Monday, 17 October 2011

Hints and tips! Part 1

Hello everyone... Hope you are all well!!!
Just thought I should write more about the degree programme I studied for three years: BA Accounting and Finance. I will give you information which you may find useful (trust me). Any problems, do not hesitate to get in touch.

1st YEAR:

If you have studied accounting in college (A Levels) then your first year should be simple but please do not be complacent.

The University of Greenwich runs two accountancy related degrees: BA Accounting and Finance along with BA Accounting and Financial Information Systems. For the first year only, students from both programmes will do the same modules. You need to obtain an overall 40% average or more to successfully progress to the 2nd year of your programme. You can also switch courses to progress to the 2nd year only if you obtain an overall grade of 50% or more.

I will use this chance now to comment on each and every module (recalling it from memory... FYI this can change!!!). Starting off with the first year:


Personal and Professional Development:

• 15 credit module (Sept - Jan)

• This course helps you to build on your current skills set. TRANSFERABLE SKILLS. Presentation skills... you will work in a group to deliver a presentation on a topic area.

• Writing essays and learning to use the Harvard referencing system (Very important... if you do not learn it properly = plagiarism enquiry!!!!).

• Learn how to use journals so that you can achieve high grades when you reference correctly.

• Exams: No exams for this module.


Business and Financial Environment:

• 15 credit module (Jan - Apr)

• This module is very much like economics back in college days. However, it is not that difficult as the course will look at the general background as in demand and supply etc.

• It will help to revise these key areas for to do really well in this module.

• Coursework can be essay or report based assignment. I had to do a report on the recession and it was a group assignment (pairs). Therefore, it can be on a relevant topic open for debate.


Cost Accounting in an Ethical and Organisational Context:

• 30 credit module

• This module is the "management accounting" aspect of the course. It is challenging but if have studied this area before then you should be fine. If not, make use of lecturer recommended text books.

• It will help to revise these key areas for yourself to do really well in this module.

• Coursework: essay and portfolio exercises. I had to do an essay alone and it was about corporate social responsibility (CSR). You are likely to get different topic areas to write about. Group presentation on CSR and I was in a group of four at the time.


Quantitative Analysis and Systems:

• 30 credit module

• This is just maths and statistics... believe me. If you are good at maths then you will ACE it. There are bits of A Level maths but if you work from the guidance of your tutor then you will do well.

• You will come across algebra, fractions, correlation coefficient, regression analysis and many more.

• You have to sign up for My Math Lab. An interactive learning environment whereby your tutor will give you "homework" to do. This was helpful because you get the chance to review your progress. If you do not understand anything... consult your tutor.

• Coursework: Report or it can be an essay. I did a report based on statistical information given for a company. As mentioned before for other modules, this can CHANGE!!!


Introduction to Financial Accounting:

• 30 credit module and it was my favourite!!!

• This module is the "financial accounting" aspect of the course. Same as cost accounting and it is challenging.

• You will start off very basic. You will learn how to do double entry bookkeeping and compute basic financial statements (Trial balance, Income Statement and Balance Sheet). This is preparation for a test in November and a January exam. First test is easy and the second is a bit tricky.

• Coursework: It was report and a paired assignment. Consisted of financial ratios (very important) and analysis of two companies.


TOP TIP = READ OUTSIDE YOUR LECTURE NOTES. READ THE FINANCIAL TIMES AND OTHER RELEVANT NEWSPAPERS TO YOUR DEGREE. BELIEVE ME... IT WILL HELP!!!

I will write about yr 2 and yr 3 very soon. Thanks for reading!!!

Monday, 19 September 2011

Freshers!

Hello everyone. Hope everyone is well!!! I know induction has not started yet but I would like to say an official welcome to our new batch of students.

Induction starts on Monday 19th but this depends on your programme. You may have received information through the post sent directly from our schools but if you haven’t then please visit this website: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/students/new/startdates. Select the school you belong to and it will list all the courses... just make sure you check your course details carefully. This applies to clearing applicants too. Good preparation is essential.

If you have completed both parts of your registration, please remember to apply for the 18+ Oyster card. Once you apply and pay... the University will confirm your student status and you will receive your card as soon as possible. Make sure you use it because it’s perfect for travel cards as you get 30% off.

Visit our very own fresher’s 2011 website: http://gre.ukmsl.net/freshers2011/. Check out what sort of events will take place and many more. Enjoy!!! Most importantly, read our blogs too. We will provide more useful information for you all and if there is anything you want us to cover then please compose an email to us and we will respond.

I know that some of you will be excited and some who may feel nervous about your first day. Don’t worry because if you are prepared then it will be ok... trust me. I still remember my first day when I went to my induction session! I was feeling alright to be honest. I met my new class mates and my tutors etc. Basically it’s like your first day in secondary school or college. The induction week is very important for you to realise what the University has to offer regardless of what campus you’re based at. Remember to have questions to hand so that you can address it with your personal tutor. You may also need to do a test (numeracy and literacy) this depends on your course. I know this because I had to do one! Therefore, just revise a bit and you will be fine.

So once again... welcome to the University of Greenwich!!!

Monday, 5 September 2011

Good times!

We all celebrated EID last week and once again it was a memorable one at work and at home too. We all dressed up and it was good... all round smiles! This year, Ramadan was difficult at start but then got easier because we had vast amounts of experience to keep us going. As I mentioned to my colleagues it felt really weird in the morning to actually eat something. But it didn’t stop me to munch big when I got home though. The food was super and it would be good if I could go through it again.

I would like to say a big thank you to my blog boss Uzma who went out and bought me a book called “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini. The reason why she gave it was because she was appreciative for the blogs I do for you all. To be honest, I haven’t read a book for ages and Uzma is aware of this fact. I have promised her that I will read the book of course and report back to her. I also would like to thank everyone in the Enquiry Unit for supporting me throughout and I am very appreciative to the award they had given me for my valuable contributions I have made to date. Thank you!!!

I must now move on to important information about registration. You may all have received two separate emails about online registration part 1. Your username and password are disclosed on these emails for you to complete this section. Once you complete online registration you will need to come in for registration part 2. Part 2 is where you bring in your documents (Passport and certificates of your qualifications). Please visit this link to see the timetable: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/current-students/reg/new. Just click on the campus which you are based at to find out their timetable. Any problems, please call us.

Hope this helps.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Enjoy it!!!

Hello everyone! Hope your results worked out the way you wanted... unlocking doors to new opportunities. I just thought I should give you some general advice regardless if you have secured a place for uni this year or not.

If you have made the decision to study at University and that you have secured your place for this year for example, I would say to enjoy every minute of it - course etc. Universities have their very own students union who primarily help students and I would also strongly recommend looking at what they have to offer. University is just not about successfully achieving a degree! It forms a foundation for you to build upon which then leads to employment. There are ways to ensure you stand out from the crowd and one way to do it is by joining in non curriculum activities. Yes it will build up your confidence and will also enhance your student life experience too.

If you have not secured your place for University this year, please don't worry! You definitely should maintain your focus and whichever route you take it will involve determination and hard work. As I have mentioned before in my previous blog entries... there is Clearing available. However, it is getting to the point whereby it is very difficult to say whether it is enough to get in to the course you want. No harm in trying though! Just for future reference, pick a course you will enjoy... you will get more than what you bargain for. Trust me!

If you have made the decision to not go to University then I would say for you to think ahead. Plan out something viable and please do not waste your time in doing so. Employment is the obvious answer but you need to be prepared! Look at apprenticeships and look into the possibility in enrolling to employment related qualification courses. That would help!

All I am say is that you have to make these all important decisions... no one else! You just need self belief that's all. I have seen in changes in me all thanks to the University and the job I am doing at the moment. I was in the same position as you too... I followed advice from all sorts of people and it worked out perfectly! I am just grateful!!!

Hope this helps. Thanks for reading as always!!!

Monday, 8 August 2011

Results out next week!

Hi everyone...

Yes... the A Level results are coming out next week (18th) and it will lead students to make those all important decisions. The results you get will determine whether you have been successful in securing your place for this year. UCAS track will be ever so busy with so many applicants logged in... I am just hoping that it doesn't go down!

Say for example, you miss out on a place on your firm choice due to your results... please do not panic! It isn't over as yet because you still can get into your insurance offer. If that doesn't work out for you then you will have to divert your attention to clearing. We have our very own blogs page solely for clearing. Read our clearing blogs: http://greenwich-clearing.blogspot.com/ to get more info. All I can say to you all out there is GOOD LUCK.

Our new team of clearing officers will commence their first day of training next week Monday. Last year was really good when I met my team... it boosted my confidence. I hope it is going to be the same this year. I will have to do my best to help them all the way and address any issues they may have.

You may all be aware about the embarrassment the examining boards faced this year due to mistake in their exam papers. This shouldn't have happened in the first place and question marks are on their quality assurance procedures. My sister who took her A Level exam papers in June highlighted that there were mistakes. I felt bad and started looking at the BBC news website and others too for constant updates. They have all ensured fair marking and they will follow what is necessary. I just hope it works out to be honest.

That is all for this week! Good luck to all applicants for next week.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Graduation!!!

Hi everyone!

My graduation ceremony took place last week on Friday and it was truly memorable experience to be honest. The Greenwich campus was buzzing and so was I with excitement as there were proud family and friends around supporting all the graduates. The atmosphere was fantastic!!! The weather was a big surprise too as I thought it would be cloudy / rainy but it wasn't... sunny throughout! Our Greenwich campus is well suited to host graduation ceremonies due to its historic and famous buildings... the history speaks for itself!!!

The long black robes (we were wearing) set against our historic buildings (Queen Anne, Queen Mary buildings etc) actually felt as if I was part of a scene from a Harry Potter film... there weren't any wands or broomsticks am afraid. I am really proud in achieving this degree and so are my family and friends. I simply could not have done it without their input. There were so many happy faces on the day itself (especially my parents!!!) and that made me feel even better.

The graduation ceremony marks the end to my undergraduate study. This is surely the foundation which I need to build upon and plan the next stages of my career. As you may all know (from my previous blog entries) I plan to do the ACCA qualification in future and I have researched so much about it and I believe it is going to be the best route for me to take. However, if I can secure a job now in relation to my degree... that would be an absolute bonus!!!
As the graduation week has come to an end, our University is now going to make preparations to welcome our new students for September 2011. Just to get a head start, I would strongly recommend you to make way for our Open Days if you have not done so already. The next available Open Day is scheduled for the 20th August 2011. If you would like more information, please visit http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/opendays.

My advice to you all is that do not believe that you must have a definite plan in place as soon as you start university. What you go through in your own life and university life will play a big role on decisions you make. Say for example if you know already that you want to be an "ACCOUNTANT" (perfect choice!!!), University is an option which you may need to look at because possibilities are endless! Our University will support you throughout with opportunities to visit specialised events, chances to look at interesting internships etc. Remember that university can turn out to be an interesting journey to some of you and it is really important to realise your own goals and not get carried away!!!

Thanks for reading everyone!



Monday, 11 July 2011

RESULT!!!

Hello everyone!!! I generally hope you are all enjoying your summer break despite the weather... typical!!! On a brighter note... my official results came through on Friday and I managed to achieve a 2:1!!! Woo hoo!!! Really pleased with my result purely because of the hard work I had put in throughout the three years at this uni. My family are over the moon!!! As I am the first one in my family to graduate... it makes it even more special!!! So that is it... three years went ever so quick and I will definitely miss this place. The Greenwich campus is super... you just have to visit the place!!!

I am enjoying my break so far and I will enjoy it even more because of my degree classification! I can't wait for my grad ceremony now. Work on the other hand, is hectic but enjoyable and I have the make the most out of it.

The next couple of paragraphs are just general advice which you may find useful!!! I have explained a few points before (previous blog entries) but this is like a refresher:

1. Accounting and Finance is a challenging subject... no question about it. If you have studied accounting in college then you should be fine for your first year. If you have no knowledge behind accounting whatsoever, then you will have to work hard. I would say to carry out additional reading (independently or groups)... that would help. Try to work with committed individuals so that you can work together and address any problems you face.

2. Course lecturers and tutors are there to help you and they will want what is best for you. When you need help... don't be afraid to drop them an email or chat to them face to face. Email is preferred and they will definitely respond!!! This I found very useful as I did this quite often.

3. If you want top grades then I would say to follow what every lecturers say: READ OUTSIDE OF YOUR LECTURE NOTES. You will be provided with a core reading lists for all your modules... make sure you read them. Make sure you read good newspapers too e.g. Financial Times! Yes I know... how boring but it will improve your awareness immensely. Shop around for your core recommended text books. We have our own bookshop and they tend to sell for at a discounted price. Otherwise... Amazon is the best bet for a bargain!!!

4. Remember to keep on top of things... work load, part time work, money!!! If you know that you are going to be in trouble then there are people to help. Your course leader is the perfect person to contact.

5. I generally thought that studying at University will be harder compared to college. It's the other way around. Most people would agree and say A Levels is a very tough qualification to get!!! University can be an enjoyable experience only if you want it to be. Please don't divert your attention to something else. Maintain your focus on studying and you will be fine... trust me!!!


Thanks for reading people.

Monday, 27 June 2011

The waiting game!

Still waiting for my results but I have ordered my gown for the graduation ceremony (on 22nd of July) and the photography service too. Hopefully, the day will be memorable for me and my family. Our course leader gave us an email this week stating we should be able to view our actual results on the 4th July. Not long now but all I have to do is just wait and hope for the best really.

I have been busy preparing myself for two events which I have attended:

1) Summer graduate fair (15th June) - which took place in the Excel centre. The atmosphere was really nice... with lots of people around and I went in very early that day too. I went there just to experience how it would be like as it was my first ever visit to a graduate fair. I had an enjoyable experience with my uni mates with me as well. We were just asking questions to exhibitors and having a laugh too. I would say that Bloomberg and inspiring interns were my favourite on that day. They were really cool! The advice given was really good and obviously it is our responsibility to make those key decisions about our futures.

2) Morgan Stanley (16th June) networking event - this took place in their head office in Canary Wharf. In my own opinion, this event was the best event I have been to. I met up with professional individuals from a variety of backgrounds... finance, law etc. We all had a one to one chat (q and a session) which I found really useful because I approached them with some quick fire questions. This event was part of a mentoring scheme whereby Morgan Stanley staff will use their time to mentor us. I opted to go for this event because it was a valuable opportunity to turn down. They also showed their trading floor where they make money for their clients... it was good.

I had an experienced member of staff from Morgan Stanley who took my details and requested me to send my CV to him. He emailed me back the next day and gave me a full review of my CV and general hints and tips to succeed in the graduate market. He also pointed out that I should have a profile with LinkedIn... which I am in the process of completing. I am just thankful for his help - you simply do not get chances like this to be honest. He said he is happy to help me out even more when I need it! See, networking is important now and you will see the benefit of it when you take part.

I'll finish for now. Thanks for reading people.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Busy times ahead!

Hope everyone is well and enjoying a well earned break! Just two weeks after my final exam, it has been pretty hectic so far.

I have been spending my time applying for jobs to be honest and focusing more towards our enquiry unit. Yes... "CLEARING" is fast approaching and it is essential to be fully prepared to tackle the workload. I have been noticing so many changes around the world of work and getting your ideal job is becoming a problematic experience. There are accountancy jobs available... no question about it. For one job, regardless if it is paid or not... there are like thousands of applications. Yes... not good stats but that is what we are facing at the moment. It is important to stand out but that too is really difficult when you are competing with qualified individuals. Oh well, I am trying and I will carry on till I get something. Simply cannot give up!

My uncle who works as an accountant in the city offered to help me out a bit. He gave me an interview over the phone and advised me accordingly (pointed out my strengths/drawbacks). This was so useful. He also took my CV, improved it and gave it to me the next day... now it looks professional. He did highlight to me to call up recruitment agencies to arrange a face to face interview rather than someone seeing me as an electronic copy (CV). My uncle helped me out so much which I am so grateful for. He even told me that you will definitely experience highs and lows from now but he said to keep going and never stop.

The wedding fever has just begun! Got two of them to attend this month and there are many more in process for the next couple of months. BUSY BUSY BUSY. We got this habit whereby we (my family) attend almost every single wedding we get an invite to. However, due to demand for such venues it does make it hard for the groom/brides family to book for the right time. Now you have weddings which take place at random days and evenings which I am not a fan of. I like the normal "Sunday wedding" and a 1.30pm session.

I promised my mates to go out and have fun... and we did. The day was just full of jokes and a big munch which was mad! Even though the weather was rubbish (it was raining mostly!) and I had a terrible cold... but it was well worth it. Reason being, I got to spend a whole day just playing about with people who I respect the most. The food by the way was too good and I wanted more (normally don't do that!... it was a one off!). This is the time to have fun and I will definitely carry on.

Anyways, have fun while it lasts and take care people.

Friday, 27 May 2011

It is over!!!

Once again, sorry for the late blog!

My 3 year Accounting and finance degree has officially come to an end (Waiting for the results now!!!). I seriously cannot believe it... another year over and done with! After completing my final exam I just thought to myself "... this is actually it, what am I going to do after this?". I cannot express the hard work I have put in for this course and I hope I do get the classification I want. For me it is difficult to take to take in the fact that there are no more exams or coursework. Relaaaax!!!

This year was difficult, no question about it!!! I have felt the pressure a lot this year because of tight coursework deadlines, revision and exams of course. I knew from the start that third year is going to be a big step up from second year and it was! I did mention a lot about this in my previous blog entries. It is right to say that it is crazy how different university life is from secondary school and college. Yes the independence is a major plus point of student life and generally not having your tutors giving you instructions on what you should do. Fortunately, I am in this position because of my tutors because I had followed their independent advice and other areas too... and I am ever so grateful for their help.

To sum up on my last two exam sittings:

20th May - Audit and Assurance: I had a couple of days to revise for this. I found it difficult in terms of revising because it was just pure theory... nothing else! The exam had six questions whereby I had to answer four only in space of three hours. All in all, I have managed to answer all the questions in time and I do believe it went ok (nothing else to say). The questions looked tough if I may say so but I just went for ones which played to my strengths.

26th May - Current Issues in Management Accounting (CIMA): After the audit exam I rested and then made plans to revise for CIMA. I would say that I had sufficient time to get prepared for CIMA. Yes, THEORY AGAIN - only one topic which was numerical!!! Even though this module is only worth 15 credits, the exam was really difficult. I was surprised. I had to answer three questions out of the five in three hours. I gave it my all that day but I have to say that I am not confident about it! The weather was absolutely terrible. I was totally drenched (even though I had my umbrella!) when I came out of the exam hall.

I have a lot of free time now and I am going to spend it with friends. This is obviously the big advantage of our university life as our academic year finishes earlier than secondary school and college. So I feel a lot of you are still preparing for your exams or you have started already (GCSE/A Level). All I can say is that you maintain your focus and do your best. I was in the same position as you and I just took the advice from family and friends and I gave it my all!

I will be still blogging for you all as I will still remain working for the Enquiry Unit throughout the summer. Yes there will be a lot of stuff going on in between and I hope it goes according to plan.

Once again, I wish everyone who is taking their GCSE/A Level exams good luck!!! Thanks for reading, and don't worry I'll be back soon.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Just two exams left!!!

Hello everyone! Sorry for the late blog!

This week was intense as I completed my first two exams... one on Tuesday and I just completed one today (Thursday). The amount of work I had put in was just mad to be honest (I am not exaggerating here!). It's a big weight of my shoulders as I considered those two as the "big guns". Basically I am not taking any chances here... I will go straight down to revision for AUDIT as it's the next exam next week on Friday.

Let me go through what happened:

10th May - Strategic Financial Management: This paper was ok to be fair. As you know this paper was based upon a real life case study which I had picked up 2 weeks before. The company was Toyota and the case study reflected the crisis management which they had to face (recalling their cars for safety issues). I was generally pleased with the exam paper but the only problem I had was time... it was flying big time. I managed to answer all questions but I had to rush one part of the answer. The paper had seven questions in total whereby I had to answer just four. The two weeks was just tiring because I had to familiarise with the case study and do further research on it. Hope I do get a good mark!

12th May - Finance: Just after the SFM exam, I was on it with finance. This one was chaotic in terms of revision... it was just nonstop = practicing, practicing and practicing answering past exam questions. I was feeling the pressure!!! I thought two of my favourite topic questions will be coming up on that exam. Unfortunately both didn't even feature (arghhh) which put me right off at start but I moved on. Luckily I did revise my least favourite topics and these were assessed on the day and overall I was happy with my answers. Finance is a challenging course and it is not just about maths!!! I put in a lot of work for finance... let's see if I have pulled it off.

The next exam I have is AUDIT which is on Friday the 20th. I know I have to put in the same level of hard work as I did for SFM and finance. When I finish up on this blog I will take a break and start to make arrangements for it.

I had so much support from family and friends who have wished me well. Thank you all... really appreciate it.

Thanks for reading as always! Will blog again soon!

Monday, 25 April 2011

The Final Term!!!

Hope everyone is well and I also hope you all had a good Easter break. We all deserved it... didn't we?

The Easter break was a bit intense because I had managed to go into lethal revision mode. Ha ha!!! I was just practicing past exam questions for SFM and finance only because they are the first two exams. I have also made extra notes and kept my focus on time management which I feel is so important as it is regarded as a crucial exam technique. So far I am happy with what I have done over the break but there is a lot to go through. Well the exams are just around the corner and it is my responsibility to be ready at any cost and have the self belief that I can pull it off.

The exam case study for SFM is coming out tomorrow. I am still hoping to keep to my promise to work on it straight away with my mates. It is going to be a really busy day tomorrow as we also have a revision lecture on Audit starting at 9am (I am not a morning person... oh well!). I certainly cannot believe the fact that my uni life is coming to an end (Well I need to pass my exams first!). Better not think about it too much as it can hit me badly.

The support I had from my course tutors was immense and I am ever so grateful for it. Without their continuous support, I don't think I would be in this position today (I am not just saying that). All you have to do is approach them (don't be afraid not to do so) and talk to them and follow their advice and believe me I still actually do this. If you want a one to one chat - just email them directly so that they can confirm an appointment. Its simple.

Just a bit of advice:

For anyone who is coming into our university starting this September (Newbie!!), just be prepared. That is all I can say to you. Do come in with the attitude that you will do well in all your courses - not just your favourite ones (It is just as important that you show you have a good all round performance too). Remember that university life is not like college anyone. No one will force you to do your work - bear in mind that you are paying fees this time. It is also important in which I suggest for you to come into this university with a sole intention that you will keep yourself motivated at all times. Think about it ... If there is no sign of motivation, you will fall behind (unfortunately, I have experienced it this year... but I have picked myself up at the right time). It can be really tough at times to maintain your motivation but you have to try and then it will pay off eventually.

Thanks for reading as always! I will try my best to ensure I keep you all informed about my exams in due course. Take care!!!

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

My 50th BLOG!!!

I genuinely can't believe that I have done 50 blogs for you all. Well I did say that I wanted to reach this target... and I have done it! I have just got used to it... let's just hope that I can do more until I leave this uni. I have to admit that the past couple of weeks felt as if I haven’t written a blog for ages (I seriously don't know why!).

This Easter break is just flying! The first week just went like that. We all need time to do things and it can be problematic. When you call for it sometimes it smacks you (you all know what I mean... I hope you do!) and there is nothing you can do which irritates me a lot (considering you have a lot on). I know it is hard sometimes but that is reality!

Moving on...

I have been carrying on with my revision alone and popping into uni to revise with my mates. It is going well because we learn from each other and obviously having a laugh at the same time too. What we have been doing lately is going through past exam questions and basically chatting about our own exam techniques. We all have different ways to revise and approaching exams. It is therefore crucial to get it right. I still have a lot to go through and I cannot simply afford to waste any time. I can't take any chances!

I am eagerly waiting what our case study is going to be about this year. Let me explain... my first exam is for Strategic Financial Management and that is based upon a case study which is released 2 weeks prior to the exam. It is therefore coming out on the 26th of this month in which I will have to pick it up in person from the Business School (It's that confidential... lol!). Me and my mates have promised to work on that case study straight away by making notes, gathering more info from other sources etc... we don't want to waste any time. Let's hope it works out that way.

I have received my grade for my Audit report last Friday which I submitted back in February. I was surprised in a good way because I achieved a great mark. The reason why I was surprised was because it was all last minute that coursework. The strain of the third year got to me and that resulted in me taking the "last minute" approach. It has paid off for me. I have to wait for just one more coursework grade and it is for the essay I did for CIMA. That too was last minute but I am not feeling that confident on that one. Well there is one that does your head in.

Anyways people, carry on enjoying your Easter break!!! I'll blog again soon!

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Exam timetable is up!!!

I was looking at the blogs I have done in the past and I just realised that it has been a year in which I have been doing these blogs!!! 1 year just went like that!
Moving on...

I am in front of my laptop writing my blog up for you all. Yes... it was a tiring uni week to be honest last week. Revision has officially begun and I have started my independent revision at home (not structured so far!). I also worked at the open day last Saturday (26th) and it was great because the turnout was big. The weather wasn’t all that because it was on and off (you what I mean). Therefore, my weekend was short and it just flew away... seriously!!! I lost an hour worth of sleep because the time went forward. I have to admit that I had to do a lot on Sunday but failed to address majority of them because of time.

Our exam time table was published just yesterday and it is not to my liking. The first week is going to be a killer week for me. I have my first exam is on the 10th of May and this is for SFM. This is closely followed with Finance on the 12th (see what I mean). Audit will be on the 20th and the final exam for CIMA is going to be on the 26th. I just had advice from one of my senior lecturers and what she said was logical and it is the best way to get around the first two exams.

Revision is going ok to say the least (considering I just started). I have experienced a hard year to date and there were times whereby I thought I wasn’t learning anything. I am getting there now and I hope to be ready when the exams are upon us. I have had to work under serious pressure this year which I didn’t experience in previous years. It was odd but it had worked in my favour as I have had achieved good grades for my coursework (I am still awaiting grades for 2 assignments). It is just 5 weeks left till my first exam.

Well this is the final week of term and yes it will lead towards the start of the Easter break. I plan to use this valuable break to build up my exam techniques obviously and catch up with everything. It is bound to be intense but there is nothing I can do to be honest. Obviously, I won’t be doing work 24/7 but I will look towards spending more time with friends and family.

Hope everyone enjoys the Easter break!

Monday, 14 March 2011

Time to face the real world!

Ok let’s be honest here... I have been chilling so far. I have deserved every single minute of it. I will now need to look ahead and plan effectively for the May exams. I am dreading them but all is not lost as if I prepare beforehand then it can work out the way I want it (all you have to do is just stick with it).
You feel good because there are not any deadlines to worry about anymore (one piece of advice: do not be complacent). But there are graduate job application deadlines. I am just taking my time in doing so... just picking out the ones which applies to me (for some people it is not the best approach). I am always like that and my mates know that I always do this. In saying this, I will have to act fast.

I intend to start my revision from this week... you may say that it’s too early but the reason is because the syllabus from three of my courses are ending soon (within two weeks). My course tutors always have given us advice and this was one of them: start your revision from now!!! I just follow my course tutors because they are the only people you can rely on regarding your studies. I have trusted them to an extent that things are working out the way I want it you know. I have to thank them for my development because they played a big part in it.

Obviously it is important to work hard when you are in university. But I do also think that you should have fun within your studies too. It is therefore important to incorporate both into one. I always see myself in a good mood when I approach to do anything... yes there are times whereby it’s too much to handle but I just work at my own pace. When I do leave this University... it will hit me but I do not want to look back at my time here and regret not having enough fun because I have had so much of it within these three years so far. Equally, I definitely do not want to regret not doing enough work either because I have done my absolute best to date!

I need to start thinking soon about what I want to do for the coming months ahead. I have thought about it already because it has been on my mind since I even came to Greenwich University and this is the ACCA professional qualifications. However, I was having an interesting chat with one of my senior course tutors about the ACCA professional papers. She told me that you will need to start off with one paper and gradually take steps forward to address the other papers. I was just listening to her and then I thought to myself that these papers are like 10 times harder (I would think!) than the exams we are doing now. You will need self belief and I would say that I am up for the challenge because you will have to have a good go at it.

Monday, 28 February 2011

No more coursework!!!

No more coursework this year... WOO HOO! I am so happy that this is the case because it was hard throughout the year and I mean it. I had to balance out the coursework with my life and it wasn't easy at all. The month of December along with this month was exactly the same to be honest (crammed with deadlines). Deadlines within those months hit me badly but I knew I had to get the work done.
The amount of late nights I had to go through in order to get the CIMA essay completed... unbelievable. I didn't usually sleep my normal hours which is actually 9 hours. For a week and a half, it was down to 4 hours (I was knackered all the way through... I seriously don't want to experience it again). Well, I do generally hope that it does pay off in the end when I receive my grade for this along with my audit coursework too.

Let’s not get too carried away because I still have the in class test for finance left which is tomorrow. The finance test will take place in our Greenwich campus and is at 1pm. Time will fly as the test is only one hour long comprising 10 questions and is compulsory for us to answer 7. I will just have to do the questions quickly and not risk my time choosing the questions to answer first.

I have spent all this week preparing myself for this test - just practicing past test paper questions and just looking at my notes. This test doesn't count much in terms of percentage for the whole course but this doesn't matter to me. I just want to do well in everything I do... it's my approach!!!. I would say that you should take that attitude also when you do things in life.

Once the test is over... I will just chill for a week (don't worry I will keep up my workload - tutorial preparation and lectures!). Well I do deserve a break... I didn't have much time to chill for ages, trust me. I will then definitely take up valuable time to focus solely on employment applications and preparing for interviews.

Until next time people!

Monday, 14 February 2011

Busy busy busy!!!

The last two weeks have been extremely busy with coursework and other important things too... I need a break!!! Yet, having said that... there is more to overcome :-(. Some people just love challenges and I would agree to say that it wouldn’t be exciting any other way really, would it? Not long left now until the May exams!

I even found time to celebrate my sisters 20th birthday! Well you just have to make up the time for your loved ones. The day itself was just chocolate, cake and even more munch. I just want to say a big thank you to my fellow colleague... Sonia for the recommendation she gave for my sisters birthday present... my sis absolutely loves it (I even bought something similar for my youngest sister too, who is going to be 18 on March the 2nd). I admit that I am actually not used to girly presents apart from the basics you know (please do not get offended by any means). Therefore, I took Sonia’s help.

Moving on:

I have been doing coursework after coursework this month and time was not on my side to be honest. I submitted my Audit coursework on Friday the 11th and it was such a relief because I just wanted it to be over and I can’t say more. The only coursework left for this entire year for me is the CIMA essay based on performance measurement and it is due on the 23rd of this month. After that we all have an in class finance test on the 28th. So not much to go but it is going to be tough for the next two weeks.

After all coursework is done hopefully, the remainder of the year will be even more challenging and packed with some interesting stuff. Obviously, I am talking about the May exams and the build up towards it will be immense. I just hope it works out for me the way I want it.

Anyways people, thanks for reading as always!!!

Monday, 31 January 2011

February: The "killer" month!

Hope everyone is well! A quick reminder that we have an Open Day coming up on the 5th. Feel free to attend!

So it is February!!! A month in which is congested with coursework deadlines and a test. Ok... I have the Audit coursework due on the 11th, the CIMA coursework on the 23rd and the finally the finance test on the 28th. It may not sound much to some people out there but believe me... the amount of hard work and effort required is just unbelievable. If you put the time in then it will give you results... it's true. If I can get through this month, then that would be the end for coursework... whoo hoo!!! Then again, you have the May exams to worry about and time will fly as it always does. My primary focus after the month of February will be preparing for the exams ONLY.

Quick recap:

Do you remember the finance coursework? The grades were out on the 18th when I was at work. I didn't realise it but my mate notified me after work. Once again, I was feeling nervous on my way home. When I got home eventually... it took ever so long on our stupid "mobile broadband" network to hook up on the internet. When I managed to get on the results page, I saw what I got and I was so happy. I looked back at what I had gone through at the time of doing this coursework and it was stressful to say the least.

The finance coursework was ready for us to collect the following week and I picked up my one on Wednesday. I was left frustrated to be honest because there weren't any comments made on the work I did. It was blank throughout but there was this comment made by the marker on the title page of my report: "Overall good work but minor mistakes on calculations and interpretation". Come on... that doesn't help. My mate had loads of comments made on his and marked continuously. I wanted to know where I went wrong so that I learn. It feels as if the marker only skim read my report. Not good at all.

So what am I doing now? Obviously writing up this blog and actually writing up on what I have researched for both coursework so far. You just have to do a lot of multitasking these days and I am not joking about it. So far, it is going good. I hope the research I have to hand now is sufficient for the Audit coursework. The only reason for this is that I want to finish it before the end of this week (it would be ideal). However, I have my reservations for the CIMA coursework. That one is big (the word count) and don't worry, I will have a good go at it. I will take into account feedback given to me on my initial study (which I submitted back in November) and just build on that.

That would be all people! I'll write again soon! Take care!

Monday, 17 January 2011

1 Exam Down!

The second term of university has started and we just done an exam on the first week back. It is such a relief to get one of your exams out of the way, considering I have four more to do in May! The exam I just did on Thursday was for one of my modules: Current Issues in Financial Accounting (CIFA). It was a morning examination at 9.30 in our Avery Hill campus.

In general, I was happy with the paper (the questions were decent) and my performance because I managed to finish it well before the finishing time, which allowed me to double check my work for errors. I always stay back until the very end and make sure that I am content with it and it actually does pay off at the end when you do receive your marks. I would say it is a good exam technique. I hope that I get a good mark because it counts for 60% of my final grade.

The day before the exam, I was in constant revision mode - practicing past exam questions (the three topics I really like) and improving my exam technique. Personally, I am not a fan of last minute revision and I believe it can backfire on you on the day... obviously you don't want that to happen. I have to be honest and say that I didn't have time to revise as much I hoped for in my three-week break because you know I had a lot on. However, the week of this exam is where I had put my head down and got the work done.

After the exam, we all heard that the grades were up for the Strategic Financial Management (SFM) report. We quickly went on the computer at The Dome to check them out. I was nervous because that report was hard. When I saw my result, I was so over the moon... I just couldn't express my delight. Double bonus on the same day and that prompted me to have a bit of fun with my mates... one of them called me up when I was on campus and then picked me up moments later and it was jokes afterwards. I haven't had a good laugh for ages and it was all worth it.

The next day it was back to work because there are only two assignments left and both are due in February. I also have a Finance test in February too... what a killer month it will be for me. It is beneficial to start your research early on, as you don't want to panic when the deadline approaches.

Until next time everyone! Take care!

Monday, 3 January 2011

Sky...messed up!

Hope you are all still enjoying your well earned break!

Moving on...

Sky messed up in getting an engineer to our place to activate the phone line (arrrrggghhh) on the 31st of December. I phoned into notify why the engineer did not attend the agreed appointment. I knew from the start that there was something fishy going on as the assistant put me on hold for 15 minutes (talk about service!). When she got back, I was horrified to hear that my agreed appointment (31st of December) was changed to the 21st of January... that's a disgrace. I said to her why wasn't I informed about this change. Sky then have the cheek to say that “the only way we inform you is when you call in to notify why the engineer hasn't attended”. Can you believe this? I had enough and told her (politely) if I can speak to her supervisor.

The supervisor was on the line straight away and explained that there had been a breakdown in communication with BT Open reach... well that's not my problem! I wanted a speedy resolution and I wasn't getting any at all. All I heard was apologies throughout. I wasn't having any of it and I just ended the call (well not like slamming it... I am not a rude person). It's obvious that due to the Christmas break Sky must have had a backlog, which they have failed to deal with. Just don't know what to do now!!!

That left us (myself and my two sisters) with a big struggle as we all have exams and coursework coming up. We need our broadband back! Luckily, my uncle lives across the street which helps - he has his own kids and they need it too. Basically, I was looking at options and the only one that came to my head was mobile broadband. The next morning headed over to Car phone warehouse and they offered me a good pay as you go deal and I went for it.

If the problem with Sky continues, I will be looking elsewhere for a better provider.

I do hope this doesn’t happen to you too.