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My first week of studying BEC has been a success with Roger CPA Review. I have decided to take the NINJA approach, from another71.com, and so far have made it through about 8 hours of video. I am enjoying the way that Roger’s lectures are about 30 minutes each. He makes them as entertaining as possible and it has really helped me zone in and pay attention. It is almost as if he knows when the student will zone out and then takes a break. After each lecture I have been rereading his notes and then finding the corresponding information in the NINJA guide and reading that also. Then I rewrite the NINJA notes. I feel as though I am retaining the information more taking it in small pieces.
I plan to finish the lectures by my next blog with the hopes that work doesn’t get in the way! Lately I have felt busier than normal with work. I know it is because I am gaining more responsibility but sometimes I wish I could just go back to the carefree days of being a “first year”. There are days when photocopying and not having to worry about deadlines because you know the person above you is the one worrying sounds so much more appealing. But then again I wouldn’t trade my opportunities for growth at my firm for the world. It is just the addition of studying that can make is overwhelming at times.
Anyways! In order to get in my study hours I have been very strict with myself and study through my lunches. I bring my notebook of notes with me for anytime I have a few minutes to spare. Then at night I try to aim for an additional 2.5 to 3 hours a night. The hubby has recently picked up golf with a group of his friends and has been going on Sundays so I don’t feel guilty studying for five hours. I managed to get in about ten hours this past weekend.
I am waiting on the arrival of my NTS and then will schedule BEC for the end of the month. Something happened the other day as I forked over another $500 to NASBA. I made a promise with myself that I am done with not giving this 100% of my energy. I am sick of spending hundreds of dollars on something because I didn’t give it my all even though at the time I told myself I was. I am ready to move on from this exam and enjoy my life. That being said I am going all in and I am so determined to knock these exams down. Who wants to spend gorgeous weekends at the library?! I know I am sick of it when I see posts on Facebook of all my friends heading to the beach! I WILL be there next summer and only going to the library to pick up books for my reading pleasure on the beach in my lounge chair.
Hey this might all be wishful thinking but I am done with being a pessimist about this exam and am becoming an optimist! So here is to positive thinking! Have a good week of studying everyone and keep those hopes high. We all will past these exams at one point or another.
One of the hardest parts for me in this whole process has been to not let myself get discouraged. I get so frustrated working the MCQs, especially when my scores are low. “How can you put that question in the testlet when you didn’t tell me about it in the lectures I just watched?!?” I often find myself practically screaming at the computer. “How am I supposed to remember all of this?” is another one. I get frustrated, close my books for the day and it takes me dayssss before I get back the motivation to start again. This is a vicious vicious cycle for me.
During one of these fights with my CPA books I read the book “A Place of Yes” by Bethenny Frankel. At first I thought this book might be a little too rah-rah for me but I decided to give it a try since I am obsessed with Bethenny and think she can do no wrong. In the book she talks a lot about how she overcame many obstacles and was able to get to where she is now. At first I didn’t make the connection but the more I read it the more I was able to see that I could apply her tactics to taking the CPA exam and my struggle with the MCQs.
In the book she talks about her less than ideal childhood, her failed relationships and multiple failed businesses. But with each situation she was able to take what she learned and build on it. Each time she got stronger until she finally got to where she is today- happily married with a newborn daughter and a multi million dollar empire. Even though it took her 40 years she never gave up.
This really resonated with me and my struggle with MCQs. I’m not going to get every single one right. I might not pass each exam on the first try. But that’s ok. The point is to keep going. Keep trying and adding to my building blocks until I finally get to add those 3 letters after my name. The most important thing is to not give up.
With 5 weeks left until my test and my renewed sense of motivation it’s time to once again get back to those MCQs. Wish me luck!
The most highly anticipated time during the CPA exam process is here… score releases! I personally am not waiting for a score but I must admit I am kind of jealous. As much as your heart rate may go up as you refresh NASBA’s website a million times in hopes to see a big 75 and want to vomit, it is such a thrill! It is almost the same feeling as when you were a child waiting for Santa to come. You think about it for weeks and then when Christmas morning arrives you are so happy with your gifts or you are upset that you didn’t get the one gift you really wanted.
I hope you all got the gift you wanted and those who want to cry keep your chin up! I on the other hand am studying like crazy where I am two and a half weeks away from testing. I am averaging about 125 multiple choice questions per day on REG and scoring in the 80s. My confidence is starting to go up! I catch myself talking to myself on a regular basis about the AMT calculation, how to calculate basis, like-kind exchanges, etc. I must look like a maniac to anyone driving by me on the highway during my commute. Hey whatever makes it stick right?!
I am making the goal of getting through all of the “required minimum multiple choice questions” from Phil at Yaeger by Sunday. Then I am going to take Jeff from another71.com’s suggestion and rewrite his NINJA notes in hopes that some information just sinks into my brain further. I am not allowing myself to panic and slack these next two weeks. Jeff gave me some great advice this week and it hit home for me. “Don’t let the notion that you’re behind cause you to lose motivation”. That being said I am not allowing myself to lose my motivation!
Plus, I know a few people that have finished the exam now after this week’s score release. That alone is enough to make me cringe as I think of that fact that passed and I am still struggling to beat this beast of an exam! I will pass but I am not going to beat myself up in the meantime by comparing myself to others. We will all pass this exam eventually we just have to continue to cheer each other on. Keep at it everyone we got this!
Till next time,
I am one month away from my REG exam and this is usually when I do a quick reality check! I am behind a little in the fact that I was hoping to have completed all of the lectures from the Yaeger Home Study this past weekend. I sort of knew this would be the case between my brother’s going away party and my best friend’s birthday party all in the same weekend. I am not far off but struggling to keep my eyes open as I watch the UCC chapters!
Once I finish these lectures then I will begin doing multiple choice questions like a mad woman! I studied a bit tonight, Friday, which is normally my night off from studying but my best friend surprised me with NKOTBSB tickets at Fenway Park tomorrow night as a birthday present from back in March. You can laugh I am not ashamed of my favorite childhood groups! We will be rocking the neon clothing and sitting on the field at Fenway! What more can a girl ask for!
Therefore, I will probably be a couple hours short on Saturday so I sucked it up and stayed in to study tonight while everyone else is watching the Bruins! I can’t beat the quiet time in my house though while the husband is at work so I took advantage of it.
When reality kicks back in Sunday morning I will be buckling down and getting a solid day of studying in. My goal is to have gone through at least the MCQs for the first three chapters of taxes in the Wiley CPA Exam Review book by the end of the weekend. My ultimate plan is to be done with all of the MCQs by June 19th. I am thinking that if I can do this then I have one week to re-write my notes. I have never rewritten my notes but from reading other people’s success stories with the suggestion from Jeff, the mastermind behind my favorite CPA review website, another71.com it seems to be the way to go! I am also debating on getting a CRAM to watch before my testing date July 8th.
Well I hope everyone is having a productive week with their study plan and for those anxiously awaiting results from the last testing window good luck to each of you!
The 4/15 and 5/15 tax deadlines managed to completely derail my studying. Now that the worst is over I can get back to hitting the books. I have scheduled FAR for the end of July and just scheduling the exam gave me anxiety.
The worst part about getting sidetracked is I feel like I have lost everything that I studied before. I had managed to get through the first 3 sections of my FAR review materials before tax season. I feel like since it’s been over a month since I last looked at them I can’t just pick up where I left off and continue on in my studying. I decided that I need to do a quick review. The Gleim lectures are relatively short, about 30 mins per study unit, so I plan on re watching the 3 sections I have previously done. Then I want to work some multiple choice questions in those areas and see how my scores compare to where I was when I left off. Hopefully I can get through that this weekend and start the rest on Monday. 8 weeks and counting!
The weather is warmer and summer has been thrust upon us. Busy season is over and that means its time we all get busy studying for the CPA Exam. I myself sometimes find it hard to study when it is so nice out and my friends are lounging by the pool or going off to the beach. That is why I keep a few tricks up my sleeve that help keep me motivated to study.
1. Set a set time that you are going to study – I will pencil in 2 hours of no distractions. If I complete this then I can feel good about my day.
2. Study earlier in the day- You are more likely to get tired and distracted when studying late at night.
3. Bring Study materials on the Commute – Ride a train 2 hours a day? That’s two hours worth of study times right there.
4. Remind yourself of your goals. IT WILL BE WORTH IT IN THE END.
5. Never give in or give up!
Hopefully we are in the last stages of the winter. Oh boy, has it been a cold one. Snow has fallen from the sky like its been going out of style and I have shivered my way onto the train every morning and night.
However, I feel like things are changing. The days are getting longer and people are getting less cranky. Sure we may get hit with a few more dustings, but I think that the groundhog was right and winter is almost over.
Now that Spring is here I have to take control again and start kicking some royal butt.
Here is my list for what I am going to do this Spring.
1. Going to get into wicked good shape.
2. Run a Marathon this Summer.
3. Find a new person to date that is the total package.
4. Make more money!
5. Do something nice for my friends.
6. Move out of where I am living now.
7. Write a book.
8. Get my Taxes done.
9. Do some artistic endeavors
10. Get a new Computer and Car.
I succeeded in the improbable, I got my boss to finish the recommendation for the application for licensure in Massachusetts. I reminded him daily, literally as he walked in, (my office is in sight of the entrance) and every night as I left. That tactic could have backfired. But all is well that ends well. The application was mailed two days ago to the Massachusetts State Board of Public Accountancy.
All that is left is waiting…
I got an email today regarding receipt of the application by the Mass. State Board of Accountancy, and per the email the average processing time is FOUR WEEKS!?. However, I have been put into the waiting pile (of doom) because my score has not been received from NASBA. I called NASBA and even though I have received the scores myself by SNAIL MAIL already, NASBA has not released them to Massachusetts yet. Per the helpline at NASBA, they received them in December from the AICPA, but they have 30 days to release to the state boards. The operator forwarded me to the state coordinator who all I got was voice mail. No surprise there since she never answers the phone and she takes her sweet time at replying to email or by phone. This is not the first time I have had to deal with her. The last time I ended up waiting weeks for an NTS and she refused phone calls. I hate NASBA.
Then on top of all that the state board is meeting on Jan 20th, less than 2 weeks away. After that meeting the next one will not be until Mar 19th, there is no February meeting. If there is a god, and I am not saying there is, I could have my CPA license by Jan 20th. And if there is no god, and I am not saying there isn’t, I could have my license when hell freezes.
I hate red tape.
I have lost all focus and drive to study..after only days. I set out with such high hopes and did well for a little bit. And then the holidays came and I have to confess they got the best of me. Now I feel like all of the work I did previously went to waste and I have to start all over, again. Such a daunting task.
Perhaps I’ll make that my New Year’s resolution – to get this test done and over with already! Every time I hear about someone passing the exam I get green with envy. Where do they find the motivation that I’m so sorely lacking?? I guess I just have to take it as a sign that this is doable and find a little inspiration in that. Hopefully this week off will help me feel energized and ready to take on the task again. Wish me luck!
I hope everyone had a great holiday and was able to stay a little more focused than me!