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Are study groups useful?

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    • Avatar of ReenaReena
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        Starting to explore different methods of studying. Any experience with this? Useful or a waste of time?

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          Yep Schweser is the default.

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          Didn’t have any study buddies either for level 1, but I did for level 2. I think it’s useful to have a buddy but not necessarily to discuss all the time. Just someone to make sure you both are studying, and if you need to clarify occasional concepts.

        • Avatar of Maroon5Maroon5
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            Is it more effective? I think it works in a small group of max 4 ppl, any more would be a nightmare to coordinate? I tried and failed and this myself, so doing it solo for now.

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            I had a study group of 3 people when I was in Level 1 – it was helpful. Similar to having a gym buddy.

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            I used to study with friends for Level 1 as well. I’ll be contacting the ones who are taking Level 2 this year soon.

            Overall I say it helps but I wouldn’t recommend it as a default study mode.

          • Avatar of ReenaReena
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              Interesting point @Diya. I’m using the curriculum for level 1 and its starting to look impossible. Think I have to look into getting elan, Schweser or 7city…

            • Avatar of ReenaReena
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                Thanks all! lots of good advice and perspectives here. Now to find a local study buddy for a trial …

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                  There is definitely benefits as there are many concepts I don’t get that can be clarified with just a few minutes discussion. otherwise it takes hours to study on my own.

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                  I didn’t have any study buddies for level 1 and I’m planning to do the same for level II. I find that the Schweser video’s and study notes really helped me cause. I barely touched the actually CFA curriculum because I found it far too tedious. Also the CFA curriculum has lots of stuff that is nice to know but not necessary for the exam.

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                  @diya @reena yes I’d advise strongly against the curriculum based on what I’ve heard – a few I know used the curriculum and ended up being no-shows.

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                    I don’t use em. Not sure if they’re for me…

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                    A study buddy is good for pacing yourself. It gives you an external reminded when you are falling behind or an angry text message to leave them alone when they are studying (makes you feel guilt and motivates you to study) ­čśŤ

                    @Reena
                    I would recommend Schweser only because I personally used it and all my friends also here use it.

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