When students should ask for help

worried student

The pace is fast and the subject matter complex when you’re training to be a CA. Therefore, it would not be surprising if you felt overwhelmed or stressed from time to time during your course.

In fact, it would be entirely normal. ICAS expects a lot of you students and for good reason. This is professional training at the very highest standard.

However, if you feel you’re struggling, there are a few steps you can take to get back on track.

Firstly, re-read the material and have a look at the modules on CABLE on the topic. If it is something in your assumed knowledge, go and check where your gaps might be and try to fill them.

If you are finding things tricky we really want you to tell us rather than suffering in silence

Have a look at on the education pages of the ICAS website to see if there’s an explanation or some other helpful information. It’s quite likely that others struggled at a similar stage. There is also general information in the CA Student Handbook.

If you’re still not clear about something, ask your colleagues and have a look at the CABLE discussion boards. Post your question there and either a fellow student or a lecturer will answer you.

Finally, if you still need more help, talk to your course tutor. You can also discuss it with your manager or nominated Training Principal at your firm.

Contact us sooner rather than later

Our main piece of advice is not to let the situation get worse. While you may well be able to find the solution yourself, if you can’t don’t assume things will be fine when they clearly aren’t.

Tutor Tim Burrows said: “If you are finding things tricky we really want you to tell us rather than suffering in silence.

“If you still don’t understand something having looked at it, tried questions on it, looked at it again and talked to someone else about it, then it’s time to seek help.

“It’s far better for students to ask questions early as material builds on what comes before and potentially a student could get swamped by everything.”


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