Developing a UFE Study Schedule – Setting up a calendar

We’ve previously discussed which exams you should choose in your writing. Today you can get a copy of a sample study schedule which covers 3 comps and 24 multis. In my opinion, as I’ve previously stated, this is the absolute maximum you should write. When I wrote in 2010, I only ended up doing two comps properly from start to finish and probably around 20 multis so this is on average what I’d recommend. There are, of course, people who wrote both many less and many more, who passed and did not, so it’s not an exact science. This is a similar study schedule to what some of the large accounting firms use and also implements some ideas I’ve picked up from my Densmore Course a few years back.

Here is a pre-filled calendar template you can use to setup your schedule: UFE Study Schedule – 2012

Here’s some additional tips and thoughts:

  • Comp day is flexible – I like Monday because I’m the freshest and have the most energy so it’s easier to plow through a 5 hour exam on Monday for me. I’ve known many who also like Wednesday to break up the week. I also think that Thursday is a valid alternative since you could write thursday and finish debriefing on Friday and take the afternoons off. I don’t recommend Friday because you cannot complete the full write and debrief without going into the weekend or coming back two days later. Which brings me to…
  • Weekends off – Your brain and body need time to recover.
  • Use “Flex Days” if necessary. You are, at some point, going to get sick of writing, find your performance diminishing or just can’t stand writing another exams, these are all signs of burnout. Monitor this carefully and adjust. Plan to write 24 and 3 comps but understand that you may only be able to write 20 or even 18 multis and 2 comps. Do some light review those burnout days or even better, just take the afternoon or day off. You need to be healthy and not burned out on September 11, 12 and 13.
  • Stick to regular hours. Although it’s ideal to match the 9-1 or 9-2 exam writing times I don’t personally find this to be a big deal but stick to something consistent and know yourself best. I wouldn’t be risking starting at 6 or 8pm everyday at this point.

What’s worked for you in the past? What are your plans for setting up a study schedule?

 

5 comments

  1. I used a similar schedule outline:

    However, I wrote my comps on Tuesdays to mimic the exam. Basically my Monday was 2 multis, Tuesday the comp + mark, Wednesday morning was debrief then 1 multi. Only major difference is that I wrote 4 comps vs 3, with the 4th being a confidence booster in week 4.

    One thing I would suggest is that writers stick to the actual exam times. I was used to eating around 11am which is in the middle of the exam, having 4 weeks to get my body into an altered eating routine I believe helped.

    Also you should be writing all cases in secure exam. You need to get really comfortable with what you can and cannot do in secure exam.

  2. Really enjoying this blog so far as it is very informative with regards to the UFE. I am actually unsure of what you mean by Confidence Booster Multi/Comp that is to be written in the first week of Sept according to the study schedule.

    • Thanks for the feedback, glad you enjoy the blog!

      That’s a good question, I will have to write another post about it in the future. It’s important to go into the UFE confident and feeling good since it is already stressful enough. One of the ways to avoid shaking your confidence is to avoid writing a case close to the exam where you score really badly. To do that, many students will write these confidence builder cases instead of a new case. It consists of REWRITING a case you have previously written and done well on. So take two cases which you wrote during your study period and scored very well on and write them again like new and mark/debrief as you normally would. You’ll avoid the risk of writing a really bad case right before the UFE and still keep your writing and case writing skills sharp for the last few days.

      Thanks for the question, hope that clarifies it!

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