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Yvonne I have passed!!!!!!

Thank you for all the support and motivation. Without you I wouldn’t have made it.
I am so grateful that Ive met you!

CTA 2019

Just have to share, I passed ITC first attempt!!!

Your words of leaving the perfectionist at the door when writing an exam has still stuck with me, as well as looking for the easy marks.

I did CTA L1 twice and CTA L2 twice, so passing this exam first time is just gratitude on another level ⭐

Thank you again for the impact you have made in my study career!!!!

CTA 2019, ITC Jan 2020

I passed ITC!!! 😁😁😁
Thank you so much for all your help and guidance. I would not have been able to do it without you.
The effort and work you do is priceless and is going to help so many aspiring CA’s to achieve their dreams.

ITC Jan 2020

My heart cannot thank you enough.

I have finally passed CTA Level 2, thank you for your guidance, wise words and encouragement.
You kept me going through some dark moments

Thank you

CTA 2019

The good thing is that I am using the research method ONLY to study and it is going so well. I was able to get through Auditing over the weekend and I am finally up to date with the module and feel better prepared for the test.

I have noticed that I get to understand concepts quicker/better and most importantly am able to apply the knowledge to questions much faster. I am even asking myself why I haven’t used this method from the start. It is going so well and my test two result will speak for themselves. I even feel like I will do even better. lol. Thank you for your support. I am really feeling extra positive about my studies and funny enough, it makes me feel extra positive about life in general.

My procrastination has also improved. It is not were I would like it to be yet but I am definitely putting in a lot of work and I am happy with the progress.

CTA Student

I’m definitely feeling more confident and hope it will be enough.

I’ve also realised that we already lose at least 5mins to allocate time to each question and determining where to start. I have to be fully immersed in the session to keep track of where I am and where to score marks…its working so far.

I cannot thank you enough for your wisdom and guidance. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

CTA Student

I passed ITC! How can I thank you for the constant push, involvement, companionship in this attempt… I think it is impossible.

To think we did a Skype session about 6 weeks before exam. Where I was thinking of not writing. Looking back, the fight was amazing.

I still maintain it is the exam technique that I hung onto. Remembering the conditions I was under for this fight and still crossed the line.

I choose to take away from this the lessons we discussed, not only the result.
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you  !  🙂

ITC Candidate

My time studying theory has substantially reduced but by doing questions I feel like I am retaining so much more and I feel less behind in my work and more aware of what is going on in the specific module or topic.
I also wanted to mention to you that I am using that “game plan” method when answering my questions. I am identifying the easy marks that I can score first and then focusing more on the more complex ones.
I also just want to say thank you so much for all your advice. It’s really helped me change my approach to studying so far. I hope you are well and thank you for checking in with me.

Third year Student

The videos really gave me a new perspective about moving to the next question. I do move on when doing my questions but most of the time I always feel ‘guilty’ and always try to do the next ones quickly so I would have time to go back. The breakdown of the marks video really made me realize that it’s not such a big loss after all.

Third year Student

Having a coach like Yvonne played a great part in helping me regain the perspective I had lost over the years trying to achieve my goals.

Yvonne is a great asset to have in your corner. She will always back you up and will go the extra mile to help you succeed and offer advice when needed.

Yvonne, I would like to thank you for taking the time to listen to me and for all the advice you have given me in preperation for the ITC exam.

ITC Candidate

I got 79% for Fac, 78% for Tax and 75% Auditing.

I’m so excited! But as excited as I may be, I would not have been able to pull these marks off without your help. Thank you so very much!

Third year Student

As I was watching the videos, I constantly thought that I’ve never consciously thought about the things you said… also how about 90% of the time my brain has manipulated me into avoiding difficult questions believing that “they won’t pop up” or “they’ll only hold about 7% of the entire paper”.

All in all the videos were a great watch and they already have me adjusting how I approach my studies.

Third year Student

I’m grateful that I found Yvonne at the time that I did. I was close to exams and I wasn’t confident that I had covered enough to pass.
Her coaching really helped me change my focus in terms of how I was studying, and as a reason I ended up going through more questions than I probably would have gone through before my exams as I was still very fixated with thoroughly knowing the theory. This in turn boosted my confidence levels for each module (including management accounting and auditing which weren’t my favourites). She helped me get out of my own head and helped to point out some of the bad habits I had developed along the way to “protect myself”.
I especially loved how on bad days when I didn’t cover what I had planned to cover, as much as she didn’t enable me, she still didn’t make me feel worse than I already felt but instead encouraged me to do better the next day. Thank you very much Yvonne!!

Third Year Student

My strategy has changed, and I now dive straight into questions in test/exam conditions.

I definitely would not be in this space without your videos, I am sharing your links far and wide!

CTA Candidate

Your ‘You vs Your Brain’ video, I can totally relate to this as I am able to motivate myself to do question even though I’m not a 100% comfortable with the theory I tend to back down once I realise how difficult the question is in which case I default to doing theory again

Having listened to you I’ve already identified some of my key issue (perfectionism) and I’d really love to work on fixing them 🙂

CTA Candidate

My goodness, you hit the nail on the head. I can relate to almost everything you spoke about in these videos. My mindset is kind of fixed.
I will not do a question If I feel  I’m not ready.  I’ll be making summaries, revise, changing study plans and everything but doing questions.
When I do eventually do the question and get stuck, its back to the drawing board, let me master the basics, more summaries and go through this whole cycle again.
And when the exams are here, and I realise I need to do these questions afterll and my summaries were just a waste of time or a negative coping mechanism to face reality.

Third Year Student

My marks have improved! I still have a long way to go, but I saw what you mean about CAKE, and where I need to focus now. I feel like I’m making progress! Also not taking a nap after work works much better than when I do.

Thank you for your help and your patience with me!

CTA Candidate

You’re awesome Yvonne 🙂

Thanks for this, it’s helpful, trust me.

Sometimes I wish work was at night and studying during the day, lol

Let me fight my brain tonight and get through some more questions

CTA Candidate

The road to overcoming our challenges is very lonely. The challenges we face are far beyond failure. The academic help we get is only but a part of the tools we need to overcome our challenges.

Having a coach like Yvonne may provide you with the realisation that you may distract yourself from studying .Identify the actual productive time you spend on studying as well as some tools to find the weaknesses in how you study.

The tools and skills given to me by Yvonne were not only academically focussed but had a dual purpose. The first was my personality which is what drives our studies and approaches to challenges. The second were tools on which I can improve and re-look at my study routine.

The journey taken with Yvonne will not be easy. Do not be afraid to engage her in the methods provided. Yvonne does understand individuality and will adapt her methods to help ease some challenges.

The introspection needed will seem tiresome but so is failure and not knowing the reason for it. Search in the tools provided by Yvonne on general improvement and approaches to completing any task.

I recommend you drive the journey taken with Yvonne. She will not solve your challenges but provide you with some tools to do so.

I wish you everything of the best in achieving your goals !

ITC Candidate

I subscribed to Yvonne’s program in preparation for the ITC 2019, she helped me gain the confidence I needed to attempt ITC. She taught me the value of having a growth-mindset and how to apply the growth-mindset in the process of preparing for the exam. During the program I learned that the habits of how you learn may have a significant effect on your performance on the day. Her insights helped me to understand the “game” of examination and how to “play” it.

I would recommend her program to any candidate at all levels of the path to becoming a Chartered Accountant, from undergrad to board examinations.

ITC Candidate

Applying the Research model has been a good way of identifying what I don’t know before diving into the theory, and using the ratio places a deadline into how much theory I should do so it becomes a small goal that I look forward to achieving. Leaving a question when the time is up is something that is heavily emphasised by our lecturers as there are always ‘easy marks’ in all the questions.

Third year Student