November 26, 2019 at 2:31 pm #281322612OatKParticipant
I'm sick and tired of spending hours reading the lectures, following along with the Becker commentary, and doing the examples only to get in the high 20%s on the post chapter MCQ's. How do people get 65's, 70's and I can't even break 30%? Is there any point to even wasting time on the lectures when I could feasibly guess my way to a better score on the MCQ's by pure chance?November 26, 2019 at 2:47 pm #2813271aaronmoParticipantNovember 26, 2019 at 3:39 pm #2813388PuppykoalaParticipant
Watch the videos, don't read the book. The videos give you a full picture of whats important. There is so much in the materials and you won't remember much just reading it. Follow the videos and make notes, it will do much more good. After watching the lectures, do those skill practice videos and questions and then last do the MCQs. Becker designed their materials very carefully and it has been working just fine for me. To prove a point, I was not an accounting major (took accounting classes from UCSD extension while full time working in a non-accounting field), I had not worked in the accounting field until recently. I started to review and take tests since Jan this year. All I'm using is Becker and I study in the order of lecture videos -> skill practice -> MCQs. Passed the three tests in one shot.
I know people may have different preferences. Personally, what i have been doing has been very effective.November 26, 2019 at 3:41 pm #2813400AusNatParticipant
When you're going through the lectures and skills practice, do you feel like you're really understanding it? Could you work the examples in the book on your own? If so, then when you get MC questions wrong and you read the explanations, do you understand what went wrong? Are you noting patterns of errors (not identifying exactly what the question is asking for, for example) and reworking MC to make sure you understand how and why they got to the correct answer? Does going back and referencing the textbook while you work MC help at all, or are you still struggling to apply the concepts?
What section is are you prepping for? Do you feel like you have a solid understanding of underlying accounting concepts – the basic accounting equation, and debits/credits if you're studying FAR for example, or basic taxation concepts for reg?November 26, 2019 at 3:46 pm #2813418ReckedParticipant
I remember all that feeling all too well, finish off a chapter and then start on some MCQ's and get only 10-20% correct.
It's all part of the learning process and happens to everyone. The most important step is to understand why you got it wrong, so next time you can get it right.
Or if you guessed and got it right, understand the why.November 27, 2019 at 12:14 pm #2815509