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by ACCA student blogger  Mukund Agarwal

Hey guys, please allow me to introduce myself to you as I hope we shall soon be interacting in the upcoming months. My name is Mukund Agarwal. I am 21 years of age and am currently working in an accounting and advisory firm in the United Arab Emirates while studying for my ACCA Qualification. My leisure-time activities mainly include two things – reading up on a lot of fraud related news and playing and watching a lot of football.

Initially, for my first six papers I self-studied and let’s just say it didn’t quite work out as well as expected. Having learnt from my mistake I decided that going forward studying with an Approved Learning Partner (ALP) would be the most appropriate course. As of now, I have happily passed eight papers and recently sat my next four in the December 2014 session.

I guess I have always had an interest in the accountancy field, particularly forensic accounting. At a young age, I liked to read detective fiction such as Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie books; as well as watching and helping my dad a forensic accountant at work which only served to pique my interest further. But how to get there? The answer lay in the second word of ‘forensic accountant’. This set the ball rolling towards me starting my ACCA Qualification.

Why ACCA? Why not any other accounting qualification? Many reasons actually, the foremost being its prestigious standing among other qualification bodies in the world and respect and adulation awarded to its members. This, coupled with the flexibility and ease of studying for the exams made it a sure fit for me and thousands of others. Furthermore, an aspect of ACCA that I personally admire is its unparalleled focus on ethics and integrity of its members. These crucial facets of any professional are drilled into your heads in every paper to produce an outstanding and exemplary individual, in a personal and a professional way.

All of the above combined with the ever increasing demand in the market for qualified accounting individuals and lo and behold, you have a perfect qualification, both demanding and reputed, that will ensure your success at any point in your career path.

The immediate outlook for my future includes a priority to become an ACCA member as soon as I can, thereby opening many more doors so I can further my professional development and eventually achieve my goal of becoming a leading fraud investigation professional.

I feel very proud being a part of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants and even prouder to be part of this elite group of bloggers who have been given an opportunity to share their knowledge and experience with the ACCA world at large. I look forward to a productive partnership and am always willing to help out, in my own little way, anyone in need of assistance.



by ACCA student blogger Shahroze Naeem

Earlier last month, ACCA conducted its annual tuition provider survey. I actively took part, as usual, and so was reminded of the significance of tuition providers. Even though ACCA is a study-around-work qualification, I might not have made it this far, just as smoothly, without the help of my tutors.

Although e-learning is very well the future of education, I still believe a tuition provider can contribute a lot throughout your road to success. This is why I have always relied and benefited from the company of tutors while studying for my ACCA Qualification.

1. Sharing of experiences and ideas

You might already have some tips on how to get through your next set of examinations. However, there are chances that you might be missing on other tips that are equally important. These tips can be provided by tutors who have gained experience coaching various batches of the same subject before.

All my past tutors were either ACCA members or affiliates. This means they had first-hand experience of what it’s like in the examination hall, how to tackle examination stress for each subject and many other ideas on how to get things done effectively.

2. An interactive learning experience vs. reading books and watching video lectures

With a tuition provider in place, you get to interact with people. You are far more involved in the classroom than you are while going through the study material, reference notes or video lectures all by yourself.

I remember how my tutor for Paper F4 gave us various past examples for each clause so that we would understand everything correctly.Even though these references were not included in the study material, they were still relevant. I scored an impressive mark because of his support and expertise in legal matters.

3. Tuition providers are also a doorway to future career possibilities

As I mentioned, all my tutors have either been ACCA affiliates or experienced members. They analyze each student’s performance and know where we are to excel in the near future. With them reviewing our performance carefully, we can easily evaluate our strengths and work on them to establish a sound career.

Good luck to everyone for the next examination session. Do let me know what your experience with your respective tuition provider has been like so far.

Editor’s comment: Search for an ACCA Tuition Provider here.


By ACCA student blogger Diksha Jeswani

The best thing about studying the ACCA Qualification is its accessibility. The fact that it can be pursued anywhere in the world makes it an attractive qualification for students. But as there are so many tuition providers around the world, it’s sometimes difficult to judge who you should study with, which is where ACCA’s Approved Learning Partners (ALPs) scheme steps in.

I study with an ACCA Approved Learning Partner in the UAE – and the best part of it is the support that they extend to their students. Topics are explained with clarity, which really helps, not only in relation to approaching exam questions with confidence, but also in terms of applying knowledge to workplace scenarios and so helping us to fulfill our Practical Experience Requirements (PER) objectives. By using examples and posing problems from real life scenarios, our tutors manage to effectively bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application.

Another advantage of studying at my Approved Learning Partner (ALP) is that they keep me on track with my study goals. They advise on what stage of preparation I should be at, by what time.  They also create an environment conducive to study by offering good facilities. My ALP has a comprehensive library, classrooms free for when we need a place to study and high quality tuition that helps us understand even difficult areas of the syllabus.

My experience with my ACCA tutors has been really positive. They have helped me pass all my exam papers first time by always giving me extra time and guidance if there is something I don’t understand.

It’s been a great experience interacting with fellow students from similar backgrounds. My classmates have helped me learn from their experiences and I find it really useful to discuss any questions I have from our classes with them. I feel my peers have positively contributed my personal and professional growth.

All in all, I would definitely advise my fellow students to study with an Approved Learning Partner for a quality learning experience. You can search the tuition provider directory on the ACCA website to find one in your country.