CPA Exam: Breaking out of My Study Trap

Kelsey is a weekly NINJA CPA Blogger.


I just realized I haven't written in a month! A few things have happened in my CPA study world since then.

First off the system that I'm using started a new online class format that they invited some participants to and I was lucky enough to be accepted. Let me tell you, I think this is what I've been missing.

All throughout college I would go to class, read the book then work the questions/homework. Well when you have no class to be accountable to it starts out well but then, at least this is what happened to me, you slowly start losing motivation to do the entire thing.

Maybe I don't need to watch the entire 4 hour lecture if I read the whole book. Well maybe I don't have to read the book if I do all the MCQs and so on. This is the study trap I set and fell into and I'm really excited to hopefully be breaking out of.

I've been taking the exam now for 2 years and really feel a loss of motivation sometimes since I haven't yet passed a single section.

Secondly I have entered into my firms busy season, and adjusting back into working 50-55 hour weeks took its toll last week and I know I didn't study as much as I should have, but I tried to make up for it this weekend. I think I've found a pattern for the coming weeks to fit my studying in as well.

The biggest challenge I feel that studying for the exam poses is the lack of motivation to study. I have felt this way since I began the process and hopefully I'm starting to find the right way to deal with it. What do other people do to handle staying motivated? I could use some tips.

Until next time, happy studying!

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