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Remember Pavlov’s dog? Ivan Pavlov, a Russian physiologist who studied classical conditioning, trained a dog to salivate when hearing the sound of a bell. This response came after repeatedly giving the dog food immediately after ringing a bell.
The point I’d like to make today is that we often operate the same way. Certain activities elicit certain responses if we train ourselves over time. What does this have to do with the CPA exam?
Let’s look at our study habits. If you see your study time as a chore that must be accomplished, and if you study in dimly lit places or while you are hungry, you will begin to associate studying with negative feelings. Conversely if you find study locations that stimulate you, you will associate studying with pleasant feelings. Let’s say you love that cup of java. Well, find a study place that serves great coffee. You will begin to associate studying for your CPA exam with one of your favorite treats. Maybe you love to spend time at your neighborhood pool. Instead of making going to the pool a reward for studying, study while you are there. Then you will begin to look forward to studying for the exams.
The human mind is powerful. Studying for the exam may not make you salivate like Pavlov’s dog, but do make sure that you are aware of whether you see studying as pleasant or painful. If you can associate those necessary study hours with special treats and happy places, you will want to spend more time with the material. The good news? With Black CPA Review, you can use your materials anywhere you go. So start having some study fun!