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FAR Study: Focusing on Fact Nuggets & Journal Entries

Bridget is a weekly Club 75 Blogger as she documents her journey through the CPA Exam. She has been a member of  Club 75 since December 2010.

Working steadily throughout the week, I hoped to report that I had caught up on my plan. Not even close. Leaving enough time for a thorough review is a must for me in order pass FAR. I need to finish all MCQ's and complete my note rewrite by the end of the first week of February.

Considering that I still need to finish all the lectures, my February goal may be wishful thinking. But I refuse to let that possibility get in the way and distract me from my studies, at least I am giving it a good try.

For me, anxious studying means little or no focus or retention, so I strive to not let my head get in the way. I fight that battle on a frequent basis.

One thing I do appreciate about lectures in Roger CPA Review is that he constantly focuses on the big picture and how all the concepts fit together. Roger‘s reminders and analysis help me immensely because I tend to get lost in the details.

In turn, I try to find my way out of the quagmire by memorizing the details, but the amount of information to process like that makes memorizing everything impossible and panic sets in. The program as whole seems cohesive and comprehensive, but whether that assessment will translate into decent MCQ scores remains to be seen.

To help with all the journal entries, I started a legal pad noting just the journal entries needed for each concept. Last time, I wasted a great amount of time trying to find the entries I needed in my notes, and a separate listing of J/Es is my fix. I hope the time I put in the front end, with a more efficient organization of my materials, pays off during my review.

I set as a goal Jeff's idea of gathering a good set of “fact nugget” notes for review, instead of pads and pads of jargon. The trick will be to finish the notes in time to use them. To that end, I need to get back to all those cash flow journal entries. Study well, everyone!

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