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Hi all,

I was wondering if some of you are in my same situation and maybe could give me some advice: after failing my first attempt at the accreditation test for the EU, I took a full-time job for obvious economic reasons. I was encouraged by the panel to try again next year as they saw good potential in me, an excellent knowledge of my C languages, and a combination which is really interesting for them.

However, since I started working full-time I realized I have much less energy and a much decreased ability to focus on my preparation, in comparison to when I was a student. Has anyone been there? Do you have any tip on how to organize your time, how much time you manged to study outside of a 9-5 job, improve sleep quality etc...

Any tip will be highly appreciated :)

asked 20 Sep '18, 13:31

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No need to practice loads. Do less but better. Three consecs and sims per week are fine. Provided you take the time to do it well, from speech selection to re-listening to your rendition and identifying needs for improvement. Make a long term schedule. Routine is important. If you wait to be rested enough after a day of work to put in the hour of practice, you'll always end up skipping 'that one time'.

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answered 21 Sep '18, 07:46

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edited 21 Sep '18, 07:47

Thank you very much Gaspar. I realize that I was focusing too much on quantity, and I was obsessed with practicing hours and hours while as you say this is probably not needed if you're almost there.

(22 Sep '18, 13:03) Oasisxxx
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