5 Tips for CPA Candidates during the COVID-19 Pandemic
– Hi everyone, it’s Roger and I’m here to get you through this difficult time and let you know you are not alone. I know many of you are struggling, stuck at home, the CPA exams were canceled, you have a shelter in place order, you’re worried about your loved ones, and asking, what do I do now? I get it. It’s hard to find the motivation to study while dealing with all these new stresses. Your life’s turned upside down, you’re feeling isolated, feeling alone, trapped at home. I’m homeschooling my kids, I wanna go crazy and pull what little hair I have left, out. Our routines are completely messed up. So what do you do now? With so much uncertainty it’s hard to know where to take the next step. But we’re here to help you. Here are five tips to help you navigate your CPA exam studies during this difficult time. One. Let’s all take a deep breath together. Right? A little bit of therapy, it’s good, it’s good. This situation is a crazy situation. It’s understandable to feel frustrated, disheartened and upset. Allow yourself the space to feel that. These are unprecedented times. Two. Check your CPA exam status. If you believe your exam has been canceled due to the current situation, then you should contact NASBA, also your State Board of Accountancy, cause you want to ensure that your NTS, Notice to Schedule, has been extended. If possible, reschedule any canceled test dates as soon as possible once they reopen. If you’re 18 month window is expiring during this closure, you need to be proactive. You need to reach out and ask for an extension for that window and they should be able to grant that for you. Three. Don’t lose all your hard work. If you’re close to completing all your studies for a certain exam part, it’s important to retain that information, right? We don’t want to lose that knowledge that we’ve been spending weeks and months preparing for. We recommend you devote maybe 45 minutes to an hour a day in order to ensure that all of those important detailed concepts remain fresh in your head. A great option is to take a daily 15 to 20 question quiz. And you pull that directly from all the course chapters. You should also check your performance reports in order to identify any areas that you’re weak. Also, revisit any topics which you feel that you’re falling short. Four. If time permits, studying for the next section. And this is only if you have time. If you’re there to shelter in place and you’re stuck at home, guess what? Use that time wisely. Take that extra time to begin studying for a new part. Now normally, we suggest one part at a time, but in my day, we used to have to study all four parts simultaneously. So if you have the time to study two parts, it’s definitely doable. But remember, give the exam part that you’re already prepared for priority, because I don’t want you lose that information or that knowledge. Five. Take advantage of the shelter in place order. Normally, when you’re preparing for the exam, it feels very isolating, right? And you know, I’m missing out on social activities, right? We always have that FOMO, fear of missing out. Well, everyone in this situation is stuck at home. So why waste time, go ahead and study. This is a perfect excuse to hunker down and focus on your studies. Hang in there, keep studying, we will all get through this together. Thanks for your time and good luck.
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