Posted by: Kaplan Schweser
Published: July 28, 2020
Live online vs. on-demand CFA® exam preparation—how do you choose? Both are viable and safe alternatives to in-person classroom instruction, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re trying to figure out which will work better for you, read on. This article explains the benefits of both and why you should consider the on-demand option.
Live online courses simulate in-person classes, adding structure to your study and providing you with a familiar instructor-led format. They are led by expert CFA charterholders and cover the same material at the same pace and frequency as the sessions in a classroom. In the case of Kaplan Schweser’s live online classes, they are held in a 15-week block and include a two-volume set of workbooks with material, examples, and questions to support your live instruction.
Live online classes enable you to interact with the instructor and ask questions in real-time. All you need is a reliable internet connection and a comfortable chair. If you can’t attend a live class, a recorded version is available after each session, allowing you to study on your own terms. These recordings are archived, so you can go back and review them if you need to refresh your memory or focus on a particular topic.
By structuring your studies, live online classes give you the motivation to stay on track with your CFA exam study plan. Live online classes allow you to better focus your study efforts and use your 300 hours of study time efficiently and effectively. The instructors tell you what to study and when, explain concepts in a way you can understand, and answer your questions in real-time. You’ll receive regular, expert feedback on your weak areas, suggestions for how to improve, and recommendations for how to get more practice. You’ll even receive guidance on test-taking strategies.
On-demand classes offer all the benefits of online classes but with more control. You get expert instruction but on your own time. You dictate the pace for mastering the curriculum while sticking to your study plan. You can participate in classes at a time that’s convenient for you if you have a full-time job, or you learn at a different speed. Actually, on-demand classes are ideal for any kind of student. You might consider them one of CFA exam prep’s best-kept secrets.
Video lectures cover every learning outcome statement (LOS), and you do not have to wait for the live class to view them. You can start, stop, and rewind through video instruction as often as you need. You have access to practice questions that can help you apply what you’ve learned. Additional sessions offer you the opportunity to ask questions and work through complex practice problems with your instructor.
On-demand classes can help you retain information more successfully than other learning methods because your approach to learning is personalized. You can tackle exam topics in the order that makes sense for you. If you learn more effectively in the morning, you can set aside a time to learn before noon. Or if you prefer learning in the evening, you access your classes at that time.
Kaplan Schweser’s OnDemand classes give you everything detailed in this article and also include Q&A sessions and five workshops that enable dialogs between you and the instructor. You can identify your strengths and weaknesses and return to the areas where you feel you need more work at a time when you can give them your focus.