Prepare for the CFA Exam After a Long Break

Prepare for the CFA Exam After a Long Break

Article by Mike Carmody, CFA, Lead Instructor on (Updated on ) in CFA Study Tips

Returning to CFA exam preparation can feel daunting after a well-deserved break. Enjoy lead instructor Mike Carmody's tips on resuming your studies and keeping your CFA journey on track.

After taking a break from studying—perhaps after the holidays or a nice long summer break—getting back into your CFA prep study routine can feel overwhelming. After all, CFA exam prep is a multi-year process that you need to fit into your already busy life.

Here are some tips to help you ease back into studying and get on track toward your goals.

1. Gather your CFA study materials.

Start by ensuring you have all the materials you need, such as CFA mock exams and quizzes. Salt Solutions makes this easy for you by offering everything you need to pass the CFA exam in one location. We're your one-stop to CFA prep, with CFA study guides, quizzes, manuals and video lessons, and more.

2. Create a CFA prep schedule.

Build yourself a schedule that is realistic and achievable, especially for the first few weeks. It's important to have early success in following your schedule to build momentum and motivation. On Salt Solutions, we do this for you, as our CheckPoints tool gives you weekly CFA exam prep goals to follow!

3. Start out on the right foot.

The first day of studying is crucial, as it sets the tone for the rest of your study cycle. Starting on time is essential to avoid falling behind and losing motivation. However, it's okay to make adjustments to your schedule in the first few weeks, as long as you don't jeopardize your preparedness for the exam.

4. Focus on your motivation for CFA exam prep.

Remember to stay focused on your end goal, which is likely passing the exam. It's crucial to put in the time and effort to achieve success. Passing on the first attempt can save you time and resources in the long run. Keep studying and look forward to the next break!

In conclusion, returning to studying after a break can be challenging, but with these tips, you can make the transition smoother and more manageable. Stay focused, be flexible, and keep your end goal in mind. Best of luck in your studies!

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