Ebbs_2 Registered User
#1

I’m looking for to do my next set of exams in ACCA, although it’s a hard decision to decide between colleges and lecturers. I have F2, F3 and F4 done and I’m looking to do F7 and F8 next but trying to decide between Griffith and DBS.

I think the best way would be to pass forward the information I have and if anyone else has any reviews that might help others (or me!) that would be great.

Subject: F2
Source/Lecturer: Open Tuition
Materials Provided: Self Purchase of BPP book and free guide
Feedback: Excellent lecturers and very concise. They are very well structured and allow you to follow through BPP throughout. This is one main point I’d have that you really do need a revision kit throughout and should follow each lecture with completing the relevant questions in the revision kit. I didn’t buy any study books and instead downloaded their free book. All in all it cost €11.50 for the revision book and I got over 70% with only a month or two of lectures. I did have a bit of experience before with this but I think everything is clearly explained.
Recommend: Highly recommend, particularly if short on money or time!

Subject: F3
Source/Lecturer: Griffith College – Paula Byrne
Materials Provided: BPP revision book and Kaplan study guide + her own notes
Feedback: Paula is very helpful and goes out of her way to help students. The class time consists of many examples and then she assigns work to the class, in which she will go around every student to review and provide feedback. Very hands on! One criticism is that she does seem to jump from topic to topic which makes revision difficult. Unlike in other subjects where you can complete a class/chapter and do the associated questions, she seems to jump and only teach parts of a question at a time. It does fall together in the end and again did well in the exam but if you miss classes you can be left missing important aspects of multiple questions. She recommended the ACCA papers two weeks before the exam and they really did help, fantastic resource.
Recommend: Overall yes, easily passed but does require attendance and perhaps more cramming in the end to revise.

Subject: F4
Source/Lecturer: Griffith College – Kevin White
Materials Provided: Own notes + exam kit he has done himself and Kaplan study guide
Feedback: Excellent lecturer as he covers everything in detail. I did not refer or read the Kaplan guide once as his notes, while concise, cover the entire topic. While one of the easier subjects, or so pass rates note, he was exceptional at explaining and keeping attention through high levels of interaction. Each class would begin with 10-30 short questions which allowed for constant revision. Majority of classes would also consist of group work which again helped with revision and made the day go quicker.
Recommend: Overall yes, easily passed but does require attendance and perhaps more cramming in the end to revise.

If anyone else had recommendations or reviews, I am sure it would help myself and others considering their options a lot. Very much welcome any other reviews on the above or alternatives!

ACCA1916 Registered User
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Gerry Fahy (F7) Terry Lawless (F8) professional accountancy training are best combined option for both subjects IMO. I had both and they are excellent. I am sure you may have other options but you wont go wrong with them. Best of luck!

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Ebbs Registered User
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ACCA1916 said:
Gerry Fahy (F7) Terry Lawless (F8) professional accountancy training are best combined option for both subjects IMO. I had both and they are excellent. I am sure you may have other options but you wont go wrong with them. Best of luck!


Thank you very much for that. I have heard very good things about Gerry in a P2 thread but haven't heard much of the Professional Accountant Training (PAT) school he now teaches in since his move from DBS. Only thing I noted was PAT seem to be a bit more expensive with no advertised multiple discounts.

If anyone has any other suggestions or reviews, it would be very much appreciated, as it might pass some of the advice forward.!

Sariah Registered User
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I would second PAT. They have set up a new ACCA college in partnership with Irish Times. I did very well under both of these lecturers. I just passed my final exam last night. P3 76% and had Terry as my lecturer for this subject. Best of luck

mooreman09 Registered User
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Look at the following website

Acowtancy.com

It looks ridiculous but the detail is brilliant. The videos are perfect length and it forces you to think/work at exam questions which is the KEY to ACCA success.

I used it for my last three exams and I wish I'd known of it sooner. Its created by the former director of BPP books.

3 hour lectures are inefficient and a waste of time. They also prevent you from thinking about the EXAM. Which is what ACCA is all about.

Sariah Registered User
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I would have to disagree mooreman09 I found the lectures invaluable and my results attest to that. I got a couple of firsts in my finals and really don't think I would have achieved that on my own especially as I do not work in a financial area.

Chasing Cars Registered User
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Ebbs said:
Thank you very much for that. I have heard very good things about Gerry in a P2 thread but haven't heard much of the Professional Accountant Training (PAT) school he now teaches in since his move from DBS. Only thing I noted was PAT seem to be a bit more expensive with no advertised multiple discounts.

If anyone has any other suggestions or reviews, it would be very much appreciated, as it might pass some of the advice forward.!



Gerry (F7 & P2) and Terry F8 (he does others but I have not been to them yet) are the best lecturers for these subjects.

They will support you through the whole thing more than any other lecturers I have had.

Gerry gives you great encouragement and structure for your exam at f7 and then you have a fantastic foundation for P2 when you get there (I know this because I just passed P2 last night - first time sitting). I am sad to say they I have no more subjects to cover with Gerry as I would love to sit in his lectures again.


For f8 Terry gives you exactly what you need for this subject - No matter what comes up you will have seen at least 60% of the answer already as a template from Terry. He also makes a boring subject more palatable.

Contact Rasitta their course coordinator for the discount as I would be surprised of they don't offer something.

Also PAT is a new Accountancy school that Gerry and Terry set up with the backing of the Irish Times Training. That is why your haven't heard much. They were sorting out there stuff before they hit the ground running this year. I can not recommend them highly enough.

silent_spark Registered User
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Sariah said:
I would second PAT. They have set up a new ACCA college in partnership with Irish Times. I did very well under both of these lecturers. I just passed my final exam last night. P3 76% and had Terry as my lecturer for this subject. Best of luck


Sorry to hijack your thread OP. Sariah, may I ask how you managed or plan to manage your PER as you're not working in a financial area?

mooreman09 Registered User
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Sariah said:
I would have to disagree mooreman09 I found the lectures invaluable and my results attest to that. I got a couple of firsts in my finals and really don't think I would have achieved that on my own especially as I do not work in a financial area.


I'd have to respectfully disagree too. Personally, I found self study using online tools and more concise lecturers put the onus on me to work harder and gain a better understanding of the exams and subjects.

I feel that going into town for 3/6 hours per week and then another 6/7 at weekends is no more than a security blanket and unless you have a lot of time - its hard to fit in effective study and exam practice.

Your brain is only efficiently learning for 40mins to an hour. You need to break it up and study/learn smarter.

It was the turning point in my qualification and learning.

ACCA1916 Registered User
#10

I would agree more with Sariah but respect the point that mooreman9 is making.

However on the complicated F's, F6-F9 and the P's, I feel you need a good lecturer to point out how you apply your knowledge. Although the classes are 3 hours plus, I found going to classes gave me the discipline of a) getting the knowledge into me and b) applying it to gain max. efficiency. This is particularly true for F7 and P2 with Gerry Fahy

Whilst mooreman9 in theory could be right, in that up to 1 hours regularly is more effective learning - it may be difficult to get uninterrupted time at home especially if you have children.

The last point is the exam itself is 3 hours plus - so having the discipline to concentrate for this time does you no harm for the exam itself.

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