Kim is a weekly Another71 Facebook blogger as she documents her journey through the CPA Exam.
I hope that 2012 has started off well for all of you!
After finally getting past so many distractions during the holidays, it feels really good to get back into my normal study routine. Im working through my FAR study materials and working as many MCQs as I can get my hands on. But even with this said, it still feels like Im moving at a snails pace when I look at all the material that I have left to cover before February 29th.
My observation is that it takes me at least two and a half hours to watch a one hour lecture video because I stop and start the video a lot to take notes. Do any of you find this to be true? Or if you know of any shortcuts or a better way of doing this, will you share?
One very helpful hint that Ive picked up from Jeff is to put away the hi-lighters and just read the material. First of all, I didnt realize how distracting that hi-lighting or underlining is until I quit doing it. Secondly, I think I comprehend the material better by just simply reading it. Wow Im 48 years old and have learned a new trick!
I have received my study materials in the mail for the FAR review course that Im going to attend next weekend. The first thing that I noticed is that the notebook is 70 pages longer than REG was. It will be interesting to see the speed at which we cover this material since the REG review course was like a whirlwind. Guess I better get rested up and hold on for dear life!
The thing I like most about the review course is that Ill be doing nothing but reviewing for FAR for 9 hours on Saturday and 9 hours on Sunday. There wont be any clothes to fold, meals to cook, or phone calls to answer during that time. Ill also use the time on the airplane going there and coming home to study as well. Ill be pooped when the weekend is over, but it will be well worth it.
The name of the game right now is maximizing the amount of study minutes in each day. Saying No to certain things is essential and although it tugs at my heart strings to do so sometimes, all I have to do is think about the hours and money that I have invested in my passing BEC and REG scores and I find the strength to do it.
Have a very good week.