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Blogging and Mapping Down My Study Schedule for P Exam

Posted 02-20-2015 at 06:28 PM by Ejung1024

34 more days until P exam. I haven't logged in my hours as much as I should've this time around using my personal ATracker app on my smart phone. Previously, I had logged in all my FM hours which was easy since my focus was better. With Valentine's weekend this month, it has really taken a toll on my study time considering I decided to go on a friendly trip to Wisconsin in an incorporated area between Linden stop and Mauston, Wisconsin (about an hour from Madison and 45 minutes from the Dells according to the FB invite). I rode a snowmobile for the first time and felt so free and wonderful riding out to the vast frozen lake. I had to make sure my speed was ok since there was jagged ice everywhere. I found a more even area near the trees where it had blocked wind and debris while the lake was freezing over creating a smoother surface. I met some really awesome people and I hope to do it again with them some day, with the same tasty scotch - Glenfiddich.

Time to lock in my road map and stick to a schedule of when and how I'm going to study. Bid - with the addition of Exchange - Advisor will be more towards end of March and April so hopefully I can have more time to study and strictly stick to my road map once busy season is over. How confident am I that I will pass P in March of next month? I would say 20% but knowing my motivation level and willingness to do what it will take pushes that number up to about 80%. So if I have 34 days and at most I put in 2 hours each, that puts me at about 68 hours total. From January alone, I put in about 60 hours at the bare minimum totaling 128 hours so far. If I use the general rule of thumb to put in about 100 (or maybe 88 hours) for every hour of exam time, I have about 204 more hours to go which means I need to output at most 3 times more study time than the 2 hours I stated earlier. How am I going to squeeze in 6 hours each day? If I go back to sleep at 4.5 hours, that leaves me with about 20 hours left of the day. Of those 20, about 8 is for work. I can squeeze about 1.5 hours for lunch from there. If I wake up by 4:30am then I can put in another 2 hours accumulating total study time to 3.5. The other 2.5 will either have to be right after I put my son to bed or right after I help him with homework afterschool. So there are BIG takeaways here: To study in the early mornings, take my lunch breaks for study time, and if my son has a pack meeting or after school activity I need to chaperone, I'll need to be sure to put him to bed on time so I can study in the evening and get some decent sleep (the more his bedtime gets pushed back, the less sleep I'll get) since my fixed study hours await early the next day.

Time to get to it!
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    Did you not take exams while earning a master's in Act Sci? Employers are going to ask about this.
    Posted 02-22-2015 at 08:28 PM by corn dog corn dog is offline
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    Momentum is Key

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    Did you not take exams while earning a master's in Act Sci? Employers are going to ask about this.

    That's a great question! I was working 2 jobs. One was a full-time status and the other was part-time in order to keep my scholarship. Some personal American values led me to spread out my time and effort into my social life in hopes of a better work-life balance. I'm glad I did because I have a solid foundation of support from friends and family I trust. This way, I put more backing into momentum and progress with those we love and also support.
    Posted 02-25-2015 at 04:07 AM by Ejung1024 Ejung1024 is offline
 

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