What's your cram plan for those precious final days of CPA Exam preparation? Share your details and make it happen!!!

Please don’t post stuff like "I’m taking XYZ cram course..." let’s save that for the CPA Review Courses section...instead share your deepest, darkest and most detailed plans for conquering the exam!

So...what’s your Cram Plan for...
= FAR - Financial Accounting & Reporting
= AUD - Auditing & Attestation
= REG - Regulation
= BEC - Business Environment & Concepts

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Comment by CPA Exam Club on January 7, 2010 at 6:14am
Wow, thank you for sharing Janice, that sounds like a more than great Cram Plan! Here's to you picking up your penny very soon!
Comment by Janice Laurenti on January 7, 2010 at 12:58am
My plan for the next 20 days is to absolutely make every second that I am studying, count; I am determined to discipline myself to analyze every question, study every concept and formula, and memorize my flashcards.

Sometimes I am my own worst enemy. I know my weaknesses. I know that when I study for hours on end, I get tired of sitting in front of this computer and I'll get the "poor me I'm so tired" syndrome coming on. Then I answer the questions wrong because I get careless, lazy, and sloppy. But then I realize that I allowed myself to lose focus on what my goal is. My goal is to take 5 tests, and 5 test ONLY...BEC, FAR, REG, AUG, and Ethics. That's it! FIVE! I don't want to take any more tests. Other people have passed on the first try, what makes me think that I can't do it too?

Maybe to some, my attitude may seem a little overbearing. So, if I can share something very personal and dear to my heart with you, you may understand where I am coming from a little bit better. My youngest daughter who is now 16 years old was born with Sturge-Weber syndrome. It is a rare congenital neurological and skin disorder where she has suffered from seizures, port-wine stains on 2/3 of her body, and glaucoma in both eyes, since she was 3 months old. Needless to say, she has faced many challenges in her young life; all with dignity and grace. As a result of her seizures, she has lost partial use of her right side and has Cerebral Palsy-like paralysis. For most of us, simply picking up a penny is effortless, but for my daughter, it was one of her greatest challenges and I'm very proud to say, picking up that penny was one of her greatest accomplishments. She is my champion and my inspiration. Today, my 'lil darling is on the Special Olympics Swim Team learning the breast stroke and having the time of her life. She is truly my hero.

For me, studying for the CPA exam is challenging, extremely challenging. Personally, it is the hardest thing that I have ever done. There is so much information that I think, I won't be able to remember it all, I won't be able to learn it all. But then I tell myself, "I won't know unless I try."

We all face challenges and adversities at one time or another in our lives, and some of us for whatever reason, are faced with more challenges than others. But, it is what we learn from those challenges that teaches us a little bit about ourselves. And for me, I realized that I can pass this CPA exam. It was my own fear that was holding me back. Telling myself that I wouldn't be able to do this; that I would never pass. Passing the CPA is right up there with passing the Bar exam.

So just like an attorney, I had a rebuttal for myself. I told myself that I do have the ability to learn and that I am an intelligent person. I may not be a rocket scientist, but I can apply myself to learn whatever I put my mind to. Most of all, I am very fortunate that I have a very supportive family. They lock me away in a quiet room in the house where I stay for hours after work and week-ends studying. So the only thing that could stop me is my own fear. I'm learning to face my fear of failing and believe me every time I work on a WACC problem my anxiety creeps up on me. I take a deep breath and I daydream of the day that I go to my mailbox and open a letter addressed to me from the Board of Accountancy. Then I hold in my hand the certificate that reads...Janice Laurenti, CPA, then I come back down to reality and go back to answering the WACC problem.

So that is my Cram Plan for 2010. Thanks for letting me share.

"Go confidently in the direction of your dream!" Henry David Thoreau

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