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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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8 Easy Tips on How To Manage Study With Full Time Job

Most finance exam candidates are studying and working full time. Luckier ones have employers’ support in the form of study leave and exam fees.  What about the rest?  How does one cope with having a demanding job, a family and studying for the exams at the same time? How to manage study with full time job successfully whilst …

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Sleep Deprivation: Here’s What Research Says You Need To Know

Look at yourself in the mirror now.  Chances are, you have little dark circles or a hint of eye bags beneath your eyes. That’s a symptom for minor sleep deprivation. In balancing your exam preparation and full-time job, it’s tempting to cut on sleep hours in a bid to ‘do more’. Sure, you might feel a …

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How to Sleep Better: 12 Surefire Ways to Improve Your Sleep Now

We spend roughly a third of our lives sleeping. We all know being sleep deprived is detrimental to our mood, state-of-mind and productivity. Yet we are not really taught how to sleep better despite its importance to our health, focus and wellbeing. Isn’t that crazy? So how do we improve the quality of our sleep …

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4 Solid Ways How Exercising Improves Exam Performance

I got into exercising a bit more a few years ago. While I’ve now become a lot more sedentary compared to my fitness peak, I still maintain a fairly active lifestyle, if I do say so myself. Restarting my exam preparation threatened to have a huge impact on my exercise levels, even though I’ve always …

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How To Be More Disciplined, Instantly

Today, I want to share a simple yet effective technique on how to be more disciplined in your studies and life, that you can implement right away. It all started a few years ago, when I spent a significant amount of time in San Francisco for work. For me at least, San Fran was a …

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How to Use Coffee Productively for Your CFA Exam Studies

Do you love coffee? I imagine I see many heads nodding now. Yet, funny how that statement can stem from so many reasons. I say that from my own experience, as it ranged from “oh my God I need it to stay awake” kinda love at the beginning, to “my preferred blend is 70% Arabica …

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3 Sure-fire Ways to Reduce Stress Now

By Sophie Stress sucks, regardless where they come from.  Whether it’s work deadlines, office politics, upcoming job interviews, experiencing failure, aiming for work/life balance, or cramming last minute for the CFA exams – you’re not alone in this.  The good news? It’s how we choose to respond to them that matters.  Knowing that we can do …

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