November 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm #174575sooner2k1Member
I purchased Ninja Notes for all 4 sections and i'm currently studying for FAR. I've planned in advance and I have about 1 week for each chapter of Far, and a couple weeks for review.
I read the instructions on the packet, and i've stopped highlighting the becker book, and started watching the video and taking notes in a note pad.
One thing i'm struggling with is that the chapters and arrangement of the Ninja notes I received for far don't match the layout/chapters of the Becker FAR book. I figured I could take my own notes from the video/book then reference directly to the Ninja notes, but I spend more time searching for the appropriate topic.
I'm not sure if this is because I have started early with the 2012 Becker FAR book/video (friends), and it will end up matching exactly to the 2013 Becker material when I receive it, or if this is normal.
I'm struggling here, and only feel like i've been able to read and take notes so far.November 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm #657178mla1169ParticipantNovember 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm #657179sooner2k1Member
Did you do the multiple choice questions as you went through each chapter, or did you save them for review? Also did you re-write notes?
Thanks!November 4, 2012 at 10:02 am #657180RoxwellaMember
What works well for me is to print the ninja notes four to a sheet (using the remainder of the real estate for note taking), then number them, and then create my own front table of contents for quick access. I scribble ravenously throughout my 20 or so pages of ninja notes. The notes themselves are awesome, and really do provide the backbone of the basics to memorize, and probably pass the exam. I personally need alternate explanations, or explanations in terms of my understanding in order to truly remember something.
Maybe it would work best for you to label your table of contents based on Becker order.November 4, 2012 at 10:10 am #657181momto5Member
That's a good idea, Roxwella! Personally, I don't look at my NINJA Notes too much until I am all done with my Becker stuff, precisely for the same reason sooner2k1 mentioned. I basically use them during my final 2 weeks of review time. By then I have been through all the material and it doesn't matter if it is not in the same order.November 5, 2012 at 6:57 pm #657182yellowboy817MemberNovember 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm #657183Jeff Elliott, CPAKeymaster
I would use them throughout the program. So – when you have downtime, but can't fire up your videos (at work…commuting…at the doc, etc), read through them.
If you don't want to re-write your notes … re-write the ninjas.
The final week of your review, I would only use your own notes, the ninja notes, and your MCQs…no more videos.November 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm #657184AnonymousInactive
Before I start studying for my exam (I use Becker and NINJA too) I go through NINJA notes and write down which parts of the NINJA notes coincide with which sections of Becker then read those parts while I'm studying that section – make sense? So for AUD right now I went through and wrote down which sections of the NINJA notes go with Becker – Audit Reports and Professional Responsibilities A1 and A2, Engagement Planning and Internal Control – A3 , etc…. then I typically read through those sections while studying for those sections. Then the last two weeks of studying I rewrite my NINJA notes per section of Becker then do the corresponding Wiley questions….
Hope that helps!November 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm #657185AnonymousInactive
I am currently using the Roger CPA review notes as well as the questions and Ninja notes, and my method was to watch the Roger lectures, do the ninja notes and review Roger CPA review notes, then work questions. The Ninja notes before the questions is the best bet because it is a synopsis of the highlights of what you are remembering. the review notes are there to help you. The Roger lectures was a good way to start, and then rewriting the ninja notes definitely helps!
Good luckMarch 17, 2015 at 3:08 am #657186lab2008Member
I bought it. How do you access the notes?September 16, 2016 at 2:42 pm #837529
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