Back in Full FAR Study Mode

Rebecca is a weekly Club 75 Blogger as she documents her journey through the CPA Exam. She has been a member of's Club 75 since June 2010.

Well now that one holiday has come and gone I am back to FAR full force. I am hoping to be done with the lectures by the weekend. However, I am not sure how this will turn out.

I am on one of my largest audits right now that has a very strict deadline and have been working late to get the job done.

Sometimes I wish I could just study for a living! If I don’t have to work this weekend, I plan to spend it with my face in my Wiley book until I get through the lectures.

I am just sick of letting this exam defeat me and need to come up with a solid form of attack.

Over the holiday I did some thinking. I kept asking myself what I had done so differently when I passed audit (which I lost credit for today) and regulation. I do not necessarily think it is what I was doing as I am doing the same study routine. I think it is what I have been neglecting.

When I passed those two I still made time to go to the gym each day which has been one of my biggest routines for years. Once I started studying for BEC I stopped going. This might sound funny or some kind of cop out, but I think it is really part of the reason I passed those exams.

This is the way I look at it. Now when I get home from work I start studying the minute I walk in the door until my husband puts a plate down in front of me as a reminder that I am a human and need to eat. Then I am back at it until bed time. Before, I would stop at the gym on my way home from work and workout for an hour for some alone time to think and clear my mind of my work day.

Well needless to say, on Monday I went to the gym and ran a few miles. It was the best feeling in the world. When I got home, I ate and I had the most energy I have had in a while and was able to study and concentrate for a much longer period of time.

Call me crazy but I think that one hour of down time, even if it means putting in extra time during the weekend, is going to help me past this beast known as FAR! Anyone else feel the same way? If I have to give up my social life, I can at least break a good sweat on a daily basis! Or maybe this is just all the turkey and sweets I ate talking? Either way I am for it.

I hope all of you testing today rock your exams! Also, good luck to everyone waiting for their scores next week. I hope the last quarter of the year treats you better than it treated me!

Until next time,