Mark is a weekly Another71 Facebook blogger as he documents his journey through the CPA Exam.
I am at work at 5:45am because I cannot get any studying completed at my house. My kids are too loud, theyre fighting, my wife expects so much of me (which I understand), and it seems that her neck issues are getting worse and worse to the point she can only do so much.
If this is your first time reading my blog, my wife doesnt support my CPA journey either, so getting support from her is not an option.
I put more study time in when Im away from the house at work. On Monday through Friday, I get in around 6:00am. Over the course of the day, I put in around 2 hours to 3 hours.
Over the weekends, I put in about 1 1/2 hours on Saturday and 1 1/2 hours on Sunday. This past week, I logged about 18 hours in 7 days. Is that good or bad? I think bad because I think that I should be farther along in my FAR studies than I am.
My only beef with my review course is that its exam planner feature thinks that a candidate should complete certain modules at a certain pace. For instance, to get through its module on Dollar Value LIFO, it says that the estimated average total study time is 30 minutes. I took my sweet time and it almost took 90 minutes.
Am I spinning my wheels or am I spot on? I wouldnt care, except for the fact that the planner makes it clear that you are behind schedule and youll need an act of God to catch up or re-calibrate your planner.
I feel like it takes me longer to absorb the material than most candidates. For example, when I hear someone say that they studied 2 hours, I would bet that I probably spent 3 hours on the same material. I suppose at the end of the day, I should feel good about my 3 hours if at the end of the day I understand the material.
This extra time it takes robs me of valuable time near my exam date that I could be doing a final review or going back over MCQs. Im not sure how to fix this.