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    • CFAcharterwannabe
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      Hello everyone. Hope everyone is having good progress with their studies. I wanted everyone’s opinion, everyone who has done and is doing CFA L1, about their method of approaching the curriculum. Personally, I have always, from my school till my ACCA studies, approached things chronologically. So my plan was to approach the level 1 curriculum the same way. But once I got into study mode and approached quants, I realised there is so much to study and very little time to do it. Plus, I tried doing the first book, which is ethics and quants, straight and I realised after a certain point I was dragging myself literally to approach the next SS. The material starts feeling really dry after a certain point.

      So I am thinking of mixing things up a little hoping that will increase my pace. My worry is that there might be a link between topics that will mess up my studies if I go out of order. This is why I want the opinions of all you wise people out there who are done with level 1 and are doing level 1.

      I know everyone has their own modus operandi that suits them. But I would still like to know what was your approach towards level 1 and does mixing things up work?

    • policedog
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      I went chronologically, although I know exactly what you mean by Ethics and Quants. I found them to be the two largest pains in asses, and to be honest like you said, I was ‘dragging myself’ to the end and during practice exams I re-focused on them.

      I’m personally not keen on mixing things up but I really don’t have a great reason for it…

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      @policedog: I am not a fan either but I thought maybe this will keep things interesting. I am assuming you are done with L1. Did you think the material was linked chronologically in any way? Because that’s my main concern that I might do a certain topic and realise that I should have done another topic first in order to understand it. This will cause me to lose more time and get confused and I really don’t want to feel that even more than I already feel.

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      @cfacharterwannabe well Quants is highly relevant to everything else, I felt. But largely no – Ethics doesn’t pop up in other topics etc, and neither does any other non-Quant topic.

    • policedog
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      I just passed L1, now doing L2 🙂

    • CFAcharterwannabe
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      @policedog alright it feels good to know no correlation between books. Wow I need to get a life if I am saying stuff like that now! Lol easier said than done. And hey congrats on getting through level 1and good luck with everything level 2 🙂

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      @cfacharterwannabe Most of the material is not to interconnected. I have found that the material in L2 is a lot more related to eachother than level 1. But the schweser notes are kind enough to give you a brief recap of a certain topic when you are reading and point you to the right LOS to review it more. So long story short, I don’t think it matters the order that you study. I personally go in chronological order because my crazy brain won’t let me jump around.

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      @Dr_Pain28 I am not a fan of mixing things either but here’s the messed up part. An ex-teacher of mine totally psyched me out by saying statistics and economics are really messed up cos you don’t have a finance or economics background. So I find the prospect of going through economics really horrifying right now. I want to attempt something else first to give myself sometime before I attempt economics. I know I will drag myself and waste a lot of time if I do it now. But thanks for the advice.

      P.S. never tell anyone how difficult something is even when you know it is. Messes up their head.

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