Obtaining a professional qualification is not only great for your CV but done properly it will help broaden and accelerate learning in your chosen profession.
Once you have committed to doing the exams, it will typically take years to complete and during that time all too often you will find yourself thinking "I should be studying, not [enter preferred activity here, e.g. cleaning the bathtub]..." and there is no such thing as guilt-free time off!
All we're saying is - Don't prolong this pain any more than you need to!
Pass your exams first time with a well-planned out timetable on Planner Pig.   The best thing about having Planner Pig is that it's easy to keep your plan up-to-date according to your real progress which means it's easier to stick to!   It also means it will give you the peace of mind you need to take those well-earned breaks.
There's no shortcut to doing these exams so make time for both study and play and you will find yourself becoming more productive and successful.
Once you have set up your exams in Planner Pig you can refer to it every day to ask questions like:
Enter your upcoming exam date and define the topics you need to be studying for that exam.   The studying is split into three phases to give you some short term goals to help keep you motivated.   Commit to a regular weekly timetable for your studies.   Find that you were too optimistic initially?   No problem - change it and have a new plan calculated.   Got some holidays planned?   No problem - Planner Pig can take care of the exceptions to your timetable.
Update your progress each day - crossing out your to-do list feels so good!   If you've done more than planned then Progress Panther can take care of it as well.   If you've not been able to stick to plan then you have the option to make up for it or reschedule the outstanding tasks to a later date.
This is where you can view your daily study plan.   It shows you how much time is scheduled for each topic and task.   You can use this to help you decide whether to put in more or less hours into your regular weekly timetable, e.g. "there's no way I can go through chapter 3 in 2 hours!   I'd better put in a few more hours every weekend."
It's good to see how well you have managed to stick to plan.   It has a handy overview of the hours and days spent so far to give you the boost (or the kick) that you need!   "7 days in a row - RESULT!"
The three phases are called: STUDY, REVIEW and CONSOLIDATE.
For EACH phase you define the length as well as the timetable and the topics/tasks list. See diagram below.
You don't NEED to use all three phases, for example, you can overlap the STUDY and REVIEW phases to have one if you prefer.
For each exam you can setup a list of topics and their associated weights. Planner Pig will use the weights you've entered as a guide to how much time is allocated to each topic in your plan.
The maximum number of topics allowed is 30 per exam to ensure that your plan is not too granular and so avoid micromanaging your time.
There is an option to mark as complete any additional progress you have made. This will bring your schedule forward spreading the extra time over all your remaining topics.   If you wish to give yourself a day or two off as a reward you can do this by booking in your 'holiday' in the Timetable Exceptions.   Or you could simply postpone the completion of some of your later topics knowing that you still have enough time to cover everything else, although doing it this way means you won't get your gold stars!
It may be that you have not allowed yourself enough time generally to cover everything.   In such case you should consider dedicating more time per week which will then allow you to go through your study material at a realistic pace and in sufficient depth.   You can do this in one of two ways:
If this problem is topic specific, e.g. you had underestimated its complexity or the size of the topic, then there are two ways you can go about this:
If you choose to postpone one of the exams to your next sitting you could simply delete the exam and this will reallocate the freed-up time to your remaining exam.
If you have an idea of how much more time you need to dedicate to get back on track to do both exams, you could play around with the number of hours in your weekly timetable to see if it is theoretically and practically possible!
You could either:
These two options are effectively the same.
We advise you still use the "Consolidate" phase (i.e. set the "Consolidate" start date to be at least a few days before the exam) to give yourself the cushion.   Everything is planned for to the nearest hour so Planner Pig also needs a bit of cushion to ensure that the plan doesn't run into and beyond your exam date!
If you are falling behind your schedule slightly you may decide that you would prefer to catch up with the original plan by studying more for a couple of days or not using your planned days off.   This can be done at your will and by putting these uncompleted tasks into your outstanding list you can still keep a track of your real progress without it affecting your future plan.
Once you have set the exam name, date and weight, go into the topics list view.   Here you can import a ready-made topics list for your exam (if your exam isn't listed, you can submit it here).   There are two options to reflect your current progress:
The advantage of going for the second option is that your progress report (e.g. on Bar Chart Bear) will be based on the whole exam.
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