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Newlywed CPA Candidate How-To Guide

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on May 25, 2018 8:52:28 AM

So you just got married – now what?

Congratulations! It is such an exciting time of life. College parties turn into Sunday morning brunches, late Friday nights out turn into coffee dates on Saturday and suddenly everyone around you is getting married, sitting the CPA Exam and having children. Now it is your turn – so what should you be thinking about and what are some of the taxation implications. You are a CPA candidate, so this is right up your alley.

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Tags: CPA Career, CPA Exam Tips, CPA Exam Prep

Every CPA Should Make a "To Don't" List

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on May 23, 2018 11:29:44 AM

Everyone has heard and most of us regularly keep a "To Do" list. Their detailed tasks sit line by line on folded up sheets of paper in pockets and in the notes sections of our phones. We cross them off and in doing so, feel a sense of accomplishment. One thing we don't give ourselves credit for is the very thing which gets in the way of crossing more of those "To Do" items off.

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Tags: accounting career, 2018 CPA Exam, CPA Productivity, CPA Exam Prep

What Do You Need To Do To Become A CPA?

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on May 9, 2018 8:47:07 PM

There's a lot to learn in the process of becoming a CPA and getting your license depends on more than just sitting for the exam. There may even be some differences depending on what state you are in. Before we dig into the details, let's cover some of the basics.

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Tags: accounting career, CPA Job Search, AICPA, Accounting News, CPA Exam Prep

How to Launch From Busy Season Into Studying for the CPA Exam

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Apr 18, 2018 1:10:09 PM

Say goodbye to the 2018 Tax Season and hello to studying for the CPA Exam!

First off, take a breather! You undoubtedly deserve a little rest, but make sure it doesn't last too long. Coming off busy season is a great time to transition into studying to get your CPA!

You are already being highly productive and maintaining a rigorous schedule, so you might as well keep it rolling. Obviously, you can cut out some of the habits which are not healthy. Re-institute time for exercise and friends, and get back some of the sleep you may have sacrificed -- but don't lose your stride. Those who competed in the Boston Marathon earlier this week are going to rest a little bit, but they aren't going to stop training! They already have their eyes on the next race and future goals.

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Tags: accounting career, 2018 CPA Exam, CPA Exam Requirements, CPA Exam Prep

So You are Thinking About Taking the CPA Exam...

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Nov 15, 2017 12:20:54 PM

Let's not sugar coat it - taking the CPA Exam to get your license is a long and difficult road. One of the hardest parts of the process is starting along that road. When it comes to difficulty, the CPA Exam is head and shoulders above many other licensure exams. Even those who passed can sound discouraging as they reflect on the process they went through. Once you start to look at the passing rates of students taking the exam, the time put in, and the sacrifices, you begin to understand. Going after a change in your professional career is going to change your personal life as well for a while.

The first thing we encourage our students to do is take a step back and realize, as hard as the exam is to study for and pass, plenty of people are doing it and you can too. Even the successful CPA's who sound discouraging will tell you it's worth it. They are just trying to be honest. The second thing we ask students to do analyze is how they study. Take a look at works or doesn't work. Regularly updating the teaching style according to your learning style is crucial. At Yaeger, we're about more than repetition and focus on application as well because quality matters over quantity. This is especially important after the changes that came to the exam this past year.

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Tags: 2017 CPA Exam, 2018 CPA Exam, 2018 CPA Exam, CPA Exam Changes, AICPA, CPA Exam Prep

Four Ways Accountants Can Make the Most of Their Office Layout

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Nov 13, 2017 12:24:50 PM

We all remember the episode of The Office where Jim creates a pencil barrier to keep Dwight's clutter off of his desk. This comical depiction of a shared workspace is good for a laugh but as office spaces become more open it brings to light that personal space is shrinking. You are much less likely to have a quiet area in which to work or call a client, and will find a little too much time is spent interacting with your peers that should be dedicated work time.

Brainstorming productivity around office layouts isn't exactly what accountants or CPA candidates normally focus on. We aren't interior designers and productivity around office layout can seem like high hanging fruit to HR. However, there are some simple suggestions you can make for the office at large and changes you can apply personally to combat shared or small workplaces.

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Tags: CPA Exam Prep, office environment, CPA Review Tips, CPA Exam Tips

Stress Relief for the CPA

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Oct 30, 2017 3:29:09 PM

Most students will tell you the top stress in their life is school, studying, and the pressure to get good grades. Adding in additional stressors involved with work and family only exacerbates the stress of studying. CPA candidates understand this type of stress more fully than most, since the pressure to pass is often put on them by their employer. The importance of passing all four sections in time, prior to a score expiring also adds urgency. 

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Tags: CPA Exam Prep, CPA Productivity

5 Motivating Tips For Working and Studying Full-Time

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Oct 2, 2017 6:37:02 PM

Ah, the life of a full-time working, full-time student. Almost everyone else you know gets home from work and starts relaxing. Or once the formal work day is done, at least others have the option transition to working around the house, cooking dinner, and making progress on that endless to-do list.  You, however, must find the motivation to study!

Unfortunately, finding the motivation to study for the CPA Exam is hard. As with any long-term endeavor, like working out or eating healthier, great intentions are hard to turn into habits.

The key to staying motivated is going to be different for everyone. And, while there is no one fix for everyone, but we've got some ways of thinking and common practices that will help most of you.

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Tags: CPA Exam Prep, 2017 CPA Exam, CPA Review Courses, CPA Review Tips

If You Scored 74 or Below on the CPA Exam...

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Sep 20, 2017 1:21:16 PM

Scores drop, and you find out how you did. Either you feel relieved, or your heart drops. If you got a 74 or below, you might be feeling that all of your hard work was for nothing. Right back to square one, you go - or so it may feel. The good news is, although not passing is a bit discouraging, all of those months or weeks of preparation weren't for nothing. It may feel like you've taken a hundred steps back to where you started, but you're far ahead of the game.

This time around you'll begin studying and preparing for the exam, with knowledge you didn't have the first time around. You now know what to expect on the exam and you know what parts of the test gave you the most trouble. You know what stumped you and where to focus on.

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Tags: 2017 CPA Exam, CPA Exam Scores, CPA Exam Prep, 2018 CPA Exam

This is the first step to studying for the CPA Exam

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Sep 18, 2017 2:54:34 PM

Should you work hard or smart? The answer is both, but you have to constantly refine your routines as working vigorously while maintaining bad habits is counterproductive. The same applies to studying for the CPA exam. So the good news we're offering here is that you should focus less on studying more, and more on studying better.

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Tags: AICPA, CPA Exam Prep