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Gregor Watt, Deputy editor Money Marketing
Gregor Watt, Deputy editor Money Marketing

Having proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is very easy to get sidetracked and allow studying to get put firmly on the back-burner if you let it, I have decided to adopt a different approach to exam preparation this year.

Up to now, the flexibility of computer-based exams and the ability to book an exam at short notice meant that I would only book an exam date after I had managed to do some studying and was in a situation to turn up to an exam reasonably well prepared.

However, this approach was hampered by my total inability to find time to study outside of work.

If I have learnt only one thing from last year (and it is almost certainly not from an exam text), it is that there is
not enough time to work fulltime, buy a flat, plan to get married and study for a series of exams. Something
had to give and in my case it was the exams.

I have retrieved the textbook from where it was gathering dust and have managed to open the front cover

But as a result of last year’s inaction, I have decided to adopt a brand new strategy for sitting exams – book a date in advance so that it will force me to do some work in fear of being made to look like a bit of an idiot if I fail.

First up is RO1. As I sat CF1 less than a year ago, there should be a significant amount of overlap and as it is the most general of the exams, it seems to be the best place to start. The demand to sit the RO1 exam still seems to be high, with only one available date for March at the exam centre for central London when I called to book my place. But despite their scarcity, I have a place for a sitting on March 9.

So far, at least, the new strategy is paying dividends. I have retrieved the textbook from where it was gathering dust and have managed to
open the front cover, which is more than I managed in the last three months of 2010. The next step is to find a couple of clear evenings
or a free weekend to make a decent inroad into the study text and if I can manage that, I hope to have some positive news to report in next month’s Adviser Evolution.

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