Blog - May 2017

ABE’s Top Tips to Help You Pass Your Exams - On the Day

You’ve worked hard,  you’ve followed our Top Tips for Revision.  Now all you’ve got to do is sit your exam.  To help you get the grade you deserve, follow these simple steps to exam success.

1. Read each question thoroughly to make sure you understand exactly what is expected of you.   Underline all the command words in the question (these are the ‘instruction’ words, such as ‘identify’, ‘describe’ or ‘explain’).

2. Ask yourself  ‘what does the examiner want me to do?’ so you can give the kind of answer they are looking for. 

3. Plan how you are going to answer the question and tick off each item when you have completed it. Make sure that your answer covers all the command words used in the question.  

4. Take a note of the time allowed for each question and plan your answers accordingly.

5. Keep your answers concise.  You won’t get extra marks for giving information that is not required and it wastes your valuable time. 

Finally, keep calm and remember the exam is only there to help you prove what you have learnt. 

We wish you every success.  Do share any top tips of your own.

Good luck.


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Myanmar is investing in its future by Kate Winter

Myanmar is a fascinating place. It's centuries-old Buddhist traditions, its links with China, Thailand and India, and its recent ambitions to become a truly democratic nation, make it an intriguing place to visit. ABE's association with Myanmar goes back many years. We now have over ten accredited colleges in Yangon alone.  This April I visited my colleague Suren Verma along with our head of learning delivery Sian Thomas. We visited colleges up and down the country, to meet with our principals, teachers and learners, and discuss the newly updated ABE qualifications.  We had an excellent reception and everyone agreed that our focus on academic standards along with modern day workplace skills, will continue to make ABE alumni even more sought after in the workplace.

We also held a networking event especially for our alumni and prize winners.

It was very interesting to find out where our alumni are working - in fact they go onto all kinds of careers in telecommunications, hospitality, government and banking. What unites everybody is their professionalism and drive to succeed.  A recent survey we did of our global membership, showed that a huge 97% of ABE members think that their qualification is both relevant to their work and has helped them. 

In countries like Myanmar which are seizing new opportunities, our alumni are really at the heart of driving change. They are helping organisations make good and informed decisions.

Our alumni event was featured on the news in Myanmar.  We are very pleased to be able to help Myanmar students gain the skills they need to achieve their potential. We also met with the Ministry of Education and The University of Economics in Yangon, Meiktila, and Monywa.  Each of these institutions shared ABE's committment to quality education. We are proud to be associated with Myanmar and together with our accredited partners, will help to up-skill the entrepreneurs and CEOs of tomorrow.

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ABE’s Top Tips to Help You Pass Your Exams - Revision

Exams are looming and it’s a stressful time!   Everyone tells you to just relax and do your best.  Great advice, but easier said than done!   One thing that can help is feeling well prepared.  With this in mind, we have summarised some top tips to getting top grades:

1. Thoroughly understand the learning outcomes for the units you are sitting.  Every exam paper will contain at least one question relating to each learning outcome so thoroughly understanding them will put you on the path to success. For more information go to the Members Area and read the Study Tips and syllabus for your unit.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Sometimes it can feel embarrassing if everyone else seems to understand something and you don’t.  But don’t let what others might think stop you from asking questions if you feel you don't fully understand an explanation (your peers may well be wondering the same thing).  So, if there is anything you are not sure about, ask your tutor to explain it then check and double check your understanding is correct.  

3. Identify your weak areas.  Test yourself using past papers from the Members Area and set a three hour time limit.   Then check the examiners’ reports and suggested answers to see where you did well and where you may need further revision. Make sure you do this early enough to allow plenty of time to develop any weaker areas.    Your college may well organise this for you. If so, make sure you pay close attention to any feedback you are given.

4. Develop a wider understanding of your subject.  Make full use of the ABE resources, academic database and recommended reading lists to ensure you have a broad knowledge of the subject.  The test questions will not be exactly the same as in past papers so gaining a thorough understanding of the subject gives you the best chance of understanding a question in any context.

5. Devise a learning method that works for you.  Check what type of learner you are.   If you are not sure check out our learning style quiz.  If you know what helps you memorise and understand best you can build this into your revision.

We hope that you find this useful and wish you every success in the forthcoming exams.  

Also check out ABE's Top Tips to Help You Pass Exams - Part 2 On the Day

Do share any top tips of your own.

Good luck.


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Samanthi Warnhalu, Sri Lanka - Winner of the Presidents Prize, studied at the Academy of Higher Learning

Samanthi WarnaguluI am a graduate in Science and employed as an Executive in one of the leading banks in Sri Lanka. I got to know ABE Level 6 as one of the qualifications listed among those that could pave way for me to reach my next level of promotion in my career. I found from the website the Academy of Higher Learning (AHL) and immediately contacted them. AHL promptly responded to my request and helped me enrol onto the programme within a short time.

It is an exciting experience for me from a science background.  The way the lessons are structured and the way my Lecturer presented the subject in the classroom and the connection he made to my real work experience made my learning very interesting and appealing. My lecturers were great and so committed, they assisted in every possible way to achieve the best.

Well! I did my examinations. But when I heard that I won the President Award and I am the BEST in the whole world in ABE Level 6 among several students and among several countries, I simply could not believe it. But it is real. I have done it. I am sure  that the  well structured ABE study manuals, resources in the website such as past question papers, examiner’s reports, study tips helps the student to prepare for the best. The case studies and activities are of great importance and I enjoyed everything.

I wanted my transcript immediately to submit to HR department as the deadline for submission has already passed for the anticipated promotion. However, I should appreciate the excellent manner the AHL and ABE responded to my request and went out of their way to make sure that the transcript and confirmation letter reached the HRM Department of Sampath Bank service on time to finalise my Promotion in the Bank. I thank Mr. Raj Muthuvaddivoo CEO of AHL Campus Ms.Kate Winter International Director for ABE Asia Region Linda Wilkin of  ABE UK for their outstanding service.

I would recommend any one to the ABE programme at AHL Campus for their career progress and success, new employment and to simply accumulate knowledge. It’s a great programme recognised by the whole world.

Finally I thank my course lecturer Mr. Stanley Perera,  Mr.RajMuthuvadivoo the CEO of AHL, Mr.Rijaz, the Administrative officer  of AHL , my employer Sampath Bank  and my  family for helping me to achieve this feat.

Michael Obeng, Ghana - Top Paper Award in Business Plan for Enterprise Start Up / Understanding Entrepreneurship, studied at Pentecost University College

Michael ObengI hail from Darko in the Ashanti region of Ghana. I live with my Dad and Mum in Accra. My Dad is a Network Administrator in IT. My Mum is an anaesthetist and works at Amasaman hospital also in Accra.

I chose ABE after my tutors recommended it to me, I realised it was the quick route and best option for me to achieve my aims.  After completing ABE my plan is to secure employment in a reputable organisation where I can apply the knowledge gained in my field of study.

The best thing about ABE is that its courses are practical.   I have gained skills and tactics in the area of personal selling.  I found putting myself in practical scenarios and conducting research using the internet helped me a lot in studying this course.   

In the long term I hope to become a strategic sales manager

Kulsum Nasser, Tanzania - Top Paper Award in Entrepreneurship and Business Development, studied at Financial Training Centre

kulsum nasserFTCI am a recent ABE Level 6 Graduate from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. I currently work at a corporate finance firm called FTC Consultants Ltd as a financial associate. I mainly assist in accounting, secretarial and admin based tasks.

I opted to study ABE mainly because of how fast paced, yet flexible it is. I completed my qualification in two and a half years from Level 4 all the way to level 6, and I am gaining many exemptions to prestigious degree courses. I was able to select modules that fit my own preference, and completed the course in accordance to my personal, academic and career-based aspirations. The modules offered by ABE have good technical and practical coverage, which is exactly what I wanted as a student.   

Financial Training Centre (FTC) was the home to my ABE journey, and it was an amazing experience. Alongside having the advantages of studying locally and at an affordable price, the quality of education I received matched international standards based on the approaches my lecturers used. My lecturers were caring and helpful, and the classroom discussions were always enlightening.   I attribute a large part of my success to the admin and my teachers who were always there for me, as were my family. I dedicate this achievement to my late grandfather, who was my greatest inspiration and support.

I think the best part about ABE is that it’s always evolving to provide better and more relevant qualifications to students. The public acknowledges that ABE graduates offer a great value proposition to potential employers, because of the wide range of competences and knowledge they acquire during their studies.  I am currently applying to universities that will allow me to obtain my Bachelors degree (Hons) in Business Management. I then plan to pursue a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship shortly after.

I am mostly appreciative to how students can make their studying experiences as flexible as they want. I took extra modules because I desired more in-depth information on certain subjects, and paired the papers I took in such a way that allowed my studying to become a quicker, effective and a more enjoyable learning experience.

I’ve derived so many useful and practical skills from my ABE course that cover all areas of work.  The main thing I’ve learnt is to appreciate that diversity, in all its aspects, should be welcomed and, in fact, encouraged.  Everyone has a different opinion; a different thought process, and an independent set of ideas; and I’ve definitely learned how to become more receptive to that. It’s amazing really, how everyone has their own story; we just need to be there to listen to it, so we can learn from it.

I think the most important step is to know what learning/study approach appeals to an individual –so I would recommend students take the test (available here on the ABE website  ). As a visual learner myself, I would say that online videos, mind maps, and colour coding my notes really helped. I remember watching a YouTube video on the Boston Consultancy Group (BCG) Matrix the night before my Corporate Strategy (CS) exam, and it was examined on. I was ecstatic!

Overall though, preparation well in advance is key, and don’t be afraid to make your own analogies or acronyms as you go along. As long as you remember it during the exam, and can laugh about it afterwards, go for it!   

I enjoy entrepreneurship and do feel that it will make a substantial part of the global economy in the years to come. I love the fact that people have the capacity to conceptualize a good business idea; and a couple of months/years later, you are in an amazing restaurant having a great meal , or going through a soulful art gallery/boutique, that is an embodiment of that person’s ideas, dreams, and to an extent, their personality! However, I currently aspire for corporate exposure, so I’m aiming to obtain the professional experience that will allow me to expand my horizons; but I’ll definitely be heading towards the entrepreneurial side when I am ready. I’m also a huge animal lover and am quite keen on animal rights, so I do plan to actively propagate causes such as those in the near future, and I feel entrepreneurship will be the best path for me to make a difference. 

Kariah Medard, St Lucia – Top Paper Award in Introduction to Quantitative Methods, studied at National Research & Development Foundation

Kariah MedardI am currently pursuing a BSc in Business Management and from my first class with the ABE programme I knew that I made the right move choosing to study with ABE.

From the courses that I have completed, I have been able to apply concepts and rules to my job on a daily basis; from the way I answer a telephone to the way that I format documents and the appropriate forms to use, even in my personal life when communicating with organisations, other business owners or even random people that I meet. The accounting course has helped me be more vigilant with my spending and finances.

I have had the most amazing tutors. They wanted to see every student succeed. They were really hands on and did their best to make sure that every concept down to very minor details were taught and understood. They played a significant role in my learning experience and contributed to my rewarding examinations results.

I am also looking forward to establishing a business of my own in the near future. With the help of the programme that I am doing, I will definitely be off to a good start especially when it comes to accounting and handling my finances.

I have always wanted my career to fall within the accounting field, but with the Business Management programme, I am hoping to still be able to further myself in accounting and also obtain knowledge about managing a business on a whole which would help me tremendously since I have  a strong interest in running my own business one day.

Leah Chiwaula, Botswana - Top Paper Award in Personnel Administration studied at Gaborone University College of Law

Leah ChiwaulaI come from Malawi, but am currently living in Gaborone, Botswana. I am the fourth born in a family of six children. After primary school I was later selected to a government secondary school where I learnt for four years and then I went on to study for a degree in education. 

I chose ABE because with ABE qualifications you can work anywhere and people with ABE qualifications are mostly employed. People in my country view people with ABE qualifications as employees who are highly qualified and have good skills required in an organisation.

After completing my ABE course I plan to open my own school and the best thing about studying ABE is that it equips someone with skills that adapt to any work place and  it also helps to developing a spirit of entrepreneurship.  While studying ABE I have gained skills of being a leader, communicating with others and influencing them in a positive way. 

I advise others to always study so that they have an understanding of what they are learning and apply it in their everyday life, there and then can it become part of them. In future am planning to be my own boss.

Robert Kambwembwe, Malawi - Top Paper Award in Managing People, studied at The University of Malawi Management Centre

ROBERT KAMBWEMBWEI was born on 25th February 1976 in a family of nine siblings. I am married to Khumbo Mhango and we have two children.

I got selected into the University of Malawi, Chancellor College in 2000 and graduated in 2004. I obtained the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities specialising in English.

I worked as a secondary school teacher at Michiru View Secondary School in Blantyre before joining the civil service in 2011. Currently, I am working as a Curator for the Department of Culture stationed at the Museum of Malawi under the Ministry of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development. Here is my picture and logo of the Government of Malawi which we use on our official communication documents. Malawi Government crest

I chose ABE for many reasons. For example, I conducted research on the examination boards that provide HRM programmes and I discovered that your diplomas were rich in terms of content and offered a good grounding for a proper career in HRM.  ABE is a reputable and competitive board that offers internationally recognised qualifications that equip students with valuable skills to perform their duties effectively.  My plan is to  go further with my studies in the area of HRM.

I also liked the material in the syllabi because it was really of the highest standard.  I have gained a lot of skills. These include management skills such as the importance of good communication and the relevance of motivation to work.

I  encourage students to work hard in their respective studies. It is important to participate and attend all lectures if possible. Be attentive in class and devise a mechanism for revision such as a time table. Every student should have a vision / motive of what they want to achieve at the end of their study and should work towards that goal.

My long term plan is to become a HRM professional with the highest qualification such as a doctorate degree by God’s Grace.    


Cathryn Carew, Guyana - Top Paper Award in Personnel Administration, studied at The Business School

Cathryn CarewI would like to first and foremost thank God for his blessings and also my family and friends for their unwavering support. Many thanks and love.

I am a 35 year old married working mother of four amazing children and was born and raised in Georgetown, Guyana. I come from a family of eleven, of which I am the eldest. My employment began right after high school. I first worked at Republic Bank (at that time it was National Bank of Industry and Commerce). I moved over to The Bank of Nova Scotia after about 2 years and I worked there for a little over 9 years (in which my last 7 years was as the Administrative/Human Resources Officer). I am currently working at one of the most prestigious shipping companies in Guyana, John Fernandes Limited, where I am the Human Resources Officer.

I chose ABE as it gave me the opportunity to work and study at my own pace, at very convenient times; times that were flexible enough to work around my busy work/family life.  

ABE is becoming more widely accepted and recognised amongst most companies in Guyana. Employers are seeing the benefit of this internationally recognised qualification.  My immediate plans are to complete the Level 5 Human Resource Management courses, of which I am currently pursuing two courses (Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour), then unto Level 6!

As mentioned before, studying with ABE is flexible and convenient especially for those who have full time jobs and/or a family. Loads of information and study tips can be found on their site. The tutors, the ones I have dealt with so far, are able to help you link the knowledge from the manuals with your experience.

I have learnt how to link my experience with the knowledge gained and actually have a greater appreciation for the ‘whats’ and ‘whys’ of management; a broader perspective on why certain decisions are taken by management and have grown in my knowledge base and understanding.

To do well in your studies, be true to yourself and always remain focussed on your ultimate goals. Success only comes when you work hard and are determined. Set study schedules and keep at it. Read, read and read. Don’t wait till the last month to cram that information in. Work those past papers and read the suggested answers and comments from the markers. The manuals are not your only source of information….make Google your best friend! A world of valuable information awaits you and is always just a click away. You can do it!

My ultimate goal is to become a specialist in the field of Human Resource Management.