Hey folks, I'll give my two cents worth. I failed FAR in November 2010, and I felt I had a pretty good grasp on everything except NFP. However, my grasp wasn't tight enough to give me the speed to get through the FAR exam. Plus there were some way out questions on that exam, plus I was completely exhausted from non-stop studying, working, and family obligations for the previous five months - to the point of being sick the entire week before the exam.
So, this time, I took a little break in December to regain my health, then started going back over all my Becker stuff again with my 2011 updates (I found that Becker had improved their explanations in some areas, which helped me a lot, compared to the 2010 books). I also used Yaeger for areas where I felt I needed a little extra tender loving care to make it stick and to move through the exam quickly (bonds, leases, cash flows). For the most part, I'm a Becker student and prefer the quick review of the basics, but I did not like their cash flows statement section. I'll have to give a shout out to Cindy at Yaeger, especially on cash flows - I love, love, love her quick and dirty "fake cash" method for cash flows. She also helped it stick for me on bonds and leases. Getting all the FAR material down well enough that I could move QUICKLY through every topic allowed me to improve my time management, which saved my butt on my February 24th retake - Thanks Cindy!!!
However, I still didn't get to complete my research tabs...just ran out of time, and opted to leave them blank and tackle some of the longer TBSs. Netted an 85, so I'm happy. FAR, for me, was in a league of its own - toughest dang exam I've ever encountered.