There are plenty of calendars out there provided by consultants, firms, CATOs and individual candidates. So why not add one more to the mix. You’ll find for download below a template you can use with a sample study schedule. You’ll notice this one doesn’t have a suggested simulation order. The reason for this is that I think this part should be customized to your strengths and weaknesses as mentioned yesterday so it’s your job to put in the time to organize one to suit you and your study partner’s needs. Or..you can just grab one of the many out there as mentioned above.
The sample study schedule today covers 3 comps and 24 multis. This is a good maximum you should write. When I wrote in 2010, I only managed to complete two comps and about twenty or so multis without getting burned out so don’t be afraid to take it a little easier than the maximum.
Download this Handy UFE Study Schedule Template for 2013
Some other things to know:
- Comp days are 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 on 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.
- 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?