Christopher Ruel
Christopher Ruel
Community and Social Marketing, Wiley

Meet Rebecca Wuorio

Rebecca Wuorio is a 23-year-old Staff Auditor at Baker-Newman-Noyes Public Accounting. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in accounting and finance from the University of New Hampshire. How did she land a job as a CPA right out of college? She studied hard. It’s that simple. Doing so allowed her to pass the CPA exam, all three parts, in just three months. You can pass Rebecca’s tips along to your students to inspire them to reach their goals.


Rebecca’s formula for success


1. Make studying your job

Rebecca devoted three-months to studying for the CPA exam full time.  Making time to study is an investment. Do students have other courses for which they to need to study? Yes. Do they have part-time jobs? Often. But a central takeaway from Rebecca’s success is that study time needs to be top priority.


2. Stay focused

A prevailing myth in both education and the workplace is that we can successfully multitask. We can’t—our brains are not built that way. In David Crenshaw’s book, The Myth of Multitasking: How "Doing It All" Gets Nothing Done, the author explores and discounts the practice of multitasking. According to Crenshaw, multitasking is a lie. It wastes time and costs money. Rather than being efficient, multitasking has been shown to actually damage productivity. Rebecca makes a habit of shutting off her phone and freeing herself of all distractions before she studies. There is no multitasking. If you think you can multitask, try this exercise by Crenshaw.


3. Develop a study routine

Rebecca’s situation was unique because she was able to devote her entire summer to studying. Yet, every student can develop an effective study routine. One of the ways Rebecca created a study plan was by keeping her eye on the prize: becoming a CPA. As an educator, you can help students identify their own goals and a study regimen to help them achieve those goals.


Whether a student is studying for a professional certification, or trying to pass Calculus, the keys to success are the same. If you focus on imparting one of these strategies in your classroom, you're making progress. Then try another the next semester.


Have you helped your students develop a better study routine? Share your experience in the comments below.

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