Stage 2: Reviewing to Maximize Your Understanding

by | Sep 7, 2017 | Actuarial Exams |

This blog post is has been made specifically for members of my Study Strategy Consulting Program & Study Strategy Boost Program, but I’m sure many others can get use out of it too.

Boost members – see below

For Study Strategy Consulting Members

You’ve now reached the second stage of your studying!  Bet it feels great to be through your study guide for the first time.

Typically this stage it lasts about 2 weeks unless your customization preference was to spend more time on your first time through your study guide, and less time in the review stage.

This stage is all about reviewing and increasing your understanding of any topics that you previously found difficult.

I recommend reviewing all sections you tracked as *** and **** in your [Development Monitoring] tab.

Here are my suggested ways to increase your understanding of each difficult topic:

– Reread or rewatch the lesson

– Search YouTube for videos relating to the topic

– Search the internet for helpful websites related to the topic

– View the relevant material in another study manual (there is a free study manual by Finan for Exam P and Exam FM)

– Do more practice questions relating to the section

– If you have Q&A email support added onto your membership, send me an email!

Note: I’m not recommending that you do ALL of these methods.  Do as many as you need to in order to get your understanding of the topic up to about 90% or higher.

For you, some methods may be more convenient for you so use those methods first!

Of course, if you have any questions about this process or would like to add Q&A email support to your plan, let me know!

 

Study Strategy Boost Members

This is likely the first stage of your studying and the number of days that you’ll be doing review depends on how long you have left until your exam and what you’ve already done in your studying up to this point.

This stage is all about reviewing and increasing your understanding of any topics that you previously found difficult.

Chances are, you probably have an idea of which topics you have been struggling with, but I recommend that you actually make a list of ALL the topics that you don’t feel 100% comfortable with.

To do this,

– Go to the [Development Monitoring] tab of your Study Strategy workbook

– In column A & B, rate your understanding of each of the sections/lessons in your study manual or online seminar

Once that’s done, start reviewing all sections you marked as *** and **** in your [Development Monitoring] tab.

Here are my suggested ways to increase your understanding of each difficult topic:

– Reread or rewatch the lesson

– Search YouTube for videos relating to the topic

– Search the internet for helpful websites related to the topic

– View the relevant material in another study manual (there is a free study manual by Finan for Exam P and Exam FM))

– Do more practice questions relating to the section

– If you have Q&A email support added onto your membership, send me an email!

Note: I’m not recommending that you do ALL of these methods.  Do as many as you need to in order to get your understanding of the topic up to about 90% or higher.

For you, some methods may be more convenient for you so use those methods first!

Of course, if you have any questions about this process or would like to add Q&A email support to your plan, let me know!