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Becker's CPA Exam
Review Online Course
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
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Very Important Procedures
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Preparation builds Confidence
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HW Wisdom (5/8/12 12:44 PM) Hello Future CPA:
Students are always asking about ways to approach their homework. The
bad news is that you WILL have approximately 4-6 hours of homework per
lecture. The good news is that if you complete ALL your homework and
follow our guidelines, your chance of passing the exam drastically
increases. There is a direct correlation to completing your homework and
passing the exam.
Everyone's study habits are different, but here is how I approached the
massive amounts of homework when I was in your shoes. The day after I
attended the lecture (I was in an actual classroom - you know they didn't
have computers yet - just kidding I am NOT that old), I reviewed the lecture
material and completed the homework. As you know, each lecture is broken
out into various sections/topics. I skimmed (and I do emphasize the word
SKIMMED) the first section/topic of the lecture and wrote up flashcards for
that section. Next I completed the homework for that section only (Multiple
Choice AND Simulations), while the information was fresh in my mind. I then
moved on to the next section/topic, then the next and repeated the same
process over and over again until I had completed all the homework for that
particular lecture.
It is scientifically proven that repetition is a learning tool. It seemed to work
for me. By that I mean the repetition of skimming the lecture material, then
writing flashcards and working the homework for a particular section/topic. It
all worked to enhance my capabilities of retaining what I had just learned
the night before in the lecture. It CAN work for you too. Give it a try if you
are struggling or unsure as to how to approach it.
I briefly mentioned writing up flashcards. I wrote flashcards for each lecture
in (now) Auditing, Financial Accounting & Reporting, Regulation, and
Business Environments & Concepts. I didn't go overboard. I wrote out
approximately 10 cards per lecture. On occasion I would write out a few
more. I wrote a flashcard for every mnemonic, every item we were told to
memorize, and every item we were told was heavy on the exam. The card
didn't have to be extremely detailed (unless the concept called for that) but
enough so that I understood the concept. I carried them with me so I could
pull them out and review them when I found a few extra minutes here and
there. This is a great way to reinforce these major items. In fact, these were
the last things I reviewed prior to walking into the exam. I highly recommend
using them if you are not already doing so. If you feel that you don't have
the time to write them out yourself, Becker Online does now have
Flashcards for students to order on our website. Just visit
www.beckerreview.com, and click on "Specials" then "Accessories Items" at
the top of the Home Page to see the offer for current students.
I have another helpful hint that pertains to writing. The approach we were
taught in the classroom was to start out with a key word outline for each
essay answer. This helps organize your thoughts, as well as, the order of
your answer. Also, eliminating the possibility of missing points because you
failed to answer a part of the question asked. Once you have completed
your key word outline, simply expand the outline into complete sentences
and paragraphs. I used this approach for completing my homework and for
taking the exam.
On another note, please continually log onto the website for class
announcements. I will post these periodically to keep you all informed of any
corrections/changes or updates to the course. You can also visit
www.beckerreview.com/students for up to date information as well.
Well, I think that about covers it. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you
have any further questions.
An example of a possible routine would be:
Monday night - view lecture
Tuesday - work on homework (books, PassMaster, online) and flashcards
Wednesday - view lecture
Thursday - work on homework (books, PassMaster, online) and flashcards
Friday - complete homework (any necessary rework)
Saturday - complete homework (rework and flashcards)
Sunday - review, take quizzes, participate in discussion and reinforce material