Sherri’s New Approach to FAR Study

Sherri is a weekly Another71 Facebook blogger as she documents her journey through the CPA Exam.

Hi All – It’s me again. Another week has flown by. Some of the same excuses remain. I’ve been working crazy hours and haven’t gotten in all of the studying that I intended to.

On the upside though, I have gotten a pretty good bit of studying done today and expect next week to be a light one at work. I have been studying Financial Reporting, Error Corrections, Basic Theory and Accounting Changes.

I’m taking a little different approach with my studies in that I am studying the exam material by focusing on one of the 24 different subjects in the Wiley online test bank.

I am finding that breaking down the material in smaller subsections makes it much easier to retain and much less overwhelming.

I’m using the Roger CPA Review Homework book to further cement the material into my permanent consciousness.

In my previous experience with Becker, I found it difficult to retain certain concepts because the material is grouped in 9 HUGE sections rather than in the 24 small ones covered in the online test bank.

It has been great being able to get in practice questions and sims when I have a little extra time but don’t have my personal laptop with me. I’m trying to make the most of lunch hours and early mornings at the office.

I had a really great experience last week that completely restored my faith in customer service. I was having difficulty trying to get targeted simulations for certain topics of material when using the Wiley Online Test Bank. Every time I took a practice test over a given subject, for example, government and non-profit accounting, the multiple choice questions covered the targeted material, but the simulations appeared to cover all of the content for the exam.

I called the Roger CPA Review folks. Although they didn’t know the answer, they researched my problem, contacted Wiley, and gave me a response within the same day! Even better, the customer service rep was helpful, friendly and actually appeared to be enjoying the opportunity to help me… something new and different these days for certain.

For those of you who are also using the Wiley online test bank, when setting up a “custom test,” with custom simulations, you need to check “0” for the simulations and then click on the “add questions manually” box at the bottom. This step will allow you to choose the subject matter for both the multiple choice and simulations.

I’m going to try to get a bit more studying in tonight so that I can end the weekend on a positive note. I’ve got 6 of the 24 topics covered. My goal is to have 10 of 24 covered by Friday.

Have a great week all!


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