If you have ADHD and you are studying for the SIE exam or the Series 7 or the Series 65 … Solomon Exam Prep can help

It’s no small feat to study for and pass a securities licensing exam, especially if you have ADHD. With that in mind, Solomon has compiled a list of skill-based strategies to support ADHD learners through the process of studying for their securities licensing exams. Continue reading

Studying for a knowledge test, like a securities licensing exam, requires significant effort over time. Solomon offers some helpful tips for studying and passing your securities licensing exam(s).

Study Strategies for People with ADHD

It’s no small feat to study for and pass a securities licensing exam, especially if you have ADHD. Two areas that can be especially challenging for people with ADHD are time management skills and study skills. Time management can be difficult because it requires a person to prioritize tasks, organize their day, and plan for short- and long-term goals, all of which are potential stumbling blocks for those with ADHD. And when it comes to studying, people with ADHD often have trouble concentrating and haven’t acquired effective study habits.

However, studies suggest that people can learn specific behaviors and strategies that help them work around ADHD symptoms and succeed in their studies. With that in mind, Solomon has compiled a list of skill-based strategies to support ADHD learners through the process of studying for their securities licensing exams.

Time Management

If you’re planning to study for a securities licensing exam, such as the Securities Industry Essentials exam or the Series 7 or the Series 65, managing your time effectively is crucial. Depending on the exam, Solomon Exam Prep recommends studying for between 30 to 100 hours over the course of ten days to several weeks. It’s a daunting prospect for anyone. How can someone with ADHD get better at managing his or her time?

Use schedules and planners to stay on track. Whether you use a paper or digital planner, the following tips will help you use it to your advantage:

  • Refer to the Solomon Exam Prep study schedules located in the resources folder of your online Solomon account to help create an effective study plan.
  • Fill in your planner with study targets for each week and smaller goals for each day. People with ADHD often get overwhelmed when confronted with a large task, so breaking the task up into smaller pieces will make it more approachable.
  • Be realistic about how long things take for you and build in some breathing room for when things takes longer than expected. Also build in time for frequent short study breaks.
  • Begin the day by checking your planner to see which activities you need to do. Try to complete each day’s to-do list, but don’t panic if you don’t finish everything – you built in extra time, remember?

Build structure into your day with consistent routines and rituals.

  • Figure out your best time for study. Are you more alert in the morning, afternoon, or evening? Try to study at your optimal time as much as possible.
  • Use alarm clocks, timers, and alerts to help you structure your time, build routine, and remind yourself of important tasks. This article has some great tips on how to use your smartphone to stay organized.
  • Give yourself small rewards as you study and complete tasks. This article recommends people with ADHD improve their focus by routinely rewarding themselves for achieving small goals. A reward can be as simple as taking a 10–15 minute break to have a snack or take a walk around the block, which also helps prevent fatigue and loss of concentration.
Study Skills

Studying for a securities licensing exam can make you feel like you’ve landed back in high school or college, when you were forced to study and retain large amounts of information with the end goal of passing a test. If you were a successful student, the strategies that worked for you then will probably work for you now. But individuals without prior academic success, and those with ADHD, can increase the effectiveness of their study time by applying the strategies that follow.

Make note-taking a core aspect of your studying. Studies suggest that becoming a better note-taker can increase concentration and help learners make better use of their time by learning actively rather than passively. Here are some specific ways to boost your studying with note-taking:

  • If you have a hardcopy of your Solomon Exam Prep Study Guide, then highlight, underline, and write notes and questions in the margins as you read. If you are reading your Study Guide online or listening to your Audiobook, take notes on paper using a note-taking system that works for you, such as the Cornell, outlining, or mapping method, all described here.
  • Use color-coding to organize your notes. Invest in colored pens, highlighters, and sticky notes and use them strategically.
  • Return to your notes frequently: review them several times; rewrite them; read them aloud; create possible test questions from them.

Do A LOT of self-testing. Studies have found that incorporating more self-testing, or retrieval practice, into a study routine can significantly improve retention of material, especially for people with ADHD. The Solomon Exam Prep study system has two features specifically designed for self-testing:

  • Solomon Exam Prep Online Exam Simulator: with a large question bank and tools that help you identify areas that require more study, the Solomon Exam Simulator is the perfect way to incorporate self-testing into your study time.
  • Solomon Exam Prep Digital Flashcards: interactive true/false and definitions flashcards that can be organized by chapter and customized to target the terms and concepts you need to study more.

Teach the content to someone else. To be well-prepared for a securities licensing exam, candidates must truly understand the content. What better way to check your understanding than to teach the content to another person? Becoming the teacher to a friend or family member is a highly effective learning technique. This list of study tips for learners with ADHD includes talking about the concepts aloud to yourself or others. Even if you don’t have a study buddy or captive family member to lecture to, imagine that you’re teaching a course on the material and write up a lesson plan. Deliver your lesson to an empty room if need be, but the act of trying to explain the material out loud is a great way to confirm which areas you have a strong command of and which you need to study further.

Portland, OR – Live, Series 6 & 63 Classes this March

Solomon Exam Prep will be holding a crash course for the Series 6 & Series 63 exams this March in beautiful Portland, OR. The classes will cover the major topics that will be encountered on these exams. Enroll now and reserve your spot! Continue reading

Looking for live Series 6 and Series 63 classes? Look no further!

Solomon Exam Prep will be holding a crash course for the Series 6 & Series 63 exams this March in beautiful Portland, OR. The classes will cover the major topics that will be encountered on these exams. Enroll now and reserve your spot!

The Live Class Package for the Series 6 & 63 also includes access to our digital Exam Study Guides and Online Exam Simulators. Class dates and times are as follows:

Live ClassSeries 6

Tuesday, March 1: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Wednesday, March 2: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Series 63

Thursday, March 3: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 

Classes will be held across the street from Solomon Exam Prep at the George Fox Portland Center: 12753 SW 68th Ave, Portland, OR 97223.

Series 51 Live Class – Portland, OR

Do you need to take the Series 51 MSRB Municipal Fund Securities Limited Principal Qualification Exam? This two-day crash course in Portland, Oregon will help! Continue reading

Series 51 Live Class

Series 24 Live Class – Portland, OR

Solomon Exam Prep is excited to announce that we will be hosting a live, in-person Series 24 study course at our office in Portland, OR, September 9 & 10. Continue reading

Studying for the Series 24 exam? Looking for classroom instruction?

Solomon Exam Prep is excited to announce that we will be hosting a live, in-person Series 24 study course at our office in Portland, OR. Taught by Professor Karen Solomon, this 2-day class will cover the major topics that you will encounter on the FINRA General Principal Qualification Exam. The class will be held September 9 & 10 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

If you are interested in attending please call our office at 503.601.0212 for pricing and details.

Series 24 Portland Class

Portland, OR – Live, Series 6 & 63 Class this September

Solomon Exam Prep will be holding a “crash course” for the Series 6 & Series 63 this September. Taught by Professor Karen Solomon, this class will cover the major topics that will be encountered on these exams. Enroll now and reserve your spot in class. Continue reading

Looking for a Live, Series 6 and/or Series 63 Class? Look no further!

Solomon Exam Prep will be holding a “crash course” for the Series 6 & Series 63 this September. Taught by Professor Karen Solomon, this class will cover the major topics that will be encountered on these exams. Enroll now and reserve your spot in class. The Live-Class Package for the Series 6 & 63 also includes access to our Digital Exam Study Guide and Online Exam Simulator. Class dates and times are:

Series 6

Tuesday, September 9 – 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Wednesday, September 10 – 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Series 63

Thursday, September 11 – 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Classes will be held across the street from Solomon Exam Prep at the George Fox Portland Center:12753 SW 68th Ave, Portland, OR 97223.

Series 6 & 63 Live Class in Portland!

Solomon Exam Prep is happy to announce that we are hosting a Series 6 & Series 63 live, in-person class with Professor Solomon. Continue reading

Do you live in the Portland area? Solomon Exam Prep is happy to announce that we are hosting a Series 6 & Series 63 live, in-person class with Professor Solomon. This “crash course” will be over the course of 3 days, from Monday, June 23 – Wednesday, June 25th. Here is the breakdown:

  Monday, June 23
10:00-12:00| Series 6 CLASS
12:00-1:00| LUNCH BREAK
1:00-3:00| Series 6 CLASS

Tuesday, June 24
10:00-12:00| Series 6 CLASS
12:00-1:00| LUNCH BREAK
1:00-3:00| Series 6 CLASS

Wednesday, June 25
10:00-12:00| Series 63 CLASS
12:00-1:00| LUNCH BREAK
1:00-3:00| Series 63 CLASS

 

Classes will be held across the street from Solomon Exam Prep at the George Fox Portland Center: 12753 SW 68th Ave, Portland, OR 97223. All interested students should give us a call at 503.601.0212 to reserve their spot before the class fills up!

New Year, New Pass Rates

One way we help companies raise their pass rates is through a summer associate program. Solomon uses a multimedia approach that allows associates to study from anywhere, and does not require a physical location. With a combination of a live, instructor-led, online courses and our online study materials, we have helped companies improve their pass rates. Continue reading

How to Achieve Higher Associate Pass Rates in 2014

As the New Year kicks-off, we tend to reflect on the past year and make resolutions both in our personal and professional lives. One of those resolutions, for compliance officers and advisors alike, is to pass their financial exams and improve their overall pass rates. While this may seem like a daunting task to undertake, this is something that Solomon Exam Prep has been doing for years and can help you to accomplish.

We take pride in the quality of the products we offer and in our student’s success. We are only a reflection of our student’s achievements, and we strive to help them realize and achieve those. One way we help companies raise their pass rates is through a summer associate program. Solomon uses a multimedia approach that allows associates to study from anywhere, and does not require a physical location. With a combination of a live, instructor-led, online courses and our online study materials, we have helped companies improve their pass rates.

Last summer, we led a class of 10 students for Harris Williams, all needing to take the Series 79 and Series 63. We are happy to announce a 100% success rate with these students.

“Solomon Exam Prep did a really nice job preparing our new Associates for their Series exams. Everyone was able to pass their Series 79 Exam on their first attempt. Given the difficulty our employees have finding time to reschedule exams, we are thrilled with the results.” –Sara Walker, Harris Williams

It is accomplishments like these that keep our business growing, and we want to help you do the same. Please take a look at our Associate Training Programs, and let us help you raise your pass rates in 2014.

Live, Online Classes

New Series 82 On-Demand Study Course

We are proud to announce the release of a brand new on-demand study course for the Series 82, FINRA Limited Representative-Private Securities Offerings Qualification Exam. Continue reading

Series 82 On-Demand Study Course

We are proud to announce the release of a brand new on-demand study course for the Series 82, FINRA Limited Representative-Private Securities Offerings Qualification Exam. Earlier this year we released a brand new study guide to pair with our online exam simulator and now we are happy to further add to our product offerings with this on-demand study course.

The Series 82 On-Demand Study Course is split up into sections, to mirror the Series 82 exam outline and can be purchased as an individual product or as part of our Premium Study Package. Here is an outline of the videos that are included in our on-demand offering:

Section 1: Characteristics of Corporate Securities

Equity Securities – Stock
Debt Securities – 1
Debt Securities – 2
Other Equity Securities

Section 2: Regulation of the Market for Registered and Unregistered Securities

Types of Offerings
Investment Banking Communication
Public Offering Rules
Safe Harbors from Registration
Private Placements
Introduction to the Secondary Market
Prohibited Trading Practices

Section 3: Analyzing Corporate Securities and Investment Planning

Economics
The Income Statement
The Balance Sheet
The Cash Flow Statement

Section 4: Handling Customer Accounts and Industry Regulations

Customer Accounts
General Industry Standards
General Industry Standards – 2

About the Series 82 exam:

The Series 82 FINRA Limited Representative-Private Securities Offering Qualification Examination, qualifies an individual for the sale of private placement securities as part of a primary offering. The exam is 100 questions in length and is taken over a period of  2.5 hours; a score of 70% is required to pass the exam.