How To Focus When Studying And Stay Awake Even When Tired

How To Focus When Studying, Even When You’re Tired

Feeling tired, hard to concentrate, or just simply sleepy when it comes to studying? You’re definitely not alone. ​We all have had those days where our brains feels numb and drained, only to remember that we still have more studying to do. Joy. So here are 14 tried-and-tested, practical yet sustainable ways on how to …

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How to Study As A Working Parent: 5 Valuable Tips 1

How to Study As A Working Parent: 5 Valuable Tips

Being a working parent is hard enough, but what if you add on the challenge of studying for a finance exam to the mix? Some of us at 300Hours have rambunctious children, so we know parenthood ain’t easy. We also know from speaking to hundreds of CFA candidates who are parents that ‘CFA as a …

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Does music help you study?

Does Music Help You Study? How To Use Music For Exam Success

Nearly every student is accused at some point of idling about listening to music instead of working hard on an assignment. Unsubstantiated protests that music helps put them in the right frame of mind for concentrating are usually bound to fall on tone-deaf ears.  And when it comes to self guided study, whether you’re studying …

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13 Easy Desk Stretches To Do For Better Posture

Juggling work, life and studying for exams is pretty tough, especially if you have a young family. It can feel near impossible to make time to look after yourself when you’re trying to ‘do it all’, which can lead to exam burn out. Despite sleeping enough and eating right, I remember finding the constant routine …

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Study Burnout: How to Recognize, Cure and Prevent Them 2

Study Burnout: How to Recognize, Cure and Prevent Them

All CFA exam candidates know it. Or candidates for any high stakes exams really. Others may not understand, but we do – the CFA exams are hardcore. The burnout is real. Burnout happens when you simply do not have a drive to continue doing this crap any longer. Nothing goes in, and you may feel panicked, overwhelmed …

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15 Natural Brain Foods for Studying and Exams

When preparing for my CFA exams years ago, I often wondered if there are brain foods for studying that improved my concentration. This resulted in some experiments and changes in my food intake. And my, what a difference it makes – it’s as if the heavy cloud clogging my brain lifted instantly! My concentration improved …

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective CFA Candidates

Years ago when I first took CFA Level 1, there were lots of trial and error to find out what study approaches worked and what didn’t, to make the most impact with the least amount of time I had for my CFA studies.​The good news? I’ve summarized the best practices CFA candidates need to pass Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 (in one-go, preferably). …

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7 Ambient Sound Apps to Increase Your Study Focus

In general, the right type of study music does help improve study focus. While there are many genres of study music out there, there’s another often overlooked, but scientifically proven tool that can help boost your study focus and creativity – ambient sounds. In this article, we will take a look at the latest research …

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4 Powerful Ways to Manage Exam Anxiety Properly

There are lots of fantastic resources available to you as a CFA candidate to help you pass with flying colors. There are test prep guides, practice exams, learning testing strategies, live class tutoring, and great websites (like ours, ahem). However, some students still suffer poor performance on exam day because they are unprepared for the physical symptoms …

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