Using Online Learning

February 2023

James Carter discusses how accountants can use online learning to prepare for exams.

Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, online learning was not a welcomed educational approach for trainee accountants. However, the switch to training online has since become an effective way for busy professionals to work at their own pace from any location.

With the global EdTech sector estimated to be worth $270bn, the need for eLearning and eAssessment applications show no signs of slowing down. And although it’s likely that a hybrid approach will continue for online learning and in-person assessment, there are plenty of ways accounting professionals can use eLearning software to their advantage when preparing for upcoming exams.

Flexibility at its finest

For busy working professionals who may not have the time or means to attend in-person classes in a specific place, the switch to digital learning means that they can study their course material at a time and place that suits them. Especially during exam season, this added flexibility can help to create a more positive work/study balance at what is usually a stressful time.

And it’s not just students that can benefit from the flexibility of online training. Course leaders and assessors are able to streamline their offerings through remote automation, helping to keep students engaged with their exam preparation and retention rates high.

Practice makes perfect

In a recent study conducted by our parent company, Eintech, almost a quarter of students found it difficult to source and access practice papers. When these are readily available on eLearning platforms, those who are working towards professional qualifications are able to access their practice papers in one place and use them throughout their revision process.

The convenience of being able to access pre-uploaded practice papers means that students can test their knowledge as many times as they need before their final exam.


The increased implementation of artificial intelligence tools means that students can get a lot more out of their online training platform compared to in-person learning. Practice questions can be structured in multiple different ways, from multiple choice to complex spreadsheet-based questions.

The growing potential of AI means that automated marking is becoming more intelligent all the time, offering students immediate results and feedback as they work.

Traditional in-person learning and assessment still holds its rightful place in the professional qualifications sector. However, the switch to online learning has enabled a wealth of opportunities for those undertaking professional accountancy qualifications, offering great potential now and into the future.

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• James Carter is CEO of Rogo