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Episode 70: Setting Goals To Pass the CSE [Podcast]

– Posted in: Encouragement

You've put it off long enough! It's time to get serious and create goals to help you pass the California Supplemental Exam. Yes, You! In this episode, I discuss how you can set concrete goals to pass the CSE. It's time you get motivated and take the Exam! Distinguishing Between Goals and Practices/Habits Goals are

Amazing Resource to Help You in Studying the Building Code

– Posted in: Video Tips

Let's face it. Reading through the California Building Code is dry and boring. I am going to share with you an amazing resource that will help turn boredom into pure joy! Francis Ching's Building Codes Illustrated  is my favorite resource to help you in better understanding the California Building Code, which is based on the

Where Do You Go For “Me” Time?

– Posted in: Video Tips

Everyone wants our time. Our work, our family, our kids. And the more we give, the more they want. It's time to save some time for "Me." Learning to take time out for ourselves is often easily overlooked these days, especially with so many things seeking attention for our time. From work and family to

Anger or Acceptance?

– Posted in: Video Tips

The events of the last 48 hours has been frustrating, discouraging, and down right maddening for anyone getting ready to take the California Supplemental Exam. The news that many candidates with scheduled exams over the next two months had their dates abruptly cancelled, has angered and frustrated many affected candidates. And rightly so, I might add. It's not

How Do I Know When I’m Ready?

– Posted in: Video Tips

A crystal ball would be a great thing to be able to peer into before sitting for the California Supplemental Exam.  We all want to feel like we have studied enough and that we are ready to take the Exam. But how do we really know if we're not able to measure our progress. In

Desperation or Determination, Which One Will It Be?

– Posted in: Video Tips

"Desperate times call for desperate measures." We can thank Greek physician, Hippocrates, for such an intriguing quote. But desperation should not be part of your internal dialogue as you prepare for the California Supplemental Exam.   There are two main mindsets to consider when preparing for the CSE. One is desperation, the other is determination.

Change Order Form, AIA Document G701

– Posted in: Video Tips

"The only constant is change." This quote is a variation of Greek Philosopher Heraclitus' "Nothing endures but change." If you've spent anytime working on a construction site or having your hand in the contract administration process, you know this statement is 100% true. Maybe even 1000% true. But who's counting?  It's important that we are familiar with

Instant Gratification, I Don’t Want To Wait

– Posted in: Video Tips

Whether we go to the gym, start a new diet, or build a new business, we want instant results because we don't like to wait. We want results now. Unfortunately, many of these things just take time and instant results are not always possible. BUT when it comes to getting your CSE results, they are

Episode 66: Sound Advice From an Out of State Candidate [Podcast]

– Posted in: Exam Taking Strategy Podcast

Out of state candidates often email me  with questions and concerns about feeling at a disadvantage when preparing for the Exam. Well, California is not as different as you might think. Yup, I just said that. I believe this feeling comes about because out of state candidates may feel they "aren't as familiar with California laws, rules, and

When Should I Take a Seminar?

– Posted in: Video Tips

Taking a seminar can be an excellent way to motivate you to start studying or an excellent confidence builder just before taking the California Supplemental Exam. There are three main choices of when to take a seminar, at the beginning of your studies, in the middle of your studies, or at the end of your

Episode 65: Design Professionals Lien Law, Do We Still Need To Know It? [Podcast]

– Posted in: Category IIA Podcast

On July 1, 2012, the Design Professionals Lien Law was repealed in California, leaving many of us to wonder if it just disappeared altogether. The AIA California Council published a great article titled "Design Professional Liens: Gone But Not Forgotten" and described how the law was repealed, but for the most part, was folded into mechanics lien

Smile, You’re On Candid Camera

– Posted in: Video Tips

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." - William Shakespeare.   I discuss the importance of smiling for the camera when you arrive at the test center to take your Exam because you will be staring at YOU for the entire Exam! I've created 2 Mobile Apps to help

Importance of Writing IT Down

– Posted in: Video Tips

As we come to the beginning of a new year, I take a moment to share why it's a good time to plan ahead for the coming year and encourage you to write your goals down in order to help ensure you pass the CSE in 2013. I have set the goal of delivering content

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