I treated the TIA course was my main source of learning for the exam and by the end of the course I felt I had an excellent understanding of the material and how to apply it. The course allows you learn a ton of information very quickly which is greatly appreciated. The advantage of having the ability to re-watch videos (and at faster speeds) is what puts this course over a live seminar for me. On exam day I was well prepared, wasn't surprised by any questions, and even finished with almost 1/4 of the time leftover to go back through and apply the test taking tips I learned in the course to maximize credit on questions. TIA has brought me success on all of the FSA exams on my first sittings and I highly recommend them to everyone looking into your study options.
Derek Brace Contact meFSA
Derek works full-time as an instructor with TIA and enjoys helping students get through difficult exams. Prior to TIA, Derek worked as a consulting actuary in Atlanta, GA. With over ten years of experience as a consultant with Aon Hewitt, Derek's career has spanned pension, healthcare and global employee benefit consulting. His most recent role was in the Global Benefits group, advising large multinational clients on employee benefit plans including healthcare, life, accident, disability, pension and other plans in locations spanning the globe.
Derek graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Risk management/Insurance, a minor in Spanish and a specialization in Mathematics. In his quest to help actuaries through the difficult exam process, he has served as a mentor and exam coach for a number of students in both upper and lower level exams. He also wrote sample exams for the Group Health courses prior to becoming an instructor.
An obsession with foreign travel led Derek to take a few years away from the working world in the middle of his career, during which time he was able to visit every continent and a vast number of countries along the way. When not traveling, he enjoys playing soccer, running and getting outdoors whenever possible.