CPA Exam Video Tip: Study Tips For Busy Parents

Welcome back to our CPA Exam Video Tip YouTube series, brought to you by Roger Philipp, CPA! As accounting professionals attempting to balance life, work and the CPA Exam, we know that you’re about as busy as it gets. Therefore, we hope you enjoy the following bite-sized clip for easy, on-the-go viewing!

Trying to balance a full time job with CPA Exam studies can be challenging. Throw in a couple of tiny humans racing around and destroying your Ethan Allen sofa set during your study hours, and that’s a whole ‘nother story. 

Tune in for this CPA Exam Tip by Roger Philipp, CPA, on how to successfully balance work, family life, and the CPA Exam.

First of all, study on the go! For example, you can study the course on the iPad, iPhone so you can study while you’re commuting or during lunch hours. A lot of time Ill have parents who are traveling with their kids to sporting events, and while they’re there, cheering them on, they’re also studying their course through an iPad. Study early, study late. What I mean by that is, I encourage my students to start the day early. The kids get up at 7, so get up at 4:30. I know you’re tired, but you’ll get a great 2 hours of studying in before the house becomes a rumble. Or, read a book, put the kids to bed, and study late into the night. But try to work that in before or after the day begins. Get a babysitter or find time with your spouse to have them watch the kids. Lets say you’re a stay at home mom or stay at home dad. On the weekend they’ll say OKAY, your time to get to know the kids. I’m going to go lock myself in a library and study for the next 8 to 16 hours! The CPA Exam has to be a giant priority. You have to put aside quiet, uninterrupted time because that is a must. Also, don’t feel guilty. God forbid you should feel guilty. The kids don’t always understand- wheres mom, wheres dad? But later in life, they will be thankful. First of all, they will be thankful when you’re setting a good example by motivating and pushing yourself. But also, they’ll be thankful when you’re driving them to school in a nice new car! 

Do you have any study tips you’d like to share with fellow parents? Feel free to leave them in the comments section!

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