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How much coffee do you drink a day when CFA studying?

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  • policedog
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    Just wondering – I’m amping up my dosage quite a lot as I’m starting this week, and wondered what is the average / safe level.

    AlphaDoll
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    I don’t drink coffee.  Hate the taste, and not willing to force myself to “acquire the taste.”  
    But I do start my morning off with a cup of Diet Dr. Pepper. 

    Maverick
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    In all fairness this is simply a reflection of my ‘almost every day’, and not just cfa study days. 

    policedog
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    How many do you do @maverick?

    @alphadoll, I kind of got obsessed with latte art and started drinking it as a result. Weird way to start, I know.

    Maverick
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    Hmmm… Well  @policedogβ€Œ. Being honest it’s probably 1 getting ready for work, they took the free coffee away at work, but I’d imagine I do 2 or 3 there anyway, a couple pre-study after getting home and then one every hour to hour and a half during study.
    Let’s add that up…
    Between 7 and 9 a day? Perhaps up to 10 or 11 on really late sessions such as the 3am one I did last Friday night. I also normally kick off the study session with a can of red bull, maybe having another one after a few hours if I’m going to be up late.
    Maybe this is why I’m reading between 14 to 20 pages per hour (if there’s a few with pretty diagrams or data tables in there)?

    Not sure if it’s ‘safe’ but I’m not dead yet, so I’d guess it’s okay?

    policedog
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    Whoa that’s a pretty crazy number. I don’t think I’ve ever gone further than 3, and even at 3 things started to look pretty weird and intense.

    Maverick
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    Got used to it on night shifts a good 15 years ago when regular coffee and pro plus breaks were all that got me through. Probably heading for a heart attack, but at least I had fun along the way.

    Sophie Macon
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    Wow @alphadoll – seems like I’m the opposite. I think having a hot drink in the morning is a habit and was never used to carbonated drinks. Studying for the CFA exams is hard to focus enough, I couldn’t afford burping as a form of distraction, because anything was more fun than reading CFA texts at times πŸ˜‰

    jessmat
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    @policedogβ€Œ 

    1 cup of tea – morning
    1 cup of tea/coffee – midmorning – at 11 am
    1 cup of green tea – afternoon post lunch – at 2 pm
    1 cup of tea – evening – around 5 pm
    1 cup of tea – evening – around 7.30 pm
    1 cup of coffee – night – around 10 pm

    I don’t drink more than two cups of coffee per day. I have tea instead. However, so much tea isn’t healthy either :disappointed: 
    Need to cut down…big time! 

    PaulAdaptPrep
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    Be sure not to get over caffeinated! Just look at how spiders react to caffeine…

    Note the high dose caffeine is one of the worst webs, they just bounce around without order or planning – kind of like I feel if I’ve had too much coffee.


    http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/2013/07/06/weekend-diversion-spider-webs-on-drugs/

    Maverick
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    Nice little illustration there @paulpassedtenseβ€Œ. I’m surprised that the spider could be bothered to even try and spin a web after a dose of hash.

    Well, we have a split vote of 33/33/33% making an arithmetic mean of 2.33 recurring cups (assuming that all over 5’s are counted as 5). So far the study is somewhat inconclusive. Either that or people under the 5 mark simply don’t really know, and therefore hit the button that’s half-way between 4 and 0.

    @jessmat I’m led to believe that Tea contains more caffeine than coffee per ml?

    hairyfairy
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    anything from 0-2 cups, although tends to be the higher end…

    hairyfairy
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    I also think it depends on how strong your coffee is, whether it’s instant / nespresso / something else, and how strong the particular coffee blend is. πŸ™‚

    Maverick
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    Well @hairyfairyβ€Œ, now you’re just adding an entirely different level of complexity to the discussion. Perhaps the poll needs to be “how many mg of caffeine do you consume a day?” But that may just blow our brains as all caffeine sources must be counted, including tea / coke / etc.

    Out of interest, I decided to keep track yesterday and the result was;- 8 Coffees and 2 Red Bulls. A pretty average day.

    policedog
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    Maverick said:
    Well @hairyfairyβ€Œ, now you’re just adding an entirely different level of complexity to the discussion. Perhaps the poll needs to be “how many mg of caffeine do you consume a day?” But that may just blow our brains as all caffeine sources must be counted, including tea / coke / etc.

    Out of interest, I decided to keep track yesterday and the result was;- 8 Coffees and 2 Red Bulls. A pretty average day.

    That’s pretty much the highest amount of caffeine I’ve ever seen anyone take in 24 hours.

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    Wow , @policedog,@Maverick,@hairyfairy, @paulpassedtense , This seems like a serious discussion on Caffeine. I was drinking atleast  4-5 cups of Espresso everyday until i started to study CFA L1. I hate that i get weird one sided Headaches.

    I have stopped that completely now and just to compensate or stop-myself from trying to Brewing a Cup , I keep a Bottle of warm water with Lime slice in it.

    Maverick
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    policedog said:
    Maverick said:
    Well @hairyfairyβ€Œ, now you’re just adding an entirely different level of complexity to the discussion. Perhaps the poll needs to be “how many mg of caffeine do you consume a day?” But that may just blow our brains as all caffeine sources must be counted, including tea / coke / etc.

    Out of interest, I decided to keep track yesterday and the result was;- 8 Coffees and 2 Red Bulls. A pretty average day.

    That’s pretty much the highest amount of caffeine I’ve ever seen anyone take in 24 hours.

    I’ve been known to push it to 10+ cups and 3 red bull…

    New Poll:
    Do you think that Maverick will make it to the end of the CFA exams (L1/2/3) before having a serious heart attack?
    Yes?
    No?

    In all honesty, I’m 6ft 5″ and 95KG, so it’s all relative :smiling_imp: 

    policedog
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    @lkumarbnβ€Œ sounds like you’re experiencing migraines. probably from the syllabus rather than coffee.

    Was it easy to go from 4-5 to 0 cups a day?

    @maverick you seem to be alive and doing fine as it is, so I’m going to vote that you’ll be fine πŸ™‚

    lkumarbn
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    @policedog It was not easy , But I had to do it.  My friends suggested I should drop or reduce the amount of consumption until 0 and it should all be good, but that was going to take more time, You are right about me getting migraines ( Definitely not from coffee) as it was a withdrawal symptom. 

    Its been over a month now and I am perfectly fine, migraines have reduced πŸ˜‰ 

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    On a typical working day, I tend to drink somewhere from 1-4 cups of coffee, although mostly cappuccino and latte (I prefer milk with some coffee over coffee with some milk!). However, for the final month of preparation before the CFA exam last June, I did not drink anything holding caffeine, as I didn’t want to experience any type of ‘dip’ on exam day. It was difficult for the first couple of days, but I believe it helped my exam performance πŸ™‚ 

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