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A few questions about the LevelUp program

Hey guys, I wanted to ask a few questions to those who have experience with Marc Lefebvre’s LevelUp Videos and Bootcamp. I appreciate any feedback!

1) Any negatives about the videos and/or bootcamp? I feel like all I hear is how great his program is, but I would be interested to hear some criticisms.

2) How valuable are the IPS and Essay workshops compared to others like Daren Miller’s? These workshops only make up a few hours of the 4-day bootcamp, so I am curious if they are as valuable as Daren Miller’s multi-day essay writing workshop.

3) Is the Focus Material comparable to the Schweser Secret Sauce or Wiley 11th Hour as a fall-back guide when time or materials are not available (lets say, at work during the last weeks before the exam)?

4) In your opinion, how intense would one need to study to get through the CFAI material (including BB’s and EOC’s) AND watch all the corresponding LevelUp videos in 5 months (assuming 2-3 hours on weekdays with a full time job and 4-7 hours on weekend days)? Just curious how doable this is.

Thanks everyone!

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I’ll let you know in a few months lol

Level 3 is kinda like going to a buffet and getting more food than you can finish. Quitting and throwing it away hurts more than if you just sit down and finish it. - VWJETTY

Thanks bud…how are the videos combined with the CFAI readings so far?

1. Not really… he does go through the material quickly during the boot camp but that is expected given number of days and material that needs to be covered. 

2. Never took Miller’s classes or looked into it, so not sure. Looking back on it, I would have paid to go to the boot camp just for the IPS workshop. It helped a ton on the exam (got >70%, honestly think I got 90+%)

3. Focus material and slide book are amazing. I reviewed the slide book a TON before the exam. Best study material across all three level IMO. Focus material was just as good. 

4.  I have two kids so I mainly studied at night and partly on the weekends (2ish hours per day). I went through the curriculum with a highlighter, watched Marc’s videos (goes through curriculum and slide book), went through focus material (curriculum again) marking pages with BB and examples in the text that game me trouble and made note cards on those topics. 

mjtwo3 wrote:

1. Not really… he does go through the material quickly during the boot camp but that is expected given number of days and material that needs to be covered. 

2. Never took Miller’s classes or looked into it, so not sure. Looking back on it, I would have paid to go to the boot camp just for the IPS workshop. It helped a ton on the exam (got >70%, honestly think I got 90+%)

3. Focus material and slide book are amazing. I reviewed the slide book a TON before the exam. Best study material across all three level IMO. Focus material was just as good. 

4.  I have two kids so I mainly studied at night and partly on the weekends (2ish hours per day). I went through the curriculum with a highlighter, watched Marc’s videos (goes through curriculum and slide book), went through focus material (curriculum again) marking pages with BB and examples in the text that game me trouble and made note cards on those topics. 

Going through this process right now myself. One thing I would say is im currently watching the video with a highlighter and the text in front of me. It’s a slow process because you’re listening and then stopping and highlighting areas and writing things down in the book so if it’s like a 1 hour video, I would bank on being there for a solid 1.5. At least for me, sometimes i gotta rewind and go back. And after that I’ll review the text again and do blue box and EOC’s.

But Marc is super helpful though. Gave him a call during labour weekend and he helped me out with some crazy mortality table stuff that I never really got a hang of when I went through schweser.

Level 3 is kinda like going to a buffet and getting more food than you can finish. Quitting and throwing it away hurts more than if you just sit down and finish it. - VWJETTY

Sorry for repeating my question:

I have heard a lot about Marc’s IPS workshop (at the bootcamp)…Does he also cover the IPS related strategies/tips etc. in his online videos?

Are these videos downloadable or you need internet?

cfa2014 wrote:

Sorry for repeating my question:

I have heard a lot about Marc’s IPS workshop (at the bootcamp)…Does he also cover the IPS related strategies/tips etc. in his online videos?

Are these videos downloadable or you need internet?

People should really use the search function on this site. I guarantee you there are probably 10 different threads started about Level Up and they all answer the same question.

No IPS is not covered in the online videos, only in workshop (you should do both). Last year the videos were not downloadable, at least I don’t think.

It is definitely worth it. In fact, it is must lol keep in mind, I had already went through the reading then EOCs twice and ten mocks by the time I went to the Bootcamp during the first week of May (started studying in November, put in 700 hours). In other words, you should only use the Bootcamp as review and a tool to dominate the written portion. He knows the curriculum inside out. The man is a G.

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