NINJA + Wiley: A Fresh Approach to the CPA Exam

Gina is a weekly NINJA CPA Blogger.

I have tried, in vain, over and over and over again to watch the lectures that accompany the many CPA review programs I have tried.

Every single time, about 15 to 20 minutes in, my mind wanders and I aimlessly click on Twitter to see what the rest of #twudygroup is up to all while the lecture plays in the background. I take some notes and then proceed to answer as many multiple choice questions as I can.

Using this technique, I have failed both FAR and BEC.

This morning, I reset my CPA Review program and was determined to really listen to the lectures and take really good notes as Jeff advises us NINJAs to do. I ended up writing this blog post instead, and yes, the lecture is still playing in the background.

I now realize that listening to the lectures is a complete waste of time for me. All throughout my academic career I hardly ever listened to the lectures of teachers or professors and read during class and did the necessary homework before class was over.

I know I learn best and retain information by reading, taking notes and practicing the problems. I got through 4 years of college and 2 years of graduate school using that technique, so why can’t it work for the CPA exam?

What I need is a guided program that gives me the important material to study, textbooks to read and MCQs to practice. Reading the Another71 Forum, I see a recurring theme of people using XYZ review program but almost always supplementing with Wiley.

I have heard nothing but good things about the Wiley books and review program, and only one negative, that the books are a tedious read.I think I may just give the Wiley only approach a go and will supplement with NINJA Notes. I would rather be bored to tears reading then have another lecture playing while I’m on Twitter.

Oh, if you haven’t heard of #twudygroup, go on Twitter and search for that hash tag, there are some amazing people on there that can offer a wealth of support and encouragement.

Until Next Time,


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