CFA CFA Level 2 Decreased motivation for level 2 compared to level 1

Decreased motivation for level 2 compared to level 1

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    • fabian
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      I seriously am beginning to think that besides the increased material, I simply have less motivation. did cfa level 1 in december and my mind is just going ‘ffs just leave me alone’. I start hitting the wall about 2 hours in each day, and am seriously worried if I stand a chance at cracking this thing.

      any advice or experience appreciated, thanks!

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      I agree that Level 2 is the all time low in terms of motivation.

      Level 1 – “wow, what’s going on! this is exciting! lots of motivation!”
      Level 3 – “I’m nearly there – this is the last push!”
      Level 2 – neither.

      Hard work is the defense against all depression and nerves. When in doubt, just take it out on the books.

    • Sarah
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      Taking it out on your books feels delicious. I like keeping my books in pristine condition and my bookshelf looks like I bought all the books on it yesterday. My CFA curriculum books is another story – looks like a 5 year old had a go at it. =D

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      Taking it out on your books feels delicious. I like keeping my books in pristine condition and my bookshelf looks like I bought all the books on it yesterday. My CFA curriculum books is another story – looks like a 5 year old had a go at it. =D

      That’s me too! I keep all in pristine condition, no pencil marks, not even opening them too wide. It’s a weird obsession with me.

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      Taking it out on your books feels delicious. I like keeping my books in pristine condition and my bookshelf looks like I bought all the books on it yesterday. My CFA curriculum books is another story – looks like a 5 year old had a go at it. =D

      Ah, so that’s what the real use for the curriculum is for @Diya 😉

    • fabian
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      Yeah I have ups and downs for this. Sunday I was really crushing it, and today I feel like dying.

    • Sarah
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      Ah, so that’s what the real use for the curriculum is for @Diya 😉


      @Reena
      it is a last resort, my avatar picture is also a result from CFA studying frustration and I also like taking it out on my piano

    • policedog
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      What is your avatar picture @diya? Paper origami flowers?

    • Sarah
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      @policedog yes basically, technically not origami since glue was used <.< but it brightens up the place ^.^

    • Sophie Macon
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      those flowers look awesome @diya, hidden talent!

    • jimmyg
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      @diya paper crafts and music as a way to destress – very cultured!

    • Sarah
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      @Sophie and @jimmyg thanks for the compliments ^.^
      I actually started taking piano classes a couple of months before I started studying for the CFA level I exam. The piano had extremely positive effects on my sanity.

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      I wish I knew how to play. The piano is my favorite musical instrument.

    • MattyJ
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      Level 2 was an absolute killer for me in that respect. I remember doing one of the CFA mocks the weekend before the exam and absolutely bombing it…I got so angry that I hurled the pen and paper across the meeting room I was in at work and almost broke the white boa on the wall.

      I almost burst into tears at that point.

      Just remember that if your working hard and finding it tough, others will be too and my general thoughts are that if you work harder than everyone else then your be at the high end of the grad curve, wherever that turns out to be!

    • Sophie Macon
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      The key is to never, never, ever give up. Just keep calm and carry on – that means you’re doing your best!

    • christine
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      Level 2 was an absolute killer for me in that respect. I remember doing one of the CFA mocks the weekend before the exam and absolutely bombing it…I got so angry that I hurled the pen and paper across the meeting room I was in at work and almost broke the white boa on the wall.

      I almost burst into tears at that point.

      Just remember that if your working hard and finding it tough, others will be too and my general thoughts are that if you work harder than everyone else then your be at the high end of the grad curve, wherever that turns out to be!

      I know the feeling – it’s terrible when you score a really low mark when you’ve been hoping for improvement. Sometimes when I KNOW that I’ve absolutely, irrevocably bombed it, I just don’t grade it but instead just focus on reviewing the notes to get the right answers. No point frustrating myself – a little selective self-deception 🙂

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