Megan is a weekly Another71 Facebook blogger as she documents her journey through the CPA Exam.
I have a dream! Its neither as philanthropic nor as selfless as Martin Luther King, Jrs dream, but its still important to reach for it! I want to be a CPA! As history teaches us, trials and tribulations are inevitable, but they will make the realization of that dream even more rewarding! Dont ever give up!!
And now for the latest installment in my journey to make my dream come true
I was looking forward to reviewing the business law portions of REG, because those were classes I really enjoyed and found interesting back in school. Now that Im working my way through the material, I have to admit that many of the tax sections in REG are NOT review for me.
Luckily, Ive noticed that my Roger CPA Review course tends to intertwine the business law and structures sections throughout the tax sections. If it wasnt for the anti-monopoly laws and sections on professional ethics, Id be really nervous cramming ONLY tax knowledge into my brain. For some reason, I just cant seem to focus as well on taxation.
The only tax course I took at school was online and only covered individual taxation. Between that course and my own experience using free tax software to file my own taxes, Ive barely scratched the surface of this material prior to now.
Thankfully, I dont have to worry too much about my lack of knowledge or experience with ANY CPA exam topics. One of the best benefits of studying with Roger CPA Review is that he takes nothing for granted.
Roger teaches every lecture and topic as if the student is seeing it for the first time. He explains everything in an understandable way, always incorporating real world scenarios and finding ways to express complicated matters clearly and succinctly.
Once again, Im so glad I chose this course. I dont have time to be battling against a poor teaching style or trying to figure out the material on my own. I can always rely on the lectures to plant the foundation of what I need to know and the notes/homework to reinforce the fine details.
Whether its an ACTUAL review for the CPA exams or truthfully learning the material from scratch, I know that by the end of this course, Ill feel prepared to go in and kick that exams butt!! Stick to the plan, and youll know youve done everything in your power to succeed. Happy studying!
Sherri is a weekly Another71 Facebook blogger as she documents her journey through the CPA Exam.
Its been a few weeks since my last post. Ive just started studying for Audit in the hopes of testing before the end of February. Having passed FAR with a bit of stutter start, I lost my REG and AUD credits.
Im using the Roger CPA Review this time around for Audit since I had such success with it for FAR. This weekend was my first chance to watch the Roger video classes. His enthusiasm is infectious! Who would have thought that Audit could actually be humorous?
Ive decided to change up my approach for studying the Audit course. I havent mapped out my study plan by day yet. I am planning on doing so this week. My rough plan is to do approximately 1 section of the course a week, leaving one week to do the Wiley Test Bank Review. I realize that such a schedule will be cutting things pretty close. I dont have much alternative though.
One other unusual recommendation that the Roger folks made, that seems to be working for me, is to watch the videos BEFORE reading the text. I find that watching the videos first helps reinforce my reading. Since I am doing the on line course, I prefer to stop the video regularly and highlight my book or take notes.
Although the material is not new to me, since I have tested for and passed Audit before, there is still a mountain of information to master before I take the test so I can be sure to pass it again. Im planning on watching the videos, reading the text and doing the Wiley homework problems, for each section at a time, in order. Hopefully this approach will be the ticket to pass.
The course materials are incredibly thorough, without being overwhelming with a bunch of detail that isnt necessary. The solutions approach in the Roger materials has been very helpful for me too. The course emphasizes an equal importance of knowing why an answer is correct as well as why a given answer is incorrect. I feel like I am really learning the material, as opposed to just memorizing it.
Good luck to all who are starting this process fresh in 2012. Its a new year destined to be filled with new successes!
Kricket is a weekly Club 75 Blogger as she documents her journey through the CPA Exam. She has been a member of Another71.com’s Club 75 since May 2009.
Just to set the record straight at the beginning of this blog. I did not watch the LSU or Saints games, so please, do not blame me. We just got out coached and out played, or so Ive been told. I was recovering from REG during the LSU game, and I was at work during the Saints game.
So even though Jeff felt the need to send me a sarcastic e-mail saying Who Dat, I am going to overlook it, but just because he is my CPA exam hero.
Ive said that he is my hero before, and Im sure some people wonder why. Its because he was so honest about his struggles with this exam, and he gave me the courage to be honest with my own struggle. And struggle I have! I admire him for that honesty.
I dont hold out much hope for the REG retake on January 9. In fact Im really glad we arent allowed to divulge exam questions because at the end of the 3rd testlet, I got some really embarrassing questions. They were a sure sign of a score below 75.
When I say easy questions, I mean it was like the examiners were asking Do you know what we are and what CPAs do for a living? But I cant go back and change anything so there is no point in kicking myself over it. As usual, I am going to keep moving forward and focus on FAR at the end of February.
I had several choices of what to do today after working at the office for two hours. My choices were to go grocery shopping and clean my kitchen or spend the day studying. Frankly, the mom in me won out in the end.
I spent the better part of the day cleaning the refrigerator, which hadnt been done in months, cooked supper and argued with my 14 year old son over the merits of broccoli and the consequences of not eating it such as losing the computer and Xbox for two weeks.
Ive used several different review courses, some worked and some didnt. I dont fault the review courses because what works for one person may not work for another. This time Im sticking with Jeffs NINJA Study Notes, Flashcards, and the Wiley Test Bank.
Im going to attempt to get my FAR score back in 5 weeks. Ive read the notes twice and Im going to start writing them tonight. I have them on my Kindle and have been reading them whenever possible. The lady in line behind me at Wal-Mart this morning got a bit ticked because I didnt realize it was time for me to swipe my card, but I was using every minute possible to study.
JoMarie is a weekly Club 75 Blogger as she documents her journey through the CPA Exam. She has been a member of Another71.com’s Club 75 since October 2010.
What can I say about whats been going on since the last time I blogged. Its been an insane week and not much studying accomplished. That pretty much sums it up.
First it started with a phone call from the daycare saying that Brooklynn (my 20 month old) was running a bit of a fever. Well once I received that phone call my studying plans went down the drain. It turned out she had strep, and to top it off she was also getting two of her eye teeth.
So between the pain and tears, I was not getting much, if any, sleep. Once the antibiotics kicked in, Brooklynn was feeling better, but Mommy was feeling run down.
Feeling tired and run down is not a good combination while tax season is starting to come around. I couldnt beat this feeling that something wasnt right. I wasnt feeling right. Congestion, sneezing, coughing, and an ear ache!!!! Oh great, now its my turn. Off to the doctor I went and found out I have an ear infection.
With FAR coming up fast on January 17th, I knew I had to reschedule the exam. There was no way with the lack of sleep and lack of studying I was going to pass that exam. So I paid the $35 rescheduling fee and rescheduled the exam for February 6th.
Right now Im just waiting for the antibiotics to fully kick in so I can get over this tiredness Im feeling, and then Im putting Jeffs ELL plan into full force while the office work picks up.
This is going to be interesting studying during tax season. I usually take the next few months off of studying and fully focus on work. This year I cant. I have a promotion waiting for me, and I cant pass it up.
Good luck to those of you sitting for exams soon and try to stay healthy, like I am.
Till next time!!