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Tips for Studying for the CPA Exam During Busy Season

If you want to study for the CPA exam during busy season, then the most important thing you can do is create a plan that you can realistically stick to. If the plan is to crazy or aggressive, then it won’t take long for you to completely abandon the plan! Busy season is different for everyone, so you must personalize your approach. However, there are some general tips that you can use to find a personalized plan that will be effective!

Tip #1 – Study in the morning!

Studying before work ensures that your brain is fresh and you can get into a consistent routine. If you plan to study after work, then it is easier to find a reason not to study (bad day at work, tired, hungry, etc.). 

Your morning study session should be 1 to 2 hours and you should plan to learn new topics that can then be reviewed several times throughout the remainder of the day (tip #2). You should be able to tackle a module per morning in the Universal course!

Tip #2 – Review during lunch

So hopefully you followed tip #1 and learned new material in your morning study session. Throughout the rest of the day, try to find several pockets of 15 minutes where you can review your notes and practice a few MCQs. Lunch is a wonderful time to review! This is a great chance to review the Universal study guides and watch a few MCQ explanation videos on questions for questions that you struggled with!

Tip #3 – Cumulative review on Saturday

Saturday is where CPAs are made. You’ll likely have to work 4 hours on a Saturday (hopefully not!!!), but you can still get in 4 hours of quality studying! I recommend 2 hours before work, and this is where you can tackle new material just like you would on a weekday. 

The 2 hour session after work is extremely important. This is where you will do a cumulative review of the information you have learned to date. The most effective method is to complete 3 practice tests of 25 MCQs each. The practice test should be randomized over all the modules you have completed to date. 

Tip #4 – Recharge on Sunday

Sunday is your day to relax, get your life together, and feel refreshed so you can repeat the cycle once again! I strongly urge you to not do any work or studying on Sunday. Even an hour can disrupt your mind and body from performing a complete recharge! Busy season is a long few months, and relaxing on a Sunday will keep you going! Spent time outside, get some exercise in, watch a movie, etc.!


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