【N】CPA study tips

Hello Sharon!

As you know, I recently took my third CPA test (there are four parts to it–FAR, AUD, BEC, and REG), and I figured I’d share some of my study tips before I start studying for my next test. Not just to share them with other fellow candidates, but also to help myself organizing these ideas in writing. Hopefully this will somehow help me with my study plan for the next test?

I know everyone has different study habits, so what works for me might not work for you, please feel free to share any of your study tips with me too 😀 I will really appreciate it~ Oh and before you read on, I’m using Becker/Self-Study 🙂

Step 1
Listen to Chapter 1 lecture and highlight/make notes as instructed

Personally, I think Becker does a great job in the lecture part, it almost feels like being in an actual classroom. (Sharon-it actually reminds me of this math DVD that we used to watch in 6th or 7th grade, instead of going to the academy like every other Asian student lol) I can’t say that the material is interesting, but the instructors make the material at least a bit more comprehensible. What I like the most is that the instructor will tell you what to highlight and what to focus on for the test, they also have some mnemonics and memorizing tricks that I find really helpful.

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【S】NAAAP-UW/ASC- “How I got to Where I am Today” Panel

As part of NAAAP-UW, I helped putting on a panel event together with other officers and ASC (Asian Student Commission) on Wednesday. It was a great turnout, and I really enjoyed meeting and listening to our professional panelists! All of them were super friendly and helpful.

I’d like to share some of my takeaways here- It’s just my personal notes so please don’t expect a perfect write-up…but if you couldn’t make to the event, or didn’t get a chance to take notes during the event, I hope this is helpful to you. 🙂 And of course, if the notes is unclear to you, feel free to ask me questions!
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【S】It’s Not About the Coffee- Howard Behar (II)

Continuing my last post on my takeaways from the book It’s Not About the Coffee by Howard Behar-

Principles #6-10:

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【S】It’s Not About the Coffee- Howard Behar (I)

I’ve met Howard Behar (former president of Starbucks Coffee Company International) for quite a while now, and since I’ve learned so much from him, I figured it only makes sense for me to read his book, “It’s Not About the Coffee”. In a nutshell, it’s a book about his ten principles that guided his leadership and success

I kind of wish I read this book earlier. It makes so much sense to me and is very inspirational.  I highly highly recommend it, but if you simply don’t have the time, I’d like to share some of my takeaways here. 
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【S】VEGAS- “sightseeing”/shopping♥

This is my last post on my Vegas trip 🙂

One of my favorite parts of this trip is just “sightseeing”! I’m a huge tourist so I love seeing things I’ve seen from movies and such. It’s also fairly walkable if there’s no time constraint…and I really enjoyed walking along the strip and shopping in this city of illusion and luxury. Steve Wynn once said, “Las Vegas is sort of like how God would do it if he had money.” I personally would describe Las Vegas as Disneyland for adults 😉 It’s just really like a different world that’s not part of the reality…

So I guess for this post I’ll just include the additional photos (please click to enlarge and see captions) that I didn’t talk about in my previous posts. I hope you enjoy it but don’t blame me if you have the urge to book a ticket to Vegas now! 😀

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【S】VEGAS- entertainment♥

And how can we go to Vegas without watching their well-known shows? Luckily we got to watch fantastic shows for both nights. Both of them are really popular and unique as they only perform in Las Vegas (or at least that I know of). And even though they weren’t cheap, I just have to say they are so worth it- Although I try to tell myself to not splurge so much while traveling (especially as college students), there are things that we should experience while we are already here you know. And honestly, a Vegas experience without the shows is just not complete.

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