Pros and cons of face to face study

theaccablog —  August 5, 2015 — Leave a comment

We often get questions on what is the best way to study ACCA. And, let’s just put it this way, the best way is the one that suits your learning style.

Pros and Cons of Face to Face Study

There are many ways to study ACCA so you need to decide which method is right for you.

In this article we weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of face to face study.


  1. Interaction – Allows for interaction between the tutor and student so that the tutor can fully explain difficult technical areas or points around exam technique in depth and the student can ask questions and obtain an immediate response.
  2. Collaboration – Students can share experiences in the classroom environment which may help them to understand the material being covered and how it applies in the workplace – for example, an issue around performance appraisals and how that was managed in their organisation or how a SWOT analysis was used as part of a strategic discussion at a meeting they attended.
  3. Support – Face to face tuition is often coupled with additional support outside of the classroom, for example around more general exam technique or how to achieve the performance objectives required as part of PER.
  4. Feedback – Tutors will often, as part of face to face tuition, or revision classes more specifically, provide detailed feedback on a student’s progress in terms of understanding and the way they approach question practice.
  5. Active – Many students find that a more active style of learning suits them and motivates them to work harder – in addition the discipline imposed by face to face learning often helps to ensure success.


  1. Participation – Not all students are confident sharing ideas, joining in discussions and asking questions in a classroom environment which may hamper their learning.
  2. Learning style – Some students are more reflective in their learning style, such that the fast pace of the classroom may not suit them as well as, for example, the opportunity to read a text or listen to an audio at their own speed.
  3. Flexibility – Face to face tuition is not always flexible enough for the student – they are not able to study at a time that suits them and fits with their other commitments.
  4. Cost – Face to face tuition is often more costly than other forms of tuition.
  5. Level of support – Some students may feel that some of the more basic level subjects can be studied without the need for formal structured tuition and they can progress faster through these subjects, saving the face to face tuition for subjects requiring more discussion and judgement.

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