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I Completely Panicked At The Beginning. I Started To Hyperventilate.

2020-02-07T16:41:59-08:00April 10th, 2013|Categories: Success Stories|

This is a new series featuring candidates' experiences with preparing for and taking the California Supplemental Exam. Well I completely panicked at the beginning. I couldn’t answer the first two questions at all. I started to hyperventilate. I’m originally from the UK and I’m based in Portland, Oregon where I am one of the owners of [...]

Desperation or Determination, Which One Will It Be?

2020-02-07T16:43:27-08:00April 5th, 2013|Categories: 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.   Video Tip 017. There are two main mindsets to consider when preparing for the CSE. One is desperation, the other [...]

My Heart Sank To My Stomach

2020-02-07T16:43:55-08:00April 2nd, 2013|Categories: Success Stories|

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 last [...]

Episode 68: Here’s Your Plan for 3 Days Before the Exam [Podcast]

2020-02-07T16:44:29-08:00March 8th, 2013|Categories: Exam Taking Strategy, Podcast|

You've spent weeks preparing, maybe even months. You're on a roll. But have you taken time to think about and plan the few days just before the Exam? Podcast Episode 068. I discuss a game plan for the 3 Days before taking your Exam and suggest what you should do each day. Day 3 is the [...]

Change Order Form, AIA Document G701

2020-02-07T16:46:29-08:00March 1st, 2013|Categories: Video Tips|

"The only constant is change." This quote is a variation of Greek Philosopher Heraclitus' "Nothing endures but change." Video Tip 016. 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 [...]

Episode 67: I’m 23 and I Passed the CSE! [Podcast]

2020-02-07T16:48:09-08:00February 15th, 2013|Categories: Encouragement, Podcast|

Passing the California Supplemental Exam is a major accomplishment. Us mere mortals require years of studying and practice before we even begin to conjure up the confidence to "sit" for the exam. But Rosannah did it at 23 years old. Wow. Podcast Episode 067. I am so proud to interview the youngest licensed architect in California, [...]

Instant Gratification, I Don’t Want To Wait

2020-02-07T16:49:08-08:00February 12th, 2013|Categories: 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. Video Tip 015. Unfortunately, many of these things just take time and instant results are not always possible. BUT when it comes to getting your CSE results, [...]

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

2020-02-07T16:50:03-08:00February 2nd, 2013|Categories: 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. Podcast Episode 066. I believe this feeling comes about because out of state candidates may feel they "aren't as familiar with California laws, [...]

When Should I Take a Seminar?

2020-02-07T16:50:38-08:00January 18th, 2013|Categories: 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. Video Tip 014. 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 [...]

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

2020-02-07T16:55:32-08:00January 8th, 2013|Categories: 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. Podcast Episode 065. 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 [...]

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