    Esme Registered Posts: 711
    Hi,

    I'm doing my FRA in December too. I use the Osbourne workbook and tutorials and I also have a Kaplan pocketnotes book which condenses all of the information into easy to understand sections.

    I was really worried about the exam a few weeks ago so I wrote down each chapter in order of which needed the most revision and went through one chapter a night, learning all the information and then doing the practice questions. It then all seemed to click into place.

    Don't panic about it, if you need any help you can pm me.
  • A-Vic
    A-Vic Registered Posts: 6,970
    Esme wrote: »
    Hi,

    I'm doing my FRA in December too. I use the Osbourne workbook and tutorials and I also have a Kaplan pocketnotes book which condenses all of the information into easy to understand sections.

    I was really worried about the exam a few weeks ago so I wrote down each chapter in order of which needed the most revision and went through one chapter a night, learning all the information and then doing the practice questions. It then all seemed to click into place.

    Don't panic about it, if you need any help you can pm me.

    Sounds like a good plan to me :thumbup1:
  • Just Me
    Just Me Registered Posts: 4 New contributor ?
    Thanks so much both of you for your replies.

    I will take a look at these Osbourne books you mentioned.

    ESME - I might PM you at some stage, I think it would be great to have a 'study buddy' but I don't really know anyone in my class well enoughto ask them.
  • nakeyj
    nakeyj Registered Posts: 23 Dedicated contributor ? ? ?
    Relax

    The best advice I can offer you is to just relax. It's a lot harder to learn under extreme pressure, don't be scared about walking away from your studies for 30 mins or even give yourself an evening off. Ensure that you continue to do the things you enjoy whatever they might be, whether it's walking the dog, having a glass of wine or listening to music. Make time for yourself but most importantly remember that you're not on your own and there's always somebody worse off than yourself :thumbup1:
  • taskey
    taskey Registered Posts: 1,800
    my only advice is to do the past papers over and over again. i took fra a couple of times thinking i knew what i was doing, each time i failed. i then went over papers again and again, sound easy but start at question 1. if you dont understand it, revise it in your books, then try the question again. keep doing this and it will sink in.

    hope that helps

    Tracy
  • potsandclocks
    potsandclocks Registered Posts: 15 Regular contributor ⭐ ? ⭐
    I would like to use these Osbourne books they sound great can you tell me where to get them from , how much they are etc as I cannot find them on amazon but maybe I am looking in the wrong place Ta :thumbup1:
  • A-Vic
    A-Vic Registered Posts: 6,970
    A-Vic wrote: »
    Sorry thats the workbook


    this is the tutorial for unit 5 fra


    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Financial-Records-Accounts-Tutorial-David/dp/1872962920/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b
  • potsandclocks
    potsandclocks Registered Posts: 15 Regular contributor ⭐ ? ⭐
    Thanks very much is there one for unit 6 as well by any stretch of the imagination please god I sound desperate eh!:laugh:
  • A-Vic
    A-Vic Registered Posts: 6,970
    Just go down the list on the sight it be there :001_smile:
  • A-Vic
    A-Vic Registered Posts: 6,970
    A-Vic wrote: »
    Just go down the list on the sight it be there :001_smile:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Costing-Reports-Tutorial-AAT-Accounting/dp/1872962866/ref=pd_sim_b_2/278-5501228-9727323

    see arnt i good lol

    there all on there try the used ones too i always do and theyve always been in good condition
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