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The Best Tip on How to Study More in Less Time

We all have a limited amount of time in a day to prepare for our finance exams. Wouldn’t it be great if we all knew how to study more in less time? What if I told you that having more breaks in your study sessions can increase your productivity and study effectiveness? Let’s imagine this: …

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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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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

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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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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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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