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Old 08-14-2019, 05:06 PM
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Now that CA and TIA have both released some SRM study courses...any thoughts on how these are developing? And stacking up against each other? Want to be efficient as possible in my studies and trying to decide which resource to go with for the Jan. 2020 sitting.
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Same, I like videos better but haven't found anyone discussing CA. I have read some good things about ISLR textbook but still deciding whether I should get CA or stick with ISLR or ASM manual.
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Sorry this is a very late reply! I took (and passed) the September sitting of SRM. I used TIA as my main source of studying and I thought it was very good. As I'm sure you've heard the computational questions aren't very difficult, but where they try to get you is on the "nitty gritty" qualitative questions. Most of these "nitty gritty" type questions had to do with trees, PCA, clustering, and GLM as a whole. I think TIA did quite a good job of preparing a lot of practice questions and sample exam questions that really made you think which was representative of the real exam. In saying that, I also used the ISLR as it's free and I thought this was an excellent secondary resource as well.
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Sorry this is a very late reply! I took (and passed) the September sitting of SRM. I used TIA as my main source of studying and I thought it was very good. As I'm sure you've heard the computational questions aren't very difficult, but where they try to get you is on the "nitty gritty" qualitative questions. Most of these "nitty gritty" type questions had to do with trees, PCA, clustering, and GLM as a whole. I think TIA did quite a good job of preparing a lot of practice questions and sample exam questions that really made you think which was representative of the real exam. In saying that, I also used the ISLR as it's free and I thought this was an excellent secondary resource as well.
Did you do SOA sample questions? Are they similar to real exam questions?
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My experience so far is better with CA videos, manual and ADAPT

I am using TIA afterwards but I feel I get more out of CA. Shorter videos reinforces what the manual says or even helps clarify on difficult ideas. I would recommend CA Learn + ADAPT if you’re only looking for a single source.

I also have ACTEX and ASM manuals for more reading and diverse questions to practice. I’m the super curious type not in the field yet and without time constraints.

Simply put, CA has overdone themselves in presentation in the new cutting edge technology with super engaging graphics and high quality products. It’s invigorating IMHO. I wish all the exams were like when I started back in 2010. The coaches in discussions on CA are quicker and there are a ton more working with the students. I can’t say enough about the many great things I’m endorsing CA for. It’s just fun
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Follow up on my last post; TIA is much better than I felt once I got through CA video lessons. It feels more thorough in some aspects but I prefer to have both. Lee also offers insight on using R with lab examples for PA.

I don’t recommend putting all your learning eggs in one basket. I have both and would not change that in retrospect. My goal is gaining knowledge for my job, not a passing grade which I essentially have through transfer credit. I’m changing careers now prior to my first actuarial role which is data science. Getting as much as I can from SRM is the ultimate trick to being the most successful at work. Study manuals can work the same way. ACTEX has this idea in teaching, although I have not started my ASM yet, so I suppose Dr. Weishaus has possibly some of that too. He definitely adds valuable ideas like that in the past despite ideas may not be tested, he likes to provide the knowledge in case it shows up or to assist in getting that edge on mastering materials

Depending on ones formal background or level of interest in the underlying nature of these concepts, TIA offers proofs on some concepts where CA does not because it’s unlikely to be tested. I prefer to use proofs to gains deep understandings as I work up to that higher level CA teaches at

Kudos to both Coach L and Lee for excellent courses!
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Based on what was free to sample from both, I think I will be going with TIA. The explanations are clearer, and the material is more organized.
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Based on what was free to sample from both, I think I will be going with TIA. The explanations are clearer, and the material is more organized.
TIA is more detailed and in-depth. There are more insights but as with any resource, you get things from one and other things from another.

I agree that if someone wants just 1 seminar, get TIA
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