Christina is a NINJA CPA blogger. I feel like a failure: I either fail this exam or push it aside for family obligations. Until recently I would tell people “I work in accounting” rather than “I’m an accountant” because I didn’t think I earned the title, but then my accountant mom overheard me. She made it very clear that passing the CPA exam does not make me an accountant. I already am one. The journey to passing the CPA Exam is tough because this isn’t just any old exam. This exam messes with your head. It was messing with my head. Then I realized: I can have a conversation about everything I’ve ever studied in my books (and be right), but I can’t get through the questions. Recently, I’ve focused on the book. I set aside MCQ for a little bit to try to regain my focus. If I can talk about the topics in the book, but
Joe is a NINJA CPA blogger. There are a million distractions that get in the way of studying for the CPA Exam. The key isn’t getting rid of all of them, but limiting them so they do not consume you and take up all of your time. My largest distraction is my phone. Text messages, Instagram, Twitter, emails are all a HUGE distraction. I actually deleted my Twitter account about 3 weeks before my last exam, looks like I’ll be deleting it again this weekend. I think one of the most important things is to not get rid of all of your distractions completely. If you have a favorite show, and you spent 5 hours studying on a Sunday, take the hour and enjoy yourself. If you just blasted through 300 MCQs and got a 80% trending score bring your significant other out to the movies. Another huge distraction is children;
Stacey is a NINJA CPA blogger. I have had a very difficult time balancing monthly family events with my studying while studying for the CPA Exam. It’s been a challenge. I’m happy to say I finally had a successful trip away from home while still getting in my study sessions! I have been doing really well at home with my regular schedule of night and weekend study sessions, so I did not want to take a set back from a weekend away to visit family. I was very thankful my husband was willing and able to drive the twelve hours round trip so I could have streaming through my headphones while I was re-writing my notes. When my hands or ears got sore I was able to re-read my notes and go through flashcards. Every time I got in the car with family to drive somewhere over the weekend, I
Introducing Aida! Hello! I started studying for the CPA during the summer of 2015 and sat for FAR, but then decided to go with ACCA since it’s more popular in Europe. Since I moved to the US this summer I started to study for the CPA exam again. For the FAR section I used another course. Everything is individual, but I realized it doesn’t really match my learning style. I took lectures, but then realized that I am more into reading study books and practicing multiple choice questions instead of listening to lectures. Everyone is different! I asked my manager at work if there is any place to practice as many MCQs as possible and he showed me . So I am looking forward to start learning with NINJA!
Ashley is a NINJA CPA blogger. I have finally scheduled my AUD retake. I wanted to sit for the exam on a Sunday. This would have allowed me to review throughout the day on Saturday. However, Saturday wasn’t available, so Sunday it is. There’s something about scheduling an exam date that makes everything seem more real. There’s no turning back at this point. Although I could reschedule it if I need to, I won’t. I am determined to do what it takes to cover all of the material and complete an adequate review prior to exam day. I am still plugging away at the . Every day, I answer as many questions as I can during my lunch break and once I get home. I also take crazy notes on the questions that I get wrong. Answering nonstop multiple choice questions is the best way to determine if you are prepared
Rollie is a NINJA CPA blogger. NINJAs – As I stare out my upstairs window into the gloomy and dark January sky, I would like to say… I finally hit the adaptive phase in NINJA MCQ! It took way too long, which I interpret as a sign of laziness and motivation. In case you didn’t know, I have been on this journey for quite a while. I even passed REG at one point, hence my frustration over mental taxation as well as money poured into achieving this certification. For those who are curious, search the archives on the forum or on Another71.com. I think a lot of us go through this when we are working towards the CPA. I honestly feel that there is a good, “How I Met Your Mother” joke somewhere in there with the frustration that Ted Mosby feels on his dating life. I am trending around