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One Simple Tweak to Becoming More Disciplined in Your CFA Prep

A few years ago, I spent a significant amount of time in San Francisco.

I wasn't aware of it at the time, but SF is a massive gold mine of good food. Coming from London, this was a revelation and gourmet emancipation of epic proportions.

Of course, at the end of my time in SF, this didn't bode well for my waist line. Upon returning to London, my doughy, pudgy and sorry self decided to properly get in shape, and go running every day.

How to Sleep Better, Feel More Alert and Maintain Study Focus

By Sophie

We always feel sleepy at the wrong times.

When it's time to hit the books, our eyes suddenly start to droop. And when it's bedtime, we miraculously find ourselves able to stay up for another hour or so. And if we nap between study sessions, sometimes it goes on for hours!

We are supposed to feel rested and recharged after we sleep, so that we can study better afterwards. But do you really feel that way? Or are you overwhelmed by your long list of challenges and to-do's?

4 Reasons Why I Think the CFA Level II Exam is the Hardest One, and How You Can Prepare

By Zee

Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the hardest CFA Level of them all?

While opinions differ among us, I think quite a lot of charterholders (if not the majority) believe that Level II is the most challenging CFA Level among all three. I certainly agree. Level II is where many CFA candidates fall the most, and with good reason. And in this article, I'll address four important points why Level II is so challenging to pass.

Read on, and you'll be well prepared compared to the rest of the other first-timers!

6 Points To Remember When Negotiating A Salary Raise

By Sophie

It's ironic that we're never taught about negotiations in classes. I suppose it was something where actual practice is needed, but it certainly helps to have some guidelines or emphasis on it (not only until we started our careers!).

Here's CFA Level I Advice From More than 1,000 Actual Past Candidates

This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here.
By Christine, Core Contributor. Christine's career path spans both finance and journalism - both great assets for her writing for 300 Hours. When she's not bashing out an article, she is an avid traveller - pinning her down to a particular timezone is not an easy task!

As you know, advice from a past candidate can be valuable. So how about a thousand past candidates?

Following the recent CFA exam results, we received more than a thousand submissions from candidates on their CFA results and experiences, through our free CFA Analysis tool.

In our tool, we also included a commentary area for candidates to include any advice they have for future candidates. The idea is to look through all the advice, and see if there are any common themes that pop out that we can share with our readers.

We've done the analysis, and in this article we'll look at the five common themes that emerged from hundreds of advice snippets from actual candidates.

7 Frequently Asked Questions by CFA Candidates

This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here.
By Christine, Core Contributor. Christine's career path spans both finance and journalism - both great assets for her writing for 300 Hours. When she's not bashing out an article, she is an avid traveller - pinning her down to a particular timezone is not an easy task!

Got a question to ask us about the CFA exams?

For first-time candidates, the CFA exams can be a bit confusing. And in a self-study course, who do you turn to to answer your questions? That's why we have the 300 Hours Forum - a community of candidates and charterholders formed with a purpose to help its members pass the CFA exams. I'd advise you to join it and get active!

In this post, I look at the top 7 questions candidates ask us, and give an as-thorough answer as I can. And remember that if you have a question that's not on this list, or if you have a follow-up question, you can always ask us in the 300 Hours Forum!

How the CFA Charter Helped Me Find A Job

This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here.

Most of us took up the CFA exams for career advancement and development opportunities - so did I back in 2009, amongst other reasons.

Upon scraping through the last Level III battle and obtaining the elusive CFA charter, I embarked on a job search, not because I wasn't happy with my current role at that time, but it was in response to my boss' comment during my year end review and salary negotiation that prompted me to look around to "benchmark my market value". It was an interesting exercise as there wasn't a strong pressure to leave per se (i.e. I didn't hate my job/work environment), but I was also incentivised to secure an offer for real as that serves as a true measure of my market worth (plus it was always interesting, to me at least, to find out what other roles are they out there).

How to Improve Your CFA Mock Exam Scores

This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here.

Our recurring readers will know: mock exams are paramount to CFA exam success.

But as you attempt your first CFA mock exam, and your next, you may look at your graded scores and think: what the hell? How am I going to improve this to the required level?

Although it doesn't seem like it right now, but the improvement will come fast. You just need to keep at it, and stick to a few important rules when attempting your mock exams. Here are 10 crucial dos and don'ts, tried and tested by our charterholder team and readers on how to improve your mock exam score as you build up to the all-important CFA exam.


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