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I started this blog with a vision of this being a travel blog. I then decided to change it to a lifestyle blog so I am not limited to the topics I can talk about. However, since the Certified Professional Accountants (CPA) PEP program is about to become a big part of my life for the next 2 to 3 years, I have decided to create a new category called CPA Journey.

It is now 6:28 PM on Oct 16, 2019. I have an orientation workshop in Vancouver this weekend and they run from 8 am to 4:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Attendance and participation are mandatory and there is pre-work to be submitted this Friday.

Most people who are in the CPA program work full-time and I am no exception. Since I work in the industry (vs. public accounting firms), my hours are not crazy and my company is also quite flexible and accommodating. However, even with a predictable work schedule, it can and will definitely be challenging to carve out enough time to study because I am usually tired at the end of a work day.

My strategy for Core 1 (1st module out of 6 for the program) is to wake up an hour earlier than usual from Mondays to Thursdays so I can get an hour of studying done first thing in the morning. Ideally, I will also study for an hour after work so if all goes as plan, I will have studied 8 hours during the week with Fridays off.

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Sadly, as per CPA’s recommendation, 8 is not enough. Their recommendation is 15 to 20 hours per week for 8 weeks, the length of the program. Since I know it will be impossible to wake up any earlier than 5 AM and study for more than 2 hours after work, my plan is to make up for the time on the weekends.

My goal is to aim 10 to 11 hours of studying per week and hopefully I will feel prepared and confident enough to not have to stress and study last-minute the week before the exam.

This is it for now as I have to study for 1.5 hours tonight.

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