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I’m currently studying for FAR using Roger CPA review, first section. I’ve been at it for three weeks so far, going to take the exam on July 16. I asked someone else who passed REG with Roger how she studied, and she told me that she did all of the questions/SIMs twice, reworking incorrect questions as she went. She also skimmed/read each chapter once. She is currently working towards her Master’s degree – but she is also an amazing test-taker and seems really good at studying in general.
I know generally what works for me for studying. However, when I look at the Roger planner for one year of studying, it says to devote around 3-4 hours per study day to studying (amazingly it does not incorporate review of past material, but I think that’s implied and up to us to handle). Some of the clusters of subsections on certain days take a good deal more than 3-4 hours to get through. For example, I started Ch. 7 today, meaning to go through subsections 1-5, and I’m already at over 6 hours and still have two and a half subsections to go.
It’s super frustrating because even though I’m trying to quicken my pace (don’t linger for too long on any one question as I will eventually review it and understand it better), I think I was inefficient in the first couple of weeks and now am playing a little bit of catch-up (thankfully I will be caught up by the end of today). But none of it is leaving me much room for review. I know I will be able to review past material today and definitely tomorrow…but I am afraid of falling behind once again when the workweek begins and I have to try to cram going over all of the planned new material after my workday. The time just evaporates and I often don’t get through all of it – including because I (like everyone else here I think) have other things I have to get up and go do, and I have to fit in a break from it all in there somewhere (usually spent with family) or my brain will melt.
Another thing that freaks me out is that Roger himself in the first video of Ch. 7 said that candidates should answer all of the homework at least two to three times to get really proficient with the material. I honestly don’t know how I’m going to have time to do that when getting through new material takes more time than I was hoping it would.
I’ve seen some folks say they don’t bother with SIMs and just do lots of MCQs, but that doesn’t feel right to me since I really want to be ready for the real SIMs. These seem like a good prep for that, plus giving me more practice with the material itself. But I’m just worried I don’t have time to go over every single question/SIM two or three times before the end, and I really want to pass the first time – ideally finishing all exams by January next year (that’s just my own timeline; I’m super determined to do it this way but I understand that it could go differently).
I’m trying to adjust my strategy to quicken my pace and make sure I leave plenty of time for review, but can anyone give me some tips? Am I just slower at studying?
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