The semester is flying by, it’s almost March and I can’t believe it! This is typically the point where panic starts to ensue. The first round of exams has passed, project due dates are rapidly approaching and you don’t know if you will make it out alive. But don’t let panic take over because you will make it through!
Just last week I sat for FAR, which was my first section of the exam to take. Studying for the CPA exam has been completely different from what I expected. Going into the process I was terrified. All the classes I had taken over the past few years were a distant blur and I was convinced that I knew NOTHING. I was mad at myself. Why didn’t I spend more time studying when I was taking the classes? Why did I put all that information in my short term memory? Didn’t I know that it would all come back on the CPA exam and I needed to remember it?
Many of my peers had the same worries and fears, but there is hope! You retain so much more than you ever thought was possible. In studying for FAR, it was amazing how things that I learned years ago were still fresh in my mind. I had to dust them off a bit, but that knowledge was there.
I have seen so many students with the mentality that they don’t have to try in their classes now because the CPA exam is two or three years down the road. Please, please, I beg you, do not take this approach. View each class as a stepping stone to passing the CPA exam. Learn the materials now. Make sure you have an understanding of everything, don’t just memorize to get a B in the class and move on. This will not ensure future success.
Nevertheless, I’m not here to be negative and scare you, I am here to tell you there is no need to panic. Take things one step at a time. Do your best not to get behind in classes and simply put in the time to learn the material. I promise that if you learn it now, your life will be tremendously easier when it is time to sit for the exam.
Good luck to everyone on the remainder of their semester!!