I first want to thank Nina and Isaac for the fine instruction you both provided during the NSTP EA boot camp in Las Vegas. I attended the PART II Business portion of the boot camp on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday October 25th - 27th, 2017.
My goal was to prepare prior to coming to the boot camp so that I would have at least some understanding of the difficult topics while you went over the material. This is a strategy I have applied before taking any other courses for Part I and Part III. The strategy has worked pretty well although I have to say there were many times I was overwhelmed by the material. However, you both explained things as simply as possible and spent lots of time on various exam questions that could be asked on the exam.
After the boot camp I continued to study approximately 2 hours per day and on November 20th passed Part II (first time taking it).
A couple of suggestions to improve the experience.
1) I believe Part II should be 4 days long. Possible have a boot camp specifically for Part II. I know I would be willing to pay for this extra time. Very little time was spent on Retirement Plans, Estates, Trusts and Farms. I think you need about three or four hours on these topics. There were quite a few questions on Estates, Trusts and Farms on the exam I took.
2) I didn't attend Part I and Part III (Monday and Tuesday). People must have constantly been getting either both of you or Isaac off topic with questions that weren't applicable to the exam. I think it is important to just let people know that if they ask a question that you know does not apply to the exam, you will tell them that they need not worry about that for the exam so we will not spend time on that. However, sometimes we were given a question from a previous exam. We answered it but then someone like myself asked a what if question related to the same question. Basically what I was asking was, if my question was asked, how would the answer be different. Isaac, you especially did not like that, because it did take up time. Also especially on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, we really had to rush through some of the topics. This is one major reason why I think you need a separate boot camp for Part II that lasts four days.
Otherwise, I hope to attend other live courses by one or both of you.
Thank You again and have a good tax season.
I passed all three sections of the SEE exam after taking the full course in Atlanta! Finally it is all done, your seminar really was the difference maker!
Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge and insights with us, I will be a happy member of NSTP for life! Hopefully I will see you guys soon at some of the special workshops.
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I was an attendee at Las Vegas EA Book Camp. I wanted to thank you. I passed all three exams the first time and have applied for my EA certification. The class was very helpful and fast forward academy provided excellent study materials.
forward to attending additional training from you.
What a delightful surprise to receive a 20 year membership pin along with my new certificate. It hardly seems that long.
Thank you for educating me for 20 years
I've been to several of Paul La Monaca's classes in the past, but not for many years. This is the first time for this event. I really enjoyed the interaction between Paul and Isaac. Both are excellent instructors and I plan to attend next year.
You are the best – NSTP ROCKS!!!