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How do you stay consistent & focused when you prepare for the exam ?

 
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Hello Jeanne and Scott,

Congratulations on your new book ! As you know, Preparing for a certification is no easy task. Takes months of consistent practice. Even if you start with a plan , reality is that unexpected things come up and sometimes , weeks could go by without being able to prepare. What are some of the strategies you use to stay focused and consistent ? How do you get back when things don't go as planned and you missed a few weeks of study ?
 
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Namith,
I use three strategies personally:
  • Register for the test. Nothing like a due date. (You can change the date until 48 hours before. But having the date ads a sense of priority
  • Outline what I want to do before I take the exam. Add dates. I also include about 25% of buffer at the end. That let's me run late and still finish. But it also tricks me into thinking I'm behind so I don't get too far behind.
  • I read once (I think in K&B's book) to study for 15 mintues every day even if you don't feel like it. This ensures you don't lose momentum. And sometimes by the time you are 15 minutes in, you have enough flow to keep going. I keep to this. Even if it is just flashcards or reading on the train


  • Don't miss a few weeks of study. Seriously, you'll forget everything. Even if it isn't a lot of time, keep on it. It will keep the info in your head.
     
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    Thank you so much Jeanne. Great advice ! I really liked all of these strategies. Especially the one about studying at least 15 minutes even if you don't feel like it. My problem is exactly that - I start with high hopes and stay consistent for few weeks , but then end up missing few weeks because other things comes up and i find myself with no energy for any study at the end of the work day. Then i get back to study a few days later and as you said, everything is forgotten and i am back to the first page trying to relearn things i have learned.

    I'll start with registering for the test and work on a study plan. And most important - target at least 15 minutes of study even if i don't feel like it. Thanks again.



     
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    Also, look for opportunities. Can you study for 15 minutes before work or during lunch to "bridge" until you have time again? Can you make some flashcards and study them while you have a snack?
     
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    Sure Jeanne. Will do . Thanks again.
     
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