Cramming Instead of Studying
You’re busy. You work super full-time. You nurture your relationship with your significant other by spending lots of quality time with them. You make sure you have enough time so your kids don’t forget your name. You walk your dog twice a day and play with it each night. You make an effort to read a book a week. You grocery shop and cook your meals at home instead of eating out. You work out every day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You watch a couple of TV shows throughout the week. You see a movie every couple of weeks. You play golf or tennis with your friends. You knit sweater socks for your family for the holidays. You do a ton of stuff. Your life is full and it is hard to find the time to properly study. So you have intense cram sessions once or twice a week.
Cramming isn’t studying. You need to do more than just try to stuff as many facts as you can into your brain. And, you can’t try to do all this in long but few and far between sessions. You have to study each day—okay, maybe you can take a day off per week. And unfortunately, you’re probably going to have to make some sacrifices. It sucks, but just remember that it’s temporary.
Nothing can replace proper allotted daily study time. So don’t try to do it. Plan out entire study period for each section of the CPA Exam. Figure out what your schedule is going to be for the entire duration of your study period. Be sure to place extra emphasis and devote more study time to all of your failed sections. Doing this early on will make it so much easier to form a routine and stick to it. Routine becomes easier the more you stick to it. If you need help planning your strategy check out our post on creating a CPA study plan.