CFA CFA Level 1 Quick progress check to re-align strategy if needed

Quick progress check to re-align strategy if needed

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    • Pranav
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      Hi all,

      FYI: I use kaplan for studies, self-studying alongside full-time job..

      I just got done with the 3rd book (FRA)…have 2 more remaining, portfolio analysis and fixed income…but already feeling saturated with the information from the first 3 books…i believe they are gonna feel alien to me very soon…
      I was considering the following options:
      1. Going ahead with the other 2 and then do practice questions/mocks etc…
      2. Rotating between practice questions for the completed books and studying the uncompleted books, maybe on a week-to-week basis…or as mood commands…It’s already getting hard to sit tight and study at present…Material overload!
      This would target completion of 4th book in march along with practice material for maybe 2 completed books and 5th book in april along with practice material for hopefully the remaining books(optimistic, I know)

      What do you reckon?

    • Sophie Macon
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      It’s a hard on @Pranav, everyone studies differently.

      If I had to choose, I’d choose to cover my bases first by reading all the material, and do the practice exams and question banks last. You won’t remember much in the first reading anyway. It all gets tested when you do the practice questions, and that’s when you will have some time to revise the sections where you discover you’re weaker at (through doing the questions).

      You can do question banks if you feel you need a variety given the material overload (or just take some time off if you’re ahead of schedule to rest a little), but it would be a waste to use the practice papers (which have mixed questions from different topic area) which you should leave till you’ve completed your studies, and do it under timed exam conditions to best simulate the exams.

      Just my 2 cents! Perhaps others in the community can advise on how they are approaching their studies?

    • Pranav
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      @Sophie Thanks for your advise!
      Oh, I thought the practice exams were chapter-wise…that puts a wrench in that plan then 🙂 Guess I’ll try to finish the remaining two books by March then…April for practice exams and material review, and May for mocks and material review…What do you think?

    • Maroon5
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      Sounds like a solid plan @Pranav! I wish I was as organized!

    • Pranav
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      @Maroon5, lol, i am already behind on my original plan 😛 this is sorta like my plan B

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