originally posted by H3L10S
The EXP option does work.
Only use it once outside, doesn't seem to work during the tutorial, didn't for me.
Only give yourself enough EXP to breach the next level requirement.
If you give yourself too much EXP you will still only go up one level at a time, but you might jump a few levels, which happened to me, and still only get ability and skill points for one level.