Press Releases and Appearances

November, 2017 – Society of Actuaries

Actuary of the Future Newsletter – Book Review (Page 6)

I’ll start this review by sharing my preconcieved biases up front… I was a bit of a skeptic. Then I read the book… Some of the tips were so insightful that I wanted to ruminate on them. Some were tips I learned independently myself over the years, but many others helped sharpen a lot of my disjointed experiential study tips into a broader, more holistic focus.

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September 5, 2017 – Casualty Actuarial Society

Q&A With The Authors of Actuarial Exam Tactics: Learn More, Study Less

If someone told you one could study less and learn better, would you believe them? Would you be willing to know how this might be possible? Roy Ju, the youngest FSA in SOA history, and Mike Jennings, FSA claim to have the answer.

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July 6, 2017 – Actuarial Students National Association (ASNA)

Learn it once, learn it right

Say goodbye to the ole’ 100 hours per exam hour study rule. The world’s youngest FSA and his co-author are spilling the beans.

Read more – Newsletter Published July 2017

June 1, 2017 – Actuarial Journey

Actuarial Exam Tactics Q&A with Mike Jennings and Roy Ju

Mike Jennings and Roy Ju join Nemo Ashong and Actuarial Journey for a live Q&A session about study strategies from their new book, Actuarial Exam Tactics: Learn More, Study Less.

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May 2017 – Actuarial Educators Network (AEN)

Recent Publications: Actuarial Exam Tactics

This publication is a short text on optimizing your study time and strategy, authored by two young actuaries, Mike Jennings and Roy Ju…  We’ve found that many actuarial educators and professors are inquiring about adopting this text for use in their classes or actuarial programs.

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May 17, 2017 – Internation Association of Black Actuaries (IABA) Newsletter

New Book Available from ACTEX on Exam Tactics!

The book offers specific strategies for how to study for exams, rather than what to study for each actuarial exam.


May 11, 2017 – ACTEX Learning

Improve Your Actuarial Career by Leveraging Unrelated Experiences

While hitting a tennis ball does not have a direct parallel to doing actuarial work in an office setting, many overarching team dynamics overlap…

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May 9, 2017 – WeZBest

Rethinking the 100 hour rule of studying for actuarial exams

One of the best changes I made to my study habits was restructuring my study sessions. We talk about this in depth in the book, but I want to share a short passage that is relevant for any student looking to balance a hectic schedule…

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May 4, 2017 – ACTEX Learning

What Technical Skills Should I Learn as an Actuarial Student?

My short answer to the question: learn Excel and Access as a foundation, and if possible learn a programming language such as VBA, SQL, SAS, or R. However, that answer is not interesting, and it is not useful. The real question is…

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April 27, 2017 – The Traveling Actuary

“Exam Season” Reflections – The Traveling Actuary

Back when I was studying for exams, I spent way too much time googling effective ways to study for and pass actuarial exams. I never really found anything too useful. This May, Actuarial Exam Tactics: Learn More, Study Less is being released by two young actuaries from Drake University.

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December 2015 – The Actuarial Foundation

The Actuarial Foundation Newsletter

2015 Scholarship Winner Makes History! Roy Ju recently became the youngest FSA in history. He also received two Foundation 2015 scholarships – the Curtis E. Huntington Memorial Scholarship and the Actuary of Tomorrow – Stuart A. Robertson Memorial Scholarship. Despite an exceedingly hectic schedule…



September 16, 2015 – Times Delphic

Junior Roy Ju Achieves Top Actuarial Designation

His approach reduced the amount of time spent on repetitive practice problems and allowed him to focus more on developing an understanding of the subject matter…

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September 14, 2015 – Business Wire

Principal Financial Group Welcomes the World’s Youngest Actuary

The Principal Financial Group® congratulates the newest member of its actuarial community, Roy Ju, for being officially named the youngest person ever, at the age of 20, to receive the Society of Actuaries’ (SOA) top professional designation…

The average age for attaining the FSA distinction is 31 years old and there are currently 15,938 FSAs around the world.

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September 14, 2015 – WallStreet:Online

The Principal Financial Group Welcomes Youngest Actuary in History

“As a fellow Drake alumni and graduate of the company’s Actuarial Development Program, I am proud to welcome Roy into The Principal family full time,” said Larry Zimpleman, chairman of The Principal.

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September 4, 2015 – Drake University

Drake junior is youngest person to ever earn top actuarial designation

You’d expect years of rigorous exam preparation to have included lots of stressful cram sessions, but Ju says he didn’t spend a lot of time studying for specific tests.

“I focused on developing a foundational understanding of the material that would provide me with the tools to address a wide variety of exam questions”…

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September 3, 2015 – Business Record

Drake student becomes youngest ever to get actuarial credentials

Roy Ju, a 20-year-old junior at Drake University, has become the youngest person ever to receive the Society of Actuaries’ top professional credential…

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September 2, 2015 – Des Moines Register

Meet a top-of-his-field actuary who’s still in college

Roy Ju has reached the height of his field — while still in college. His designation as a Fellow of Society of Actuaries comes after three years of preparation for various industry exams.

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August 2015 – Society of Actuaries

The Youngest FSA: An Interview with Roy Ju

What does the timeline look like to complete your exam process? What contributes to your fast progress in exams and what’s your study strategy?
I began the actuarial exam process during my junior year in high school. I passed three exams before graduating high school, and I passed my last preliminary exam during the winter of my freshman year. I moved onto the essay-based FSA exams…

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