Finals, Birthdays, and CPA Exam Studying

17 May 2011

Club 75 Candidate Bloggers

By Shanti

Shanti 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 December 2010.

This last week is a blur. Not only did my youngest turn one, but it’s finals season around here. I’m not sure how many of you are still in school, or live with someone who still is. Either way, there’s my husband who’s working on his Masters of Photography, my teenage daughter finishing up 10th grade and me working on classes that will help further me along in this accounting game.

So, needless to say, it’s a little tense around here lately.

Add to the mix a celebration. It wasn’t a big crazy thing like it was for my oldest turning 1, but it still needed to happen. I couldn’t have my youngest (and only son) wondering why he doesn’t have pictures of himself with frosting all over his face. I don’t think studying for finals or the CPA exam would count as a good enough excuse.

So, we took the day off and away to the Grandparents house we went. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my family dearly and I’m sure I needed the day off, but I lost an entire day for studying. In retrospect, I guess I could have bored everyone in the car while I listened to my videos. But, somehow, I never found the right time to interrupt the music and have Cindy from Yaeger talking to us about FAR.

I was able to log a few hours of videos. I don’t think making chocolate cupcakes will ever be the same again now that I’ve combined it with FAR videos. I am glad that I was reviewing videos I had already watched. I certainly didn’t want to burn the all-important cupcakes.

Most of all, I am glad that finals are finishing up this week. I have a lot of studying to accomplish if I’m going to slay this beast this summer. There are plenty of Yaeger videos to get through and Jeff’s NINJA notes before I start the Roger CPA Review program in a few weeks. Sometimes I wonder what it says about me that I am excited for study materials to come in the mail. I don’t wonder for very long, as that is usually about how long it takes to have a toy thrown at my head. Ah, toddlers and the CPA exam, a very interesting mix!

Until next time,

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DuckTales 13 years ago

I keep seeing people who post that they are using multiple review courses so I guess I'm just a bit curious... What made you decide to use two review courses? Have you noticed any benefits from it compared to only using one course? I have been using the Roger CPA Review for a year now and am 2 weeks away from being done with the CPA (hopefully). Roger kicks butt, you'll like him!

Shanti 13 years ago

Mostly, for me, it's nerves. I want to get the exam OVER! I also got a great deal on Yaeger from a fund raising event put on by my local ASWA chapter. That made it so that 2 review courses could be in the budget. I'm also finding that I need the structure of a specific time to be in class, otherwise so many other things get in my way of studying. That's great that you're almost done! I can't wait to start the Roger CPA review and hope that his high energy will pull me through.

Emily 13 years ago

I use Becker as my main course but in college I won access to cpaexcel. I use the cpaexcel to follow up on any topics that I feel I need extra practice. It presents the information in a new light and provides additional MC questions to work along with new and different simulations.