Helping experienced writers is something I struggle with because it’s difficult to give good advice if I haven’t lived the situation. I’ve had writers come to me and ask me what they should be doing right now. Should they be writing one case a week or two? Should they be only studying technical or should they be writing cases, too?
The truth is there are no easy answers. It depends on why you didn’t pass the previous time(s), how you study best, what your strengths and weaknesses are and a host of other possible reasons. A lot of people think there is some magic path to success – if only they do x cases, or if they study in this specific way – it will work. Of course, everyone probably knows deep down it can’t be that easy. Not everyone fits neatly on the UFE path.
So my advice to you is this:
Take time to honestly reflect on what the problems are.
- Did you fall into the trap of too much technical at the expense of writing cases? Or maybe the opposite is true.
- Did you study alone, or with a study group that didn’t work for you?
- Did you not study enough or too much (be careful here!)
- Did you allocate time correctly on the exam? Or did you not manage time well? Or the host of other technical reasons that can exist.
- What were the problems on your mock cases prior to the exam?
- Is it a language, communication or writing problem?
As you can see, the list can be long. Each varying answer can lead to a different suggestion. I think the best thing you can do is do an honest assessment and focus on the factors which hurt you last time.
The answer may be a great place to start in making changes to your 2013 strategy.
This may mean taking a repeat writers’ course out there or reading a book. Or maybe you need something more individual such as a tutor, one of the smaller programs out there or just a really good study partner.
Given how much time, effort and money goes into the UFE I think it’s worth investing in this activity as well as in a solution suitable to you. We’ll be around here to keep offering help and advice, too.
But as I said above, I’m not a repeat writers. If you are or have been, please drop us a line in the comments and let us know what you did and why. I know there are many that would benefit here just to know they’re not alone.