December 21, 2018 at 12:04 am #2123898NoNameParticipant
My situation is probably different than most members of the forum
I took all exams around 10 years ago and passed them all first time with the exception of REG. I took it a few extra times but never managed above a 70. REG was my Achilles heel (as the saying goes). At the time I was working in the BIG 4 in probably one of top most competitive offices so work got the better of me.
Once my first exam expired it was like a set of dominoes and pretty soon I had lost them all. You have no idea how bitter this made me but it is something I had to accept. For awhile I basically scrapped the idea of getting a CPA license.
Around summer time I decided to restart my journey. I took REG in December 2018 and scored a 93. I was really excited when I saw my score.
The point of this post is to show that you change your study habits and strategy anything is possible (of course luck is also a factor). Here are some of the things that worked for me:
1. I used Gleim knowing it was extreme overkill and yes it was extremely painful to go through all those MCQ. I probably went to a level of understanding that was unnecessary (with independent research in IRS publications and so on)
2. I changed my study habits (break out study time to a few sessions of 45 min/1 hr each day. I always targeted atleast 2 hrs a day.
3. Do not be afraid or intimated by your weak areas – create custom summaries to clear up confusion and ambiguity.
4. Create lots of acronyms/mnemonics to help you remember important lists ( I created too many to even count).
BEST OF LUCK ON YOUR JOURNEY FRIENDS.