Student Testimonials

Every year we get hundreds of emails, letters, and faxes from satisfied students. Below are samples of just some of the great feedback we are so happy to receive. Please feel free to submit your own feedback to ACS; we always take into account the views of our students, to make sure we are delivering the highest possible quality educational experience.

Psychology & Counselling

Louise – Introduction to Psychology
Being based at home, it has meant that I have been able to study something that I have wanted to do for a long time without having to worry about childcare etc.

Sandra - Introduction to Pscyhology
A very interesting and valuable experience.  I learnt a lot and it gave me a good grounding in the basics. It really made me think, and I liked how it enabled me to interact wiht people through the practical work.

Jeffrey  – Educational Psychology
I found the course interesting, challenging, and rewarding. I learnt a lot by following the programme and the study ACS set out. Assignments were corrected quickly, with lots of positive feedback from the tutors.

Debbie – Educational and Childhood Psychology, & Play Leadership
(The course) has helped me understand my students better and helped me to see how I can structure their course in order to make learning fun and fruitful. Thank you, I have enjoyed these units greatly.

Jenelle – Child Psychology
It has been a truly invaluable learning experience for me. I want you to know that I have learnt so much from all of your constructive input and guidance throughout each lesson of the course. You have helped me to understand where my strengths and weaker aspects lie, and what areas of my answering questions I need to pay attention to.
Thank you for getting my assignments back to me as promptly as you have, and thank you for making this course so enjoyable.

Rachel – Certificate in Psychology and Counselling
I feel that over the duration of the course I gained a lot of knowledge and practical strategies that will be beneficial to me, and those I deal with personally and professionally. The course exceeded my expectations significantly.

Joseph - Psychology and Counselling
I found the course so helpful as a Catholic Priest, and that is why I have registered for the Diploma in Counselling and Psychology and I hope to do my best to finish and help my people who are back home in Africa.

Erin Miller, Australia - Psychology and Counselling
[My tutor] provides great feedback and encouragement. [The course] allows you and asks you to apply your life experiences first hand to the assignments, and is designed to give you room to creatively think and explain the readings, while also digging deeper into the research that's available via internet, books, online library etc.

Donna – Bio Psychology
As for the assistance, feedback, and general help of the ACS services and staff, I found them excellent. They were very patient and switched on. The feedback on assignments was constructive and to the point, but always positive and motivating.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course, and found the ACS to be wonderful in all aspects… I’m looking forward to follow up with another course… Human Psychology.

Lynn – Biopsychology
A lot of the subject matter relates directly to my area of work, so it is helping me to understand it a lot more. I enjoy working in my own time, and being able to take my time.

Charles - Careers Counselling
I have really improved my knowledge in this field.  It has also given me the confidence to start my own small business in private Careers Counselling.

Sarah - Life Coaching
I have done several counselling courses in the past and the coaching course fitted in well with the learning experiences I had encountered previously.  The reading material was detailed and interesting and the feedback was detailed and constructive.

Wai Ming, Au, Singapore - Life Coaching, MA MSc MBA
[The course] provides a thorough introduction to the practices of Life Coaching. It provides very good learning materials and practical assignments at end of each lesson. The comments from my tutor are always very encouraging and positive. The services from school administrative staff are excellent [and] the course is recognised by Association of Coaching, UK.

Allan M Eno MSc, BSc (Hons) Degree, Clinical Supervisor/Manager, Harley St, London, UK - Professional Supervision
The course was a valuable learning experience because it challenged my thinking regarding the application of supervision and how to apply supervision to different professions. The course exceeded my expectations, in particular because it explored other aspects of supervision such as burn-out, professionalism, ethics and legal concerns. The course has a very comprehensive approach to supervision, which makes for a more rounded supervisor.

Brenda Harvey, Australia - Counselling Skills I
This course has been extremely valuable to me as throughout those 5 months my friends all seemed to go through some crisis or other.  I have learned so much that I could put into practice and from the responses I have had, it's been very positive.  Tutor feedback was fantastic.  All individual answers were given a comment which helped me understand if I missed something.

Lisa Macnaughton, Australia - Crisis Counseling
I think the information is good - it will enhance my practice as a case manager working with elderly ethnic people. Gavin Cole is an excellent tutor. His comments are very helpful and he is very quick at getting my assignments back.

Darrell Blackman, Australia - Crisis Counseling
[This course] enhances my skills in my job in the disability field.  One of the most pleasing things about ACS, is the flexibility it does allow in the way that you can lay out your assignments.  They are not pedantic about little issues; but [instead focus on] the core learning that you have gained. 

Lanka Narsinga Rao, Australia - Introduction to Psychology
[This course] is really valuable, because we can imagine and identify people's behaviour and social/environmental effects on personality.  We can be aware of our own children's psychological aspects and their childhood development.  Very good outcome from the course.

Deana Efraemson, Australia - Aged Care and Counselling
[Work marked] promptly and with comments that show detailed reading of my work. I have been impressed by the quick turn-around time and the feedback I’ve received.  Having the course structured into 9 lessons has been helpful for me in approaching the course and fitting it into a busy schedule.
The marking is always very prompt and is providing lots of feedback which assists in knowing where I may have fallen short in my answers or done very well.

Larissa Kalnins, Aust - Psychology & Counselling course
The notes and study tools encourage me to conduct research to develop my knowledge of components in my course. It is very worthwhile. [My tutor] gives me good feedback and food for thought with her comments and sometimes elaborates on my answers - really value her input.

Yvonne Munshi, South Africa, Bio Psychology
I am beginning to understand how the brain works, and it is opening up a whole new dimension! Its fantastic.

Judy Augustine, Child Care worker, Child Psychology course, Australia.
It's very interesting. I am always fascinated by the children's behaviour. Helps in my work and with my own children, to have a clear understanding of their nature/nurture. I made the right choice of my course. The credit goes to ACS. 

Mary Ann Cohen, Grief Counselling, Australia.
Being able to apply myself to distance education for the topic that interests me has been invaluable. Living in a remote area has a number of disadvantages. The lack of access to continuing education is one of great importance. Successfully completing the Grief Counselling course has enabled me to think ahead and possibly attempt future studies on this much needed issue.

C.V. Lakshmi, India, Industrial Psychology
Very much valuable. The course is designed in a manner that learning is not limited. I am gaining lot of knowledge through the course. The assignments are really good as it help the students to think out-of-the box and answer. I am very happy doing this course as I am gaining a lot of insight. Also, professionalism and the support being extended by my tutor and admin team (Elaine and team) is really great and I am thankful to them.
Chantal Jackson, Australia - Life Coaching
[My tutor] gives really useful feedback: she lets me know what I am doing that is working and where I've missed something she points it out. I feel she's really giving my assignments thought and attention. I'm loving the course. I am getting so much out of it. The readings are very good and the assignments are really making me think and build my skill levels

Suzanne Payne, Australia - Aged Care & Counselling course.
Yes it was [a valuable learning experience]. I have been a nurse for over 25 years and my knowledge regarding aging and in particular healthy aging was practically non-existent. I enjoyed some aspects of the counseling. Yes it did [reach my expectations] and more. The grief and loss, losing a loved one, retirement, debilitating illness and the section on preparing for approaching death [were of particular interest]. It was presented in a very logical, methodical order. I received good feedback from my Tutor. I enjoyed the course and definitely believed I gained a lot from completing the course.

Business, Management & Marketing

Mihaela – Bookkeeping I
It is very well organised as an institution, and the courses are well focused.

Karina – Events Management
Very impressive, helpful, and I am comfortable because I can do it at my own pace.

Virginie – Advertising and Promotions
I have been very happy with the service your school offers. The administration staff always reply within 48 hours, the tutors are reliable and never late with marking assignments, and the course itself is very well done and useful!

Catherine - Certificate in Applied Management
I wanted to study herbs but I could not find a course at my closest TAFE, and traveling to Adelaide each day was not practical. ACS offered the best option - study at home, at my own pace and still tutor contact when I needed it. I was undecided in the facet of herbs that I wanted to specialise in - that was until I completed an assignment to produce three herbal products. My tutor tested my products and encouraged me to set up a small business making and distributing a range of natural herbal cosmetic and household products. His guidance has helped me establish an interesting and profitable business from my studies.

Brei Huggins - Bookkeeping 1, Australia,
Yes it is [a valuable learning experience], it is challenging and in turn rewarding. I am getting an extensive knowledge of the field and am learning how to apply concepts in an easy way.

Paula Farrell, Australia, Workplace Health and Safety
Yes[I find the course valuable], because it is opening my eyes further to what I am studying and making me look for info and answers on the internet rather than being spoon fed info from the course notes. The feed back from the tutor is great and is very encouraging and the marking time frame very efficient.

Horticulture

Kathryn Crossfield - Home Vegetable Growing, Australia
Great course, tutor was really good with explaining and marking. [She] gave me new ideas for my garden and hints for it too. Learning so many new things about growing different vegetables, how to grow them and what to do. All about soils and garden plots.
Jose – Horticulture
I am extremely satisfied with my experience of ACS. The educational materials were easy to read and understand. The assignments were very practical and the administrative staff at the office were just superb.

Patrick – Landscape Design
I thought the course was well designed with relevant course modules and information. My tutor’s comments were helpful and encouraging. I am considering what course to do next (diploma in horticulture) so that is a good sign that I am very happy with all aspects of the school.

Lara – Nursery Sales Assistant
I have enjoyed the content of the course, and find it very possible to cope with correspondence learning and having a young, demanding family.

Catherine – Certificate in Horticulture
I have learnt many aspects of Permaculture I didn’t even think of. I understand my land and the environment far better for doing this course. I feel very confident in planning and growing plants for the area.

Dennis Ting, Australia - Certificate in Garden Design
The main difference between my experience of studying at University and studying with ACS is that at University you're basically regurgitating text books. In contrast ACS assignments can be quite involved requiring hands-on application of principles, creative thinking and analysis.

Craig Ledbury, Australia - Turf Renovation & Repair
In my role within a large Aged Care Facility a great deal of my employment is spent in the area of Turf management and garden care/refurbishment. With ACS I was able to study at my own pace allowing me to put into practise and thoroughly research the subject matter broadening my knowledge and study experience further. I enjoyed the way in which the subject matter was presented as it allowed you to study each subject further, allowing for greater depth, clarity and knowledge.
Overall there are not many areas in which the course subject matter will not turn out to be invaluable, everything is covered to allow you to become successful within your own business or place of employment. A big thank you to Gavin Cole [tutor] and all at ACS. It was a pleasure to study with ACS, look forward to further study.

Tom Wood, Australia - Diploma in Horticultural Science
I have found the course to be interesting and challenging, with great learning materials that really make you research the industry and get involved. It has been a great way to study because it has allowed me to work in the industry and study at the same time. I have found the online resources to be fantastic, the tutors feedback constructive and the fact that assignments can be submitted online makes the process so easy. 

Katherine Parry, Australia - RHS Certificate II in Horticulture
I have found the course material to be comprehensive and informative and have learnt a lot and really enjoyed my year of study. The office staff at ACS have always been helpful and efficient and quick to respond to requests or queries. My tutor, was encouraging and supportive, as well as being really thorough in the way she marked my assignments. I had not studied for 20 years before I started my RHS Certificate 2 in Horticulture and the feedback and reassurance I received from my tutor made all the difference.

Melanie Sumpter, Australia, Cut Flower Production
I am enjoying my course and it has given me an understanding of what I need to do once I have completed my course.  I find the course to a valuable learning experience. I am able to do it in my own time (I have young children) and the learning is interesting.

Melanie Veasey, UK - Garden History
The course has been fabulous because it really made me think beyond my own planting ideas. I have particularly enjoyed the research into noted garden writers and considering the legal aspects of conservation for the future.

Pauline Ross, Australia - Cutting Propagation
[The course] is teaching me a lot about propagation that I did not know. Your courses are very good, easy to understand, full of lots of valuable information.  My tutor is very good, fair and always there if needed.
Lana Mitchell, Aust - Cut Flowers
I consider that my success in recent years is directly related to the training I have done with the ACS. The materials were spot on, and the tutors were superb.... (Lana's inspiring story that includes owning breeders rights to a specific Flannel Flower and running a successful export business is found in detail on our careersguide web site).

James McKelvey, Vineyard Manager, Aust - Viticulture
[The course] gave me extra knowledge of the industry that I am currently working in. It covered all aspects of the industry. I liked the way you had to work through each lesson/category i received excellent feedback from my tutor. I enjoyed the viticulture course, it has given me extra knowledge that i will use.

David Painter, Landscaping 1, UK.
[The course] gave me an insight into a subject that I have been interested in for a long time. Plus it has helped me in my current job with a local landscape/nursery company. [The structure] was done in a way which was very easy to understand and this helped when you hit a subject which ws hard to get a grip with. All feedback from the tutors was very constructive and helpful.
 
Rowena Headlam, Horticulture 1, Australia
Yes, [the course has been a valuable learning experience] definitely.  I’m learning a lot of things that I find useful straight away, and there are lessons that I can practically apply to help me to learn.

Darrell Murdoch, Sport Turf Management, Australia
Yes [the course was valuable]. I have been out of the greenkeeping industry for some time and the course was a good way to refresh my knowledge and also improve it, with new information. There was no pressure time wise and I received good support and encouragement from my tutor.

Writing & Communication

 Justine – Freelance writing
(The course) has helped me focus on writing and increased my confidence. Provided me with valuable information and improved skills so that I can move forward in my ambitions.

Sally Vanston, Malaysia - Technical Writing
I think the course is a valuable learning experience as I feel I’m being challenged along the way. Generally, I am impressed with the service I have received from ACS since enrolling. The enrollment process was very quick and all email support has been prompt and helpful. The tutors seem very pleasant and helpful in their remarks, and this keeps me motivated. It is very encouraging when they offer additional information or ask questions of me/my writing.

Tami – Writing Fundamentals
I have learned a lot from my course and I will take a new course soon. The school has excellent services. I am satisfied with all that ACS provided.

Wendy – Writing Fiction
Having a (tutor available) who is able to critique my work was essential. I needed to know where my strengths and weaknesses lie. An informed and knowledgeable tutor helps a lot.

Nhys – Freelance Writing
I’ve tried to do correspondence before, but have lost patience waiting for the snail mail, and extended periods for marking. The speed with which each assignment was handled (by ACS) using email was excellent, and I applaud you! I will start on Freelance Writing 2 with much enthusiasm.

Janine – Children’s Writing
I never considered childrens' writing very stimulating, until now.
 
Roslyn – English
(The course) taught me to write better reports / business letters and emails. I feel I have improved! I feel more confident.
 
Premo Jackniacki, Australia - Editing 1 course
It took me a while, but in the end it was a very useful course for my work.  I would like to really thank my tutor for all her feedback which improved my proofreading skills.  You will see the results in our 2011 catalogue.

Bradley Clark, Australia - Freelance Writing
Yes [this course is a valuable learning experience]. I have never had the benefit of a writer give feedback on my work. That along with structure and content lessons have been beneficial.

Jaqui Eyley, NZ - Freelance Writing
 This course has just helped me get a job as a proof reader! At last I have found my dream job! I have read so many books on finding the perfect career, and then, advertised in the local paper, in between 'cleaner available' and 'care assistants wanted' was my job, 'proof reader required'. The work was for a national newspaper and they were looking for someone with a high level of literacy, an interest in farming and an eye for detail. In addition to my Freelance Writing course with ACS, I have a degree in law, a small holding, and I can pick nits till the cows come home; perfect! I couldn't believe my luck; someone was actually going to pay me to read the newspaper. The work was part time and so flexible I could even bring it home with me. My imagination worked overtime; I was already laid back in my hammock casually marking out mistakes with a glass of something cold and fizzy by my side.
Of course, in reality it is nothing like that; proof reading requires intense concentration and the ability to read very fast while picking out a variety of errors. The newspaper is a farming publication and while many articles are interesting, the technical subjects are hard work. One thing the job has taught me though, is that some writers are a lot better than others. If you know your subject well and are reliable, just about anyone can get published.

Michelle de Klerk, Australia - Editing & Proofreading
[Marked work] comes back quickly and the comments are helpful and detailed if necessary. The course is very valuable, as it makes me more accustomed to communicating electronically, which is how everything is done these days. I’m really enjoying this course. I have a really unpredictable schedule, so I never really took to other avenues of study. With this course I can take my time and absorb the material at my own pace. I think it’s clever and practical. I haven’t had this much fun studying in years.

Agriculture

Sharley - Pet Care
(The course was) Brilliant. Lots of new advice and knowledge that I can use every day with my own animals. (Regarding the tutor:) Really appreciate her comments. I found her helpful.

Lana Hurley, Australia, Pet Care.
Undertaking research reinforces learning, and it makes me learn more than I would on the course notes alone. The tutor’s comments are very useful. He also provides links to interesting materials relative to my course.

Tanya Sadler - Animal Husbandry
I think it is absolutely brilliant. I have never come across such a friendly, helpful staff and am so enjoying my course. I will definitely recommend ACS to anybody who wants to study over the 'net.

K Mackenzie Dairy Cattle
The course was put together very well. It covered all the important aspects of dairy farming and offered some important practical hands-on information that other courses lacked. I thoroughly enjoyed it and feel now that I have equipped myself to work on a dairy farm.

R. Beitlich, Aust - Calf Rearing
I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to raise calves!!
Tiffany Gordon, Aust - Calf Rearing
Been working in the livestock (Dairy Cattle) industry for years and thought I knew it all. Calf rearing was one area I had limited knowledge of, and due to a new work role, I needed to know more... QUICKLY!!!
This course allowed me the freedom to work within the industry & learn at the same time. I learnt a lot of new and diverse calf rearing options that have now better prepared me for the 'real world' of calf rearing and my new role within the dairy industry. A great 'grounding' course, even for those who are hands on in raising calves. I have recommended this course to a few calf rearers already! I'd be happy to highly recommend the course to anyone with an interest in raising the next quality batch of calf replacements on their farm.

Hindy - Poultry
I work in farm animal welfare (on a chicken campaign).  It didn't make sense to me to work on a campaign about a subject I knew nothing about; The amount of research I did for each assignment taught me so much more than I ever could have learned on my own.
I would just like to say how much I enjoyed this course & dealing with your school.  I got answers quickly, & help was always available. You don't always find that in a correspondence school.  My experience has been so positive I will be signing up for another course shortly.

Jonathan - Sheep
Although I can do all of the practical work that is required to raise sheep, I am learning a lot more than I didn't already know.& all that I knew I learnt from my dad. I am enjoying this course and when I finish it, I would like to do another one, perhaps in management.

Zoe Crouch, Aust - Animal Breeding course
Yes[the course is a valuable learning experience], I am loving it, it relates to all the things I am presently doing with our dogs and sheep and I am finding it extremely useful and have learnt a lot. Love getting my assignments back to see how I went always an exciting moment and then shared around the dinner table that night!!

Paula Grima, Australia - Equine Behaviour
[The course] was more indepth than I thought it would be and it was information that I could apply with my own horses. The feedback was very helpful and it was information that could only have been gained from experience with horses. She [tutor] would always answer any questions that I have and always had something positive and helpful to say!

S. Cosbie-Ross, UK, Animal Behaviour
I found the course to be well written and explained. Any queries I had were answered quickly, and the staff to be very friendly and helpful. In all, the course has been invaluable. I am a little sad it is near the end as I have enjoyed the whole course.

Dyane Haubus, Australia - Animal Health Care
I have found the course to be a great deal of help with trying to get into the animal industry. I have also found my tutors comments of great help. Would highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to get into the animal industry or for anyone wanting to learn more about our furry friends.

Sarah Elliot, Australia - Beef Cattle
When I first started, I had no experience of cattle or farming, but due to a change in direction in my career path, I needed to get some experience and this course has helped tremendously.

Gabriele Klinnert, Australia - Natural Health Care for Animals
I would recommend this course to anybody who is interested in animals, has animals and/or likes to work with animals. This is something I can use for the rest of my life and I can also use this basic knowledge for further study. The course is very pleasant and the tutors are motivating and very fast. So all in all a great learning experience!

Arnold Taen, Netherlands - Diploma in Animal Management
Yes [the course was a valuable learning experience]. It is providing me with new insights and development beyond my former knowledge of this subject. It also provides me with a proper basic knowledge to pursue my dreams in this career path.

Beverley Bell, Australia, - Animal Health Care
Yes [I found the course valuable]. I have animals, I am a dog training instructor. I am planning to commence a business providing in-home care to a variety of animals. So I wanted to upgrade my knowledge of animal health. I enjoyed the course and feel I have learned a lot. course.

Michelle Rottenberry, Animal Health Care
Very happy with how my work is being marked. I am enjoying my course, and have learnt a lot of new things that are valuable to know considering I have a lot of animals and is useful information for me to know.

Chloe Blum, USA - Aquaponics
I am loving the course! I have learned so much and can't stop reading the material. My tutors give me great feedback.
I believe this has been one of the most rewarding and valuable learning experiences. Not only do I look forward to doing my classes everyday I’m also learning great information for something I am truly passionate about. I believe the layout of each lesson is very helpful and I am surprised how much information I learn from just reading a few pages. I graduated from an online national high school and was so happy when I found this school. I am very satisfied with this type of education. The school has been so helpful and nice!
I am also very satisfied with the staff at this school. Anytime I have a question they have been right there to help me along the way. The support is great and it makes my learning experiences even better.

Aaron May, UK, Poultry
[The course] was very useful because it helped me to learn more about Poultry, especially the business side of the industry. I really enjoyed working through the assignments over the last 12 months. They made me think and do lots of research."

Plant courses

Janice – Herb Culture
(The course) has helped me achieve a ‘greener’ thumb. I now have lots more success with my garden. Beforehand, my thumb was the furthest from ‘green’ you could get!

Margaret – Herb Culture
I find this an excellent way to study as I can do it at my own pace.

Lerini – Herb Culture
Thanks ACS, studying with you has been truly rewarding, because of your understanding, helpfulness and devotion to all students. I will certainly use the chance to study again with you!

Malcolm – Plant Breeding
The course provided a convenient opportunity to extend my interest in plant breeding. (The structure of the course) ensured that the student actually did the set tasks.

Environmental & Health studies

Natalie – Marine Studies
I thoroughly enjoyed the course, and I have learned a lot from it! Thanks!

Ceinwen – Marine Studies
My tutor is doing a great job, and I’m enjoying the work.

Stephanie – Conservation and Environmental Management
(The course) has provided me with a stepping stone to university, and furthered the knowledge I got from high school, preparing me for university. I wanted a course that covered a broad range of environmental aspects so that I could pinpoint which area I was most interested in. This course did just that.

Natalie – Health and Fitness
This made me realise what I really want to do with my life.

Alison – Aqua Fitness
I learnt a lot about the whole aqua fitness industry, not just one area e.g. learn to swim or aerobics.

Narda – organised Sports Nutrition course for students in a large class
The Sports Nutrition course is providing our student athletes with some excellent information and fueled some good discussion amongst them. Good class!

Josephine – Human Nutrition
I have been studying through your school for a couple of years, and I find the quality of the service excellent, with a good range of courses. I am very impressed with your school.

Rhonda - Child Nutrition
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I had not studied for the past 10 years and was a little apprehensive. The staff were very supportive, their feedback was always valuable and response time was extremely prompt. This course has given me a new desire to keep learning. I never knew learning could be so enjoyable. I am looking forward to my next learning experience through ACS.

B Robson - Marine Studies 1
I have appreciated and valued the feedback from my tutor and am thoroughly enjoying my course. Being a stay at home mum with another baby on the way I have also greatly appreciated the chance to be able to complete the work at my own pace, as some weeks/months it's hard to find the time to do it.

C. Cadena - Environmental Studies
The course was a valuable learning experience... "because it made me aware of environmental information I didn't know"... 'I didn't study for a career improvement, but to learn and implement the information on a daily basis".

Kim Stinton - Australia, Advanced Certificate in Wildlife Management
I love the course and the course material even though a bit of it seems to be a lot more in depth than I anticipated. I love it just the same as I'm learning lots. I just wish I had more time to do a lot more.

Katrina Merrifield, Masters Conservation Science - NZ, Trees for Rehabilitation course 
I definitely learned a lot from [the course) but it was also beneficial in affirming [and raising my confidence] in what I already knew.

Jasmine Dungey, Aust - Conservation and Environmental Management
I am finding it interesting and educational - it covers the primary facts and then encourages you to learn the details through the assignments and contacting numerous organisations involved in environmental issues.

Anne Gilleade, Aust - Self-sufficiency 2
[My tutor] responds positively to my assignments and various design ideas and has a clear understanding of the topics covered that enables her to expand on those ideas. I have enjoyed this course more than most study I have encountered. The content and the notes for that content have been a good guide for the development of our property and what we produce and manage on that property. 
I find the course to be a very valuable learning experience for the following reasons: 

  • The notes for the topics are written in plain English and cover all the scientific aspects simply and thoroughly.
  • The distance mode allows me to study at my own pace-I work full-time in a demanding job and this study method allows me to complete the assignments even though I cannot complete them as quickly as I would like.
  • The assignments give me the basic notes with the opportunity to research the topics in my own way - this has allowed me to build on my knowledge through the course.
Lisa McDonald, Aus - Nutrition For Weight Loss
Absolutely [the course was a valuable learning experience]! Gave me confidence and knowledge to start my own small business and help others with health and weight loss... My tutor was brilliant! She replied to questions promptly and my assignments were always returned quickly with useful critique. She was extremely helpful and supportive and I cannot thank her enough! I am very impressed with ACS from start to finish! I have attended other tertiary institutions before and attended university and have never had such a smooth and positive experience as the one with ACS.

Frances Bell, Australia, Certificate in Wildlife Management
I am currently studying the Wildlife Management certificate course and am thoroughly enjoying myself!  I have studied online before but have found that ACS provides a much greater level of support than other institutions.  I have also found the courses to be much more in-depth than I thought they would be, and feel that I'm really getting value for money.  I've found the modules I've already completed in environmental assessment, ecology, ornithology and marine studies to be very relevant to my "work" as a wildlife rehabilitator and the knowledge I've gained has given me a greater understanding of the pressures that our native wildlife faces.  I'm also sure that this course of study has been an influencing factor in getting my dream job - working with endangered big cat species in South Africa.

Mari Jones, UK - Ornithology
I initially wanted to do the course because I really enjoy birdwatching and I wanted to learn more about birds than just how to identify them. Also, I was set to start university in September, and as I was no longer studying biology, I wanted to take the opportunity to so do some final studying in that area.
This course has been brilliant: not only did I learn about the biology and distribution of birds, but I also learned about taxonomy (not nearly as boring as it sounds!), and I now know the behaviours and characteristics of a range of bird species worldwide.
I've enjoyed the course so much that, after much deliberation, I decided to go on to do further study. After a word with the university admissions tutor I successfully switched degree courses, so I am now set to study Ecology and Conservation.
I owe this course so much, not just for teaching me about birds, but also for making me realise how enjoyable it is to study them.

Jessica, Ireland, Vertebrate Zoology
I am thoroughly enjoying the Vertebrate Zoology course with ACS. Dr. Browne has been a wonderful tutor and has given clear, concise and constructive feedback on each of the assignments I have submitted. The structure of the course allows you to independently research topics guided by module notes, set tasks and assignment questions. The more you put into this course the more you take away. I love the suggestions of where and how to do the set tasks. Dissecting a grey mullet for Assignment 2 was thus far the best part of the course – while it is only suggested to approach in this manner you should consider making it a requirement of the module. I was able to coordinate with a local fisherman in association with a fish monger - they happily caught and presented me with a beautiful specimen. After dissection it made a great meal for my four legged friends (Nothing wasted and absolutely ethical! :). The hands-on approach enabled me to get a very comprehensive understanding of the anatomy of a fish. The gizzard of the grey mullet was a bonus and had I not dissected - I would not have been able to fully appreciate the complex digestive system of this omnivorous fish. Today I’m off to the Eagles Flying raptor research center to meet with the biologist who runs the center – he’s allowing me to spend the day observing barn owls for my current module. Yet, another brilliant experience thanks to my enrolment at ACS.

Jo-Anna Apelt, Australia - Zoo Keeping
I'm getting positive comments with notes on things I missed, so I think that is helpful. I'm learning a lot about zoo keeping and am able to see it's value as I go about my volunteer zoo work. I'm loving the course. Thanks for the opportunity.

Sheila Holliday, USA - Ornithology
Yes [the course was a valuable learning experience], very much, since I love to work with birds. I have learned a lot from the course. It is also a very fun and enriching experience. [My tutor] is extremely helpful.

Katie Tomlinson, Australia - Herpetology
This course has been one of the best learning experiences for me as I have found myself constantly wanting to study despite the fact that I don't enjoy reading. I have found the course is very well structured and that I am very thankful for my tutor who is always giving me encouragement and will show me where I have made any mistakes and how I can improve my work. I am also very impressed with the Student Room.

William Elder, Australia - Alternative Energy
[My tutor] includes some useful comments and obviously has a good store of knowledge on the subject.
Yes, [I find the course a valuable learning experience]. I am in the middle of building a solar-passive designed house in southern Victoria and although I’ve done plenty of research and reading on almost every subject relating to self-sufficiency and alternative energy, the discipline of study has meant I have re-focussed my attention on each topic. I always find out something new that can be applied to the house.
 

Science & Technology

Mia – Biology
Plenty of information set out in an easy to understand format. I enjoy(ed the) assignment work.

Marthe – Botany 1
Very good. I like your challenging assignments.

Lucia Masuku, South Africa - Botany 1
It has been an eye opener!!  I am now living in a different world, my whole perspective to life and nature has changed and now I cherish it more.  It has broadened my mind and advanced my level of looking at things in my every day work as well. [My tutor] encourages me a lot and that kept me going.  She would give more positive constructive correction where necessary as if it was not that bad at all.  She has been supportive and understanding.

Joanne - Botany II
I find the course quite interesting! At first glance the reading material and questions look so simple, but they actually require quite a bit of thinking and probing. The course is very well designed!

Kate - Anatomy
The information given was excellent, but the assignments also made you look further to find answers yourself and I find this a much better way of learning than just being handed all the answers.   It has given me a grounding knowledge in human biology which is perfect as I am applying to study Chiropractics at university next year.  I couldn’t have asked for more from my tutor. She was very thorough and extremely helpful with any problems I encountered. 

Melissa Smith, Australia, Biochemistry 1 (Plants)
Having not finished high school myself and never studied biochemistry my confidence is a little low but the encouragement I am receiving from Honor [tutor] is a tremendous help and making it easier for me as I go. [The course] is helping me realize what I am actually capable of and that I am smarter than I thought. Thank you for making it possible for me to study my passion while still being able to work.
Lisa Greenhead, UK - Human Biology 1a (Anatomy and Physiology)
The materials were clear and informative and lead you to explore other information. The online quizzes were a good way to check understanding. The assessments meant you needed to research in more depth. I have started an Occupational Therapy course at Uni so it has given me a good foundation. An excellent learning opportunity to work in my own time, but with support.

Robert T. Magill, MS, Certified Wildlife Biologist, Utah USA, Botany 1 course.
Yes, the course was valuable. As a biologist I am looking to expand my knowledge base into ecological restoration. To date the information in this course relates well as supporting information to the restoration textbooks I am working through.
Although I have not presently capitalized on the course materials from a professional standpoint I foresee the knowledge gained from the course being very helpful in the future even if it is in a more subtle way than originally expected. Although much of the material was covered during my undergraduate studies, I was required to do a sufficient amount of research on my end to complete the assignments.
Through this process I feel I learned the material better than I did the first time around.  I feel the assignments built upon each other quite well. The necessity of the plant reviews continued to bring in not only the scientific aspects of botany but also the more practical knowledge that can be acquired, making the course that much more enjoyable.
My tutor not only provided me with information regarding where I had made errors but she also provided me with insights into how I could improve either my approach to answering the assignments or where I had missed some pertinent information.

Margaret Davies - Physics
I am very impressed with the standard of marking. The extra explanations and helpful advice are way beyond anything I have ever received during school, uni or workplace training.
Every question really extends me, and I find that to answer it sufficiently (or to my satisfaction) many more avenues need to be explored. I am becoming an adept researcher and ever more skilled in finding ways to re-phrase my new found knowledge. One of my daughters is particularly impressed with the scientific explanations I come up with, and I think this is the aim of all learning - to be able to pass it along the line. Highly recommended. I will definitely be enrolling in more science courses and I am opting to start a Dip in Applied Science.

Computers/IT

Ian – Computer Servicing
I have learnt so much. A very valuable and interesting course… I look forward to the next one.

Bill Anderson, Aust - Visual Basic.Net
I am finding the course very valuable it is keeping me focused and the content is excellent. I have a tendency to go off on tangents but the structure of the course keeps me on track.

Willem Ainui, PNG - Networking Foundations
Yes it is very much [a valuable learning experience] because I am learning something new that is in line with the work that I do up here, it has the most up to date basic information in technology. Thanks to ACS for giving me this opportunity.  
To do the online course which otherwise will be impossible to do at the same time working, especially for me who grew up in the analogue age, this gives me great confidence with my job as a radio communication technician and really looking forward to completed this networking foundation course, thank you.

Photography

C. Hatchard – Digital Photography
Excellent service from (the tutor) who dealt with any query quickly, and returned written work always with a note and kind regards.

Cathy – Introduction to Photography
I have found that my tutor is very encouraging and always sends my assignments back promptly. On the odd occasion that I have had to ring the school, there has been someone to talk to and help.

Christine – Hobby Photography
Excellent – a job well done.

Emma Day, USA - Introduction to Photography
I found it to be an excellent course in basic Film Photography. The section on exposure was very clear. I appreciate the diagrams and clear concise directions in developing and enlarging film. The staff were very kind and my tutor was very encouraging and always gave clear feedback. I was very happy with the flexibility of the course. I moved to a different country and was able to continue with the course.

ACS - General

Eleanor Proctor
This has been an enjoyable and great learning experience.

Nadja
I would like to compliment the work flow of ACS, I never expected it to run this smoothly and even marking the assignments via email ). I appreciate the prompt feedback also from my tutor of course.

Malcolm
Thank you so much for this (ACS admin staff), we can only hope that one day our business world might be a little closer to being as efficient, prompt and courteous as ACS has demonstrated to me over these past months since taking up my studies.

Charles
The presentation allowed the course to become very accessible and practical. Even for those with a lower level in English like me.

Ronél
I have never found the staff at any other learning institution as supportive as the staff at ACS. This gives one a lot of peace of mind and confidence to go on – at every squeak from my side, you guys have always been there immediately, to sort me out. The feedback on my lessons have always been really good and meaningful and an important source of my learning. Thanks!

Maxwell
Excellent.

A. Green
I learnt many new skills that are easily applied to day to day running.

C. Rowland Jones
I find that I can apply my knowledge directly on the property. All assignments are relative to real life.

G. Kite
I cannot praise the animal health care course highly enough. I have learnt a great deal, far beyond my wishes.

I. McKenzie
Very good course. Look forward to the next one.

L. Lowery
Very pleased with the work.

G. Gadja
Glad I signed up!

J. Alderton
I am learning so much.

S. Cooke
I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. Thank you for making it available.

A. Peterson
Many of the skills that I have learnt from this course help me on a day to day basis.

D. Sydenham
The plant recognition assignments were challenging and a great help for the future.

D. Hennessy
I have enjoyed the course and would study with ACS again.

D. Christian
I have found the course interesting and it has expanded my knowledge of herbs immensely.

D. Bond
I found the course to be extremely helpful. It has given me the confidence and the skills to present my work to publishers.

E. Holsman
An excellent guide to self-learning.

N. Mills
This course was very interesting, challenging and very worthwhile.

M. Tanzi
I am glad I did the course and wish to do another one.

B. Clarke
I think ACS provides a wonderful service.

M. Khaovong
Studying with ACS was a wonderful experience. I have learnt a lot and will take a new course soon.

D. Kenyon
I thoroughly enjoyed the course and found ACS to be wonderful in all aspects.