In Full NINJA Attack Mode for BEC
Greg is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
Things are moving along nicely with my BEC studying. For the first time I have decided to adopt the NINJA method. Right now IÂm Nailing my videos, and taking Intense notes on said videos.
I have gotten through 3 of the 6 chapters in about a weekÂs time. I have a little over 4 weeks to go ’til my exam.
IÂm not going to focus any attention on multiple choice questions in my software. Once IÂm through all the videos, in hopefully just another week, IÂll start doing Nonstop multiple choice questions in the Wiley Test Bank and my review course software.
By week 3, I plan to start Just re-writing my NINJA Notes and my notes from the videos. By week 4 it should All start to come together. I will use the last 2 weeks doing a ridiculous amount of multiple choice questions.
I pretty feel good about my plan – well, JeffÂs plan more or less. And with the delays due to the Âfiscal cliffÂ, tax season shouldnÂt have ramped up just yet. So I will be able to devote the appropriate amount of time to my studies.
In other areas of my life: we are the middle of some serious tax training at my office. They hire a number of tax interns for the season, and do about a week or so of intense training to get them ready. This is my first April tax season with a new company, and my previous company didnÂt do anything like this.
When I started working there out of college, I had only really done my own tax returns for the past few years (other than the returns we had to do in my 1 tax class in college). I had prepared my returns completely by hand and didnÂt feel like I had any idea what I was doing.
At work I probably had like an hour of training on the fundamentals of the tax software. After that, I was given a few client work-paper files, and basically thrown to the wolves. Luckily I was able to pick-up the software pretty quickly, but some real training on the tax concepts, application, and software would have been very helpful.
I was skeptical at first, but the interns really seem to be getting a lot out of it. Now that IÂm a Tax Senior and the interns will be preparing some of my returns, IÂm happy that they actually will have some idea what theyÂre doing.
In other news: my wifeÂs birthday is this weekend (itÂs actually Monday, but really sheÂs going to milk it for about a week). We are having some friends and family over this weekend for some drinks, pizza, and games. My wife is big into game night.
Once youÂre a few years out of college (and more so when you hit 30), IÂve found that you no longer have the desire to go to bars and stay out all night drinking and getting wild on your birthday (or anytime). Game night is your big event.
My wifeÂs brother and cousins, all who are around our age, are coming over with their significant others. DonÂt get me wrong, our game nights get pretty wild Â especially when we play guys vs. girls. You have no idea. Since this is a blog post, I should note the sarcasm up in here.
Normally on a Saturday 4 weeks before an exam, I would spend all day and night studying, with small breaks to eat, go to the bathroom, and maybe shower. This will be a nice break, and itÂs far enough from my exam that it wonÂt hurt to take the night off.
Finally, hopefully I will get my AUD score on Monday, and it will be much better than my last 2 scores. I really need to be done with AUD. Good luck to everyone else expecting scores Â keep your fingers crossed for me and I will keep mine crossed for you!
We can do this!
And a happy birthday to my wife, Kelly!