I started both L1 and L2 around mid-Feb but gotta say I felt extremely behind couple of weeks before the exam. Did really well in L1 but L2 was okay (1 below 50, couple between 50-70 and half above 70).
I do not wish to go through this pressure again so will probably try to start in mid-Nov this year for L3. Using Schweser.
I timed every task for level II and prepared a worksheet I used to plan for L III prep. My plan has 3 stages: 1st stage 340 hours to read the curriculum, watch IFT videos and solve all curriculum problems; 2nd 250 hrs review stage; 3rd final review including Mocks: 64 hours. Total: 654 hours in 248 days (I assumed intensity increases as exam day approaches). June 23rd - 248 studying days = September 11th (I realistically planned weekends for my family, vacation time, etc).
Just about to start volume 3 in the next few days. Been taking notes on the CFA curriculum and doing the EOC/blue box questions. Gotta say, this stuff is so FUCKING DRY. Like, honestly, it’s brutal. The lack of quantitiave stuff is making some of this stuff drag on.
I am sure by level 3 each individual will have an indication of what works for them!. I am all for starting early to take care of “life events happening” .The focus will rather be pointing to tricky and more difficult concepts that take a bit more time than usual as a guide from the experience of those that have walked the road.