Written By Guest Blogger Erica T.
Historically, Friday has been the day where I’ve been excited to get out of the office and have a few days of freedom. I’m a bit disappointed in myself that I chose to study for such a monumental exam just as football season got started.
It has required quite a bit of discipline, so let’s recap the past week of my CPA studying. I mapped out a study plan that I think will be beneficial. I have a true accountant spirit and I like to work from a list and know when things have to be done. I am oftentimes envious of people who just go with the flow and “wing it.” However, for this type of event, I’m grateful that I have a plan.
I plan to study one study unit each day during the week. I will allow myself 3-4 hours each evening to go over the material, in depth, and to use the resources available from Gleim, such as the practice quizzes. These have been particularly helpful in allowing me to identify which areas I’m not quite grasping. I have allowed myself the weekends as review days to go back and hit the points where I was struggling. I have been making flashcards like a mad woman. I tend to learn a lot better when I re-write things. I don’t know why, but things tend to stick a little more, and I have a better understanding of the material if I write it down. I have mapped out my entire study plan up until the day I take the exam. I have allowed myself four “review” days and then a week-long review right before the exam.
This week has been a bit more stressful than I had thought it would be. It is tough to devote 3-4 hours of your time every day to studying. However, I have been listening to the Gleim audios whenever I’m in my vehicle. I hook my AUX cord right up to my iPhone and listen and try to absorb information in whatever way possible. It is almost terrifying that this is only the beginning, but I’m just going to take it one day at a time because that’s all I really can do.