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Almost everyone experiences jitters before a big test. You wake up with butterflies in your stomach, maybe some apprehension (“Did I study enough?”), clammy hands, edginess or a sense of being psyched out.
A certain level of nervousness associated with taking a high-stakes examination is normal, and actually can be beneficial to you. The sensation of being on “high alert” often helps to sharpen the mind and focus one’s attention. (via NASBA | photo: cba-va.org)
"Experimenting with CPA Exam Hacks" Life Hacking is a movement which focuses on finding tricks in everyday life to save time, get organized, and do more of the things you want to do. Small tweaks are made to your daily routine in order to increase productivity and do more in less time. This list focuses on tried and true measures that will get you extra points on the exam and are straightforward in nature. These are simple yet important tweaks to make that will not greatly change the way you study, but will further refine it.
Study Hacking 1. Don’t neglect missed questions: You know the drill, working your way through question after question can get tiresome and after awhile all questions seems to blend into each other. The best advice I received from a prior colleague of mine was to note which questions you missed, print them out, and then review them, including the right answers for at least 2-3 days prior. You will need the most work on the concepts you are the least familiar with so it makes sense to single them out.
Fast Forward Academy has just launched a free Study Planner! Interactive features have been built into the planner. The calendar can be set up to send email and text message reminders regarding pre-assigned study tasks. Additionally, students are able to communicate via email and text messaging to reschedule tasks as needed. You also have the ability to create multiple calendars, if needed.