Case Studies are the worst! : (

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    Jeffrey Perkis

    After failing several exams and going through numerous practice exams and quizzes, one thing I learned was that by the time I got to the case studies I was feeling very fatigued. The last time I took a exam, I attempted a different approach. I started with the case studies, while I was fresh and alert. I feel that helped a lot due to the amount of concentration they take.

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    Jingyu Lee

    Hi Yangxue, 

    Yes we have an active group in Seattle. I unfortunatley do not have wechat, but this is my email address. 

    captainsmile179@gmail.com

    We have motivated group to study and discuss together. Please feel free to let us know via email. thank you

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    Julie Brown

    Never underestimate how much of a time-savings it can be to use the 'search' function in the Case Studies! Sometimes you can take a particular word straight from the question and search that word to narrow down the amount of pdf-skimming you need to do because you can tab through search results. Even the drawings are "searchable". And if you familiarize yourself with *where* to find certain information, you'll spend less time weeding through all the case study documents. Know what a zoning code spells out and has authority over (usually site and programming criteria), versus the building code (construction and life safety criteria) versus the drawings (design intent, details, and sometimes specifications).

    And, even though they're definitely time-consuming, remember: each case study question is still just 1 point each. It's not like the vignette where if you killed one too many trees, your entire solution may be a failure. So do great on the first 100 questions and those last 20 shouldn't sink you.

    Lastly, PPD and PDD are the biggest exams in regards to how far and spread and yet specific the content is --and also touches stuff we're less likely to "deal with" in daily practice because we have engineers. So if you're getting these out of the way first, I think you'll find the other 5.0 exams to be more approachable.

     

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