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

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

Where Do You Go For “Me” Time?

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?

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?

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?

"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.

My Heart Sank To My Stomach

This is the first guest post in a new series featuring candidates' experiences with preparing for and taking the California Supplemental Exam. My heart sank to my stomach and shot up to my throat all in a matter of seconds.  "What?" I replied extremely confused.  "Don't worry, you passed, you're an Architect" I passed my

Change Order Form, AIA Document G701

"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

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

When Should I Take a Seminar?

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

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