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Announcing the TIA Forum

November 28th, 2012

We are very excited to announce the launch of the TIA forum!

In the past, using TIA to study for exams has been a relatively solitary endeavor.  You watched the videos, worked the problems, and occasionally emailed your instructor for assistance.  If you prefer to learn that way, then don’t worry, you can still do it that way.  Think of the forum as an additional (and optional) way to enhance your learning.  You might just browse other student’s questions, and decide to give it a try later on.

Although a few TIA members have gone out of their way to interact with others by posting on the Actuarial Outpost or other public forums, the TIA forum makes it incredibly easy for all of us to interact with other members.  Any time you have a question or a topic for discussion, you can immediately enter the subject forum and make your post.  Everyone else that is subscribed to the seminar will see that there is a new post in that subject forum, and can respond immediately, seconding or answering your topic.  Watch the short video posted in the “Introduction” section of the course to see how the forum works.

Making your experience at TIA more interactive will result in much more powerful and effective learning.  But another terrific aspect of the forum is that it will act as a growing and changing knowledge base of answered questions.  As your instructor, I’ve found that I answer the same question by email many times.  The forum will allow me to post answers to questions in a way that will remain readily available to all seminar users.  After a while, you’ll find answers to many of your questions instantly in the forum, instead of needing an email response.

But the forums aren’t just for my answers to questions.  As you probably know, there is no better way to test your knowledge than to try to answer the questions that other learners ask.  You should try to answer the questions that other members post as often as you can.  Other members can chime in to ask more about your answer too, and I’ll be keeping an eye on things to make sure that all the questions receive accurate and useful responses.

As always, we want your learning experience here at TIA to be a positive one.  When interacting with each other on the web, please be sure to maintain a cheerful attitude and encourage your fellow learners.  Feel free to immediately flag any post that you feel would discourage anyone from interacting.

The forum is open now, so go ahead and watch the introduction video and get started!

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More new videos available

March 27th, 2008

The videos have been added for IRC Section 417(e). This topic is on both the EA-2A syllabus and the EA-2B syllabus. In addition, the videos with the exam problem solutions for the PBGC Guaranteed Benefits topic have been added.

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New videos available

March 24th, 2008

The videos have been added for IRC Section 436, which was added to EA-2B syllabus for 2008. In addition, the videos with the exam problem solutions for IRC 411 and IRC 417 have been added.

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New videos available - Solutions to exam problems

March 12th, 2008

The solutions to the prior exam problems on IRC 401(l) safe harbor plans and IRC 410(b) Coverage testing have been uploaded.

New lessons

All lessons now available

January 28th, 2008

The remaining lessons have been finalized: IRC Section 417, IRC Section 420, PBGC topics and Multiemployer plans.

In February, I’ll start recording the solutions for the prior exam problems in each section. I’ll also start updating the practice problems for 2008.

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