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CPA Studying: 4 Essential Study Tips

Executing an Efficient Study Session

I know, I know, there’s nothing like the idea of studying for the CPA exam that gets you hyped for the weekend… (yes, don’t worry, that was sarcasm).

Assuming you’re working full-time and/or managing a personal life/family, finding meaningful time to study for the CPA exam can actually become quite challenging. That’s why the weekends are so important! If you don’t have an opportunity to study 6-8 hours a day during the week, then this has to be your time to find time! Here are some helpful tips to optimizing your Saturday study day:

#1) Wake up early

“Wake up early on a Saturday?!” Yes, that’s right. Partying hard on a Friday night and studying for the CPA exam is mutually exclusive (unfortunately). So, try to get some rest, set the early alarm, make yourself a pot of coffee, and get after it. Once you get in a rhythm, you won’t ever regret this CPA study habit!

#2) Make the weekend days for learning new information

Studying for the CPA Exam is hard enough as it is. Saturday and Sunday might be your best opportunity to learn new information. Spend longer study days learning new information, and shorter study days (AKA the work week) learning a little bit of new info, but mostly refreshing what you previously covered.

3) Keep your technology away!

It can take up to 20 minutes to reach peak focus. Once you are distracted, it can take another 20 minutes to build that same level of focus back up. So, while you study, block your tempting “go-to” websites, keep your phone in a cupboard in the kitchen, whatever you need to do to omit distractions. You will be amazed how much you get done!

4) Efficiency is key

Universal CPA Review is the only review course to offer video explanations for every single multiple-choice question and task-based simulation. There is no need to do the same 10,000 practice questions over and over and memorizing the text in the solutions. Instead, if you get a question wrong, understand why you got it wrong and fix the mistake going forward. In depth video explanations for each question will allow you to do exactly that!

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