FAR Study Tip #6: Simulate Exam Day
FAR Study Tip #7: Layer with Repetition
FAR Study Tip #8: Previous Chapters
FAR Study Tip #9: What Worked & Didn't Work
Tip 1: My first time around, I signed up for all 4 tests on one NTS. 6 months wasn't really enough time for me to get through all the material. When you are signing up for tests, only sign up if you know you have enough time to sufficiently get through the material. My second time around, I only signed up for 2 exams on one NTS. In the long run, paying the extra signup fee and passing is a lot better than signing up for all 4 and increasing the chance that you will fail each one (it ends up being just as/more expensive if you fail just one!).
Tip 2: I found that instead of setting goals of how much material to get through per day (i.e. spending 3 days per chapter), I found it a lot easier to just keep track of my progress by how much time I spent studying instead of how much material I am getting through. I am a slow reader so my first pass through each test, I found i was pushing ahead trying to keep to my schedule even when I didn't have a solid understanding of the topic. What helped me most was i just hit start on a timer and compared the hours i spent studying each week to the previous week.
Tip 3: my process for understating the info in each chapter was to first read the chapter without taking notes, take the related MCQ's, then go back through the chapter summarizing it in my notes. I also hand-wrote all of my notes.
Tip 4: Take as many MCQ's as you possibly can, and don't gloss over the sims that require a lot of reading and computational work. Take time to get the correct answers and get an understanding of the ones you got wrong. Even for the questions you get right, make sure you understand why the other options were wrong.
Tip 5: Don't burn yourself out, 6 hour cram sessions are a quick way to loose motivation and stress you out. studying 1 hour a day for 6 days a week is better than doing 1 day of 6 hours in a week. - Spencer G.