I know we have written previously about taking breaks during studying to let your mind refocus and rest for a bit, but this topic really hit home with me this week. All of us bloggers have started studying for the CPA exam and are getting knee deep (maybe waist level) in accounting material. The CPA exam can seem like the most important thing you have to do in your life, but I don’t want anyone to forget about other important things such as friends and family.
I have been so focused on studying this month that I have not given much time to hanging out with my friends or having dinner with my family. They are all super supportive and know how important passing is to me. Unfortunately, one of my close friends passed away in a car accident last weekend. This tragedy has really made me realize how important it is to not get completely bogged down in studying that you lose sight of your normal life. Make sure that you have a healthy balance of study/regular life so that you don’t get lost.
Luckily, I don’t have a full time job while studying for the CPA exam, which I highly recommend not having while you study. This helps balance free time with study and work well. If you have friends that are also taking the exam, have a study night each week. It is sometimes frustrating to study with friends because they might not be at the same pace as you, but if they have any questions, going over the material again with them is a good form of review. They might also be able to help you out on a section you are having trouble with.
If you don’t have friends that are studying for the exam with you, still make time to hang out with them. My boyfriend is not in the accounting field, so he could not tell a debit from a credit, but he humors me by letting me explain accounting for bonds to him. Even though he doesn’t understand exactly what I’m talking about, explaining it to him helps review my fundamentals of the topic. If your friends could give you an ear every now or then, it will help. I also have the TV on in the background while I study, which I don’t recommend if you get easily distracted. I usually turn on the game show network or funny videos so that between each question I answer, I can look up and get a quick laugh in.
No matter what your study technique is, make sure your friends and family know how important studying is to you. Their support goes a long way, but at the same time, don’t forget that they exist! Take time out each weekend to relax or go to dinner and rejuvenate yourself!
After finishing this blog I had some Chinese food and these were my fortunes, and if that’s not a sign, then I don’t know what is! Make sure you balance the two!