I wanted to pass along a recent article from the Wall Street Journal on Study Tips. (Subscription may be required.)
The article is primarily geared to studying in the education/school environment and not specifically for licensure/certification, but a lot of the recommendations apply to studying for the ARE also.
The article lists five ways to hone your study skills:
- Find out what the test will cover and the kinds of questions it will include.
This can be done in the ARE 5.0 Handbook!
- Start at least a few days before the test to plan how and when you will study.
For the ARE, I would assume studying starts more than a few days before, but the planning on how and when you will study is really important. I can't stress enough the need to make a testing plan.
- Identify helpful resources such as practice tests or instructors’ office hours to assist with material you don’t understand.
Use this community and others in your office or AIA chapters for help on material you are having trouble with or for locating study resources. And don't forget about the ARE 5.0 References section at the end of the ARE 5.0 Handbook.
- Practice recalling facts and concepts by quizzing yourself.
For the ARE, focus on understanding concepts not recalling facts because of the higher cognitive levels being assessed, but self-quizzing is a great measure of how well you know material.
- Limit study sessions to 45 minutes to increase your concentration and focus.
Maybe the marathon study sessions are not the best model for you personally.
Any general study tips from others?
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