Reading Glasses

So, I am up to page 262 in Guo.  I have to slow down a little now, and spend a week or so working joint marginal and conditional density problems.  First, these problems are difficult to set up correctly.  Then, they usually involve a big, icky integration.  So, I am going to spend at least another week working specifically on this type of problem.

At one time, I had printed out all of the old SOA/CAS exams and put them in big binders.  Nice, but hard to lug around when I wanted to get out of the house and study.  Recently, I noticed that there is a pdf file available with 153 questions and solutions.  This is updated from another smaller file of questions and solutions.  Here are the links:

I have realized that virtually everything from the old sample exams has been extracted and put into these documents.  So, I printed out a couple of nice little booklets that I can take anywhere with me:

Test P/1 Booklets

Nice Little Problems

I would also like to index the problems.  If I do, I will post the index here.

And , oh, the big news is that I acquired my first pair of reading glasses yesterday.  This is a bigger milestone than it might seem.  In the last year, I have realized that I have a little trouble seeing when I lay down to read a few pages before I go to sleep each night.  Almost every night of my life, I have read a few pages.  But here is how it was going recently.  I would lay lie down and open a book.  In a minute or so I would get frustrated that I couldn’t see, and turn the light out.  Then, I would think, “Gee, I would get to sleep a lot easier if I could read a few pages of Dedekind, or Hilbert.”  (these are books that always make me happy) So, I would turn the light on, start reading, and suddenly realize that I CAN’T SEE.  So, I would turn the light off again, and start thinking about reading.

Now, I have reading glasses.  They were a dollar, at the dollar store.  I am very happy.

November 2, 2011, 5:45 a.m.

Completed Mnemosyne repetitions, then worked successfully through some problems in Guo, including a simple one on page 144 that was giving me some grief.  I seem to have this problem with accounting for deductibles.  I don’t know why.  I get it all straightened out, and then a while later I get all confused about them again.  So I am going to do a couple more problems until it is time for my doggy walk.

A good study schedule for me is this: to bed by 8:00 p.m., then up by 4:00 a.m, which gives me a solid 2 hours of study time before the dog goes for a walk at 6:30 a.m.  This schedule gives me enough flexability that if I go to bed a little later I will still get enough sleep, and if I sleep in a little later I will still have plenty of time to study.  I learned many years ago to center my life around sleep.  If I get enough sleep, even the most unexpected and unfortunate events do not phase me.  If I don’t get enough sleep, all of the problems of life seem worse.

So, my morning study time is my foundation.  Depending on how busy my work schedule is, I most frequently only have a little more time to study in the late afternoon.  But, due to the weather, we are coming up on the time of the year when I have whole blocks of other time to study.  This time is when I try to organize my work, look for new study materials, work on difficult concepts that take hours of concentration, take entire tests, do creative projects such as starting a study blog, and get out of the house and study at the coffee shop.