OpenTuition provides online, and free of charge, courses for each of the ACCA and CIMA examinations. The courses are equivalent to the sort of course you would receive if you were to attend a ‘face-to-face’ course with one of the tuition providers.
Each course comprises a series of lectures together with Lecture Notes that are used in the lectures.
To follow the course you need to download (and print out) the Lecture Notes, and with them in front of you, you then need to watch the lectures in order.
The one extra book that you must obtain is a Revision/Exam Kit from one of the approved publishers. These contain lots of exam-standard questions on which to practice, and practice is vital if you are to pass the exam.
After completing each lecture you should practice questions from your Revision/Exam Kit on the relevant topic, and when you have finished the whole series of lectures you should go back and practice and practice questions.
If you encounter any problems while watching the lectures or while practicing questions, then ask in our forums. There are forums for each paper – the general paper forums are places where you can get help from other students; the Ask the Tutor paper forums are where you can ask questions of our tutors.
For several of the exams we also have Revision Notes and Revision Lectures. They are purely for quick revision and assume that you have already studied the various topics – whether you had previously watched our main lectures or had studied elsewhere.
In addition we have ‘mock exams’ where you can practice questions under time pressure.
Do note that our Lecture Notes are precisely that – they are notes to be used with our lectures. They are not meant to replace Study Texts, and you should not try to learn just from the Lecture Notes – you do need to watch the lectures.
Having a Study Text is not essential – if you do have one, then the more reading the better, but it is best used more as a reference book to look up any areas that you find that you are having difficulty with.
As already mentioned, a Revision/Exam Kit from one of the approved publishers is essential. However confident you may be of the exam topics, it is vital to practice as many exam-standard questions as possible in order to check your understanding, to get used to the style of the questions and the level of difficulty, and to get used to the time-pressure of the exam.
For a full list of the resources available for each paper you should select ‘ACCA’ or ‘CIMA’ from the home page menu, and then select the relevant paper.