Kamiash is a weekly NINJA CPA Blogger.
I started off pretty good this past week. I went through the NINJA Notes and copied, copied, copied. Then I went through my lecture notes and again started to copy, copy, copy them too.
I started to get the hang of this new technique and found that I was starting to retain the information pretty well. I started doing Wiley MCQs and I was doing well on them. Hey, guess it does work.
I totally agree with Jeff with the fact that it does help to rewrite the material a few times to get it in your head. We have such photographic memory. It is bound to stick somewhere.
4 days into my schedule left less and less time for me to study. I started to get super busy at work with the month end close. The weather started getting nicer and….well you can guess the rest.
By the time I was ready to hit the books I just couldn't retain any of the information I'd been studying the past week. It's not because I took the day off or studied less than I had planned. It was because I burned myself out.
One thing you can't do is burn yourself out. Take the day off if you are going to take the day. Don't try to do fit it all in. You will just get discouraged. It's a little frustrating to think….what have I been wasting all my time on. That's how I felt with the last 3 exams I took. All the hard work. All the time spent for a 61. It feels horrible.
But I won't let it happen again. I will get this done. Then I can look back and say that it was worth the effort. It's hard, but in the end it pays off.
So with this I am going to re-review what I feel I lost, finish my first chapter, and start chapter 2. I've made a plan to allot at least 16 hours a week to studying for the first 6 weeks. My last 2 weeks will be to get at least 50 hours a week in with review, review, review.
You can do anything you put your mind to. You just need to learn to set up the time to get it all done. I'm no Super Woman but I am not a quitter either.
Success is 10% inspiration, and 90% perspiration.