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"Deep Work" and Your CPA Exam Study Process

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#cpaexams #cpastudy #superfastcpa Get our free CPA "Study Hacks" Training: https://www.superfastcpa.com/training In this episode we'll cover how to study for the CPA exam using some ideas from the book "Deep Work" by Cal Newport. Full episode page: https://www.superfastcpa.com/deep-work-and-your-cpa-study/ This Episode Covers: -deep work versus shallow work, and the difference -the four different types of deep work and how to apply them to your CPA study process, and then -the one type that doesn’t really apply -how to identify and achieve your “BPO” -the secrets of making “deep work” actually work -how to be extremely productive when it counts -why you should set a stop time each day or a “recharge time” -“Parkinson’s Law”, and how that applies to CPA study -a few other tidbits from the book that apply to CPA study for our purposes Welcome to Episode 8 of the CPA Exam Experience podcast from SuperfastCPA. I’m Nate, and today, we’re going to talk about “deep work” and the CPA study process. So what we’re going to cover this is based on the book Deep Work by Cal Newport. And as I read this, I mean, I read this a while ago. The book is from 2016. As I read this, though, and went looking back through it. This is so directly applicable to the CPA study process, hence why I’m covering it in this kind of detail. And we will leave a lot of the book out because, you know, it’s a full sized book and we’re going to shorten this down to however long this takes, 10 or 15 or 20 minutes. So what we’re going to cover is deep work versus shallow work. And the difference. The four different types of deep work and how to apply them to your CPA study process. And then the one type that doesn’t really apply. We’re going to identify or we’re going to cover how to identify and achieve your BPO. We will talk about the secrets of making deep work, actually work and then how to be extremely productive when it counts. Again, specifically to your daily C.P.A study process. We’ll also cover why you should set a stop time each day or a recharge time. And we’ll talk about that. We will cover a thing called Parkinson’s Law, how that applies to C.P.A study. And then a few other tidbits from the book that apply to C.P.A study for our purposes. So this is the book, Deep Work by Cal Newport. He is a professor and an author. He’s written several books. Another one of his books that is very, very good that you need to listen to or read both of these books when you’re done with the CPA study process. The other book is called So Good They Can’t Ignore You. And then, of course, the book we’re covering today, deep work. So one quote from his book, Deep Work, “The difference between expert performers and normal adults reflects a lifelong period of deliberate effort to improve performance in a specific domain.”. Now, you don’t need to dedicate a lifelong effort to passing the CPA exams, but I think you get the point. A dedicated, deliberate effort to performance in a specific domain. That is very clearly what we’re trying to do with the CPA study process. So we will start at the top. So deep work defined. “Professional activities performed in a state of distraction free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit.” And I think you would agree that especially certain lessons in the CPA material, tests your, or pushes your cognitive limit. So shallow work would be non-cognitively demanding or logistical style tasks often performed while distracted. Now another thing that is, this is just important to be aware of or think about – I guess throughout your whole life, as he claims in the book, that if you spend enough time in a state of frenetic shallowness, so constantly kind of multitasking, never being deeply focused on one demanding task, you can permanently reduce your capacity to perform deep work. So by focusing this is another direct quote, by focusing intensely on a specific skill, you’re forcing the specific relevant circuit to fire again and again. This repetitive use of a specific circuit triggers cells called a oligodendrocytes to begin wrapping layers of myelin around the neurons in the circuits, effectively cementing the skill. So he’s a PhD, so we’ll just take his word on what that means. I’m pretty sure what he means is it’s just being solidified into your actual memory and your realm of understanding, to where you kind of deeply understand whatever it is you’re trying to learn. He mentions it being repetitive, so performing this act of deep work over and over. And that is one of the main tenants or concepts that I talk about constantly is repetition going through questions constantly, always immersing yourself in the, in the material. So you have your main study session the mornings and then the whole idea of mini sessions. Is this constant rereview you’re reading the review notes from start to finish over and over. You’re listening to the audio notes whenever you can.
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