Gavin is one of our CMA exam bloggers. He shares his story every Friday.
Today I’m going to preach a little bit about the beauty of flashcards. With so much information on the CMA exam, how are we supposed to memorize every vocab word, concept, and formula that we are going to need to know to pass the exam. My best advice for what has helped me in the past for studying are flashcards.
The great thing about flashcards are that you can have them readily available to study wherever you are. Whether you want to make them on good old fashioned paper or use an online source that you can put on your phone such as cram.com or quizlet.com, flashcards make studying on the go easy.
While I go through each study unit I make notes of important concepts that I know I will need to have an understanding of. I do more research on it and either write down the definition, formula, or something important on the back of the flashcard. I then go through my cards each week to keep the concepts refreshed in my mind. This helps me retain all of the information that I’ve been studying over the weeks.
My CMA flashcards are a great tool for memorization, but it is important to not just memorize the terms, but to fully understand them and know how to apply them in different scenarios. While studying your flashcards, think of different types of questions that could be asked in regards to that topic. This will help your success in studying greatly.
Note from Stephanie
Thanks Gavin! I am a big fan of flashcards myself. I use the old traditional way of using 3×5 cards but I’ll start exploring the online platforms.
For those who are studying hard for this exam, I also have these CMA exam preparation tips that you may find useful.
Hi, I am a recent accounting graduate from California. My plan is to work in an manufacturing company and eventually launch my own consulting firm. Happy to report that I passed Part 1 and 2 within the same testing window on my first try.
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