This is an earnest appeal for advice on getting my finance chops up to speed as I am trying to make up for past laziness and learn what I need to to get out of the hell that is consulting and into finance. Because I have 1y of PE DD for MM/MF under my belt, I have judged that entering MM PE is my best entry point.
The context is that I majored in something fluffy so I could have my 4 year Rumspringa (think art history/education/poetry/underwater basketweaving etc.) and went to a good consulting firm because I didn't want to work the banking hours and now I'm regretting it because I have no idea how finance works and I realize I have to play catch up for my prior laziness.
I've made my way through a couple of guides like multiple expansion and TTS, but I just don't get any of it. I go through the motions and can do things like a paper LBO or struggle through a three statement LBO from scratch, but when it comes to brain teasers you might as well ask me to translate a paragraph to Chinese because I don't actually know what any of it means. I can build the model, but not explain it, because it's gibberish.
I am wondering the best way to make up for lost ground since I now have 2 HHs saying they'll send my resume over to 2 MM funds and I need to start taking this more seriously than just a few hours of modeling a week. I am thinking about hiring a Stern bschool student. I also have a copy of this corporate finance textbook but I don't know if that's a great idea since I potentially need to get up to speed quickly.
tl;dr To be frank I need to get interview ready and although I'm putting in the time and doing the practice models, none of it clicks because of a lack of fundamental knowledge, and I'm soliciting this forum's help as you guys have been wildly helpful in the past.
Thank you much as always.