The Final Countdown…Do You Have What it Takes?

A week and a wakeup from now you will be facing a test of your determination and perseverance over the last 3+ months.
But you aren’t there just yet.

For better or worse, you have one more week to the finish line. For many of you it has been a long journey, you’re tired and just want to relax.

Your friends and family are all making plans for memorial day and you can smell the barbeque on the grill.

You have earned a break. You do deserve to relax, just not yet. Pull out the study guides and flash cards for one last time. One more week and you’ll have earned that post-exam party.

I’ve linked some of my favorite motivational videos below (o.k. so I’m a Rocky nut). We’ll get to those, but first a little strategy.

Take the last week off

If you can, I would take the last week off from work and totally dedicate it to studying. The CFA is your job this week. We laid out a last week study plan in a prior post.

One more practice exam:

Take at least one more practice exam on Saturday to see where you are in each topic. You want to be in the high 70s or above in the ‘core’ topics and at least low 70s in other topics.

Focus on summary sheets

You’re not going to be able to read the entire CFA curriculum this week. Focus on summary sheets and flash cards to cover the most material in the least amount of time. For the core topics, go back to the condensed study guides for detailed support.

Best Motivation Video Ever
The best non-Rocky related motivational video (which still may not be as good as the worst Rocky clip, in my opinion).

Rocky Motivational Speech
This clip from Rocky Balboa has been going around the forums and is pretty popular. Good advice for life in general.

Rocky Balboa Speech – Motivation
This is probably my favorite Rocky clip. It’s a little long but who doesn’t like ol’ Mickey. Even if you cannot take next week off, you are still going to need to devote some serious time to studying.

Like Mickey says, “I know how you feel about this fight that’s comin’ up.”

Putting in that extra little effort and feeling confident about the test will pay off.

Just one more week. Stay strong.
Good luck,
Joseph Hogue, CFA

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