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Is it worth getting the hardcopy CFA Institute materials?

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    • kalalah
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      Hi all – I’m studying with the Schweser studynotes package, but planning to supplement my studies with CFA Institute material, especially with its practice questions and Ethics.

      My question: Is it worth bothering with paper copies of the CFA Institute material, or given my lighter touch of those materials it’s just better to use the online platform? As you know the paper copies cost $150 + whatever customs charge, so they aren’t cheap.

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      I did a similar approach and got along fine with the e-books.

    • dollface
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      I’m not using CFA Institute – advice I’ve taken recommends using CFA Institute stuff in Level 3. However if anyone has an opinion on my approach please chip in!

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      Hi there, 

      I can’t speak from experience because I haven’t taken the Level 3 exam yet (I just registered), but I personally like paper better. I ended up getting the CFAI paper books and I find them practical for situations where I can’t bring a laptop with me. I think it is a matter of your preferred studying style. 

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      ec_test said:
      Hi there, 

      I can’t speak from experience because I haven’t taken the Level 3 exam yet (I just registered), but I personally like paper better. I ended up getting the CFAI paper books and I find them practical for situations where I can’t bring a laptop with me. I think it is a matter of your preferred studying style. 

      Second this. The material is doubly dry if you’re trying to read it from a computer screen.

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      ec_test said:
      Hi there, 

      I can’t speak from experience because I haven’t taken the Level 3 exam yet (I just registered), but I personally like paper better. I ended up getting the CFAI paper books and I find them practical for situations where I can’t bring a laptop with me. I think it is a matter of your preferred studying style. 

      Does that mean you used CFAI books for L1 and L2? Did you find them useful?

    • ec_test
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      I used paper for both L1 and L2 and I did find them useful. 

    • kalalah
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      Thanks all! Have decided to get the paper copies after all. 🙂

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