With the FRM exam a few weeks away, you’re hopefully settled in to a solid rhythm of study by now. Still, it’s important to take a step back at this stage and make sure you’re focussed not just on the content but how you’re digesting it.
So, to help you access all that knowledge you’ve accumulated when you sit down to take the exam, check out the following tips…
Keep your plan on track… Most people plan their initial study to finish before the exam day but as you get closer, make sure you strategize your 11th hour work in the same way. Plan when you’re going to take mocks and the amount of time you’re going to give to reviewing the metrics they give you. You’re more at risk of losing ground and confidence in that final push, so plan it, don’t overdo it and focus on those knowledge gaps.
Take a break… Yes; even when you get close to the exam, you must allow yourself some time to clear your head. You won’t do yourself any good if you don’t and it’s the fastest way to get that old feeling of ‘it’s just not going in!’
Anything is better than nothing… With working, studying, family and everything else to consider, life has a way of intruding on the best-laid plans. Remember, you’ve been working for this for a long time, the information is in there and if your final push towards exam day is interrupted by something out of your control, don’t panic. Focus on those points you know are your weakest, don’t avoid the tough topics and just do whatever you can.
Think about your exam… This sounds obvious but for some, the sudden reality of being in an exam can be overwhelming. So, practice with some mock exams and create exam conditions wherever possible and make sure you get in to that headspace.
It’s good to talk… Make sure you’re speaking to fellow candidates, get on to discussions forums, share knowledge and ask for help if you need it. Don’t feel like this is a mark of failure, it’s not; everyone has their strengths and weaknesses and what might be a simple element for some, will be a tough topic for another.
It’s all in the mind… A sugar-rush may keep you conscious but exercise is great for recall, so don’t overdo the caffeine or energy bars, that won’t help you. Also, too much stimulant will hamper the rest you need to be at your best and this is crucial to ensuring you’re ready for your exam. If you find you’ve already hit the coffee pot a fair amount, go for a walk and get some fresh air instead.
Most of all, remember that you’ve still got plenty of time and whatever the outcome, many don’t even reach this point.
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