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Hi all, I am taking DFS in June, I have had a stinking cold this week and can't focus to study so feeling very low at the moment, is anyone else finding this module difficult

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  • jilt
    jilt Registered Posts: 2,903 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    Sorry to hear you have a cold. There is a lot to take in when studying DFS, I sat it in December and wondered of I'd ever be ready. Fortunately I did pass even though I was worried I hadn't after the exam.

    Give yourself a couple days off, you'll feel much better about it when your cold has gone, and then pick up those books again, believe in yourself and you'll be fine. Best of luck.

    Oh and I've got to muddle through MAC in June, could swap you! ....lol
  • mark057
    mark057 Registered Posts: 354 Dedicated contributor 🦉
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    DFS can be a bit difficult to grasp at first, particularly with respect to consolidated accounts and numerous IAS to learn.

    The best way to grasp it is through attempting lots of past exam questions.

    I sat my DFS in Dec 07 and found it very straight forward even though I'd struggled with it at first. Just put the hours in is my advice.
  • taskey
    taskey Registered Posts: 1,800 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    i also am taking dfs in june and am dreading it. i have gone onto ptc for a break, but dfs is rearing its ugly head this weekend, where it will be past paper - re read book - past paper (you get the picture)

    if you get stuck, put questions on here and loads of answers will come your way (hint hint steve, a-vic, jilt etc - you know who you are lol)

    Tracy
  • A-Vic
    A-Vic Registered Posts: 6,970 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    trust me when i say i hardly remember anything about DFS my head is stuck in MAC land (and hurts lol) but if can help will try but we all know who the expert is and he is a legend :)

    One thing tho i need a 28 hour day - just got my head stuck in a chapter and looked up and theres two hours gone sighs
  • Rachey
    Rachey Registered Posts: 589 Epic contributor 🐘
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    I've just got home from college and it was DFS night (for some reason I keep trying to call it FRA!! even though that was so last year.. haha)

    It all seems to be slotting into place now. I understand why things are and the reason behind it. There's method in the madness so to speak.

    BTC on the other hand...... I'll probably end up doing a pool to calculate pool and another pool from the first pool to form the next pool. Its BTC night tomorrow so hopefully i'll have the slotting into place feeling again, doubtful, but I remain hopeful!

    Cheers for the info the other day Vic, you're a Legend with a capital L.
  • A-Vic
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    surely you mean leg end lol your welcome - well thats it for the books nighters folks :)
  • *Jo
    *Jo Registered Posts: 509 Epic contributor 🐘
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    As if studying Business tax basis periods and overlap profits wasn't stressful enough (im a distance learner) with fitting in a full time job and running a home and bringing up a darling teenager, i've had my friend/neighbour "pop round" mention the fact the table is covered in my studies and say "oh i can see your busy i'll only stop a moment" and an hour or so later had to ask her nicely to leave so I can get on studying. That on top of my 15th year old keep coming in to ask annoying questions I think I can write this evening off. Maybe will get further with Personal Tax tomorow???

    Please tell me I;m not alone in wishing I could lock myself away from everyone for the next month!!!

    Rant over :)
  • taskey
    taskey Registered Posts: 1,800 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    Jo, i am exactly the same, i go into work and try to do some studying, but there is a really annoying bloke who sits and wants to chat all day. he drives me mad and then he says i get stressed near to exams - duh!!

    i then go home, pick up my girlies and then start tea. when i finally get to sit down with my books, my teenager also asks stupid questions or tries to sneak around quietly - so as not to disturb mum - lol when is a teenager ever quiet?

    i am in work today, everyone else is off as it is a german bank holiday, so i am closing my office door and finishing my ptc book.

    Rant also over lol

    Tracy
  • *Jo
    *Jo Registered Posts: 509 Epic contributor 🐘
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    dont even start me on the trying to study in my lunch hour with collegues disturbing me lol.

    Fingers crossed today goes smoothly for you.
  • A-Vic
    A-Vic Registered Posts: 6,970 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    well for the first time since doing the AAT ive actually brought in my book to do a bit of study when i get a free min, i dont have a dinner break just work through otherwise would have to be in even longer, however today i might try sneak in an hour
  • jewels.p
    jewels.p Registered Posts: 1,774 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    I am glad (not in a nasty way) that you are all as stressed as me. Dreading my Exams as DFS is a struggle. Then when I think I have got to grips with PTC my mind goes blank.

    It doesnt help when I am trying to Manage Offices with people who have been five minutes in the job and are already trying to tell me how to run things. One is a 51 year old who cant accept the fact that I am her Boss and a 17 year old who for the age of her knows it all. Then I have another one off sick with Depression cause her boyfriend of three months dumped her. She is in no hurry to come back as she is a single parent and her money is being made up, rent paid etc by the Government.

    How the hell I am gonna manage to get through the next month I do not know!

    Damn I thought that rant would make me feel better but now I am even more stressed!:lol:
  • SLM
    SLM Registered Posts: 64 Regular contributor ⭐
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    I am by no means trying to rub it in anyones faces but I generally find revising for these exams straightforward. I completed the whole personal tax book in a long weekend and then went straight onto past papers. This is alongside working a full time job, a part time job, running a house, having a social life etc. I find the best way to revise is the past papers, you get a good feel of what the exams are like and you then know what to expect. For the little written questions in the past papers I generally try to copy the answers from the text book, this way the correct answer is drummed into my head. Also if there is a certain part I keep getting wrong, I go back and do every example and question I can find on that topic in the textbook...that generally helps. I have also gone through the textbook and prepared revision notes. I have managed to get business tax and personal tax down to approximately 3 pages each. I found that doing this I actually understood things more clearly just by writing them down. I hope that maybe this is of some benefit to at least someone...
  • taskey
    taskey Registered Posts: 1,800 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    thanks SLM, i am approaching past papers this weekend as i do find that they are the best way to prepare. i am nailing PTC today then a quick flic through my dfs book again tomorrow then it will just be past papers all the way.

    i do think the support on here is fab. I have just phoned BPP re a question and they were excellent in the answer too.

    Tracy
  • taskey
    taskey Registered Posts: 1,800 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    SLM wrote: »
    I have also gone through the textbook and prepared revision notes. I have managed to get personal tax down to approximately 3 pages each.

    gis a copy lol

    Tracy
  • SLM
    SLM Registered Posts: 64 Regular contributor ⭐
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    If you pm me your email address and I will send them to you. They are kind of in a language I understand though, so how helpful they are to you I do not know. Do you want personal tax, business tax or both??? I should be able to get it to you today if I dont it will be tomorrow.
  • gemmahutchings7
    gemmahutchings7 Registered Posts: 7 New contributor 🐸
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    I am just as depressed as you all. I have 3 exams to take in June... DFS, PEV and PCR!
    DFS - there is just way too much info to learn and then ontop of that PEV and PCR! Dont really know how i am going to do it!
    I feel like i have not retained anything since i started these units in january!
    So im relearning and revising all at once! just dont know where to start!
  • A-Vic
    A-Vic Registered Posts: 6,970 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    Hi Gemma me and a few others were definately like you before last sitting and for me DFS didnt sink at first but it will it did for me :)
  • gemmahutchings7
    gemmahutchings7 Registered Posts: 7 New contributor 🐸
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    A-Vic wrote: »
    Hi Gemma me and a few others were definately like you before last sitting and for me DFS didnt sink at first but it will it did for me :)

    I hope i have the same luck. Im getting there with the proformas its just all the other info you need to learn - as usual the written questions are just rubbish, the definitions are so complicated to remember them all.
    hopefully i wont waffle too much in my answers!!

    Thanks anyway for the vote of confidence.
  • A-Vic
    A-Vic Registered Posts: 6,970 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    funny thing for me the same old doubts are showing there ugly head as they always do this time of year panic and acceptance (well that follows on after exams) every single exam i feel exactly the same but you just keep practising and hope for the best
  • Rachey
    Rachey Registered Posts: 589 Epic contributor 🐘
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    The best ones are 'i have so failed that exam' and two months later 'I passed!' You gotta love them :-)
  • A-Vic
    A-Vic Registered Posts: 6,970 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    guilty as charged :) everytime
  • jewels.p
    jewels.p Registered Posts: 1,774 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    Rachey wrote: »
    The best ones are 'i have so failed that exam' and two months later 'I passed!' You gotta love them :-)

    I'm one too every time! Lets hope its the same in June cause I know I am defo gonna say the first part! I am lacking motivation at the minute so that doesn't help. It's a struggle to even pick up my books I am that demotivated (if that's a word:laugh:)
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