How Open Tuition can help you get your OBU BSc (Hons) Degree
The RAP is very different from taking exams and requires a very different approach. When starting off in your accounting career, few people have had much exposure to formal report writing and may find the process a little intimidating to start with – relax we have all been there – and can guide you through it! Some students who have not done formal studying for a number of years may initially find it difficult to know how to choose the best topic or, in the case of some topics, the company to use on which to base their RAP. We can not only help you select your subject matter but also give you tips on how to research, evaluate, analyse and how to present your work to best effect.
What we have on the Open Tuition website are our own OBU pages and forums where you will find expert advice from contributors who have had years of experience in helping students prepare for their RAP submission and in some cases contributors who themselves have gained their degree by going through the OBU RAP process. You will be able to communicate ABSOLUTELY FREE OF CHARGE on our forums with both contributors and students, seeking help, support and guidance every inch of the way. Everyone is devoted to helping you and in sharing our experience and advice, so, as long as you are determined to put in the required effort , we can guarantee that your RAP journey (as we like to call it) will be as hassle-free as possible and more than likely you will be rewarded with a good grade for your report and the BSc (Hons.) degree!
Sounds too good to be true – so what’s the catch?
Well this may come as a surprise – there isn’t one! There is nothing to buy, no subscription to take out, absolutely no demands on you (though we have a few little rules & requests – see below). How can this be possible? Mainly because our contributors really appreciate how hard it can be in some parts of the world to find reliable good advice and understand your frustration of working on your own. Some of us (such as myself) were lucky to have brilliant support when we were studying and without trying to sound too self-righteous, we actually WANT to give something back. As many of us are dedicated professionals we want to help and encourage others to improve their skills and it gives us all a great deal of satisfaction in knowing that we have made a difference to someone else’s life, wherever they are in the world, even though we may never actually get to meet them… Nice concept isn’t it? But that’s the ethos of Open Tuition – spreading the word for a better world!
What you can expect from this site
As already mentioned – expert advice from people who really know about the OBU RAP. If you have a query or a useful comment then you can post this to the appropriate forum and share it with others – a problem shared is not just a problem halved, on the Open Tuition OBU website this is usually a problem solved! There’s already lots of great advice in our Forums but we plan to edit these in the coming months to make them even more ‘user-friendly’ and efficient (this is because questions get asked in the wrong forum and we try to answer them on the same forum so that the student can find them, but this then means it isn’t obvious to others where they may find the answer if they have a similar question in the future!). Many contributors are ‘regulars’ and check the forums several times a week (if not daily) so normally unless it is something we can’t answer easily, you will get a prompt response back in the form of a posting to the forum. We are not best placed to answer questions that relate to the administration of the OBU degree – for that you will need to contact OBU directly (contacts details in their Information Pack) but for most queries one of us will be able to give you some appropriate advice. Then it’s up to you if you take it….
What we expect from you
This site is all about respect. Remember contributors give of their time and expertise voluntarily and completely free of charge, so whoever answers your query whether it is one of our experienced contributors or a fellow student, please show respect. You are not forced to take their advice, so if you do not like it, you are at liberty to ignore it, but please don’t abuse any other person on the site.
I have already highlighted a common problem with queries being asked in the wrong place. Before you start a new forum, do have a look to see if someone has already started a forum on the same topic (even in a previous submission period). Most importantly when starting a new forum be SPECIFIC. We get so many vague forum titles started by students e.g. ‘Help, Urgently needed’ or ‘Advice Required’ – that it tests our patience sometimes and we are a pretty patient lot at Open Tuition!!! It would be SO much better if students started with a bit more detail of the problem in the first place: ‘Models – Choosing appropriate ones for Topic 13’ or ‘Marker Feedback on Analysis’.
Forums are about sharing so that everyone can benefit from the advice – so please do not email any contributor unless they have specifically requested you to. The service is free but made to the wider community, it is not intended to replace the individual mentor most students need to sign off their work. However it is a fact that more than likely, collectively, we are far more knowledgeable than your mentor and so if your mentor cannot answer a RAP question, we probably can!
Please do not ask other students for samples of their work. There really is no need to as OBU provides RAP exemplars and lots of advice in their Information Pack and we have so many great sources of information ourselves or can direct you to other appropriate sources that no-one should be left in doubt about how to approach the tasks in the RAP. We have to safeguard everyone from any potential accusation of plagiarism, which is a very serious charge, so will remove any posts that relate to physically sharing work and requests for a sample RAP that has previously been submitted to OBU. As well as Open Tuition having an altruistic ethos, it is underpinned by ethics and we want our students to adopt a similar approach. So while we hope never to have to go down this route, we also reserve the right to suspend your account on not just the OBU site but the whole of Open Tuition for violation of our rules if we feel it is of a detriment to the site or to others. This would be a pity as you would stand to lose far more than you could possibly gain.
So please take a look at our Forum Rules – they are fairly simple and have been kept free of all those complicated terms and conditions beloved of so many other sites, so that they are easy to understand – in particular this site is free and we do not welcome those who try to use the forums to solicit business or promote their own services. Open Tuition does have to use advertising to fund the site (there are overheads for the technical support for the site and some permanent members of staff but we don’t want to pass these on to students) so if you want to use the site for promotion then please do it via the official advertising channels!
So now you know what we are about, it’s time to ‘favorite’ us or add us to ‘bookmarks’ so that you are only one click away from any help you will need as you set off on your own RAP journey…. And don’t forget to share the good news with friends, fellow students, colleagues or anyone else too if they are considering entering the ACCA OBU degree programme so that they can all benefit – they are sure to thank you for it!
All the best on your new venture to gain the OBU BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting