The Best Way to Structure Your Last Month of Studying

by | Aug 11, 2017 | Actuarial Exams |

Now that you’re only one month away from writing your exam, it’s time to kick it up into high gear.

You’re probably starting to feel the pressure.  Time is ticking and you’ve still got so much to do.

If time hasn’t been on your side and it’s been tough to fit in all the studying that you had planned, I’ve come up with a plan for your next 5 weeks so that you’re as well prepared as possible for your exam.

Let’s get to it.

Week 1: Review all difficult topics

Hopefully by now you’ve had a chance review any topics you struggled to understand the first time through your study manual.  This will be essential before you continue on to doing practice questions.

If you’ve started doing practice questions before you even fully understand topics then you’re going to end up memorizing processes rather than truly understanding how to apply your knowledge to a variety of different types of questions that could show up on the exam.

If you haven’t already spent time doing this, spend 4 to 5 days reviewing difficult topics in detail so that you completely understand them. If the explanation in your study manual isn’t 100% clear to you, try using other sources available to you to get a different perspective. There are lots of free resources on the internet, such as YouTube channels and Finan’s free study manual.

Seriously, this needs to be DONE (like, yesterday).  So get through this part as quickly as possible, even if you have to spend 4-5 hours over the next several days getting through it all.

(If you’ve already done this step, spend the 4 – 5 days doing the next step)

Week 2 – 3: Do 30 untimed practice questions per day

This is what you’re going to do for the next week. (OK fine, you can have one break day!)

While you’re doing these questions, make sure that you’re tracking which ones you get right and wrong, as well as the difficulty of each one.  This will allow you to come back at later dates and redo questions you previously struggled with.

Whenever you don’t get an answer correct, make sure that you fully understand the solution. This is critical.  Many students move on too quickly when they get an answer wrong.  These are actually the questions that you should spend more time on.  Don’t be concerned with how many questions you get right.  Concentrate on understanding questions you get WRONG.

Finding questions you get wrong should be your primary focus! That’s how you’re going to improve.

Start each session redoing any questions you got wrong last time.  This will help improve your ability to recall as well as increase the strength of any connections you made last time.

Week 4 – 5: Full Practice Exams

From now until your exam, its practice, practice, practice.

You’ll want to pick one break day per week where you don’t have to study, but every other day should consist of doing one entire practice exam if your schedule allows for it.  If you can only fit in half an exam, that’s better than none of course, but not ideal.

When you’re done, take some time on THE SAME DAY to review your answers and understand where you went wrong on any questions.

It’s important to take these exams as if you were writing the real exam.

..Use the calculators that you’re going to use on exam day.  No study materials.  No distractions.  Time yourself.  Sit at a desk.

Analyse which types of problems are giving you the most difficulty.  Take a day.  Drill those problems instead of doing a practice exams.

Doing hard questions is what will make you improve.

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Sometimes life gets in the way…

  • Things take longer than expected.
  • Schedules get crammed.
  • Unexpected events happen.
  • Studying fatigue kicks in.

 That’s just how life goes sometimes.

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 You’ve still got time.  You can still pass!

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