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Old 08-14-2018, 12:39 AM
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There is so much material, I can't believe how someone can memorize all the different formulas it's discouraging.
The key is not relying on memory but rather a rigorous understanding of the material. With a solid theoretical foundation and a good while spent grinding problems, the many formulas will come with time and experience.
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There is so much material, I can't believe how someone can memorize all the different formulas it's discouraging.
The more you study the more you realize how connected many topics are. It helps a lot when "memorizing" formulas.
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Enough negativity! I have my doubts, but thinking about them is not helping. Let's do this! We CAN do this!

I'm on section 5 of CA (Reserves). Where's everyone else?
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Enough negativity! I have my doubts, but thinking about them is not helping. Let's do this! We CAN do this!

I'm on section 5 of CA (Reserves). Where's everyone else?
11.3, 13.1, and 13.2 to go on CA. I learn much more once I'm in the practice stage, so I'm trying to get there a quickly as possible.
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Enough negativity! I have my doubts, but thinking about them is not helping. Let's do this! We CAN do this!

I'm on section 5 of CA (Reserves). Where's everyone else?
I'm on section 4 of CA. I took a big break this past weekend to take my FAP Final Assessment and I'm having a hard time getting motivated to get back to this... I thankfully still remember a lot of the stuff so far from college
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Enough negativity! I have my doubts, but thinking about them is not helping. Let's do this! We CAN do this!

I'm on section 5 of CA (Reserves). Where's everyone else?
I'm about 1/2 way through chapter 4 of the textbook. My plan is a relatively quick readthrough of the textbook readings, including completing end of chapter exercises and documenting all numbered and otherwise useful formulas. I'm also doing a quick read through of the pre-WA ASM manual (mid 2013) for a refresher of the shortcuts and to learn the material when presented in a different manner than in the text. I hope to be done by the end of the month, at which point I'll decide if additional study materials (other than ADAPT) are worth the cost.
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I'm at Multiple Decrement Models. I also try to get through the material as fast as possible so I can get to the practice stage and figure out what I know well and what still needs some work.
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I'm at Multiple Decrement Models. I also try to get through the material as fast as possible so I can get to the practice stage and figure out what I know well and what still needs some work.
I normally don't do it this way, I used to just get right into the nitty gritty details, but once I realized even after doing this I really didn't know the material more in depth, I figured I'd give it a shot this way. Less stressful than aimlessly grinding easy problems just to reinforce basic understanding first go around through the material, and much more time efficient.
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I'm at Multiple Decrement Models. I also try to get through the material as fast as possible so I can get to the practice stage and figure out what I know well and what still needs some work.
It's more effective for you to work a few practice problems on a chunk of material that you've just finished studying than to wait until you've studied everything.
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I read the final chapter of the CA manual tonight (Mortality improvements).

Let me just say, I think half the content on this exam is BS. It seems like the entire Markov Chain section is just something that someone pulled out of their rears to sound smart and sophisticated when it's just about memorizing a whole bunch of stupid rules that they seemingly made up out of thin air. The multiple decrement and multiple lives chapters are just memorization marathons with hardly any understanding at all.

The new chapters SOA added are also all just memorization. No understanding required.

I hope CA isn't pulling a fast one on us. I'm going to be pissed if the actual exam asks deeper question than what's covered in the manuals.

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