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05-20-2002, 12:35 PM
Course 2 is Thursday. I've been studying since January 2, and put in my 325+ hours, at least. School is over. I graduated from college yesterday, and now I have 3 days until the exam, I'm buying a new car Friday, and I CAN'T CONCENTRATE ON ANYTHING!!!!!!
Any tips? I know most of the material pretty well, and am concentrating on memorizing some formulas, but don't really have the drive to do much more.
Is this bad? Or should I just do a few hours per day and figure that if I don't know it now, it's too late?
05-20-2002, 01:48 PM
from an old hack who has yet to graduate from the school of hard knocks: study now. At this point, you can probably cut down to half the normal time, given that you have 300+ hours invested, but continue to be heads down during the time you do study and go for the gold. You DON'T want to be studying for this exam again in the fall, do you? Hope that puts it in perspective for you, bud! :)
...and can you get a little more creative on the screen name? (you can change it; you don't need a new one) Welcome to the pool!
05-20-2002, 02:06 PM
stop studying and let yourself relax! People stress out over these exams way too much. If you think you know the material and your study time isn't doing you any good then take it easy. You can't force yourself to concentrate.
05-20-2002, 02:08 PM
I think the thing to to at this point is just to stay in your habits. Do some random problems. Is there a section you have problems with on sample tests? Maybe review those. Also, for me, there were some formulas that I knew I'd forget in a couple days (like Black-Scholes). If you don't know it yet, doing problems involving memorized formulas a couple days before, so they will be fresh in your head. Plan out a schedule up until the test so you will be well-rested and won't need to rush the morning of the test.
05-20-2002, 02:36 PM
I agree with Toonces. Do random questions. Review the material that you found the most difficult. Practise questions that involve memorization (formulas, methods). That's what I'm doing.
In addition to what Toonces and Course_Woman have said, I'd say this is a great time for reviewing flash cards, if you've made any. I would quiz myself with them some, but if that freaks you out, just go through them leisurely. I was amazed how much this helped me for Course 4.
What I've been doing is learning the parts I've had trouble with. And I don't mean "going over" them... I mean making sure I've definitely learned them. For example, I just kept skimming over bonds thinking yeah, yeah, I kinda get it, good enough, without actually learning them. If you've got any material you "kind of get," then that's what I'd recommend learning in your waning hours.
Definitely follow M's advice with the flashcards. Don't wanna choke on an easy formula during the exam! :oops:
05-21-2002, 09:44 AM
Thanks. I did 3 hours or so yesterday and relaxed a lot. Worked on memorizing IT formulas. Today: Ch. 28 of finance is going to be dealt with again.
I guess the motivation is not wanting to take this test again.
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