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Ring-Buzz-Ding: Handling Technology Distractions

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jan 11, 2020 8:00:00 AM

 

Technology distractions are ubiquitous these days. Studies show that many employees are working a fraction of the time they are on the clock – and technology is not just a distraction in the workplace. This issue begs the question: when you’re studying, what percentage of the time are you productively studying? Have you considered how many times you check your email or answer a text or tap your phone to see if anything popped up? And the problem is not merely the time spent on the device. The constant task-switching itself takes a toll on the effectiveness of your study time because every time you are distracted, it takes additional effort to refocus. 

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Tags: CPA Productivity, CPA Review Tips, Networking, effective communication, CPA Career, Goal Setting, Studying

This Is the One Time You Study to the Test

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on May 25, 2019 6:00:00 AM

If you don't read this whole post, remember this: Even if you don't use us, use the blueprints. They're important. They're a great tool. They will help you pass the CPA Exam and become a CPA.

When studying for any one of the CPA Exams, the sheer quantity of material available to be tested (and therefore material to study) can be overwhelming. Meanwhile, it's no secret that the intensity of the exams is a simulation of the real world and a practitioner's life in accounting. You WILL need to know this information in your life as a CPA. Luckily, you'll have reference materials available for use after the Exam. That's is why I will tell you to study to the test - and be specific. As specific as possible! And no, we don't mean "buy our materials because they're the best" (this is not a sales pitch); it's a declaration. I'm taking a stand, and it's not about my review school or me. I'm sick and tired of candidates not going into the Exam adequately prepared.

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Tags: CPA Exam Prep, CPA Review Tips, cpa exam blueprints, AICPA, Studying

Tips & Tricks to get the Most out of Your CPA Exam Study Time

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jan 26, 2019 8:05:00 AM

Can you believe that January is almost over? It seems like every time I blink it's a new month. Time moves so quickly these days, and with so many demands on our time, it’s often hard to carve out the necessary time to GTD, whether that be work or school or studying for the CPA exam. A common complaint amongst candidates is that they just don’t know where they’re going to find that 12-15 hours a week that Yaeger recommends a working professional find to study for the exam. And while we can’t go in and personally adjust the schedule for everyone (unless you call Phil - he will tell you what you need to do… but you may not like his answer), we can give you some guidance on how best to use the time that you have set aside to study. Here are our top tips & tricks to maximize productivity when studying (you’ll notice a theme real quick).

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Tags: CPA Productivity, Studying

Hack Your 2019 Goals with Tips on How to Prepare for the CPA Exam

Posted by Hillarie Diaz, CPA on Jan 9, 2019 2:52:03 PM

Every year, marching behind all of the sales and too much food and all of the busyness of the holiday season, comes New Year Resolutions, with lots of lists about what your goals should be. Want to lose weight? Here are the 10 goals for 2019. Make friends? Top 5 things to do. Get that promotion? 19 steps in 2019.

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Tags: CPA Productivity, 2019 CPA Exam, Goal Setting, Studying

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