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New FAST Fundamentals Course: Now Live

By Alex Arnold

New FAST Fundamentals Course: Now Live

We've got some good news to share: we have launched a brand new online course called FAST Fundamentals.

FAST Fundamentals is designed for those who have completed everything we offer for free and are wanting to do more in building up their modelling knowledge and skills.

For people who have completed the 31 days course, we think FAST Fundamentals is the next logical step:

FAST Fundamentals includes:

  • consolidated quick reminders of what you should have learned from our "31 days..." course
  • examples of how basic modelling skills might be applied to real-world models
  • modules showing how to build a template start model from a blank Excel worksheet - including input, time and other foundation sheets
  • practical modelling assignments to help you test your progress and answer the question: "Am I ready to move on?"
  • access to a discussion forum managed by our 40+ team of professional modellers in Delhi, India

While our modellers spend most of their time building models for F1F9's corporate clients, our large team capacity means that they are also available to support our online course subscribers. So there is a lot that we will do to help you meet your learning objectives - all at no additional cost to you.

The price of FAST Fundamentals is 95 GBP + VAT (where applicable). And for February we are happy to offer a discounted price of 49 GBP + VAT (where applicable).

To take a look at our brochure or buy FAST Fundamentals, click here.

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The Listening Online Course

By Stephen Daniels

The Listening Online Course

How do you make an online course listen to you? Our answer is to have a team of 40+ professional FAST modellers and instructors sitting behind the course.

Take Marie for example. Marie is a subscriber – along with 20,000+ other subscribers – to our free “31 Days to Better Financial Modelling” course.

Marie had a question on quick charts. Like many Excel users, she knows to highlight a set of data and then push the function key “F11” to obtain a chart. Like many of her fellow subscribers, she knows that charting data is fundamental to reviewing a model.

Her question was: how do I delete a chart once I have finished it without using the mouse? And why bother using a keyboard shortcut when mouse use appeared equally productive?

Here is our answer to Marie’s question: “It is possible to delete a worksheet using the right-click button on the mouse. By using the keyboard shortcuts we are forcing ourselves to be more deliberate in our actions thus reducing the risk that we delete a worksheet in error. Note that on deleting a worksheet it is not possible to undo the action.”

And because Marie told us her mother tongue was French, we also offered this: “Il est possible de supprimer une feuille de calcul à l’aide du bouton de clic droit sur la souris. En utilisant les raccourcis clavier nous nous forçons à être plus délibérée dans nos actions, réduisant ainsi le risque que nous supprimions une feuille de calcul dans l’erreur. Notez que sur la suppression d’une feuille de calcul, il est impossible d’annuler l’action.”

That’s from Google Translate.

From Marie’s response, it became clear that she was using the French version of Excel. So even with these answers, the English shortcut – Alt, Home, Delete, Sheet was doing nothing.

So we had a go at translating that too: Alt, Accueil, Supprimer, Feuille.

In all of our online courses – whether free or not – we want to engage with you as much as we can. And we are really pleased to share what knowledge we can – regardless of language.

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