Goals, resolutions and your ACA

23 December 2020

It is that time of year when we reflect on what has happened this past year and make plans for what we would like from the New Year.

It is safe to say that 2020 certainly came with some challenges, many of which were out of your control.

But here’s the thing…

Despite a global pandemic, multiple disruptions to exams and waves of uncertainty, 89.7% of our students passed the Case Study exam.

Now it’s your turn.

If your goal for 2021 is to gain your ACA you must put a plan in place for the Case Study, and starting early gives you the opportunity to ensure you do not fall foul of obstacles getting in your way.

Planning with positivity

The ICAEW Case Study exam is vastly different to any exam you have sat to date, we know this. That is why we only cover the ACA Case Study in our tuition. We are specialists in this field.

Think back to when you first learned to ride your bicycle. You may have had support to get you started, cycling for short journeys over a soft surface initially before progressing to pavements. As you grew in confidence you started riding on the road and learning the laws and etiquette of how to stay safe in traffic and respect other road users.

But did that mean you could then drive a car?


You understood how to be safe on the road and navigate junctions, but you could not jump straight into a car and expect to be able to drive perfectly.

You took lessons, you adapted your road use based on a different vehicle but armed with your knowledge of safe road use.

This is how you need to think of the July 2021 ICAEW Case Study exam.    

You already have the technical understanding and have been a practicing accountant for a number of years. The end goal is in sight. More importantly, so is your career as a Chartered Accountant.

So what do you need to do?

  1. Take action – The New Year is a great time to make resolutions and commit to what you want. Get your tuition booked now, and if you failed Beal sign up to our FREE Beal Review Toolkit.
  2. Be aware of deadlines – Course deadlines are now published so you know what you will be working towards. Whether you use a physical diary, wall planner or online calendar, get those dates blocked out and make it visible.
  3. Block out your time – you need to give yourself time to complete the work. Analyse the timetable, look at the deadlines and work backwards to block out your time.
  4. Value yourself – this is your investment in you. Remember what this will mean to you and your future and treat those study days like you would a vital client meeting – they are immovable.

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