Video: CPA Exam Studying on a Train

21 Apr 2018

CPA Exam Study Tips



Ninja Monthly member, Elver, writes in, “How can I maximize my time with this schedule for BEC? My test date is in 26 days. I wake up at 5:00 a.m. and I catch a 6:00 a.m. train. The train ride lasts 1 1/2 hours, with a 30-minute walk to work. Work gets done at 4:30, with a 30-minute walk to the train. The train ride is an hour and ten minutes home. Eat dinner at 6:15, and then study the rest of the night until around 10:00 p.m. I still need to sleep.”

I bet you do. Okay, so you wake up at 5:00, you catch a 6:00 a.m. train. And in the morning, the train ride last 1 1/2 hours. Let's be realistic, you're not going to study the entire 1 1/2 hours. You're gonna check your Facebook, whatever.

But you can get an hour in the morning. And then the 30-minute walk to work, you can listen to the Ninja audio. And then the 30 minute walk back to work, you can listen… Or back to the train, you can listen to the Ninja audio. And then the train ride home for an hour, you can study and then at night, study an hour. So, let's walk through this. On the train, just follow your study programs, your study plans. You're a Ninja monthly member.

You'll read the Ninja Book, watching the Ninja plus videos, whatever. Whatever phase you're in, any other concepts, nonstop multiple choice questions because you can use your phone and your laptop and tether and so if you're working through the multiple choice questions, you just do it on the train.

So, basically, you are studying on the train versus studying at your kitchen table. So whatever you're doing, whatever someone would normally do studying at the kitchen table, you're doing it on the train, and so it makes no difference there. The real advantage to you with the 30 minute walk to your office from the train and then back to the train, is you can still study so that time isn't wasted, just listening to music or whatever, you can still get an hour of studying in every day just walking, listening to the Ninja audio because and if you listen to it, like repeatedly it adds up.

So, at the end of each day, so if you eat dinner at 6:15 and then let's say you start studying from seven at night until eight at night, you've put in four hours of study time a day and that doesn't take into account any study time that you do at lunch or even at your desk, cause we all know sometimes we sneak study time at our desk. So that's four hours per day I would call it good. Do that five days a week, and you've easily put in your 20 hours.

So while it seems like you're at a disadvantage being on the train, you could also look at it like you also have an advantage as long as you don't give in to the temptation to just check Facebook for an hour, and just totally waste the time. So if you're intentional with your time, studying two hours on the train and an hour, so 30 minutes to work and 30 minutes back to the train, then an hour at night, you've put in your four hours and do that over five nights and you've put in your full twenty hours of study time per week.





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