Study Tips from WSJ




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    Kurt Fanderclai (Edited )

    "Limit  study sessions to 45 minutes..."

    I've read some post of individuals studying for hours and hours at a time -- I'm not sure that's the best either -- but if it works, cool.

    I'm working on the PPD / PDD exams right now, but on the first four exams I set aside about 4 weeks for each test, and probably studied 1 to 1.5 hours per day -- weekends maybe 2 hours per day.

    Erica (six for six exams) mentioned limiting AHPP reading to 30 pages per day max --  which I'd agree with as well -- most people are just not going to retain much beyond a 30 page AHPP session.  Daydreams of unicorns and NCARB-approved scuba gear set in...


    "Before You Study, Ask for Help"

    Also...  I've read posts from several candidates posting about failing an exam.  Often these individuals are posting on the forum for the very first time.  It's often obvious that some of these folks have jumped into the exams without really even reading the basics like the ARE 5.0 Handbook, the practice exams, the matrix study materials, this forum, etc.

    Take advantage of the advice of those that have gone before you!     


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    Ryan NCARB


    I had a similar study schedule...a minimum of an hour of study time every day and then study on the weekend.  My weekend studies tried to be more than a couple hours, but broken up throughout the day.

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    Benjamin Norkin

    I'm studying for PDD/PPD now and need to do about 2-3 hours per night. I break that up into different study methods though, usually a combination of reading, making flashcards, practice tests and watching videos. It actually goes pretty quick that way.


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    Gang Chen

    Another important strategy is to review the material in a timely manner. Some people say that the best time to review material is between 30 minutes and 16 hours (the 3016 rule) after you read it for the first time. So, if you review the material right after you read it for the first time, the review may not be helpful.

    I have personally found this method extremely beneficial. The best way for me to memorize study materials is to review what I learn during the day again in the evening. This, of course, happens to fall within the timing range mentioned above.

    Gang Chen, Author, Architect, LEED AP BD+C (


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