ACA Masters have got me through the tougher ACA papers (including FAR, CR and BPT), all with first time passes. Their USP is the combination of keeping teaching genuinely simple and digestible in small groups (<10 people), as well as great notes and question walkthrough videos, delivered by Kieran Doe who 'walks the walk' with his own exam record. The system is established enough to offer structure to the learning, but personal enough to give you the tailored approach you need on weaker areas.
What makes the outlay a no brainer is when you consider the earning potential of somebody with first time passes vs not, the fees are more than justified. Not to mention that delaying full qualification by 6 months due to eg, an advanced level retake is usually a salary bump foregone of about 3-5k (after tax) depending on where you work.
I'd recommend it for any student, but particularly for those who have precious few hours in the evenings due to their job, so need to maximise the learning and can't spend too long getting bogged down in the sort of 500+ page notes provided by ***.
Oscar (ACA student who passed all his exams with us first time)
I've only got positive stuff to say about the courses, since I've been with you I've not failed an exam!
I think the best thing you do though, is that you teach the topics and then go into an exam question on that topic and show that actually the exam papers aren't that difficult. I always left the classes feeling confident I could answer the exam questions. I remember previously at ****** courses I always seemed to feel the total opposite, if anything those ****** tutors used to confuse me more! I also like the fact you don't try and teach everything, and that you focus on the important stuff.
I'll continue to recommend you to anyone I meet doing the ACA! I genuinely could not have passed without your help so thank you again!
Ben (Qualified ACA student who passed all his exams with us first time)
I came to Kieran as I failed one of the papers twice, the 5 exams I used him for my exam tuition I passed them all first time and have now finished the ACA. His approach to tuition is very good its at the right pace focusing on exam technique with a lot of past papers whilst teaching the technical areas thoroughly, which helped a lot in the exams. The materials he provides are very helpful and would recommend him to any ACA student.
Jake (Qualified ACA student who passed all his exams with us first time)
I was on my last attempt of TC before deciding I needed some extra help, with Kieran's guidance I got one of my highest scores in that exam. I then went on to do my remaining 4 exams with him and passed them all first time round. His teaching method of breaking it down into the most important parts is what worked for me and also the strong emphasis on past exam papers. Can't recommend highly enough!
Victoria (Qualified ACA student who passed all his exams with us first time)
I would highly recommend Kieran to anyone studying the ACA. His coaching is excellent and he is very good at transferring knowledge and enabling students to understand the technical parts of the course. His exam technique is what helped me to pass the exams and the Masterclass topics provided are very useful for this. The classes involve Kieran teaching a technical area and then going through a past paper question. It is at a good pace and useful for understanding how to approach the question. These classes are also available online so that students can go through in their own time. Kieran wastes no time during lessons - he is very efficient and teaches students what they need to know to get through the exams. He does this by ensuring his students understand the technical parts so that they can cope with exam pressure / any change in the exams usual style of questions. Kieran instilled confidence in me for my exams, as I am sure he does with all students, which is why his exam pass rate is so high. I had previously failed BPT twice and I achieved 30 more marks after attending Kieran's course. His standard of teaching is much higher than I achieved in other tutor providers.
Emma (BPT, CR, SBM and Case student who passed first time with us)
The focus on exam technique using past papers was the key to me passing the exam, from the start Kieran showed how to apply the knowledge to exam questions rather than just going through technical content. The tuition was at the right pace, the course was well structured and the cheat sheets were very helpful in the exam! I would recommend the BPT course to other students.
Ben (BPT student who scored 73% on his first attempt)
The proformas are great, especially the ones for consolidation. The slides and audit little booklet are good summary of all the topics, much better than Kaplan’s workbook. One of the big challenges for the CR exam is to apply the knowledge to the questions as the questions are integrated - the tuition focus on exam technique really helped with this. It is a really intensive course but I enjoyed it.
Flora (CR resit student who passed first time with us)
Kieran was a key part to me passing my CR exam. He broke down the key areas that are fundamental to passing the exam and taught them in a way that was far easier to digest than a classroom college setting. I have already booked in for Case Study tuition and have no doubt he will be a massive help once again. Thanks a lot!
Marcus, Deloitte (CR student who passed first time with us)
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, KPMG (Regional Prize winner for several exams)
Kieran has been an excellent tutor! He has provided extra resources to refer to and all lessons have been organised and well structured with a great focus on exam style questions and useful techniques/tips. Would highly recommend him!
Simran, EY (passed Accounting, Tax and Management Information first time with scores of above 90%)
I was really struggling with the ACA accounting and tax material and Kieran has provided excellent guidance and techniques to help me pass these exams. He`s a very patient tutor and really makes sure that you feel confident going into the exam. Very friendly and always helpful, would highly recommend.
William, Deloitte (Tax and Accounting resit student who passed with us)
Kieran is a great tutor and helped to alleviate much of the stress of the revision process. He is always prepared for lessons with a lesson plan and additional resources. He is also good at explaining tricky concepts and adapts to your learning pace. As a person, he is affable, enthusiastic in lessons and keen to help you pass the exams
Codee, PwC (Tax Compliance 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 CR teaching style is very exam focused and builds confidence through his teaching style by breaking down exam questions which look complex into logical, structured answers. We were able to cover a large volume of information in a short amount of time, whilst feeling that I was able to retain all the knowledge that we covered in class. The lessons most definitely helped gain crucial marks in my exam.
Kieran's Case Study technique is simplistic, and breaks a seemingly complex and confusing exam to a straightforward task. Brilliant method for passing the case exam!!
CR and Case Study student who passed first time with us
Huge thank you for getting me through my MI resit, & also being able to achieve a high mark in it! The lessons are really well structured around the exam syllabus. They are concise and focus on the key skills you need to know to get through the exam. It simplified a lot of the more technical problems I was struggling with. Kieran’s approach to teaching makes it extremely understandable & he was more than happy to repeat some of the learning where I hadn’t fully grasped it. Would highly recommend!
Rebecca (Management Information resit student who passed first time with us with a score of 81%)
Kieran's structured approach helped my understanding of key areas hugely. Breaking down tricky topics into smaller manageable chunks made learning them so much easier. The tuition was pitched at the right speed and there was always the chance to retrace any areas which I did not initially grasp as easily as others.
His specific exam tips were extremely helpful and made me feel more relaxed going into the exam room. I would definitely recommend Kieran's tuition for MI to other students - I almost doubled my exam result!
Matt (Fourth attempt MI resit student who passed first time with us)
I passed FAR! Thanks so much for all your help, it made such a difference!
Jonathan, Industry (Financial Accounting and Reporting resit student who passed first time with us)
Either fortunately or unfortunately, you won't be seeing any more of me! 61, 64 and 71. A massive, MASSIVE thank you to you Kieran - a lot of this is down to your help!
Josh, (BPT, CR and Case student who passed all his exams first time with us)
Passed BPT. Job done. I actually found it easy this time. Your exam technique guidance made all the difference. Thanks again.
Markel, Deloitte (BPT resit 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, EY (Case Study student who passed first time with us)
Just thought I’d update you regarding my Accounting exam I had on Friday. I passed! Thank you for all your help I really appreciate it. I got SFP and mainly Errors questions so going through it last Tuesday really helped.
Ammarah (Accounting resit student who passed first time with us)
Although I was a bit skeptical about a skype lesson, however Kieran put any doubts in my mind to rest. He was clear and concise when explaining things. Focused on the main areas and provided guidance on the optimum exam technique in order to pass. Will definitely be using Kieran for the remainder of my exams and would highly recommend to anyone thinking of using a tutor to help with the ACA.
Kaz (Accounting resit student who passed first time with us)
The help on the long format questions for cash flow and SFP was brilliant. It helped me maximise my time and answer efficiently.
Amandeep (Accounting student who passed first time with us)
Thanks for all your help with MI, so glad to have finally passed it. Looking forward to us starting TC
Jake, Daly Hoggest & Co (Management Information resit student who passed first time with us)