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This week has been another uneventful, yet productive study week. I feel like I am almost ready to schedule my exam and get this thing over with.
My goal is to get done with my rematch of REG, then jump straight into BEC. As I stated in my previous posts, I have been using the NINJA method to study for REG, and I really think that things are going well for me.
I do not settle for mediocre performance on question sets. If I get less than 80% I go through all my materials again, and look for the missing pieces. What is more important, I am able to pinpoint which specific topic is causing me to miss questions, then I really focus on that subject before I attempt the MCQs again.
This has been especially helpful, for example, when I was working on commercial paper. I was getting the personal and real defenses mixed up, and that was causing me to miss too many multiple choice questions. So, I got out my notebook and wrote down the real defenses several times…more like 10-15 times until those defenses were drilled into my mind. Then when I attempted the multiple choice questions again.
I also have found that it is helpful complete a 72 question assessment over all topics covered to date, every other day. This keeps me from forgetting important rules from the tax topics which defeated me the first time I took REG.
I became a Wiley MCQs user this week as well. Even though my own review course license does not expire for a few months, I have found that I like the statistical analysis Wiley provides. It helps me to pinpoint my weak areas quickly. In addition, I can choose which type of questions the test bank will give me, this way I can omit questions I have seen before and gotten right.
One major good thing about my study strategy, that I have not mentioned before, is that I have an excellent support system. My husband fully supports my need/drive to study, and he almost never wants to do activities that are more fun than studying which will pull my attention/focus from studying. I feel that this level of commitment from my husband as great motivation to keep working hard, so that we can go back to enjoying life outside of studying.