I just finished reading 9 and am starting to worry about time frames as most of this is new to me. Is completing one reading a day realistic? I figured if I did one reading a day starting today I would finish all 63 readings on October 4th and would have 2 months to review, take mock exams, and work on weaknesses. My question is to those that have been through the material. Is it possible to do a reading a day and retain everything?
It is not realistic to do one reading a day and be able to understand all of the information. You must practice between each reading and you do not need 2 months of review. I would read a section, review again taking detailed notes, take end of chapter quizs, qbank from Schweser and repeat until you are done with the curriculum. Last month take as many full length practice exams as possible (at least 3) and review between each one. I used this study strategy for each level to pass on first attempts. I built Analyst Tutorials study plan using this same strategy and its free for you to sign up if you want to use it.
I would say one per day is very tough but it’s just doable, depending on how much time your job or other things are taking up. On balance though, I agree that while two months for review and practise would be fantastic, you’d be better slowing it down a bit, going a bit deeper, and slightly shortening your review period. A month is still pretty good.
Hey. I am in a similar situation! I’ve finished only 3 readings. I am kinda worried now. Anyway, so I searched online, for CFA level 1 study plans in 2 months and I found this really nice blog post where they’ve given a detailed schedule to be followed in order to complete all the readings 2 months.
They recommend using the CFAI curriculum. In case you’re using third party study materials, you’ll probably get done earlier. I am probably going to follow this plan. I felt more confident after reading this plan, because it appears to be doable.
Hope this helps! 🙂 :smiley:
Firstly, im glad to know that im not the only one in this predicament having said that i wudnt wish it upon anyone.
Anyhow, one thing is for sure time is short and there is a lot of material to cover which is why i decided to study from schweser instead. I have planned to do ine reading a day with and make notes as well. I have kept my deqdline as the 10th of november with arnd 3 weeks for revision.
We need to maximize the time by paying attention to topics in terms weightage and our own skill set etc.
Anyways, best of luck guys
I would not get too hung up on the weightings. Sometimes a heavily weighted topic will be just be really tough, or you screw it up for whatever reason, and then you’ll need the lower-weighted topics to save you. Bottom line is the best approach is to cover everything at a similar level if at all possible.
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