Case Study

Case Study (CS)

Having scored 92% in the Case Study exam, and winning the ICAEW prize for the highest score in the world, our Senior ACA Tutor now teaches students the analytical skills and exam technique required to emulate this success. In fact, under his guidance, one of our students also went on to win the ICAEW prize for the highest score in the world (score of 90%) whilst another won a regional prize (score of 88%). Notably, one of our prize winners was a resit student, proving that our guidance and tutoring skills create a vast level of improvement in student exam performance.

A small sample of our student feedback is included below.

 

Kieran was an excellent help as part of my preparations for the Case Study exam. He had the ability to simplify complex concepts and ideas, and was always on hand to answer and questions/queries that I had.  The materials that Kieran provided - his mock model answers and Advanced Information breakdown - were valuable resources, which enabled me to prepare well for the big day.

Should anyone I know require ICAEW tuition in the future, I definitely know in which direction I will be pointing them towards!

Jordan (Case Study Prize Winner)

I failed the first time with 45% with a major tuition provider and I resat the case study in July 2019 with ACA Masters and got 74% all thanks to Kieran's technique. The ACA Masters approach to the case study is: focused and concise; tailored to your individual weaknesses/areas by providing you with personal feedback on marked exams; and the learning materials which summarise everything you need to take into the exam in a few pages (rather than the first time round I went into the exam with a folder). Kieran's encouragement and positivity were key to building my confidence and enabled me to succeed in qualifying. The first course was all about the exam technique which means that if you follow the prescribed answer format, you are going to consistently hit all the bullet points in the boxes on the marking grid. I'm already highly recommending Kieran/ACA Masters to other ACA trainees!

Claire (Case Study resit student who passed first time with us)

Kieran's Case tuition cannot be recommended highly enough. His knowledge of the mark scheme and how to score the highest marks is exemplary. He knows exactly what the examiner wants and his tuition tips genuinely give you a one hour advantage over other students. I went back to Kaplan feeling pretty confident for revision course after two sessions with Kieran and ended up scoring the highest mark in the class mock; before going on to gain a very comfortable pass in the exam.

Josh (Case Study student who passed first time)

I felt that i was educated with the best strategy to pass the ACA case study exam, making a considerable improvement from prior attempts and delivering a great result. I particularly liked the technique taught and how to approach both the case study AI and exam paper for optimal success. The method was simple yet effective. Thanks for the help!

Sagar (Case Study student who passed first time with us having failed 3 times with other tuition providers)

The focus on exam technique, how to approach the exam and timings are a key reason that I passed the exam this time around.  The exam technique sheets you produced helped me to focus on writing concisely and efficiently whilst still covering the key points on the mark scheme, and also on how to pick up the points that I’d previously struggled with (e.g. wider business issues in the intro to sections 2 and 3). Applying the exam technique across a number of different mocks allowed me to become familiar with the structure to the point where I didn’t need to refer to any examples during the exam, as it had become second nature, so on the day I was well prepared.

 

Your in depth review and discussion of the AI helped me to familiarise myself with the huge amount of information available and the summary sheets produced meant I could easily look up a key statistic if needed to during the exam.  Your recommendation of reviewing the marking schemes and exam paper for previous exams was also helpful as it enabled me to understand where the easy marks can be identified in the paper.

 

I would wholly recommend the course to other students and in fact already have been doing so when asked how I passed the exam this time around!

Oliver (Case Study resit student who passed first time with us)

I finally passed case! Thanks Kieran for all your help. The course really helped clarify the technique and structure required for passing the exam. Kieran simplified the approach to tackling the exams under time pressure. The material provided was also highly exam focused and instrumental in my preparation. The small size of the tuition class also helped to ensure that each of us received the vital attention and feedback needed to understand our strengths and areas that we needed to practice and focus on improving. The mock answers provided also proved a very valuable resource. I would fully recommend this course to anyone who will be sitting the case study exam. 

Gladys (Case Study resit student who passed first time with us)

The case study course was a really great clarifier/ simplifier of how to nail the case study exam technique. I would also say the material you provided around our specific case was really useful - highlighting exactly which exhibits are relevant to which requirement and how to fully use the AI! Would fully recommend this course to any first timers and/ or retakers! 

Emily (Case Study resit student who passed first time with us)

Kieran’s exam technique was extremely helpful as I already felt like I understood what the examiner was looking for after our first class. This gave me confidence going into the first past paper exam that I wrote. I left each session feeling like it built on the last and feeling more confident each time. I think the pace is fast, so you have to come into the lesson feeling alert and ready to work, but a lot is condensed into a short period, and notes are given afterwards allowing you to refresh and strengthen knowledge built in class.

I would definitely recommend this to other students whether they be sitting for the first time or retaking. The course gives a fresh perspective on how to focus on the exam and gave me the confidence to write no matter what questions came up. I also feel that it allows you to see past the confusion that is the AI, and focus on core areas. 

Rob (Case Study student who passed first time with us)

Thanks for showing me how to smash Case Study. Kieran is the best tutor I have ever had. If only I found him sooner!

Kashif (Case Study student who passed first time with us)

 

Tuition Options

To get you through your Case Study exam, we offer small group classroom tuition, live online tuition and a recorded video tuition.

Case Study Classroom Course - London

 

Our small group classroom tuition is held in central London on Saturdays.

The first class equips students with the methodology for tackling the exam, as well as passing on prize-winning tricks and tips. Students are given a detailed walk-through of how they should tackle the Case Study exam, from initial Advance Information (AI) analysis through to typing their report on exam day. 

 

Students are then given the opportunity to put these skills to the test with a series of mock exams. Students are required to complete the exam in their own time using the ICAEW CBE software and submit this before class. This allows your tutor to identify shortcomings so that class time can be spent coaching you on the areas which require improvement. In addition, your tutor will explain exactly how the paper should have been tackled and demonstrate this with our prize-winning model answer. 

The focus of the third class is to provide an exhibit by exhibit walk-through of the AI, clearly demonstrating how each piece of information should be used in the exam. This enables our students to understand the AI in an exam focused way. 

Further details on each class are included below.

Class 1: How to Ace the ACA Case Study - the Secrets of Success

The introductory class will teach you the exam approach which has been proven to deliver unrivalled success and will cover:

  • The technique which will enable you to score 90%+ on each requirement

  • A step by step walk-through of how you should tackle the Case Study and exactly what you need to type for each section of your report

  • How to ensure that every point you type is a mark scoring one

  • How to utilise the advance information and exam paper information to maximum effect

  • The optimal proforma report and paragraph structure for time efficiency and mark maximisation 

  • Time minimisation techniques

  • A review of your ICAEW marks review (if applicable) to identify key improvement areas

 

Classes 2 and 4: Exam Technique Development

Mock exams provide the opportunity for students to apply and develop the prize-winning technique taught during Class 1. Students will sit mock exams in their own time and submit their answers to the tutor before each class. Features of the classes:

  • A comprehensive review and analysis of your answer with teaching focused on the specific areas which require improvement

  • An in-depth review of your exam technique to optimise your exam performance and time efficiency

  • A walk-through of the model answer written by your tutor so that you can see exactly how the report should have been written

Class 3: Advance Information Masterclass

Expert advice on how to use the Advance Information in your exam preparation:

  • A comprehensive analysis of the Advance Information and identification of key facts, figures and trends

  • Consideration of how the each piece of information is likely to feature in the exam

  • Probable exam scenarios for each requirement and recommended approach to take

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee is £780 which includes:

  • Proforma reports to use in the exam with reminders of the points to include for each section

  • A comprehensive analysis of the AI which identifies all the key facts and figures, showing where they are likely to appear in the exam

  • A list of probable exam scenarios and a reminder of the key points to include

  • Mock exams, marking grids and model answers which demonstrate exactly how you should write your points in the exam

  • Access to our recorded Case Study classes which can be used as a revision tool (see below)

Please contact us here if you wish to book.

 

Online Case Study Course - Live

Our online tuition course is structured in exactly the same way as our classroom course (set out above).

 

Our online classroom software uses video conferencing, screen sharing and ICAEW computer based exam software. Many students prefer online tuition as it saves travel costs and time. We also record our online classes so that you can watch the class as many times as you need before your exam. A sample from one of our Case Study classes is included below.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee is £780 which includes:

  • Proforma reports to use in the exam with reminders of the points to include for each section

  • A comprehensive analysis of the AI which identifies all the key facts and figures, showing where they are likely to appear in the exam

  • A list of probable exam scenarios and a reminder of the key points to include

  • Mock exams, marking grids and model answers which demonstrate exactly how you should write your points in the exam

  • Access to our recorded Case Study classes which can be used as a revision tool (see below)

Please contact us here if you wish to book.

 

Online Case Study Course - Recorded

 

As our live courses are always over-subscribed, our prize-winning Senior ACA Tutor Kieran Doe has recorded an online video course. The online course teaches the same content and exam techniques as the live courses. Many students prefer the recorded online course to live tuition as each class can be viewed as many times as you need to ensure that you have mastered the Case Study exam.

​​The course structure and a sample class can be found below. ​​We have also included our recommended study plan which can be downloaded for free at the bottom of this page. 

Class 1: How to Ace the ACA Case Study - the Secrets of Success (available now)

The introductory class will teach you the prize-winning Case Study exam approach which has been proven to deliver unrivalled success and will cover:

  • The technique which will enable you to score 90%+ on each requirement

  • A step by step walk-through of how you should tackle each requirement in the Case Study exam. The class uses a recent Case Study exam to provide a practical demonstration of how to read and interpret the requirements; how to use the advanced information; how to use the exam paper information; how to structure the report; and what points to include in each section 

  • How to ensure that every point you type is a mark scoring one

  • How to utilise the advance information and exam paper information to maximum effect

  • The optimal proforma report and paragraph structure for time efficiency and mark maximisation 

  • Time minimisation techniques

Please note that this class is divided into three parts - one for each requirement. Each part covers the respective section in the Executive Summary.

Class 2: Advance Information Masterclass (available now)

Expert advice on how to use the Advance Information in your exam preparation, which includes:

  • A comprehensive analysis of the Advance Information and identification of key facts, figures and trends 

  • Consideration of how each piece of information is likely to feature in the exam

  • Probable exam scenarios for each requirement and recommended approach to take

Class 3: Mock Exam 1 - Debrief (available now)

A full debrief of our first mock exam where your tutor will show you exactly how you should have read and interpreted the exam paper as well as how you should have typed your answer, with reference to our prize-winning model answer. 

Class 4: Mock Exam 2 - Debrief (available now)

Similar to the above, your tutor will show you exactly how you should have read and interpreted the second mock exam as well as how you should have typed your report, with reference to our prize-winning model answer. 

It is strongly advised that you complete each mock exam under exam conditions prior to watching the respective class, as this will enable you to get most benefit from the class. You could even re-attempt the exam after you have watched the class so that you can incorporate any necessary improvements into your exam technique. Please note that you will need to purchase the mock exams separately (see below).

Tuition Fees

You can purchase each individual class for £50 by clicking on the 'Rent' icon below. You can then watch the class as many times as you need to ensure that you have understood the principles and mastered the exam techniques taught during the class. You can stream the classes directly below and view them on any device which has internet connection within the 72 hour viewing period. If you require access for longer than 72 hours, we suggest that you opt for the Full Course Offer - see below for details.

Full Course Offer

You can subscribe to all of the classes for £295 and enjoy a viewing period of 6 months. Just click here to purchase. Once payment has been made, you can view the full course here. 

 

Exam Materials and Mock Exams

Our prize-winning Case Study tutor Kieran Doe has developed our unique exam materials which consist of:

  • A proforma report to use in the exam with reminders of the points to include in each section

  • A comprehensive analysis of the AI which identifies all the key facts and figures, showing where they are likely to appear in the exam 

  • A list of probable exam scenarios and a reminder of the key points to include 

  • Two mock exams based on the live Advanced Information, along with marking grids and model answers which demonstrate exactly how you should structure your report and the points to include

A small sample is included below. The price for the full package of our unique Case Study materials is £95.  You can purchase below using PayPal; if you wish to use another payment method then please contact us.​ 

Once payment has been received, you will receive the materials via email within 24 hours.​

Free Downloads!

As referred to in the sample from our Online Case Study Course (above), you can download our July 2019 mock exam and marking grids to assist with your exam technique practice. These can be downloaded below. 

You can also download our Case Study Master Plan. This is a step-by-step guide of the tasks that you need to undertake in order to ace the ACA Case Study exam. 

Contact us here or email bookings@acamasters.com

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