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A day in the life of an ACCA student:Muhammed Sameer Rana

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Muhammed Sameer Rana is a current ACCA student at BPP University, London. Here, he gives us the low-down on what a typical study day looks like. 

Up with the sun

I wake up early in the morning in order to get to class on time. I usually take a bus, read the Financial Times and review the previous lecture on my way to university. Before class begins, coffee is a must to push my laziness away and help me to concentrate throughout the day.

I’m a morning person

As you may have gathered, I’m more of a morning guy. Even on days when there’s no class, I like to remain fit and healthy. I’m much better at studying in the morning than the afternoon after lunch.

Man with a plan

I always prepare plans before doing anything because structuring helps me to focus. It helps me to use resources, especially time, in the most efficient way. After coming to London as an international student, I have become more focused on planning and time management.

London calling

It’s been two months since I arrived here to complete my final five Professional ACCA papers. Apart from studying I enjoy being in London. I work part-time, I play football for my university’s official team, as well as training at a local club, I roam around London with my friends and try to explore its culture, meeting new people everyday and making new friends. I am able to do all of this just because of planning and time management.

Working lunches

Most of the time I go out with my friends from university for lunch at a nearby restaurant. But sometimes I take apples and bananas from home when I’m low on budget. Then I try to revise for the lecture so that I can keep up with the syllabus so that it does not pile up at the end when the exams are near.

A hard day’s night

I don’t have classes in the evening, but I do study in the evenings sometimes. It is a bit difficult to study in the evenings for me. As I wake up early in the morning and by the end of the day, my energy level is next to zero.


After a long day, I like watching movies on my laptop while having a cup of green tea to relax my mind. But sometimes I prefer to go on a bicycle ride to get some fresh air or go out running in order to stay fit.

Three tips for a successful ACCA study day

  1. Set a target, an aim, an ambition, a passion that will keep you motivated and will drive you to work even harder to get what you want.
  2. Enjoy life as it happens. Studying is a part of life, enjoy it!
  3. Give back to your society/community. No matter what level in an organisation you are, no matter if you’re a CEO, give back to the world. Do some charity work. Participate in activities that can help to make the world a better place.
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