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PostHeaderIcon How Scary is The CPA Exam? Advice for Acing Your Certification Test

There are few things as challenging and time-consuming in the career of an accountant as passing the CPA exam. And the statistics don't make it any less intimidating. According to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, nearly 240,000 exams are given each year, and over 40 percent of the exam-takers are on their second or third go-round. It's not uncommon for the brightest of candidates to fail by just a few points. Yes becoming certified will earn you more money and let you compete for the best accounting jobs in business today. There are many different certifications available for accountants, with most of them dependent on their specialty, but there's no real substitute for the CPA. That's why it's important to take steps to ensure you're prepared.

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1. Invest in Preparation

You might think you can tackle the CPA exam on your own, but spending money on test prep or training packages can put you way ahead of the pack. You can find materials that are geared to how you learn, from audio books to class seminars. Whether you choose an online review course or meet up with professors and colleagues in person, you need outside help. Even if you continue with self-study, you'll know what material to prioritize and how to pace yourself for the big day. Research any product you're thinking of buying online before you decide – usually CPAs on message boards and social media will be open with their recommendations.

2. Remember Marathon Studying

Practicing good study habits means tackling a little bit of material every day instead of cramming. Keeping the material fresh in your mind will help you retain information. Marathon studying includes incorporating books and audio material into every aspect of your life. Read on the bus, on your lunch break, and while you're waiting for your laundry to dry. Get an audio review and listen while you're working out or cleaning the house. But while you're immersing yourself, make sure you get enough sleep and step away from accounting for at least one day a week.

3. Be Honest With Yourself

Design your study plan around areas where you need the most improvement. No matter how great of a student you are, everybody has their strengths and weaknesses. The exam will be broken down into financial, auditing, regulation, and business sections. Your attack plan for preparation should involve breaking down these sections into the topics you most need to cover and saving your easiest areas for last. Spend some time working on the different question formats, as well. You might need to work on more sample questions in the simulation or essay portions than in the multiple choice.


4. Have a Great Test Day

It's normal to be really nervous when the exam finally arrives, but you should remain calm and follow the right procedures. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive. The testing centers ask for an extra 30 minutes for signing in, getting your picture and fingerprints taken, and going over policies. Make sure you have your Notice to Schedule ID number. By the time you arrive at the testing center, you'll hopefully have taken the sample tests and read over all the paperwork that lets you know exactly what to expect. If there are technical difficulties while taking the exam, be sure to report them – your total time won't be reduced for asking for help.

when preparing for your CPA exam, it's important to remember the long-term goals you have for your career. Keep yourself motivated and help your family and friends understand how important this achievement would be for you. You should take it seriously but not burn yourself out. Whether you pass with flying colors the first time out or need multiple chances, just being able to meet that goal is impressive. You're on your way to being a bright new star in the accounting industry.

Brett Harris is considering earning a Master of Accounting online since he can fit the classes into his busy schedule.

PostHeaderIcon Choosing a Good Physics Tutor

Going Back To CollegeDifferentiating a good tutor with a mediocre one is the first step you can make to ensure your child reaps maximally from the fruits of education. Being entrusted with a teaching task is one of the greatest forms of honor in our life. This is because; the person given this responsibility must submit himself within the teaching career in regard to his methods, strategies and actually works all through in that profession to ensure the trainees under his career acquire full skills. But a tutor is bigger than a teacher because any tuition entails a lot of things apart from mere teaching. This is even more practical with sensitive fields like physics tuition.

A tutor not only teaches but also gets involved in other areas to impact positive attitude towards the tutees. Thus, teaching is part of the tutors work and it is not only in academics that tutors involve the tutees but also in shaping their characters. More so, a good tutor of O level physics tuition along with other types of physics should be well trained. It is not sufficient for a tutee to acquire only the academic knowledge but also more essential is the growth of their character. With this, they get their strength which motivates and goads them in pursuing knowledge that is pursued from good tutors. That is, a good tutor should be in a position to shape the character of tutees when pursuing their knowledge in school. However, mediocre tutors only impart on academic knowledge. That is all what differentiates good tutors from the mediocre ones.

It has been said that an educated individual without character makes for a “clever devil”. Normally, it is not new to see educated people that lack meaningful character and knowledge in society. As long as academic victory is desirable, wisdom should be sought and this cannot be acquired overnight. But character training is conducted when the tutor and tutee have taken adequate time together during the learning process. This is why in some cases the tutor-tutee associations last the entire lifetime of the latter.

Generally, a good tutor will influence the way your child is shaped towards academic victory. This can be measured as success attained within the career or good jobs that are attained after the course is completed. Hence, finding a tutor who is dedicated in raising the life value of others is a great treasure. Again, being called a tutor is taken with great honor since it is a recipient of an individual's mentorship.

How to choose a good tutor for your child:

– Explain to your tutee why the tutor is necessary and what the tutor has to accomplish.

– You can interview several tutors with the presence of your tutee.

– Check the credentials of the tutor. Confirm about experience, training and references. The tutor should be a certified teacher or with expertise in the career subject.

– Set goals for the tuition and come up with a tutoring plan.

– Monitor the progress of your child and the tutor

– Request for academic improvement reports after a few months.

Benefits of choosing a good tutor:

– Save time

– Relieve frustration

– Improve understanding

– Build confidence

– Foster independence

– Raise grades and scores

– Become empowered!

James Liao a.k.a The Educationist of Singapore, a MASTERS scholar from NTU, has been on the forefront of Singapore's education fabric for more than a decade. Through this period he has helped many students improve from F9 to A1 in Chemistry, Physics, A.Maths and E.Maths. As a result, these same students managed to qualify for Junior Colleges and most of them have already graduated from NTU, NUS and SMU.

PostHeaderIcon Are You Taking Advantage Of Academic Scholarship Opportunities?

As you are probably aware, the entire process of applying and getting into college can be pretty difficult. It seems as if there is an endless amount of forms to fill out, information to read, and essays to write. On top of all of this, most college students need help funding the expenses of books, tuition, meal plans, and housing. While financial aid can help get you through college, scholarships are an even better way to do so.

Unlike loans and other forms of financial aid, when you are awarded a scholarship you are being handed money to pay for your education and you will not have to pay this money back. While it may seem obvious to take advantage of such an opportunity, many college students don’t realize that there are thousands in scholarship dollars that go unused annually, due to the fact that students are simply unaware of which scholarships are available to them. When it comes to paying off the expensive burden of college, anything can help. So let’s face it, ignorance isn’t a good excuse.

In order to take full advantage of all possible scholarships that may be available to you, you should do the following:

  • Preform scholarship searches on many different websites— Even if you have already found a good website that provides plenty of scholarship options, research a few just to make sure you are aware of all possible online scholarship listings.
  • Ask advisors and professors— Your professors and academic advisors are most likely current with any new scholarships offered. Consult them for scholarships that may not be listed online or other places. If you’re just looking at a college and haven’t actually begun, speak to an admissions counselor to find out how you can get your finances in order. Here are a few questions to guide the conversation. 
  • Keep eyes and ears open— Scholarships can be advertised about through any type of social media, newspapers, magazines, flyers, the radio, and more. Pay attention when you see or hear information pertaining to scholarships in order to ensure you are applying for every scholarship that you possibly can. Also consider learning more about scholarship lotteries. 

If you are preforming a scholarship search online, you should make sure any websites you use include the following so that your search will be successful: 

  • Credibility— Of course the first thing you want to do is make sure the website is actually legit and can provide you with valuable and helpful scholarship information. Compare any websites you use with others just to make sure they aren’t too different; it’s rare that one website would include tons of scholarships that others don’t, so if this is the case, double check and find out if the website in question is actually a credible and trusted source. Also, always default to the Department of Education.   
  • Option of narrowing down search— A website that simply includes a long list of possible scholarships would be extremely difficult to weed through and figure out which ones are available to you. Find a website that allows you to narrow your search down with criteria such as location, degree, and program. 
  • Free of charge— There are many scholarship search sites that are completely free of charge, so don’t even think about spending money on your search. 

If you are a student in search of scholarship listings, you can click the previous link to find many great scholarships for college students. This website provides you with a list of many other scholarship search engine websites as well as the option of searching for a scholarship by specific criteria.

Jim Belushi is a counselor and an educator who's passion is helping students pursue college and online education programs. Currently he is working with American Educational Guidance Center to help students attain their education goals one step at a time. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and taking long windy walks on the beach.

PostHeaderIcon 3 Steps to Creating Your Career Plan

The year is almost half way done. Where are you in your career goals? You probably made some plans for your career when the year began, but have you remembered to check in on yourself? Maybe you’ve accomplished some of your goals. Maybe you’ve updated and changed some of your goals based on your job circumstances. Maybe you’ve completely forgotten about them all together. That’s okay. It’s not too late to make 2013 your best career year yet. If you’ve fallen off your career path, now’s the perfect time to get back on track. With a little planning, dedication and a lot of hard work, you can really set yourself up for success. If you’re ready to get back to it, use these three steps to resume your career planning.

Step 1: Create an honest assessment of your current career

You probably spend a lot of time thinking about your job. You think about the tasks you have to do. You think about the things you really hate doing. You think about the things you wish you could do. Use those thoughts to formulate an assessment of your job role that will help guide your career path. Ask yourself a couple questions to guide your assessment: What does my current job role entail? Where had I hoped to be within my company at this point? Where had I hoped to be within my career at this point? What aspects of my job role do I enjoy? What aspects of my job role could use a little work? Is my current company/job role doing something to help me reach my goals? What am I doing to reach my career goals?

When you answer these questions openly and honestly, you can begin to re-establish your career goals and adjust your career path as needed. If you’re off track, make goals that will help put you back in line. Set achievement goals that will help you along your path.

Step 2: Seek assistance

There is no shame in asking for a little help sometimes, especially when it comes to your career. More than likely, you know someone who has gone through something similar to you in their career path. Use these people as resources as you plot your own path. Ask for advice from peers and colleagues that you look up to. Find people that are in roles similar to roles you aspire for and pick their brains about their job and what steps they took to get there.

Another great area to get assistance in is feedback. We all like to think that we’re pretty aware of our strengths and weaknesses, but that’s probably not the case. Start seeking out honest and frequent feedback from your superiors and peers. This feedback will not only help you clarify which areas you need improvements in, but may also highlight some strengths that you didn’t know people appreciated.

Step 3: Act on your plan

You can’t just think; you must do. Goals are pretty useless if you don’t have plans to accomplish them. All your career assessments and planning will be for nothing if you don’t have any ideas on how you actually intend to achieve the goals you set for yourself. Maybe your goal is to get a promotion. What do you need to get that promotion? If it’s further training, sign up for the appropriate classes or certifications. If you need some leadership experience, start taking the initiative to lead tasks and or be a resource for your other team members. These actions will help you not only stick to your career path, but will also help you keep moving along towards bigger goals in the future.
Career planning is an important part of achieving your goals. If you’re willing to put in the time, you can create an excellent career path to success.

Andria is a content writer and career guidance expert for Minneapolis based company, Benchmark Learning. The company specializes in IT training, business training and career training center. Being in the training industry for more than 25 years has helped lead Benchmark to the top of the training industry.