While studying flash cards tonight I looked at my stack of notes and wondered how many pages there were. There were 121 pages (front AND back) for FAR, 42 for BEC, and 48 for AUD. Can you guess which section I took first?
The reason I have 121 pages for FAR is because I almost never read my notes. Some concepts are probably in those notes three or four times. If I write something three times in one week it would be more challenging to forget than to retain.
While watching the Becker lectures, if something strikes me as new and potentially difficult, I write it out. Once I’ve finished watching a lecture, I do all of the questions once. Next, I copy all of the flashcards in my notes. Once I’ve worked through all the lectures of a section, I answer all of the questions for every lecture a second time. This time if I get a question wrong, I write out my own explanation of the concept as if I were an instructor trying to explain it to a student. That way I know I’m actually comprehending the concept and not just nodding at the displayed solution provided by the software.
After I’ve gone through all the questions a second time, I hone in on my weaknesses. For about a week before the Exam, I do 100 (or more) random questions a night. Anytime I get a question wrong I write out my own explanation of the concept. By the time I go into the Exam I’m not just ready to take it, I’m ready to teach it. If you can do that, you can pass.