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Joe is a . I recently gave a presentation to my team about time management in the workplace and in your personal life. Here are a few facts and ideas about time management to help make finding time more manageable. The average person gets 50-60 interruptions per day. The average interruption takes 5 minutes, totaling about 4 hours or 50% of the average workday. 80% of those interruptions are typically rated as “little value” or “no value” creating approximately 3 hours of wasted time per day. 15-20 minutes of planning in the morning (or night before) will save 2 hours of wasted time and effort throughout the day. It takes approximately 30 days to establish a new physical or emotional habit. Work on a good time management tool and stick to it! Manage and keep track of your time with your Outlook calendar. Schedule meetings in the afternoon. Studies have

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Christina is a NINJA CPA blogger. For the first time in a long time, I feel like I know what I am doing. I am working on the REG right now and plan to move to Sims soon. In the past, I only worked on one section of questions at a time. This time around (for the assessment part of the MCQs), I am working on everything. I plan to work on separate sections once I hit adaptive learning. Last night I worked on questions and averaged 66%, much higher than any other time. I’m aiming to take one exam at the end of April and to fit in another at the end of May. We'll see. As I sat and worked on questions, I felt focused and like I actually have a chance at passing this darn thing. It’s been crazy busy at work (I’m in industry, so no

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Aida is a NINJA CPA blogger. My BEC score was 74. I'm disappointed, but I am not down and will retake the test in a month. Unfortunately, now I have to get comfortable with a new exam format so I went to the AICPA web-site to check what the new task-based simulations look like in BEC. They don't seem hard at all – my only concern is that those tasks could be very time consuming. Each task has additional tabs with “Resources” like some kind of financial statement or a contract. I believe I failed on my essay section. Multiple choices are something I was comfortable with, but on the essay I concentrated on the content more rather than on keywords and I think that was a problem. Requesting a re-score is something I considered, but was told that it is not worth it: it costs around $150-$200 and there is 1% chance that

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Kimberly is a NINJA CPA blogger. I'm not happy with my progress. After failing AUD in February, I am burned out. It’s very scary to think my dream could be slipping away. After all of the time and resources I have invested studying for the CPA exam, I truly don’t want my efforts to go to waste. I need to be rejuvenated and reminded of why I started studying in the first place. Some people are able to dig deep and motivate themselves. I am far past finding any motivation within. I have been sitting for exams, on and off, for 8 years. It’s time to get creative about progressing through this process. I have some ideas I believe may help me with moving forward with my study plan and spice things up a bit. After giving it serious thought, I realize I will be more inspired with different surroundings. Being around

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Donovan says, “I want to start studying for the CPA while getting my Masters of Accountancy. Which section do you think will be the best to take concurrently with my masters program? Hoping to pass all four within six to eight months.” That is a tall order. I don't know if I would do it if I were you. You have a pretty big load studying for your Masters of Accounting. I would look and see how your semester lands up. If you're taking some financial accounting classes, like some heavy financial accounting classes your first semester. Most Masters of Accountancy (MAcc) programs, unless you're taking night school, it's like two semesters. If it's heavy financial then take FAR. It probably has financial tax and audit, so all those being equal I would take FAR. However you're taking it concurrently so that's a problem. What I would say is, finish

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Vanessa is a NINJA CPA blogger. Hello NINJAs! With my BEC retake coming up in the next month, I decided to switch up my usual studying and incorporate new study methods into my routine. Usually I would do all the MCQ and then review. At times I would incorporate flash cards here and there or NINJA Notes; however, it wasn't consistent. With my recent score of 69, my study methods are obviously not enough to get a passing score. Recently, I joined a study group with fellow CPA candidates studying for the same exam that also have test dates around the same date. We hold online hangouts and go to review sections each week. Participating in the group helps me get a glimpse of how others approach the exam. It also exposes me to other people’s interpretations and understanding of the concepts. It’s been very helpful and I hope it will be beneficial.

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