Introducing CPA Exam Blogger: Gavin

10 Oct 2011

Club 75 Candidate Bloggers

Gavin is a new Another71 Facebook blogger as he documents his journey through the CPA Exam.

Zero and three; that is my record for the CPA Exam. I am sure a lot of people are thinking, “That’s not so bad. “ I would say the same thing if I didn't know that I had been studying for the past three years.

My name is Gavin, and I am a procrastinator.

I wasn’t always a procrastinator, but there are three vices about this exam that have turned me into one. One, I can postpone taking the exam for months after scheduling it well in advance.

Two, I am trying to force myself to relearn material that I already spent countless hours and money learning in college.

Three, I would rather go out to a bar, watch TV, and run house in my fantasy football league than study. These three factors are also the reason why I consider this exam to be the antichrist.

I started “studying” in 2009. By studying, I mean I purchased home study material for all four parts and let it collect dust on my shelf. Since 2009, it has been a pattern of half-hearted studying, postponing, purchasing new materials (because I will actually use them this time), and occasionally taking the exam.

I have taken Regulation, Audit, and BEC once. I did experience some success when I passed Regulation but eighteen months came and went rather quickly. I took BEC two weekends ago and have started studying for Regulation using Becker.

My strategy is lectures, note taking/flash cards, and then multiple choice questions. I am staying on task this week and look forward to giving positive updates throughout the next couple of months.

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Shawn 13 years ago

"My name is Gavin, and I am a procrastinator." Haha, definitely cracked up at that part. We all seem to become procrastinators for this exam don't we?

Chris 13 years ago

Gavin, Your story sounds so much like mine. Now that you have officially publicized your study plan, you cannot procrastinate any more. ;P Welcome aboard and good luck!