You’re committed to studying for the CFA exams. But did you know that the choice of where you study for the CFA exams, or how you approach your study topics, will also affect your final outcome?
For those of you who are into fitness, you might have heard of something called ‘muscle confusion’, which is the process of mixing up workouts to ‘keep your body guessing’. This practice is believed to improve your body’s fitness faster, as your body is constantly developing to try to adapt to the ever-changing workouts you are giving it.
Whether or not muscle confusion techniques work, research has shown that similar ‘mix up’ techniques can help students prepare for exams. Read on to find out how this applies to your CFA preparation!
Some of us at the 300 Hours team have also used this technique even before we found out about the research, finding that it keeps things fresh and reduces burnout. We found that sticking to one location for about a week gets best results.
This is also recommended in more detail in our CFA Insights guide, where you can also find recommended study schedules, as well as a host of data-backed tips that will help your CFA exams from Level I to Level III.
For suitable study locations, you can review the top study locations that work best for CFA candidates here.
Mix Up Your Topic Areas (Improves Focus, Reduces Burnout)
How does this work in CFA preparation? For those of you struggling to focus on a particular topic (say, Quantitative Methods), it might be helpful to bookmark your place in that topic area, and pick a more appealing topic area (e.g. Derivatives) to focus on for the next half hour or so.
Have you tried this, or do you already use similar techniques in your CFA preparation? Let us know in the comments below!